The Pittsburgh Steelers were the only team in the 2022 NFL Draft to take a quarterback in the first round. The 23-year-old has an opportunity to play right away given he's joining a quarterback room where no clear starter exists ahead of training camp.
Of course, that's no guarantee. Fifth-year pro Mitchell Trubisky was signed to a two-year deal in free agency and Mason Rudolph is the only QB on the roster that has experience taking snaps for head coach Mike Tomlin. This lines up to be a battle that could come down to the preseason.
Let's take a look at the Steelers Week 1 starting QB odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Steelers Week 1 Quarterback Odds
1. Mitchell Trubisky (-148)
Trubisky remains a small favorite to earn the starting gig over Pickett with odds set at -148. It shouldn't come as a surprise considering NFL teams rarely pay up for a QB in free agency without thinking he will see the field. The 27-year-old has posted a 29-21 record across 50 career starts and led the Chicago Bears to a playoff berth during the 2018 season. It's important to point out that Trubisky had a powerful Chicago defense backing him up and now enters a very similar situation in Pittsburgh. His success could come down to whether or not he is able to improve on his 186.9 passing yards per game mark. There's no denying he has the weapons to do so.
2. Kenny Pickett (+112)
Not too far behind Trubisky in the odds is the standout Pittsburgh Panther. Pickett has odds set at +112 and is surely going to fight for that top spot over the summer. The 23-year-old spent his college days training right beside the Steelers facility and knows what it is like playing at Heinz Field, too. That has to be seen as an advantage. Pickett tore defenses apart in his senior season by completing 67.2% of his pass attempts for 4,319 yards, 42 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
3. Mason Rudolph (+2500)
There's a couple of reason why Mason Rudolph finds himself as the long shot options with odds set at +2500. The Oklahoma State product is 0-1-1 as a starter over the last two seasons and averages a measly 139.2 passing yards per game in his career. He also owns an underwhelming 61.5% completion percentage and lacks any kind of rushing upside. Rudolph enters camp as the No. 3 option on the depth chart and seeing him move up would be shocking at this point in his career.
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