The Pittsburgh Steelers over the years have done a great job of developing wide receivers. Names like Hines Ward, Antonio Brown, Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, Chase Claypool, and Juju Smith-Schuster all ring a bell for the Pittsburgh Steelers fanbase though. The latest name that is going to be very solid for them is rookie wide receiver George Pickens. He was a second-round pick out of the University of Georgia.
Pickens has made an impression on this coaching staff. He is 6’3″ and weighs 200 lbs. The only question for George Pickens is who will he be catching passes from in Week 1 and beyond? Will it be Mitchell Trubisky, Kenny Pickett, or Mason Rudolph? Time will tell as the preseason games and training camp goes on. Pickens has the talent to be the next number one wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was buried as the fifth or the sixth wide receiver when training camp began just a few weeks ago.
George Pickens only played in four games last season due to an injury for Georgia. The Bulldogs wide receiver caught five passes for 107 yards receiving. He averaged 21.4 yards per catch. Pickens was in a run first offense with the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC and maybe he gets more looks and targets in a pass first offense with the Pittsburgh Steelers though.
George Pickens has great hands, runs great routes, and uses his athleticism and body size to shield defenders off of him though. He could be a worth a pick in the later rounds for fantasy football. Don’t reach on him even if you think Pickens can potentially be a fantasy football sleeper for the upcoming 2022 NFL regular season though. George Pickens can also be a top fantasy waiver wire pick up if he is not drafted in your league.