The Kansas City Chiefs are bringing one of the top WR prospects to a top-30 journey in the 2022 NFL Draft class.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Chiefs are hosting Georgia WR George Pickens for a visit today. He will also tour with the Green Bay Packers tomorrow. Suddenly, two teams that traded their top receivers this season are showing interest in Pickens.
However, this is not the first interest Kansas City has shown in Pickens. At the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Pickens told reporters he would have a productive meeting with the Chiefs. The team was interested in its size and speed, as well as how it could evolve within their system.
Explosive WR is touring with George Pickens #Chief Today and #packers Tomorrow, per source. Pickens recently told me that he believes he is the best wide in the draft because “as a big target who can run a 4.4, I can do what[the other receivers]do with size.” Can do …
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) 6 April 2022
Listed at 6-3 and 195 pounds, Pickens is the earning “X” receiver in the KC offense. He is the kind of player who can open in 1-on-1 coverage on the periphery. The big question about whether Pickens heads into the 2022 NFL draft was about his health and may be the reason the team is bringing him in for top-30 travel.
Pickens suffered a non-contact ACL injury in March of 2021. He returned to action last season, playing in just four games with the Bulldogs, but he wasn’t exactly super productive. He ran a 40-yard dash of 4.47 at the Combine, which helped fill some of his health-related vacancies, but the team probably wants to get Rick Burkholder tested on his journey to the top-30. While Pickens cannot participate in football activities during these types of visits, he is allowed to visit training staff to undergo a medical evaluation.