With the 56th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:
The Dallas Cowboys could be interested in attempting to trade up to acquire a very talented pass catcher in Georgia’s George Pickens. Instead, they hint at taking a similar approach from 2020 and 2021 where they stood pat and made selections rather than trading.
To the teams fortune, Pickens falls to the back half of the second round to the Dallas Cowboys.
As opposed to the Cowboys first round pick, Pickens does not have a clean draft sheet. He has been sidelined in multiple seasons with multiple injuries, including a torn ACL that cost him a majority of the 2021 season.
Additionally, Pickens also has “character concerns.”
In 2019, Pickens was ejected in the third quarter for throwing a punch at a Georgia Tech opponent. Per NCAA rules, the violation resulted in Pickens being suspended the for the first half of the following game, which happened to be the SEC Championship against No. 2 LSU. A display of poor decision making, but also years removed.
The other issue Pickens’ draft sheet faces is a lack of elite production. When you watch Pickens on tape he’s outstanding and the Bulldogs has a variety of weapons. So, to a degree, it’s understandable for his numbers to seem mediocre.
It’s an accumulation of marks that pushes Pickens down. Injuries, ejection/suspension, and lack of production. It’s actually on-brand for the Dallas Cowboys, especially in the 2nd round.
But what the Cowboys are getting is a savvy route runner with a good frame and big play ability. Pickens can stretch the field or work underneath.
Viewed by many as exclusively an X receiver, but Pickens but don’t be surprised if he gets work up and down the line once Michael Gallup returns.