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George Pickens
ADP: N/A
Bye: 9
Experience: 0 Yr(s)
Age: 21.9
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 200
40 Time: 4.47
Burst Score (Rank): 121.20 (50%)

George Pickens's Weekly Outlook

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We’ll have detailed analysis of this player’s performance added here after each week’s game. Weekly outlooks are posted Tuesday at 1pm EST each week.

Rest Of Way Outlook

George Pickens's 2022 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#53 Wide Receiver

109.7 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
Not Available 54.2 850.8 4.1 2.1 0

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Basic StatsGeorge Pickens's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • Pickens hit Georgia as a top-25 overall prospect in his recruiting class.
  • As a true freshman, he led the Bulldogs in all major receiving categories, accounting for 19.2% of the catches, 23.3% of the yards and 30.8% of the TDs. He beat then-fellow SEC wideouts Jerry Jeudy and Justin Jefferson in Pro Football Focus receiving grade that year.
  • Pickens lost 2 games to injury in his sophomore season but still led his team in catches, yards and TDs per game.
  • Pickens tore his right ACL in March 2021. He played in Georgia’s regular-season finale last fall but managed only 5 receptions across the final 4 games.
  • He had bounced back enough to participate in the Scouting Combine, where Pickens ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash at 6’3, 195 pounds. That’s a 74th-percentile time among NFL WRs; 78th-percentile speed score.
  • Here’s what HC Mike Tomlin said attracted the team to Pickens: “He’s a big guy — 6’3-plus — with little guy body control. His ability to change direction, his ability to stop and start, (and) his ability to drop his weight is like that of a much smaller man. That was the trait that really attracted us to him. He’s got easy hand-eye ball skills.”
  • Even with Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool already in place, Pittsburgh’s offense provides immediate opportunity. James Washington, Ray-Ray McCloud and JuJu Smith-Schuster combined for more than 20% target share in last year’s offense before all leaving this offseason.
  • Pittsburgh’s pass offense should improve its downfield ability with the switch from Ben Roethlisberger to whomever wins. Both Mitchell Trubisky and Kenny Pickett have averaged ADOTs more than a yard deeper in each of their starting seasons to date than Roethlisberger did in 2021.
  • That would be good for a WR who averaged 15.0 yards per catch in college.
  • Steelers beat writer Chris Adamski described WR George Pickens as the “clear WR3” early in training camp.


Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

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.

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Pat Freiermuth, TE PIT

8:18am EST 12/25/22

Freiermuth rebounds vs. Raiders

Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth tallied 7 catches for 66 yards among 8 targets in Saturday night's win over the Raiders. The numbers marked a big rebound from his target-less Week 15 at Carolina. It was Freiermuth's most targets and receptions since Week 11. The TE trailed only RB Najee Harris in targets for the game. WR Diontae Johnson added 5-64 receiving on 7 looks. WR George Pickens caught all 5 of his targets for 57 yards and the go-ahead TD. Pittsburgh gets a Week 17 rematch with Baltimore, which has played the run much tougher than the pass for most of the season.

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Steelers QB Kenny Pickett (concussion) will start this weekend's game vs. the Raiders, HC Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. It sounds like Pickett still has 1 more step to pass protocol, so we'll keep an eye on his practice participation this week. Vegas ranks 30th in adjusted fantasy points allowed to QBs, but Pickett hasn't shown enough this season to be more than a mid-range QB2 for Week 16.

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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson caught all 10 of his targets for 98 yards in Sunday's win over the Panthers. He drew 45.5% of QB Mitchell Trubisky's pass attempts, tallying 58.8% of the team's receptions and 54.7% of the yards. He was the only Steeler to catch more than 2 passes. WR George Pickens checked in next with 2 catches for 53 yards among 5 targets. WR Steven Sims was the only other Pittsburgh player to see more than 1 target. We'll see whether QB Kenny Pickett can make it back for Week 16.

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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson remained allergic to the end zone in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. He did lead the team in targets (8), receptions (6) and receiving yards (82). TE Pat Freiermuth followed with 6 targets, catching 3 for 33 yards and a TD. WR George Pickens drew just 3 looks -- tied with 2 others for 4th -- but caught all 3 for 78 yards. Pittsburgh heads to Carolina in Week 15, likely without QB Kenny Pickett (concussion).

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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson racked up 11 targets among 28 Kenny Pickett pass attempts in Sunday's win over the Falcons. That marked a 39.3% target share, in a game that saw no other Steeler top 5 looks. TE Pat Freiermuth finished 2nd, catching 3 of 5 targets for 76 yards. RB Jaylen Warren was the only other Pittsburgh player to catch more than 1 pass. WRs George Pickens and Steven Sims matched Warren at 2 targets. Pickens caught just 1 ball for 2 yards. Next for Pittsburgh comes the season's 1st matchup with the Ravens, who have been playing the run tougher than the pass.

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George Pickens, WR PIT
Dynasty MVP 129.4
Position Rank #31 WR
3yr Projection
5yr Projection
10yr Projection
385
689
1,222
Dynasty Write-up
Pickens looks like one of the steals of the 2022 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he showed a clear ability to dominate at the catch point. His outlook only improved with the in-season trade of WR Chase Claypool.
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