The Carolina Panthers have been one of the most successful franchises in professional football, but their draft selection is a huge question mark. Prediction: The NFL will make them pay for it with a year-long suspension.
The “latest nfl mock drafts” are always a good source of information. The Carolina Panthers will make a huge mistake after the Pro Day Hand-Size Fiasco, according to Pete Prisco’s Mock Draft.
Every NFL draft features at least one bizarre, one-of-a-kind, or simply ridiculous scenario that becomes a major event. The Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett’s hand size is the clear leader in the clubhouse for this year’s weird tale winner.
The entire situation is being exaggerated, but it doesn’t mean the Carolina Panthers shouldn’t consider him at No. 6 overall in this year’s selection.
On Pitt’s pro day, the Carolina Panthers made headlines by analyzing Kenny Pickett’s hands.
Kenny Pickett had a fantastic senior year at Pittsburgh. He guided the Panthers to an 11-3 record, the team’s best result since 1981, when Dan Marino was the quarterback. Pickett came in third place in the Heisman Trophy vote as well.
However, after the Senior Bowl arrived, scouts, the media, and NFL draft gurus began to focus on Pickett’s hands.
NFL talent evaluators consider a quarterback’s hand size because they feel that larger hands contribute to greater ball security. In their perspective, smaller-handed quarterbacks pose a fumble danger.
Pickett, as NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero explained during the Senior Bowl, has double-jointed thumbs. This condition makes his thumbs naturally point in toward his palm and makes it so he can’t stretch it out flat on a table like the NFL does when it measures hand size.
On an NFL quarterback, nine-inch hands are considered tiny. At the combine, Pickett’s measured 8.5 inches.
During least one of the clubs interested in drafting Pickett wanted to see his controversial mitts at his pro day. Pictures of Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule summoning his offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo, to examine the quarterback clutching a football have gone viral.
The gang was all smiling after the unexpected meeting, so it seems like Carolina is a viable landing location for Picket in the forthcoming draft.
Sports Network (CBS) In the 2022 NFL Draft, Pete Prisco sees the Pitt quarterback as the first passer off the board.
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CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco is one NFL mock drafter who predicts the Carolina Panthers will choose Kenny Pickett at No. 6 overall. While he doesn’t give the choice his full support, he does believe it makes logic, writing:
They need to fix their quarterback problem, and Pickett is the best of a lousy bunch. Nonetheless, they must take the swing.
The first portion of the sentence is accurate. The Panthers’ quarterback situation is a disaster, and they need to figure out what to do. Picking sixth offers them a good chance of getting one of the best quarterbacks in the draft: Pickett, Liberty’s Malik Willis, and Ole Miss’ Matt Corral.
If the Jacksonville Jaguars choose Michigan’s Aiden Hutchinson at No. 1, the Detroit Lions have a chance to grab Willis, who is considered the finest quarterback in the draft, at No. 2.
Taking Pickett at No. 6 isn’t a horrible move in that circumstances.
If Willis and Pickett are both available after the fifth round, as they are in Prisco’s mock draft, picking the Pitt quarterback over Willis would be a huge mistake.
Malik Willis vs. Kenny Pickett
Kenny Pickett and Malik Willis are the finest two quarterback prospects this year, with apologies to Matt Corral, who is boosting his value during the pre-NFL selection process.
Pickett, who is 6-foot-3 and 217 pounds, spent five seasons at Pitt. He appeared in 52 games, passing for 12,303 yards, 81 touchdowns, and 32 interceptions while completing 62.4 percent of his passes.
Willis is 6-foot-219 pounds and played two seasons at Auburn before transferring to Liberty for his last two years. He appeared in 35 collegiate games, passing for 5,176 yards, 48 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions while completing 62.8 percent of his throws.
Both quarterbacks have advantages and disadvantages. Willis had the most success at a tiny school, despite having solid wins (although in defeats) against rated teams like Ole Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette, as well as a significant victory over Coastal Carolina in 2020.
Even if the hand-size issue with Pickett is forgotten, there remain some knocks against him. While he put up great statistics throughout his collegiate career, it wasn’t until his senior season that he really stood out. He was a 23-year-old male at the time, competing against 18-21-year-olds. This raises the issue of whether he was exceptional last season or just much better evolved than his peers.
While Willis’ stature is an issue, he possesses a superior arm than Pickett and is more athletic. That gives the former Liberty Flame the advantage in a draft when there is no clear top quarterback. And that implies that selecting Willis, a Pickett fan, would be a huge mistake for the Panthers.
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