PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers found themselves in an ideal position when both Kenny Pickett and Malik Willis fell to them at No. 20 in the first round of the draft.

It’s well-known the Steelers are looking for their next franchise quarterback and they were given the option of choosing not just one, but both of the top-rated QBs in the draft.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

But, they still made a rather peculiar decision that needs to be talked about.

Did the Steelers make the right choice drafting Pickett at No. 20?

The draft is all about smokescreens and misinformation, so it shouldn’t be a total surprise that the Steelers decided to draft Pickett instead of Willis after hearing that Willis was the Steelers’ guy over the weeks leading up to Thursday night.

However, when you juxtapose both players and add Mitch Trubisky into the equation, it’s still surprising that Pickett is a Steeler.

Willis a better athlete and has a stronger arm. The Wonderlic is overrated, but he scored a 32 compared to Pickett’s 17. However, Willis’ football IQ and intelligence also shows up on tape, which backs up the Wonderlic score.

Pickett is more pro-ready and Willis needs more time to develop, but that’s where Trubisky comes in. If Trubisky can show that he can be a consistently solid quarterback, then Pickett stays on the bench unless he shows more than Trubisky in camp. Pickett’s pro-ready advantage is all of a sudden moot in this realistic scenario.

Willis probably needs a couple years before he’s ready to hit the ground running, which gels perfectly with Trubisky’s contractual timeline.

But at the same time, Willis is still on the board. So, it’s apparent teams feel a certain way about him to the point where they don’t think he’s worth the first-round investment.

Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert know exactly what they’re doing. They have the track record and reputation to back that up. And Pickett will probably be a good quarterback in the NFL, but Willis has the chance to be an elite QB, which makes all the difference in the world.

It feels like the Pickett pick was a bit forced by the franchise that hasn’t been in the quarterback market for nearly two decades.

Grade: C

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