'Why George Pickens?'

In the mold of Courtland Sutton -- meshed with the physicality of Dez Bryant

Separation capabilities & physicality

Pickens_Rel1.gif

Even though he doesn’t get the reception here, watch him at the line of scrimmage.

 

Active feet, pauses and accelerates well for 6’3.

Over 700 yards and 8 touchdowns as a Freshman in the SEC is impressive no matter how you slice it. 

Pickens_Rel2.gif

Physical, and lacking maturity at the line of scrimmage is how I would describe him during release periods.

 

Similar to Ja’marr Chase early in his LSU career - likes to attempt to bully the defensive back rather than win with his feet & eyes.

Pickens_Rel3.gif

Pickens projects as an X receiver in the NFL and with reps like this he can develop into a primary target.

 

Abrupt movement during the release period then attacks the blindspot to give an easy throwing lane.

Continually shows great bend, and curvilinear capabilities for a larger receiver - also excited that it appears that he is comfortable movement-wise post ACL when watching his pro-day. 

Pickens_Rel4.gif

He shows the ability to separate late in routes with the use of his hands.

 

Pickens’ length comes into play here when it comes to redirecting defenders when the ball is in-flight.

Pickens_Rel5.gif

Like the ground, he covers here when he jump-stops.

 

Quicker than you think, and has an attractive combination of suddenness & length which will make him an asset around the Goal-line. 

Through break transitions 

Pickens_Tran1.gif

Receivers with greater length at times can pre-determine their level drops & cuts - Pickens does not.

 

Again, the combination of length & suddenness is going to be attractive to offensive coordinators.

 

You don’t see Pickens operate often out of the slot, however, that can be effective with him in the RedZone.

Pickens_Tran2.gif

Disrupts the pathing of #3 - allows him more room to make a play after the catch.

 

Not a particularly big threat with the ball in his hands - but I do like how his understanding of leverage can open the field up for him.

Pickens_Trans3.gif

Pickens continually does a nice job on curl & comeback routes transitioning back to the football.

 

Can create space with level drops as well as his hands.

In-air athleticism

Pickens_In_air1.gif

This is Pickens’ calling card. Can seemingly sell out and extend to catch anything.

 

His length combined with his horizontal leaping capabilities are a top-shelf coupling.

Pickens_In_air2.gif

Can contort, bend, and decelerate back to the football as good as anyone in terms of physical talent.

 

A bit immature as a mover & pass catcher, but these are undeniable traits that not many have.

Pickens_In_air3.gif

The control to get the feet in is what’s impressive here.

 

Full turn, no problem. Always does a nice job of ‘freeze-framing’ during boundary plays.

Pickens_In_air4.gif

Track - extend - protect.

 

Really good job in all three of these phases from Pickens.

Success in contested catch situations

Pickens_Con1_1.gif

If Pickens can remain healthy this is what will make him a Star in the league.

 

Strong, and willing pass catcher in the middle of the field with the physicality to absorb imminent contact.

Pickens_Con2.gif

Back shoulder concepts will be a part of his tree in the NFL.

 

Can easily contort and adjust to off-target throws.

Ascension grades

Tier 1: 75.00 & over -- Gold Jacket potential

Tier 2: 65.00 - 74.99 -- All-pro ceiling

Tier 3: 55.00 - 64.99 -- Pro-bowl ceiling

Tier 4: 49.98 - 54.99 -- High floor primary receiving option

Tier 5: 44.96 - 49.97 -- High ceiling / High-risk prospect

Tier 6: 39.50 - 44.95 -- Niche role player / spot producer

Tier 7: 39.49 & below -- Depth player with low ceiling

Screen Shot 2022-04-10 at 4.46.10 PM.png