Team: Georgia Bulldogs
Position: Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 6’3” and 190 lbs
The purpose of this series is to provide a ceiling and a floor for devy prospects. I also provide an example of a player in which the prospect could reach their level of production. This is not a player comparison in regards to style of play, but more so used for what I think the high or low end of production could be for fantasy purposes.
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*Data collected from sports-reference.com
One of the exciting aspects of Pickens profile is his college dominator rating in comparison to future stud, Ja’Marr Chase. As a freshman, Pickens posted a dominator (%) of 27.02% compared to 33.39% from Chase. While 6.37% difference is significant, a little perspective helps. Jake Fromm attempted 385 passes in 2019 while Burrow had 527 attempts and 36 more passing TDs. Pickens’ modest numbers in 2019 are more exciting going forward when put into perspective, and he flashed elite ball skills and consistently wins his assignments with ease due to elite athletic traits. He looks natural in his routes, has crisp breaks, and has the size to win contested battles with aggressive defensive backs. His “my ball” mentality is very evident on tape.
Upside Projection: Plaxico Burress
If you are an owner that is risk-averse, Pickens may not appeal to you as much as others. His off-the-field issues are admittedly a red-flag, and some concerns that transpired last season will undoubtedly follow him throughout his draft process. During the Georgia versus Georgia Tech game in 2019, Pickens was suspended for fighting which resulted in an ejection from the game, and he was also forced to miss the first half of the following week’s game. Unfortunately, that “following week’s game” was the SEC championship against LSU, who went on to win the National Championship. Pickens was already suspended from the 1st half of the GA Tech for violating team rules. He was a freshman, but significant growth needs to occur with this young man personally if he wants to vault up these devy ranks. If he can stay on the field and show some improved discipline, the sky is the limit for this talented prospect.
Floor Projection: Nate Burleson
I am very bullish on George Pickens and I am drafting him on his potential to grow and mature in that Georgia system that demands players to be the best version of themselves. He will have a lot of people in his court helping him along the way and he is an integral member of the Bulldogs. He is a top 12 devy prospect for me.