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Report: 1 Top NFL Draft Prospect Has Major Red Flags

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)

The 2022 NFL Draft is just days away. This is the final time for any whispers about a prospect's character before they get picked.

In the case of Georgia wide receiver George Pickens, the whispers are getting louder. Bruce Feldman of The Athletic published an NFL Draft confidential piece today, and there are some unflattering--albeit anonymous--opinions about Pickens in it.

In the section on wide receivers, an unnamed receivers coach and an unidentified scout both cite Pickens as the most "boom or bust" prospect at his position. The scout says the former five-star recruit has "a lot of upside, but he can’t get out of his own way."

The wide receivers coach, meanwhile, claims Pickens has "some issues." Yet another wide receivers coach added that Pickens has "just so many red flags, and they’re big red flags."

"He's got some growing up to do," that second wideouts coach said.

Again, it is important to remember that these quotes are anonymous, which will automatically make them meaningless to some people. However, it seems like this assessment of Pickens isn't uncommon in the scouting and coaching community.

It's also worth wondering if quotes like these are why NFL.com's Lance Zierlein, a respected draft analyst, said over the weekend he expects the Georgia product to fall in the draft.

“I think Pickens goes a lot later than people think. I think he goes in the 40’s, maybe even 50’s," Zierlein said on The Athletic football show.

A torn ACL suffered in spring practice last year limited Pickens to only appearances this past season. He made the most of them though, catching five passes for 107 yards in four games.

For his career, Pickens registered 90 catches for 1,347 yards and 14 touchdowns in 24 games. Hopefully all the concern over his background becomes moot and he goes on to have a stellar NFL career.