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Kenny Pickett returning to Pittsburgh for 2021 season

Kenny Pickett

You can cross Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett off your list of players to evaluate for the 2021 draft, as one of the most decorated passers in Panthers school history confirmed Tuesday that he’s returning to campus for one more season.

Pickett will take advantage of the NCAA’s blanket waiver, “which gives every fall athlete another year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Pickett ranks third in the ACC in passing yards per game in 2020 and finished the year 203-of-332 for 2,408 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Pickett’s decision to return to school is the right one. He was a fringe prospect for the 2021 NFL draft and likely would’ve gone undrafted had he come out. Now, with another year of seasoning and an opportunity to add another ‘traditional’ year of tape to his resume, his odds of hearing his name called on draft weekend go up.

Bryan Perez

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