George Pickens has been one of the few bright spots for Pittsburgh in an otherwise underwhelming 2022 season.
In a session with the media earlier this week, Pickens told reporters that the immense defensive talent he faced while at Georgia helped him in his transition into the NFL. His comments, it now appears, caught the attention of another former SEC star and Pittsburgh Steeler - Najee Harris.
Responding to Pickens' high praise of the Bulldogs' defense, Harris told Steelers' reporters Monday that Georgia "copied" Alabama's blueprint for success and continued by claiming Pickens and Georgia won a "weak a-- natty" last season.
"Najee Harris says Georgia copied Alabama's blueprint and won a 'weak a-- natty' because Jameson Williams and John Metchie were hurt This was in response to teammate George Pickens lauding the immense defensive talent he faced from opposing UGA teammates," Touchdown Alabama tweeted Monday.
Harris' statement about the Georgia's "weak" National Championship victory stems from the fact that several Alabama skill players missed, or were injured, during the title game.
A member of the Crimson Tide from 2017-2020, Harris seems to believe the absence of Jameson Williams and John Metchie played a major part in the Bulldogs 2021 National Championship victory over Alabama.
Despite disagreeing with some of Pickens' commentary, Harris admitted that practicing against NFL-level talent in college helped him in his transition into pro ball as well.
"Yeah, I think it matters. In practice, we had to go up against a lot of first-rounders," Harris said. "I played against Minkah [Fitzpatrick], I played against Levi [Wallace] too and a couple more guys that were first-rounders. They teach you a lot about the small stuff on defense that they look at on offense."
Harris, begrudgingly, then acknowledged the defensive talent on Pickens' Georgia teams.
"You know, GP [George Pickens] obviously they have players too over there. They've had great defensive players come out of Georgia, all the way back to when I came up as a freshman. I kind of understand what GP was saying."
Pickens currently ranks second on the Steelers in terms of receiving yards and is tied for the team-lead in touchdown receptions (2).
Pittsburgh is looking to win two games in a row for the first time this season in Week 13 when the Steelers take on the Atlanta Falcons.