Steelers rookie already displaying up veterans, getting followers overestimated

A lot of the speak about Pittsburgh Steelers rookies shall be about Kenny Pickett, however George Pickens is already ensuring he received’t be ignored.

Younger gamers at Pittsburgh Steelers coaching camp are going to dominate headlines this 12 months and first-round quarterback Kenny Pickett is on the forefront of that. Battling it out with veterans Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph, every part the Pitt product does in camp shall be underneath the microscope.

Nonetheless, it’s one other rookie that’s already stealing the present in Pittsburgh within the early levels of coaching camp.

On Friday in follow, huge receiver George Pickens, a second-round choice for the Steelers out of Georgia, turned some heads first when he went up and made a seize on a Trubisky move whereas matched up with veteran cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon after which took off down the sidelines.

Steelers: George Pickens displaying out early in coaching camp

Pickens wasn’t executed there, nevertheless, as he and Trubisky related for one more stunning pass-and-catch mixture that had followers on social media buzzing.

Coming off of the board with the 52nd general decide in April’s draft, Pickens was thought-about one of many steals of the 2022 NFL Draft by many. Had he been wholesome (he tore his ACL within the 2021 offseason) for all of his final season in Athens, many consider that the Georgia product may’ve been a simple first-round decide and the most effective receivers within the draft class.

That might match proper into the Steelers’ M.O., nevertheless. Pittsburgh has lengthy made a residing offensively off of discovering great worth within the draft at huge receiver, as evidenced by Pickens’ present working mates within the huge receiver corps, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool, each of whom have been mid-round picks who’ve largely outperformed that standing.

Pickens is already trying the a part of the subsequent iteration of draft steals on the place for the Steelers. And whereas the quarterback query stays unsettled, there isn’t a doubt that whoever is throwing passes in Week 1 may have a bevy of high-end choices to focus on with the second-round rookie already inserting himself into that equation.