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NFL Draft Analyst Predicts Surprising Player Fall

George Pickens playing against Texas A&M.

ATHENS, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 23: George Pickens #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after pulling in a reception for a touchdown against the Texas A&M Aggies in the first half at Sanford Stadium on November 23, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

In terms of raw talent, Georgia wide receiver George Pickens is among the best at his position in this year's NFL Draft class.

Still, Pickens does have some concerns on his resume. He missed much of last season after suffering a torn ACL in spring practice, and some analysts have questions about his frame and play strength.

Despite those potential red flags, there are plenty of mock drafts projecting Pickens as a potential late first-round pick. However,'s Lance Zierlein, who pegged Pickens as a second-round pick, cautioned today that he thinks the former five-star recruit has to wait until Day 2 to hear his name called.

On The Athletic football show, Zierlein said Pickens will be picked somewhere "in the 40s, maybe even 50s."

This is regarded as a deep and diverse wide receiver class, so perhaps Zierlein is on the money and teams won't feel comfortable spending a first-round pick on Pickens because of his question marks.

On the flip side, it only takes one team to think a player is worthy of a first-round pick and ultimately pull the trigger. We'll find out in a few days which scenario will play out.