George Pickens continued his ascension toward NFL stardom on Thursday night, making a one-handed grab that left onlookers stunned.
“This is a guy that was known, when he was in college at Georgia, to get vertical stretch the defense and have incredible ball skills …” said Kirk Herbstreit, who is pulling double duty for ESPN calling NFL and college games.
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Pickens’ one-handed grab — Bulldogs’ players saw him make them all the time in practice, and UGA fans came to expect sensational moments from the Hoover, Ala., prospect — took place late in the first quarter and set up Pittsburgh’s first touchdown.
Pickens’ 36-yard grab was the Steelers’ longest play of the season to that point and was his third career catch.
Entering the game in Cleveland against the Browns, Pickens had just two catches for 26 yards even though he has been a starter.
Pickens told DawgNation at the NFL combine he had a first-round mentality, but he slid into the second round, anyway.
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Some teams worried Pickens had not fully healed from the ACL injury he suffered in March of 2021, and others were concerned with his maturity.