George Pickens needs to have an instant impact on the Steelers
The receiving group is going through a transition period now as well. They have a bunch of fresh new faces that enter the fold with some young veterans as well. Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool will be returning to hopefully keep this group explosive.
George Pickens will be entering the Steelers locker room with some high expectations after being their second-round pick in the draft. That pick has a good track record for this franchise and the types of receivers that they have taken in the second day of the event. He will need to produce early and often for this offense to win the favor of fans and coaches.
Right now, both the slot receiver and opposite outside spot of Johnson are open for business. Pickens lines up on the outside, but he will need to win that starting gig from Claypool. It will be a tough fight, but there could be something that helps this rookie win the outside spot.
Claypool could be an interesting look in the slot position. The coaching staff could force him inside the hashes with the type of speed and size mismatch that he would create. Pickens is better off outside so this could always be the outcome. His speed and athletic traits are off the charts and it should make for some eye-popping plays in camp.
The Steelers have some interesting players that should be able to stand out during training camp. Some of these players listed should get noticed throughout camp and probably secure a roster spot.