2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: George Pickens

  • George Pickens, 6-2/200

  • Wide Receiver

  • Georgia

  • George Pickens Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Playmaker
  • Quality height and length
  • Beats defensive backs for contested catches
  • Enough speed to challenge defenses
  • Second-gear speed
  • Can generate vertical separation
  • Tracks the ball well
  • Straight-line speed
  • Body control
  • Leaping ability
  • Attacks the football
  • Quick feet
  • Can work as a possession receiver
  • Has some strength
  • Makes plays downfield
  • Good body control to make tough sideline catches
  • Yards-after-the-catch ability
  • Third-down weapon
  • Capable of producing splash plays

  • Weaknesses:
  • Coming off torn ACL
  • Never had a season of big production

  • Summary: Georgia has recruited a lot of star players under Kirby Smart, and Pickens looked like he might be the Bulldogs best receiver since A.J. Green. Pickens had an impressive debut as a freshman, catching 49 passes for 727 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2020, Georgia struggled with a revolving cast of quarterbacks, holding Pickens hauling to 36 catches for 513 yards and six touchdowns. Disaster then struck for Pickens in the spring of 2021 when he torn an ACL in preseason workouts.

    Pickens, hoewver, made it his mission to return, and he made it back to play in the final three games of the 2021 season, catching five passes for 107 yards, including a 52-yard reception that helped Georgia beat Alabama in the National Championship. Pickens’ determination was commendable, and it is impressive Pickens came back to play in 2021. Many others players would have just shut things down and just started preparing for the NFL draft.

    Pickens has the potential to be a lead No. 1 receiver at the next level. He is a linear wideout who makes plays downfield and has deceptive speed for a receiver of his size. Pickens is very good at making contested catches over defensive backs thanks to his impressive body control, agility, and strong hands. With his leaping ability and body control, Pickens could be a real weapon on the sideline. Pickens has good speed, but he isn’t a burner who is going to be a threat to score on any reception, like a Jaylen Waddle. Pickens may not be a receiver who is constantly finding separation, but he should be pretty capable to get open going against NFL defensive backs.

    Sources with multiple teams really like Pickens. They feel he would have been a definite first-round pick if hadn’t been injured with the ACL last spring. Coming off the injury and barely playing in 2021, team sources believe Pickens could be an early second-round pick. If he stays healthy and plays up to his potential, Pickens could be a second-day steal from the 2022 NFL Draft.

    Player Comparison: DeVante Parker Team sources have said Pickens reminds them of Parker when Parker has played well for the Dolphins. Parker was a first-round pick in 2015, and Pickens would have been a first-rounder if he had avoided injury in the spring of 2021.


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