ANDt took 20 picks for an NFL team to select a quarterback, it was the Pittsburgh Steelers who drafted Kenny Pickettthe future successor to Ben Roethlisberger.
Ever since Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement, there had been speculation that the University of Pittsburgh graduate would function as the generational replacement.
The rumors grew as Pickett’s outstanding season grew as he threw for 4319 yards and 42 touchdown passes in a total of 13 games.
Pickett heir to Dan Marino
Dan Marino, the University of Pittsburgh’s all-time leading rusher, never surpassed 3,000 air yards in his four seasons as a collegian and had 37 touchdowns in his career. At the end of the 2021 season, Pickett announced that he would not play in the Peach Bowl to focus on the draft and Pittsburgh lost 21-31 to Michigan State.
It was such a good year for Pickett that he was even considered to win the Heisman Trophybut came in third in the voting, behind Bryce Young and Aidan Hutchinson.
For the first time since 2017, a quarterback was not chosen as the first overall selection. That year Myles Garrett earned that privilege, subsequently Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Joe Burrow and Trevor Lawrence were selected.
The first five picks of the draft
Jacksonville Jaguars select Edge Travon Walker
Aidan Hutchinson of the University of Michigan is considered the best talent available, but the Jaguars took national champions Travon Walker of Georgia and comes to a team that selected Trevor Lawrence as the first overall pick in the last Draft, a lot of young talent in Doug Pederson’s first year as the team’s head coach.
Detroit Lions select Edge Aidan Hutchinson
The second consecutive defensive end leaves with the second overall pick, could be a disappointment for Aidan Hutchinson of the University of Michigan, who was the favorite to be the first overall pick, Detroit desperately needs a great defensive leader who does not they have since they took Ndamukong Suh. Hutchinson will remain in Michigan
Houston Texans select CB Derek Stingley Jr.
One of the best athletes of this generation of the Draft is one of the surprises, since it was not expected that he was the first secondary defender to be chosen, the old LSU player knows what it is like to face Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase in practice.
New York Jets select CB Ahmad Gardner
According to Rich Eissen of the NFL Network, who is very close to the New York Jets, this is the perfect player for the Jets, who take a CB from Cincinnati who for most should be the first player chosen at the cornerback position, was surprising the Texnas didn’t take him third overall.
New York Giants select EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux
The third defensive end in the first five selections is given with the arrival of this candidate for the Heisman Trophy, the best player of the year for the Oregon Ducks is the fifth defensive player selected in a row, is the first pick of head coach Brian Daboll.