Mike Tomlin on George Pickens: ‘He has a terrible talent’

As the Pittsburgh Steelers enter a new era in many ways, there is plenty to be excited about. Among the sources of excitement is the team’s second-round pick recipient George Pickens, who could end up being their most immediately influential rookie. When asked about the rookie, coach Mike Tomlin praised it a lot.

“He has a terrifying talent,” Tomlin said when asked about the rookie receiver. The Mike Tomlin Friday Show. “I’m never surprised with these guys [receivers] They stormed the scene. Whether it was on our team, as Chase Claypool did, I think he had a tenth of touchdowns. Or globally, the way [Ja’Marr] Chase did in Cincinnati a year ago. occurs in this position. Pickens has a high-quality talent, and it’s not far from the realm of possibilities that he can bring about such success.”

In most alternate universes, Pickens’ pick is from the first round, possibly a top-ten pick. However, due to his injury history and concerns off the field, several teams decided to take a pass. Given that Steelers tend to avoid drafting players with off-court concerns in most cases, it’s safe to assume that they did not consider said concerns to be an overarching problem after the pre-draft process with Pickens.

After training camp and pre-season, all signs indicate that Pickens was another mid-round gem in the receiver for the Steelers. of trash talk All-Pro Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick And other camp veterans demonstrating a strong desire and ability to create running blocks, the Pickens has what makes him a great receiver.

As Tomlin also mentioned, the receiver position is definitely one without the significant beginner learning curve that comes with other jobs. Natural-talented recipients like Cincinnati Bengals Ja’Marr Chase and Minnesota Vikings Justin Jefferson, among others, have proven their ability to secure elite rookie seasons. In terms of talent and work ethic, Pickens seems capable of making the aforementioned early impact.

“We’ve seen signs of that,” Tomlin continued. “He’s been playing pretty routine at first in training camps. I think we’re all excited about where he is and where he can go, and that’s the element that excites me the most. He brings a good spirit to work, he’s a smart guy and a quick learner, so it’s reasonable to expect him to build on Things we’ve already seen.”

Pickens bootcamp plays have already made him among the Steelers’ most popular starters in recent memory. If there was a checklist the team had been looking for up to this point for a novice, they likely passed it. while Tomlin brake pump Over the Pickens hype to suggest that the rookie still has a learning curve, the team is clearly happy with what they’ve seen so far.

Pickens has no shortage of natural talent, as well as confidence to tap into and desire for physique compared to the Steelers’ brilliant future Hines Ward. Anything can happen, and it’s never safe to put anyone into a great career. However, Tomlin seems more confident in a novice’s future than ever, and for good reason.