7 wide receivers the Panthers could select in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Carolina Panthers could select George Pickens (Georgia)


Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 195 pounds

2021 Stats

  • 5 receptions
  • 107 yards (21.4 YPR)
  • 0 touchdowns
  • Missed most of the season through injury

George Pickens‘ 2021 season didn’t go quite as planned as he tore his ACL last March before the season started. He would return to the Georgia Bulldogs late in the year, featuring in four games that led to a national championship. His diving catch against Alabama was just a reminder of what this guy is capable of out wide.

Pickens just looks comfortable when he’s playing receiver. He always seems to be in control and plays a very fluid style of football.

He’s got the desired size, speed, and body control to make an impact in the NFL. The only concern has to come from the significant injury that caused him to miss most of last season.

The Carolina Panthers drafted this mold of receiver last season when they took Terrace Marshall Jr. in the second round. Things haven’t panned out just yet and his rookie season was very underwhelming.

Marshall recorded a handful of games where he didn’t dress and suffered a couple of injuries. It would make sense if the front office was ready to bring in competition.

Pickens approaches every game like it’s a fight – he kind of reminds me of a former Panthers legend at the wide receiver position. This could be a bad thing if he isn’t smart about it, but I like it – Carolina needs some more guys with that type of attitude.

The prospect is likely to be a second-round pick. But it wouldn’t be a shock to see him taken in the first if everything checks out medically.