This is the time of year when football fans daydream about what their favorite team will look like during the upcoming season. No matter what state your franchise is in, everyone has players on their roster to look forward to, and we have seen how fast the tides can turn in the NFL. Pittsburgh Steelers fans have plenty of reason to be optimistic.
Omar Khan is coming off his first full offseason as general manager, and experts agree that Pittsburgh crushed the 2023 NFL Draft. While building a championship-caliber team could take some time, we have plenty to daydream about at the moment. Here are five dream scenarios for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the upcoming 2023 season.
5. George Pickens emerges as a true WR1
As a 21-year-old rookie, George Pickens showed as many flashes as fans could have possibly hoped for. I witnessed his outstanding body control and spectacular catch ability firsthand at Latrobe during Steelers training camp, and Pickens certainly didn't disappoint in his first NFL season.
The question now becomes: can he refine his game enough to be a legitimate number-one wide receiver in the NFL? Pickens already has terrific size and length to go with remarkably natural hands and an innate ability to contort his body in the air. This resulted in one of the highest big-play rates in the NFL.
Where Pickens must improve is as a route runner and after the catch. Though he's already phenomenal at the catch point, his inability to create space or chew up yards after the catch could hold him back to being considered just a high-end WR2 at his peak.
Pickens has all the potential to make the jump from WR2 to a true WR1 in the NFL, but he's going to have to refine his craft. If he can make a significant jump in 2023, he will raise the ceiling of Pittsburgh's offense.