Dallas Cowboys Round Two – George Pickens – Wide Receiver – Georgia
I am one of the few who think wide receiver is still a huge need for this team, and Pickens fills a hole that the Cowboys could desperately need with Amari Cooper now in Cleveland.
Pickens is a taller wide receiver at 6’2” but could add a little size to make him a true “X” receiver, even though Michael Gallup can fill that role if needed. This would allow the Dallas Cowboys to move around CeeDee Lamb and James Washington to create mismatches inside, or bump them outside and get Pickens into more off coverage situations.
David Bell and John Metchie III were the next two up, but Metchie is a little smaller than I think the Cowboys are looking for, but should still be considered because of his other traits and the value he offers.
Pickens can run the entire route tree, which coming out of college, isn’t always the case for rookie receivers. He makes good cuts, but really creates separation at the top of routes which allows him to use his long speed to take the top off a defense. His ability to make catches with body control and radius is a huge plus.
While he can get muscled at the line, he has good acceleration which could make defensive backs think twice.
Pickens will probably need to add some size if he wants to be an “X” style receiver at the next level. However, putting him outside in the “Z”, especially with as much as the Cowboys use tight ends, would keep him off-ball and allow him for a clean release. While he does adjust for down and distance this is not always the strongest part of his game.