In the first round of the NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett. On Saturday afternoon, Mike Tomlin shared his thoughts on the pick.
Tomlin revealed that Pickett will have a chance to compete for the starting quarterback job this offseason.
"Yeah he certainly has a chance," Tomlin said, via NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "... We felt he came ready made and hopefully that’s an asset to him being ready — if performance dictates."
It makes sense that Pickett will have a chance to be the Week 1 starter for Pittsburgh. He was labeled the most "NFL-ready" quarterback in this year's class.
As for Tomlin likes about Pickett, he believes the 20th overall pick has the right intangibles to match his play on the field.
“We talked about his high floor, and the high floor was because of the intangibles but also the anticipation and the pro accuracy were very obvious and consistent when studying his tape,” said Tomlin. “It was a good thing for him to come back and go back to school and gain another year of college experience. He is 24 years old. He is a mature young man. You do see maturity in his game, and I think all of those things are going to put him into position to compete.”
Pickett will wear No. 8 during his rookie season with the Steelers.
The current expectation is that Pickett will battle Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph for the starting quarterback job.