2022 NFL Draft Live Updates: Day 2 Draft Order, Best Available Players, Round 2 Mock Draft, Draft Ratings

You’re nothing until you have a quarterback, and the Steelers now believe they have Ben Roethlisberger’s successor. There’s not even a plan to keep him waiting, necessarily, like they wanted to do with Roethlisberger as a rookie in 2004, though those plans went awry in Game 2 of that season. Pickett will have the chance to start in 2022.

“He will definitely have the opportunity to compete,” coach Mike Tomlin said.

Let the Mitch Trubisky/Mason Rudolph/Kenny Pickett fray begin. They will need to add a fourth arm for the side, and not just to make certain throws. Surely, whoever finishes No. 3 — and you can tell the bank it won’t be Pickett — will really give them an abundance of veteran quarterbacks they don’t need. Whether No. 3 ends up being Trubisky or Rudolph, odds are they’d show him the door, either on a trade or release, and whoever they signed as No. 4 would be part of the list as #3.

“The quarterback is the most critical place in the National Football League,” general manager Kevin Colbert said of Pickett’s drafting, even though the Steelers signed Trubisky in March as a free agent. . “It doesn’t take anything away from Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph. We have three young quarterbacks. It will be a great competition. »

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