But unfortunately, the Steelers picked the wrong guy when they selected Kenny Pickett with the 20th overall pick in the draft.
The Steelers are excited, evidenced by their press conference immediately following the pick, but Malik Willis fits what they’re looking for more than Pickett.
Before the pitchforks come out, I’m not trying to act like I know more than the Steelers do when it comes to picking players in the draft. Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert are tenured more than just about every other head coach/general manager in the NFL. Their experience far outweighs mine -and most people’s- when it comes to player evaluations.
However, based off what they said about Mitch Trubisky and his fit in Matt Canada’s offense, why wouldn’t the Steelers want Willis instead?
Pickett has decent athleticism, but it’s nothing compared to Willis’. Willis also has a much stronger arm. And while I’m not totally sold on the problems with Pickett’s hand size, it’s logical to wonder how all that fares when he takes snaps in Pittsburgh, of all places.
Based off what the Steelers said all offseason, Willis seems like the better fit. The good news is that Pickett will have time to develop thanks to Trubisky’s presence, as funny as that sounds.
But, still, in the present, it’s hard to think Pickett is a better fit than Willis.
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