New Orleans Saints given surprisingly high odds to draft Kenny Pickett

Leigh Oleszczak
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The New Orleans Saints re-signed Jameis Winston on a two-year deal but that might not stop them from selecting a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft. WynnBET has given the Saints +400 odds to be the team to draft Pittsburgh product Kenny Pickett in April’s draft. That’s good for the third-best odds.

The only teams with better odds to grab Pickett are the Panthers at +200 and the Steelers at +300, both of whom make more sense for the quarterback’s services than the Saints.

Pickett flew up the draft boards this year after throwing for 4,319 yards, 42 touchdowns, and seven interceptions through 13 games. He improved mightily in the fifth and final year of his college career and that’s why, to some, he’s the best quarterback prospect in this year’s draft class.

WynnBET, however, has Malik Willis as the betting favorite to be the first quarterback off the board with -450 odds. Pickett has the second-best odds with +200.

Could New Orleans Saints still draft Kenny Pickett?

Re-signing Jameis Winston seemed like a strong indicator that the Saints would not be going after a quarterback in the draft this year. When they inked Andy Dalton to a one-year deal, that pretty much sealed the deal that they weren’t interested in adding a quarterback in April.

Hopefully, the Saints address the bigger weaknesses on the roster in the early rounds, such as wide receiver and offensive line rather than adding Pickett or another quarterback. The better strategy would be waiting a year and potentially going after one of the quarterbacks in next year’s draft instead.

It makes sense to see both the Panthers and Steelers with the top odds for Pickett’s services, though. Both teams desperately need an upgrade at quarterback and Pickett could provide them with that. It’s also kind of funny that he was a Pittsburgh Panther and now is tied to the Pittsburgh NFL team and the pro team whose mascot is also a Panther. He’d fit right in either way.

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