The NFL Draft loomed large for Pittsburgh Steelers and Pennsylvania sports betting fans.
After all, a key position the Steelers sought to fill in last week’s draft was quarterback, since future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger retired after last season.
It was a position the Steelers haven’t worried about filling for many years, since Roethlisberger’s first snap in 2004.
In 2022, the Steelers went ahead and picked two QBs and went for a hometown favorite with their No. 1 pick.
Kenny Pickett, a New Jersey native who quarterbacked the University of Pittsburgh, stays at home. He was the only QB chosen in the first round (20th overall) of the NFL Draft last Thursday.
A popular choice among its fanbase, Pickett will be competing against former Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills quarterback Mitch Trubisky (also a first-rounder) and Mason Rudolph, Roethlisberger’s former backup, for the starting spot.
Steelers History with Quarterbacks in First Round
Roethlisberger was the last quarterback the Steelers selected in the first round, going back to 2004.
Other previous first-round QB choices included: Mark Malone (1980, 28th); Terry Bradshaw (1970, 1st); Len Dawson (1957, 5th) and Ted Marchibroda (1953, 5th)
Who The Pittsburgh Steelers Took in The NFL Draft
The Pittsburgh Steelers made seven picks over three days of the NFL Draft (five on offense, two on defense) and are the first team to take two quarterbacks in one draft since 2012.
The Steelers selected another quarterback, 24-year-old grad transfer Chris Oladokun, in the seventh round. Oladokun played one season for South Dakota State.
Steelers Not Among Super Bowl Favorites After Draft
Despite the choice of the heir apparent, the Steelers find themselves in the bottom half of the odds to win the Super Bowl, in the eyes of DraftKings Sportsbook.
The Steelers are +6500 to win the Super Bowl, +4000 to win the AFC and +800 to win the AFC North.
Here are the Steelers’ odds, along with the top 10, according to DraftKings: