Kenny Pickett

Kenny Pickett

Measurements
  • Height
    6032
  • Hand
    8 1/2
  • VJ
    33.5
  • Weight
    217lbs
  • Arm
    30 5/8
  • Speed
    4.73
QB Combine Averages
  • Height
    6033
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    31.5
  • Weight
    224lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.88
Peter Engler - Scout
Kenny Pickett
  • Overall Rank
    24
  • Position Rank
    1
  • Position
    QB
  • Age
    24.1 Years
  • Team
    PITTSBURGH

Stats

Year Games (Wins) Pass Atts Comp% Pass Yards ADOT TDs:INTs Passer Rating Rush Yds
2017 4 (1) 66 59.1% 509 10.9 1:1 78.2 93
2018 14 (7) 310 58.1% 1969 9.6 12:6 78.9 220
2019 12 (7) 469 61.6% 3098 8.5 13:9 79.0 110
2020 9 (6) 332 61.1% 2408 9.6 13:9 80.1 145
2021 13 (11) 497 67.2% 4319 10.2 42:7 111.5 233

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Adequate height and build. Muscular arms with thinner frame. Reported 8 1/4-inch hands and wears two gloves. Limited arm length. Compact legs. Bruised throwing shoulder in 2019 and finished the game, but was held out the next game against FCS opponent. In 2020, suffered Grade 3 high ankle sprain and Grade 2 inside & outside sprains against Boston College, but re-entered the game and underwent tightrope surgery within 24 hours, missing two games. Opted out of 2021 Peach Bowl (non-playoff).

  • Size
    6
  • Length
    4
  • Frame/Durability
    5
Grade 5.0

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Makes some checks pre-snap. Above the line feel for pressure and takes above the line escape angles. Extremely tough to play through serious injuries and brings a high motor every play. Can execute a plan v blitz. As a runner, will fight for yards in critical situations but otherwise slides and avoids contact…. Will get rattled with bad plays or consistent pressure, impacting decision making.

  • Toughness
    8
  • Instincts
    7
  • Effort/Motor
    8
Grade 7.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Shows above the line explosiveness to spin out of sacks and evade pressure with adequate foot speed outside the pocket. Outstanding flexibility. Above the line COD to maneuver within the pocket… Average body control, struggling to chain quick movements together. Won't break tackles due to average play strength.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    5
  • Flexibility/Bend
    8
  • Change of Direction
    7
  • Play Strength
    5
Grade 6.3

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Smooth footwork in drop. Can quickly ID coverage and move to second read while still dropping. Quick, over-the-top throwing motion with adequate lower body, above the line torque, and above the line shoulders. Navigates the pocket well with quick feet. Throws with outstanding anticipation and accuracy, hitting receivers in stride through tight windows with smart pacing and placement in short to intermediate areas. Adequate accuracy deep, throws a nice backshoulder. Adequate arm strength that can hit comebacks on the opposite sideline with anticipation. Avoids sacks with throwaways. Gets outside the pocket and shows outstanding ability to throw on run, seeing the field very well and using outstanding mechanics to deliver an accurate ball .... Consistently slides right in drop. When at top, locks into current read and only comes off in scramble or checkdown. Long-strider in release. Neglects to climb pocket with repeated pressure. Incrementally high in underneath passes. Deep passes will float.

  • Accuracy
    8
  • Release/Touch
    7
  • Throwing Mechanics
    7
  • Decision Making
    6
  • Create/Throw on Run
    8
  • Leadership/Clutch
    7
  • Mobility in Pocket
    8
  • Arm Strength
    6
Grade 7.1

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Redshirt senior who has started 49 of 52 career games, including all 13 in 2021 for an 11-2 record and a 32-20 career record. Three-star HS recruit from an athletic family - father was a DII All-American LB, mother and sister played collegiate soccer. As a true freshman, became first true freshman QB to start for Pitt since 2007 in the season finale, a win over #2 Miami where he was named ACC Rookie of the Week. Started every healthy game for the next four years. Broke out in 2021, named the 2021 ACC POY and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Under HC Pat Narduzzi (seventh season) and OC/QBs Coach Mark Whipple (third season), player led pro-style tempo offense (27% under center) that started the Biletnikoff-winning WR and finished 4th for scoring, 11th for completion %, 7th for pass offense, 5th for pass TDs, and 8th for total offense. Starting QB you can win with who flashes potential to win because of in a timing-based scheme pending development of pass progression. Precise QB with incredible anticipation and clean mechanics. Highly competitive and at his best through the air in scramble. Doesn't consistently work through progression and lacks top-end arm strength.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Tennessee
  • Sep - 11 - 2021
  • Clean and effective, 66.7% comp and 2 TDs in comeback
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Miami
  • Jan - 01 - 1970
  • Looked off throughout upset loss, throwing 2 INTs and rushing for -10 yds despite career-high 519 pass yds on 70.9% comp
Best Trait
Anticipation
Pro Comparison
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