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.
— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) December 16, 2020
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.”
— Kenny Pickett (@kennypickett10) December 16, 2020
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.
#Pitt QB Kenny Pickett is returning next season. He has already surpassed Dan Marino & Tyler Palko for total offense in his career. He’s going to blow by Tino Sunseri (needs 34 more yards). Catching Alex Van Pelt (11,148 yds) will be difficult. #H2P 🔵🟡 pic.twitter.com/KFHlvib6ia
— Harry G. Psaros (@PittGuru) December 16, 2020
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.