Cleveland Browns attention-grabbing wide receiver No. 3: George Pickens
2021 was quite the odyssey for Georgia wide receiver George Pickens. The talented playmaker ended 2020 as perhaps the highest-rated wide receiver returning to college football. Then, on the fourth day of spring practice, Pickens tore his ACL.
Pickens’ 2021 story should have ended right then and there, but he did not deter. Instead, the young man kept his eye on the prize, had surgery, and dove headfirst into rehab. Pickens was able to make it back in time for his Bulldogs’ national championship run. Only eight months removed from what should have been a season-ending injury, Pickens was able to finish his college journey by helping his team reach the ultimate goal. Truly remarkable.
Now, only 10 months removed from a torn ACL, Pickens not only showed up to the NFL combine, but he tested as well. Measuring in at 6-foot-3 and 195lbs, Pickens clocked a 4.43 40-yard dash, performed a 125-inch broad jump, as well as a 33-inch vertical jump. Again, truly remarkable.
While it is unlikely that he will be mentioned with the top wideouts in this upcoming draft, as he was before his injury, he definitely put NFL teams on notice. If general managers were apprehensive because of the torn ACL, Pickens put those concerns to rest. He may have even put his name in late round one consideration.
If Pickens is still available on day two, the Browns better be sure before they pass up on the opportunity to add him to their wide receiver room. Not only does Pickens have all the physical tools to be a great pro, but he also has heart and determination…in spades.