The Steelers drafted quarterback Kenny Pickett with the 20th overall pick in this year’s draft and he is expected to take over as the team’s starter sooner rather than later.
But that day has not yet come.
Pickett has worked as a third-team quarterback so far in OTAs, as Steelers pace reporters have observed, behind Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph.
But Pickett’s early status with the team comes as no surprise.
“I didn’t think I was going to come in and be 1,” Pickett said, via ESPN’s Brooke Pryor. “It’s kind of what I expected, come here and earn everything i get.”
Head coach Mike Tomlin said Pickett will get a chance to compete for the starting role. And as the quarterback widely considered the most professional in the 2022 draft class, Pickett is expected to work with starters at some point before the season begins.
But at this point, it looks like the Steelers won’t push Pickett until he’s ready.