It’s a long-term neglect of a specific, high-profile position in the first round of your draft. They didn’t. Because it was heard in the last three years. Of course, I mean steels And not taking Santonio Holmes in the 1st round after being drafted in 2006. DriversThey haven’t selected a first-round receiver since 2002.

But, from Mike Wallace to Emmanuel Sanders to Antonio Brown to Martavis Bryant to JuJu Smith-Schuster to Deontay Johnson to Chase Claypool, no team in football over the past two decades has produced a more illustrious pedigree than the Steelers.

And it feels like Pittsburgh has discovered its next overlooked wideout in George Pickins, their second-round pick in April. He took Steelers training camp by storm, and so did our own Brian Derdo Recently registered Pickens’ dominance at St. Vincent College this summer.

Pickens was comfortably wide of the first round on me Big board before the 2022 draft. Only Drake London, Jameson Williams, Garrett Wilson and Skye Moore scored higher.

I know training camp videos are all the rage right now. But let’s delve into what Pickens does with his exceptional work at Georgia that suggests he’s not just making the jump to the NFL, he’s ready to hit the ground running with speedy star skills.

Before I start, let’s remember, it was Pickens A five-star recruit and the 4th largest number in the country Entering the college level from the high school class of 2019. Pickens has been That boy for a while.

Now let’s start by exploring the second round pick Roger McCreary The Titans, then Auburn University. Notice how Pickens breaks down McCreary at the line and effortlessly gets the football over his shoulder.

That play is receiver teaching tape, and Pickins made that play as a 19-year-old, mind you. It’s rare to move that fluidly and explosively at 6-foot-3.

In the vertical lane tree, Pickens is a formidable matchup. It’s not just because he’s tall and fast and goes to college with superior ability to fight press coverage. His catch radius is huge. Bigger than you think.

The comical outstretched arm style is thrown in every Pickens movie. Since the freshman season. That one, in a highly competitive bowl game, struck a chord with me. In terms of potential, based solely on his frame and athleticism, Pickens is a tool.

Why did I beat him a freshman class before the draft, he’s a five-star recruit with an athletic profile and receiver skills. Check out how he combines both elements in how he plays the position on this touchdown against Arkansas. Back from the perimeter, he catches the football then takes a spectacular bend and dives for the score.

Or how about this comeback with Cincinnati? Most of the Picks have shown advanced skill sets. Similar to the score against Arkansas, a sneaky juke on the line, high acceleration to push the corner down the field, then literally snapping the top of the line as he gets into the defender’s blind spot to ensure separation.

The cherry on top was how he adjusted his throw slightly low and outside to catch it. From Pickens’ Stellar Stuff.

Against LSU and eventual No. 3 overall pick Derrick Stingley, Pickens faked to the sideline, burst inside and, again, adjusted with an off-target throw and threw the ball well outside the number. Oh, and this game was one of Pickens’ eight touchdowns in 2019 for the 18-year-old (!) for the Bulldogs.

Look at that again. Notice how Pickens keeps his eyes on the quarterback. Sure enough, Stingley had outside potential, which allowed Pickens to sneak inside. But the spontaneity Pickens displayed was unique.

As the 11th receiver drafted with the No. 52 overall pick in April, Pickens was a huge steal. Given the Steelers’ track record of picking up wideouts, we should have known that when his name was called on the clock in the 2nd round.

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