1. Kenny Pickett
The quarterback class for this year’s draft class is viewed as outrageously weak. There were no outstanding dual threats who carved defenses up with their legs. There was also no one who stood from the pocket and threw bombs all season long consistently who’s draft eligible.
Regardless of that notion, the New Orleans Saints need to ignore those views and place their eyes on Kenny Pickett. The former Pittsburgh QB had a terrific year throwing for 4,319 yards, 42 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
As a whole, Pittsburgh was pretty great, finishing the year at 11-3. If the football Gods were a bit more kind, they could’ve gone undefeated and waltzed into the College Football Playoff but two one-score losses to Western Michigan and Miami gave them no chance at making the cut.
Of all the talent we saw in this weekend’s Senior Bowl, we can see why many are down on this crop of QBs. But, Pickett stood out as the best on the field. In his short run, he went a perfect 6-6 for 89 yards and a touchdown. He wasn’t dinking and dunking either, completing a 38-yard bomb during his time on the field to Christian Watson.
With the Saints roster and coaching situation a complete mess, fans of the franchise need someone to latch onto and believe in. Everything starts and stops with the quarterback position. The Saints were given a decade and a half of great play from Drew Brees, Pickett could begin his own great journey. The Saints should take the plunge with the 18th pick.