The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver George Pickens with the No. 52 overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft.

Pickens could end up being the steal of the draft. He’s a first-round talent that could easily be the most talented wide receiver in the draft.

The former five-star recruit, who showed flashes of brilliance as a true freshman in 2019, fell to the second round because of his injury history.

Pickens missed a couple of games in 2020 due to an upper-body injury, then he missed most of 2021 with a torn ACL.

The Alabama native showed enough on tape in 2019 and 2020 that he didn’t need to play in 2021 to raise his draft stock.

Pickens, however, fought hard to return to the field. And just eight months after tearing his ACL, Pickens made his 2021 season debut for the Bulldogs in a win against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

That desire to return to the field is something that Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada loves about Pickens.

Pickens ended up playing in four games last season for Georgia, catching five passes for 107 yards.

While Pickens likely didn’t improve his draft stock with his decision to return to the field last year, he clearly left an impression on NFL coaches like Canada.

High character is a big part of being successful in the NFL. And Pickens proved last season that his character shouldn’t be questioned.

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