53, the number of picks between the first and second quarterbacks taken in the 2022 NFL Draft. The first team was the Steelers at pick 20, while the second was the Atlanta Falcons at pick 74.
The Steelers took Kenny Pickett while the Falcons took Desmond Ridder. One is a starter and the other is sitting on the bench watching the starter play quite bad.
The Atlanta Falcons could make to Steelers look like fools if they did this…
We all know that Desmond Ridder should be starting for the Atlanta Falcons but this week would be the perfect time to put him in as the starter.
On the other side, you have Kenny Pickett who was the only quarterback drafted in the first 73 picks. He started out as the third quarterback on the depth chart and has now been starting for much of the year.
The Falcons need to put Desmond Ridder in and watch him beat Pickett and the Pittsburgh Steelers, it would be a perfect turn of events. It would show that the Steelers jumped the gun on Pickett when they could have waited to draft him and also show them that they took the wrong quarterback.
This is a perfect opportunity to make another franchise look bad. It is an ideal scenario because it would put all the pressure on the Steelers’ QB. Ridder wasn’t the first one drafted so he wouldn’t get the ridicule that Pickett would if he lost.
As great as it would be, it is not going to happen barring injury. It has been made clear that Mariota is the starter unless there is a dramatic turn of events. It is a shame because what would be better than this?
Being the team that took the better quarterback 54 picks later would make your front office look like geniuses.