2022 NFL Draft: Ranking the Commanders’ best WR options on Day 2
4. George Pickens, Georgia
The wide receiver with some of the best ball skills and overall the wideout with some of the surest hands in the class has to be George Pickens out of Georgia. Pickens has had a weird collegiate career up to this point. He flashed elite potential as a freshman but slowed down significantly since then. In addition to the injury bug biting him, it’s been a rollercoaster ride for him.
The thing that sticks out to me about Pickens is his ability to catch a football. Let me explain: Pickens is purely a hands-catcher. There are no body catches. He’s very calculated, concentrated, and focused as a pass-catcher, he can catch passes outside of his frame and also doesn’t drop many passes at all.
He also plays very well at the catch point over smaller defenders, and can easily take advantage of mismatches out in space with the ball in the air. He’s also really good at attacking leverage and he can be very sudden in and out of his breaks.
Due to his frame, failing to succeed against physical DB’s, his poor run blocking ability and his iffy ability to create after the catch, I’ve cooled off significantly on Pickens. I think on Day 2, he’d still be a good add for the Commanders on sheer talent and potential alone, but at the same time, Pickens has a lot to prove at the next level if he’s looking to be a tenured talent for whoever selects him in 2022.