A recent quote from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler suggests that the Pittsburgh Steelers have a future star on their roster.
Fowler appeared on ESPN earlier this month to break down which rookie wide receivers could make a major impact in 2022. And he made a comment about Steelers rookie wide receiver George Pickens that should be extremely encouraging to fans.
Pickens, a second-round pick by Pittsburgh in the 2022 NFL Draft, ran into some trouble during his time at Georgia. He was suspended for the first half of the SEC Championship game during his true freshman season after exchanging punches with a Georgia Tech player.
Georgia WR George Pickens will be suspended for the first half of the SEC Championship after this fight today.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 30, 2019
He leads the team in receiving yards and TD. pic.twitter.com/etNgh746dc
That one moment, however, doesn’t define Pickens. According to Fowler, the former Georgia standout hasn’t had any issues since joining the Steelers in April.
“He (Pickens) has first-round talent,” said Fowler. “Slipped to the second round largely teams believe because of professionalism questions — whether he can handle the rigors of the NFL game. But I spoke with somebody with the Steelers who said he’s been sharp since he’s been there. They’ve had no issues on that front.”
There’s a reason the Steelers haven’t had any issues with Pickens. It’s because that’s not who he is as a person. And that’s part of the reason why he wanted to go to a franchise with a strong culture in place.
“I spoke with somebody close to Pickens as well who said he wanted to go to a place with a really strong team culture that he could learn from,” noted Fowler. “And Pittsburgh, which is great at drafting wide receivers, is just that.”
Pittsburgh fans have to love hearing that. That’s a championship approach from the rookie.
Pickens has the right mindset to excel in the NFL. And he has the skills, too. Pickens can be a perennial Pro-Bowler in the NFL, he just needs to stay healthy. If Pickens’ injury woes are behind him, he could be the biggest steal of the 2022 NFL Draft.
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