For months leading up to the NFL Draft, the narrative around Kenny Pickett was the small size of his hands and what negative effects that may have on his draft stock. A week after the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Pickett at No. 20 overall, the narrative simply shifted: will Pickett be a bust because of his hand size?
Former All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman recently broke down the quarterback draft class and ended up with a terrible take on Pickett's future in Pittsburgh.
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“Do I think he’s the quarterback of the future? I don’t know. It’s hard for me to trust a quarterback who wears gloves all the time. It’s just different. It’s just different. I just have a hard time with it, but he swings it."- Richard Sherman
It's a pretty weak take from the former Seattle Seahawks star. For starters, any incoming rookie quarterback has at least one or two question marks. That's the nature of making the jump from college football to the toughest game in professional sports.
Sherman keyed in on Pickett's hands, but decided to mock unique wardrobe choice instead of breaking down the hand size. Pickett infamously wears gloves on both his offhand and throwing hand. Sure, it's not the "norm", but this is the reigning ACC Player of the Year who tossed for 4,319 yards and 42 touchdowns to just 7 interceptions in 2021.
Many draft experts considered Pickett the most "pro-ready" quarterback in this class, and the Steelers could not pass up on the opportunity to take him later in the first round.
Gloves on or off, Pickett balled out during his final collegiate season and the Steelers are hoping to keep that performance going during his rookie campaign. FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds even show Pickett as the +500 favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year.
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