By now, you’ve heard about Kenny Pickett’s hands. Yes, they are small, but through the miracles of hand yoga, they measured slightly larger at his pro day than they did at the NFL combine — from 8 1/2 inches to 8 5/8 inches.

But enough about hand size. Let’s talk about Pickett’s game. I graded him a lot higher than I thought I would after reviewing his film. Pickett has elite accuracy throwing short and intermediate, his passes zip to his receivers with strong velocity, and he’s twitchy enough to escape from pass rushers and make difficult passes on the run. He doesn’t have elite arm talent but can still throw accurately off-platform.

Pickett was a super senior, who broke out in his fifth year. Like many others, he was eligible for an extra season because of last year’s COVID-19 restrictions. He didn’t throw for more than 13 touchdowns in each of his first four seasons but went nuclear last season, throwing for 42 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. He didn’t have blue-chip talent at offensive line or receiver, but he carved up defenses with anticipation and precise ball location, working the dropback game from the pocket. But he’s not just a pocket passer, he’s hard to bring down and is accurate and decisive when he breaks the pocket.

Pickett’s mechanics are very strong. He won’t need much if any adjusting in the NFL. He’s an excellent rotational thrower with a quick release.

In this clip that was sent to me (I edited it) by his trainer, Tony Racioppi, Pickett is working on turning at the top of his drop to make a straight balanced throw to his left using the last crossover step to set the angle for his body to align with the throw. The sequencing of his mechanics is perfect and exactly what even veteran quarterbacks continue trying to master.

What I mean by sequencing is how his hips open first while his shoulders remain closed to the target. This creates a rubber band effect that naturally whips the shoulders into the throw, so he’s getting power from his hips rather than compensating with just his arm. Watch as his front foot hits the ground, his front shoulder remains perpendicular to the target. This type of sequencing is very hard to achieve, but Pickett has perfected it and it shows up on his game film. His strong mechanics and footwork are why he’s by far the most accurate quarterback in this class.

Pickett loves using the middle of the field. He has a natural feel for anticipating windows opening up and puts the ball in great locations for his receivers and doesn’t put them in danger.