Despite their obvious need at the position the Atlanta Falcons shouldn’t reach for a receiver in the first round. There are plenty of options projected to still be on the board on day two including Georgia Bulldogs receiver George Pickens.
Pickens would be an easy first-round pick in this draft if it wasn’t for the fact he is coming off of an injury-shortened season. Pickens made it back during the playoffs for Georgia playing in a very limited role.
Pickens only caught five passes and finished with 107-receiving yards giving him 1,347-career receiving yards in his three seasons with Georgia. While the numbers aren’t all that impressive they fail to tell the story of just and talented and impactful Pickens is from the receiver position.
Georgia struggled at the quarterback position over the last three seasons and often focused on the run game limiting his production. Despite limited opportunities, Pickens stood out in his three seasons with Georgia he has the elite speed, size, and quickness that a team is looking for in a number one option.
Pickens is being undervalued in this draft and is a player Atlanta should take without hesitation if he falls to them in the second round. Atlanta’s current options at the position are nonexistent leaving Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Pitts as the team’s only clear weapons.
George Pickens would be a building block for the Falcons at a position the team so badly needs help at. Despite the obvious need at the position, there isn’t a player in the first round Atlanta should consider using the 8th overall pick on. Drafting a receiver before the second round would be a mistake that would haunt the Falcons for years to come.
The best fit for Atlanta is clearly Pickens a player who very well could fall to Atlanta in the second round.