Potential draft target Kenny Pickett discusses connection with Eagles
While the Philadelphia Eagles might stick with Jalen Hurts, they appear to have a connection to one of the top QB prospects in this season’s draft. Heisman finalist and Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett recently appeared on the Dan Patrick Show and discussed his roots with the Eagles. Pickett, born in Oakhurst, New Jersey, was asked who his favorite quarterback was growing up, and responded with an Eagles legend.
“Donovan McNabb, I was a big Eagles fan… I used to go with my Dad to games all the time… We grew up big Eagles fans.”
Through 13 games this season, Pickett has thrown for over 4,300 yards and 42 touchdowns. Ranking in the top-five for both categories. Currently, he is projected to be a top-ten selection in the 2022 NFL Draft after a standout season. Howie Roseman and the Eagles have shown interest, with Roseman making an in-person appearance to Pitt’s matchup against North Carolina earlier this season.
However, with recent developments in regards to Hurts, signs point towards the team punting their decision until 2023. Even then, trading for Russell Wilson or other quarterbacks has been reported as more likely than drafting another. Pickett was initially a Temple commit back in 2016, but de-committed after Matt Rhule left for Baylor University.
Although he likely won’t win the Heisman, Kenny Pickett is worthy of being an NFL QB and will probably be selected before the Eagles’ first pick is even on the clock. It doesn’t appear to be much of an upgrade to select Pickett with Hurts still on the team.
One of Pickett’s significant drawbacks is that he will be 24-years-old in his rookie season, compared to Hurts, who is the same age with two NFL seasons under his belt. In the meantime, Pitt will be playing Michigan State in the Peach Bowl, but Kenny Pickett is undecided if he wants to take the field or not.
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