George Pickens

George Pickens

Measurements
  • Height
    6032
  • Hand
    8 3/4
  • VJ
    33
  • Weight
    195lbs
  • Arm
    32 3/8
  • Speed
    4.47
WR Combine Averages
  • Height
    6004
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    200lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.51
Brian Friedland - Scout
George Pickens
  • Overall Rank
    50
  • Position Rank
    10
  • Position
    WR
  • Age
    21.3 Years
  • Team
    GEORGIA

Stats

Year Games Played Rec Yards YPC TDs Misc. Stats
2019 14 49 727 14.8 8 51.9 YDS/G
2020 8 36 513 14.3 6 64.1 YDS/G
2021 4 5 107 21.4 0 1.3 REC/G

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Has above the line size and length for the receiver position. Lanky receiver who looks like he can get to around the 210 pound mark in order to be warded off by more physical corners. Frame is adequate because of this. Durability is adequate, but Pickens did tear his ACL prior to the 2021 season. Outside of that, he only missed two games before the 2021 season.

  • Size
    7
  • Length
    7
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 6.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Toughness is adequate, but he does have a tendency to let players get into his head (was ejected from game against Georgia Tech and suspended for half of the 2019 SEC Championship due to punching an opposing player). Instincts are adequate with flashes of above the line. He does a solid job of maneuvering his way through zone coverage. Effort and motor are adequate with Pickens needing to play with more urgency on quick passes and plays in space.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 6.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Explosiveness is adequate with flashes of above the line, and speed is above the line, particularly on deep routes (AT Cincinnati/Q1/4:38). Body control is above the line with flashes of outstanding due to Pickens' ability to adjust to passes at the high-point on top of his ability to use his 6-3 frame to box out defenders (AT Missouri/Q2/13:59). Flexibility and bend are average with Pickens standing straight up on many of his routes and not using much bend to create separation from his defender. Change of direction is adequate, but there were times where Pickens had a difficult time stopping on a dime to create more yards after the catch (AT Alabama 2020/Q4/9:22). Play strength is average with Pickens sometimes letting his defender push him around far too often than one would think for somebody of his size.

  • Explosiveness
    6
  • Speed
    7
  • Body Control
    7
  • Flexibility/Bend
    5
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    5
Grade 6.0

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Returned two kicks his freshman year, but this is not going to be a big part of his game at the NFL level. Perimeter blocking is adequate with Pickens being more than able to hold his own on the outside. Suddenness and release are both adequate with flashes of above the line due to Pickens being able to use his physicality and above the line speed to create separation off of the line against less physical defenders, especially on deep routes (AT Alabama 2022/Q1/1:49). Route running is adequate with flashes of above the line, but stays as adequate due to it looking choppy and being inconsistent on short-to-intermediate routes (AT Missouri/Q2/5:50). Ball skills are adequate with the ability to be above the line with Pickens being able to make some outstanding contested catches and then having some poor drops. Run after the catch is adequate, but Pickens is able to use his speed and long strides to break off some big gains on short passes. Vertical threat ability is above the line with Pickens being able to stretch the field due to outstanding straight-line speed.

  • Ball Skills
    6
  • Suddenness
    6
  • Release
    6
  • Route Running
    6
  • Run After Catch
    6
  • Vertical threat
    7
  • Perimeter Blocking
    6
  • Return Ability
    5
Grade 6.0

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
George Pickens came to Georgia as a five-star prospect from Hoover High School. He immediately made an impact his freshman year for the Bulldogs where he compiled 49 REC for 727 YDS and 8 TDS, including 12 REC for 175 YDS and 1 TD against Baylor in the Sugar Bowl. His sophomore year, Pickens had a solid year where he recorded 36 REC for 513 YDS and 6 TDS, including 7 REC for 135 YDS and 1 TD in the Peach Bowl against Cincinnati. Prior to the 2021 season, Pickens tore his ACL on the fourth day of spring practice, which resulted in him only playing in four games for Georgia where he had 5 REC for 107 YDS. Pickens is a WR3 with WR2 upside who wins with his above the line body control, ability to make contested catches at the high point, and outstanding straight-line speed. Pickens will need to improve in his short-to-intermediate route running along with getting bigger and stronger to be able to not get pushed around as easily by more physical cornerbacks in order to reach his full potential.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Missouri
  • Dec - 12 - 2020
  • Showed impressive contested catch ability and had flashes of outstanding run after the catch ability in a game that saw him record 5 REC for 126 YDS and 2 TDS
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT Alabama
  • Oct - 17 - 2020
  • Had trouble matching the physicality of Patrick Surtain II and lack of bend was evident in his inability to create separation in different ways besides using his big frame on his way to only having 5 REC for 53 YDS
Best Trait
Body Control
Pro Comparison
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