Steelers rookie George Pickens delivers Odell Beckham-esque Catch of the Year candidate

The words “Odell Beckham-esque” catch have since slowly ground to almost nothing that fateful night in 2014, is now used to describe even a simple one-handed grab. So take us seriously when we say the following: Pittsburgh Steelers rookie George Pickens delivered an Odell Beckham-esque catch.

It would have been even better than Beckham’s famous catch.

Overlooking the Cleveland Browns on “Thursday Night Football,” Amazon Prime viewers were able to watch the rookie wide receiver plucked from the sky with one hand while lying horizontally on the ground. See for yourself:

The basic replay doesn’t do the catch justice.

What you really need to see to understand how ridiculous what Pickens did is the slow-motion replays from a different angle. It doesn’t make sense if you look at it like this:

Or just a simple screen grab:

The catch even caught the attention of Beckham himself, who responded with some lavish praise when asked which catch was better.

It doesn’t get much better than what Pickens did, although there is reason to expect much more from the Georgia product in the future.

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Steelers’ George Pickens was one of the most hyped preseason rookies

Despite playing for the Georgia national champions last season, Pickens entered the NFL draft with much to prove after missing all but four games due to a torn ACL in the spring.

Pickens posted just 107 yards on five catches in those four games, including the SEC Championship and College Football Playoff, so he didn’t have the court record teams want in an early round. Even when he was healthy, Pickens was part of a run-in attack with plenty of other options at the receiver.

After a solid NFL combine, the Steelers took Pickens in the second round of the 2022 NFL drawing with the 52nd overall pick. He rewarded them with highlight after highlight in training camp and then preseason, making him one of the favorites in a wide open Offensive Rookie of the Year race.

Pickens saw no comparable success in his first two games, with just 26 receiving yards on two catches, but this latest highlight will put him on the national radar no matter how many he posts on Thursday.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens (14) makes a one-handed catch with Cleveland Browns cornerback Martin Emerson Jr.  (23) Defending during the first half of an NFL football game in Cleveland, Sept. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/ David Richard)

George Pickens caught this. The Steelers might have a good one. (AP Photo/David Richard)

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