Bengals should be concerned about these rival AFC North draft picks

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Pittsburgh Steelers 

Round 2: Pick 52 – George Pickens, WR (Georgia) 

Kenny Pickett was a good pick for the Steelers, but he was the expected pick. Having a wide receiver like George Pickens fall to the Steelers in the second round was terrific value, and Pickens fills a void that was lost when JuJu Smith-Shuster left in free agency. The Steelers were down to pretty much only two for sure wideouts in Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson.

Pickens gives Pittsburgh a different aspect to their WR room; he can take the top off the defense with his underrated speed yet, still is a solid and versatile wideout. He slipped outside of the first round because he has an injury history, which will be something he needs to deal with.

His best season came in 2019 as a freshman at Georgia, where he had over 700 yards receiving and eight touchdowns, averaging 14.8 yards per catch. However, he has slowly seen a decline in production over the last two seasons, only appearing in 12 games over the previous two years.

Nonetheless, Pickens will instantly be an impact player on this Steelers offense. gave insight into his Combine numbers that caught the eye of many.

"George Pickens put everyone on notice when he claimed he was shooting for a 4.3 or 4.4 time at the NFL Combine. His tape doesn’t seem all that explosive, but Pickens had a surprise in store. He would back up his claims and ran a 4.40 flat in his second attempt at the Combine."

Pickens is 6’3″ and 200 pounds, which also gives him the ability to go over the top of smaller, less athletic cornerbacks. As mentioned above, his kryptonite will be his health and if he can stay on the football field.