Georgia’s George Pickens may be getting buried under talks of one of the deepest receiving classes ever, but does he present value in NFL Draft betting markets? A new rumor suggests he may be a late first-round or even surprise pick in the upcoming draft. At the moment, his draft position over/under sits outside the first round.
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Will George Pickens be drafted in the first round?
Markets on the Georgia pass catcher are scant. Pickens hasn’t been in the first round conversation long, but whispers surrounding his stock are rising. He clocks in with an elite 9.37 relative athletics score (RAS), a proven draft stock indicator and widely used metric. Pickens has great size (6’3″) and speed (4.47 40-yard-dash), making him an attractive player for receiver-hungry teams.
As a freshman, Pickens hauled in 727 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, sixth-most in the SEC. However, an ACL tear ahead of the 2021 season derailed his progress and dropped his draft stock. It’s safe to assume that, if not for that injury, he’d be a locked first-round selection even in a deep receiving class.
Teams near the back of the first round that could be suitors include the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers. The former hosted Pickens for a top-30 visit, making him an interesting consideration at the 29th or 30th pick. PFF’s Sam Monson released a mock draft in mid-April that pit Pickens 22nd to the Packers, ahead of both Drake London and Treylon Burks.
However, odds on Pickens to be drafted in the top 32 (+150) and the majority of mock drafts suggest he’s an outside consideration.
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What the experts are saying
The most public endorsement of Pickens came on Apr. 19 when Greg Cosell named Pickens his top receiver in the upcoming draft. “George Pickens is my number one receiver,” Cosell said on the Fantasy Points podcast. “And I can tell you that there are teams who have him that way.”
Other outlets, though, are less bullish on Pickens. NFL’s Lance Zierlein ranks Pickens ninth among receivers, The Draft Network ranks him 12th (a third-round grade), and Daniel Jeremiah doesn’t include Pickens in his top 50 prospects.
The CBS composite prospect rankings slots Pickens 34th, just outside a first-round grade, but certainly not out of consideration.
However, if what Cosell says about NFL teams viewing Pickens as their top receiver– or even top five, really– then we could see him go inside the first round. Ultimately, it’s smokescreen season in the NFL Draft cycle and how you execute on this steam is down to personal preference.