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Dan Orlovsky Thinks Steelers Picked The Wrong Quarterback

ESPN NFL analyst Dan Orlovsky.


The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted their quarterback of the future (or present) last night by taking Kenny Pickett with the 20th overall pick. But ESPN's Dan Orlovsky believes that the Steelers picked the wrong quarterback to leave them.

On Friday's edition of First Take, Orlovsky asserted that while the Steelers are better after taking Pickett, they're not better than any of the teams in their division. He said he doesn't believe that Pickett has the skills to go toe-to-toe with the AFC North quarterbacks like Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson or Joe Burrow.

Orlovsky said that the Steelers should have gone with Liberty quarterback Malik Willis instead. He believes that Willis has the upside to potentially become a star on par with the other three AFC North QBs.

But Orlovsky really rocked the boat by saying he believes Pickett and Steelers quarterback Mitchell Trubisky are basically the same type of player. Ultimately he feels that Pickett's limitations will keep the team from being great for the next decade.

There was little argument that the Pittsburgh Steelers needed to draft a quarterback early in this draft. They're too weak at the position to enter training camp expecting to be better than they were last year.

But there is the possibility that Kenny Pickett isn't ready to take the reins in Week 1. He was the first quarterback the Steelers have drafted in the first round since Ben Roethlisberger in 2004. It's natural that expectations will be high and hard to meet.

However, the only real gauge of whether Dan Orlovsky is right is if Malik Willis becomes better than Pickett. And even then, that might come down to where Willis goes.

Did the Steelers make a mistake in taking Kenny Pickett over Malik Willis?