Hindsight is always 20/20 and that’s what ESPN has partaken in with a redraft of the 2022 NFL draft. We’ve already talked about how ESPN disrespected Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett but one Steeler who was shown some respect was wide receiver George Pickens.
Everyone recognized that getting Pickens in the middle of the second round was an absolute steal for Pittsburgh. If not for a college injury and some maturity concerns he was a lock to go in the first round. In this redraft, Pickens does land in the first round going No. 14 overall to the hated Baltimore Ravens.
Here’s what Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley about the pick:
Hamilton was a solid pick who shook off early struggles and finished strong. He concluded the season with five passes defended and 46 total tackles. But imagine Lamar Jackson lofting touchdown passes to Pickens in the end zone. Pickens’ elite pass-catching ability — he led all rookies in yards per reception (15.4) — is tough to pass on because he provides much-needed playmaking ability on the outside.
The real question for Steelers fans becomes if the draft were tomorrow, would you draft Pickens ahead of Pickett in the first round? Let us know in the comments what you would do in the second round with Pickens gone.