George Pickens, Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Wide Receiver
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Our thoughts on 2022 NFL rookie Wide Receiver, George Pickens.
6'3" 200 lbs.
4.47 40-yard dash
10'5" broad jump
34.5" vertical jump
96 percentile breakout age
"First round NFL talent you can get in the 2nd round"
Pickens is a tall, lanky athlete who can fill his frame with more muscle mass.
He makes good use of his body by stretching out and making hands catches away from his body.
He displays good short-area quickness by squaring off his routes with sharp cuts while having the deep speed to beat defenders.
Possesses the ability to sink and snaps hips well on comeback routes while being very fluid and accelerates to top speed on posts and corner routes
During his college career, 71.1% of his catches resulted in a 1st down or a touchdown.
On film, he seems always to be laying out or stretching out his body for the catch and has the body control to secure difficult catches.
Despite recovering from an ACL tear, he did have a catch in the National Championship game, so you shouldn't be worried about his health.
According to Pro Football Focus, Pickens had a 2.1% drop rate, which is better than any other rookie wide receiver.
Pickens could benefit from an NFL weight training program as he loses positioning to physical corners downfield.
He needs to be more efficient with his moves at the line and when setting up routes, as there are some signs of wasted steps.
Over his football career, he has had several immature moments, including trading punches with a Georgia Tech defender in his freshman year and spraying water on a Tennessee player resulting in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
There was a drop-off from 2019 to 2020 where he had 200 fewer yards on only seven fewer targets.
Pickens has the lowest pinkie to thumb spread of all rookie wide receivers if you care about hand size.
If you are looking for a potential steal in your rookie drafts, look no further than George Pickens. The Pittsburgh Steelers are known for finding wide receiver talent, and they found another in the second round of the NFL Draft. The biggest knock on Pickens seems to be either his health or his maturity. Pickens recovered from his ACL injury and played in the National Championship game; Jameson Williams may not play in 2022. The Steelers are an organization known for their discipline, and Head Coach Mike Tomlin won't have an issue. The biggest question is can Pickens find a role in the offense this year, and can Kenny Picket be good enough long-term. If Pickens had landed in Green Bay, his ADP would have vaulted into the middle of the first round; get him while he is still cheap.
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