The Bears add another athletic defensive lineman to their team on day three, and Pickens should also slide right into their rotation with fellow rookie Gervon Dexter Sr. from Florida. Both rookies have traits to flex between Chicago’s three-technique spot and the one-technique.
Pickens thought about coming out of school a year ago, but he returned to work on his pass rush repertoire, and while he did improve that aspect of his game, it’s still a work in progress.
Chicago’s one-gap scheme should benefit what Pickens brings to the table. “He’s a dangerous defensive tackle when driving offensive linemen into the backfield or attacking individual gaps to disrupt the backfield,” according to Big Blue View’s Chris Pflum. “Pickens flashes near-elite explosiveness when he’s able to pin his ears back and attack a gap.”
For more on Pickens check out our podcast here from Bill and Jacob.
Zacch Pickens is a DT prospect in the 2023 draft class. He scored a 9.22 #RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 127 out of 1623 DT from 1987 to 2023. https://t.co/65ZUo1pmvd pic.twitter.com/6StVzfyMJj— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 24, 2023
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