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  • Writer's pictureBrett Favre

Kenny Pickett 40 time: How did he compare to other quarterbacks?

It almost appears that 'each and every' QB has to be possessing mobility nowadays between the lines of the NFL. In a comparison, the current age of football is somehow different from the teams of pocket passers that were stiff and did not have as much mobility. Because the game today is played with such an ever–decelerating pace, it seems like there's an entire element that's missing if the quarterback can't move in the pocket, throw on the run, or even move the chains with his legs.


Weeks after the 2021 season with Big Ben in his final year of career, the Pittsburgh Steelers bumped the up the quarterback with mobility as their priority. As they scouted the hilly rives across the whole of the 2023 draft class to visit all the top quarterback prospects, the Steelers in the end selected their close friend, quarterback, and hometown boy, Kenny Pickett, at the 20th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.


Though Pickett wasn't perfect, the team didn't blame him for the sub-par performance because his issues didn't stem from a lack of mobility. Piccket sometimes shows his athletic skills. And if you ask me, how fast is Pickett running?


How fast was Kenny Pickett's sprint 40 yards?


Kenny Pickett was in contrast to a large number of quarterbacks, as he had no problems playing on the athletic testing day at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine. Define this as the 40-yard dash as well. Pickett entered the Combine with a time of 4.67 seconds on the first run and 4.69 seconds on the second run, which after adjustment measured at 4.73 seconds.


This is a slow 40 time for a quarterback, even though it makes him among the 87 percent of all QBs who have declined the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine or even their Pro Day since 1999, according to Mockdraftable's database.


Which of Kenny Pickett's 40 time is faster than the fastest at 2022 NFL Combine?


The 2022 draft class was regarded as having one of the worst groups of quarterbacks in years according to most experts, and although that means that they weren’t prototypical NFL quarterbacks, it doesn’t mean they were not good athletes. Here is how Pickett's 40-yard dash time compared to every other QB who participated at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine:Here is how Pickett's 40-yard dash time compared to every other QB who participated at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine:


  • Desmond Ridder: 4.52

  • E.J. Perry: 4.65

  • Kenny Pickett: 4.73

  • Dustin Crum: 4.75

  • Brock Purdy: 4.84

  • Bailey Zappe: 4.88

  • Jack Coan: 4.90

  • Skylar Thompson: 4.91


On the other hand, Pickett was the third-fastest quarterback at the 2022 NFL Combine, but there are some points that seem to be worth noting. Did you know that there were 7 quarterbacks who attended the Combine in 2022 but did not participate in the 40-yard dash? These players along with Malik Willis, Matt Corral, and D'Eriq King, among others, who were expected to run faster in the event that they had gone for it.


Just looking at him and seeing the way he moves on the field, it's not so hard to understand that he is athletic. It's with the rest of his performance in which he hasn't done well. Steelers fans are hoping to see him use this speed as a positive thing especially as he rebuilds his career as he starts.

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