George Pickens

George Pickens

WR - PIT
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College: Georgia
Pittsburgh Steelers

2022 Season Outlooks

It didn't take George Pickens long to make an impact in Pittsburgh. His first preseason game was an eye-opener, but the truth is that he's been crushing defenses for years at Georgia. Now there's a chance he plays like that right away in the NFL. In college, Pickens collected 90 receptions and 14 touchdowns over 26 games, dazzling with plenty of big plays even after he came back from a torn ACL in 2021. He's a tall receiver with good speed, but lean and definitely one with a mean streak that got him in trouble in college. If there's a positive, it's that the Steelers are known for putting rookies on the field. They're pretty good at developing wide receivers, too. He's quickly jumped over Chase Claypool in our rankings and is absolutely worth a top-100 pick in redraft leagues. He's also worth a top-seven choice in rookie-only drafts.
We’ll have to see how quickly Pickens can acclimate to the pro and just how Pittsburgh decides to fill its top 3 WR spots. None among Pickens, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool is a natural/experienced slot WR. Pickens’ quick breakout in the SEC, though, and strong draft capital makes him an attractive bet going forward. As long as his ADP doesn’t climb too high, we’re buying.
Pickens was selected by Pittsburgh in the second round of April's draft. Pickens is a 6-foot-3, vertical receiver who almost exclusively plays outside (his 13% career slot rate is third lowest in this rookie class). We barely saw him in 2021, as he tore his ACL in the spring and appeared in only four games. Most of his damage has come down field (career 14.2 aDOT) and he's shown good hands (two drops on 142 career targets) and ball skills. Pickens has some discipline issues, but he's only 21 years old and can develop as the No. 3 behind Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. With the Steelers' quarterback situation a work in progress, Pickens is a longshot for consistent early-career fantasy production, but he has major long-term upside. Consider him with a late-round pick.
George Pickens looks like the early steal from the 2022 draft. Physically his 6'3" frame checks every box as a classic alpha receiver. Pickens has made several highlight catches during practice, a versatile player who will give Johnson space to operate by stretching the field vertically. Johnson summed up his teammate simply by saying, "He's a freak. That's what he is. He's a freak."

2022 Fantasy Football Rankings

Standard

#125

PPR

#121

Half-PPR

#116

Superflex

#143

2022 Fantasy Football Draft Projections

Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec TD
59.4 763.6 4.3

2022 Average Draft Position (ADP)

Standard

#124

Pick 11.04

PPR

#116

Pick 10.08

Half-PPR

#119

Pick 10.11

Superflex

#140

Pick 12.08

Injury Risk

Injury Risk:
Low

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