NFL Hot Press: Make-up Concerns Hurting Pickens

Make-up Concerns Hurting Pickens

Updated April 21, 2022
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

Last week, was first to report that multiple domestic violence issues were causing some teams to drop Georgia defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt off their draft board. Wyatt isn’t the only Bulldog who is being hurt by character and make-up concerns. Multiple team sources say that make-up concerns are weighing down the draft stock of Georgia wide receiver George Pickens. While teams like Pickens’ tape and skill set, they feel he is going to slide at least into the second day of the 2022 NFL Draft because of character concerns.

“The Pickens’ interview was horrible,” said a NFC director of player personnel. “He’s barely alive on our board and still could get dropped off.”

A few other team sources said the character evaluation for Pickens was “terrible.” While Pickens produced some good tape in 2020 and has a legit combination of size and speed, he tore his ACL in the spring of 2021. That caused him to miss the vast majority of the 2021 season except for a few games to close out the season.

“He could go lower, but the third round is probably the most viable for Pickens,” said an AFC director of college scouting.

Given the medical red flags to go with the major character concerns, Pickens could be in store for a draft-day slide.