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NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah Leaning to Kenny Pickett for the Steelers



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NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah says he is “leaning towards” Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett as the player that he would draft with the No. 20 overall pick if he was the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers have been connected to a ton of quarterbacks throughout the NFL Draft process. There is no question that they have been interested in quarterbacks, having attended all the pro days for the major quarterbacks in the class. In addition, all of the major quarterbacks came to Pittsburgh on Top-30 visits as well.

Still, there will be plenty of debate over which is the best one in the class and the best fit for Pittsburgh. For NFL Network Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah, however, there is a clear fit that he sees for the Steelers. In fact, if he were the general manager, the Steelers would not have to leave their own backyard.

“If it was up to me, looking at that team (the Steelers) and the best fit, I actually would probably lean towards Kenny Pickett,” Jeremiah said.

Jeremiah is a big fan of Pickett overall. Not only does he see Pickett as the best fit for the Steelers in the AFC North, but Jeremiah sees Pickett as the best quarterback in the entire draft. Driven by his athleticism, out of structure ability, and accuracy, Pickett is Jeremiah’s ‘QB1’.

“And then Kenny Pickett, he’s a little bit bigger,” Jeremiah said. “He’s not huge but he’s a little bit bigger than Corral, and obviously somebody they’d be a little bit familiar with. He’s my No. 1 quarterback. I’ve kind of stuck with him through this whole process.”

Will Pickett become a Pittsburgh Steeler on April 28? That remains to be seen, but it is certainly a possibility as it stands. Still, it may be more likely that Malik Willis or Desmond Ridder is the quarterback that Pittsburgh prefers.