WR Coastal Carolina 6-0 202 SR #6
GRADE: 82 OVR RANK: NR POS RANK: NR
ARM LENGTH: 32 ¼”//HAND SIZE: 9 3/8”//40YD: 4.63 (33%)//10YD: 1.63 (32%)
VJ: 36 (73%)//BJ: 9’09” (40%)//BP: 14 (61%)//SS: 4.53 (9%)//3C: 7.15 (34%)
Projection: Starting Slot WR that you can win with. Could be versatile in a game and line up outside but shouldn’t play outside full-time. Day 3 ~ GrindingTheMocks.com
Ravens Fit: The Ravens showed they are no longer slaves to athleticism at the position in recent years. I love how Heiligh uses his processing to separate consistently. He certainly isn’t a flat-track bully who gained a ton of YAC against inferior competition. He got open at the break point with consistency due to his technique and ability to manipulate DBs’ hips. This is something that can translate despite his lack of speed and explosion. He will need some time to develop at the next level but could contribute in the meantime. The Ravens may feel they have plenty of his type already to develop in the room though.
Overall Fit 3/5
Played all over the formation including most often in the slot and at Z.
Before the Catch
At the line of scrimmage he is patient, and has a plan for how to get off the line. Against Press coverage he can use clean technique with his footwork and good variation in his releases against soft-shoe press utilizing the single move, speed release and double move in an effective mix to win early. He will also deploy good hands, with both timing and placement to release from Press with a jam. He can be bumped off the red-line and forced wide by those with better play strength and length but he will compete with them through superior technique. He stems straight at the defender in off coverage and attacks leverage effectively, closing the cushion quickly with long strides and solid play speed. He is smooth at the break point and separates with technique and processing. He has a consistent stem that he’s able to work off. In his vertical cuts on slants and posts, he will attack vertically with lean and use good posture and disciplined body mechanics to keep the defender guessing throughout the route. He has excellent salesmanship and is a master of manipulating defenders’ hips on these routes, sending them in a direction they don’t want to go in. He has enough speed and athleticism to win in these situations even though he isn’t especially athletic.
On speed cuts he can take an extra yard to make the transition to 90 degrees but he does it without losing any speed and with no rise. He makes his breaks very close to the DBs feet and leaves them very little room for error in their own coverage to keep him in phase. Those with better play strength can mirror him more effectively as he hasn’t yet mastered getting open against those who are able to use play strength to keep him close. He can read coverage, find the soft spot in the Zone. He has good pressure steps to fake movement in different directions and varies his speed effectively to give more of an illusion of suddenness. His two-step technique is unorthodox but effective, there is often little notice of him breaking off a route.
The Catch and after the Catch
He catches almost everything. He has natural hands, good manual dexterity and catches the ball outside his frame. Catches stationary or on the run and adjusts well to balls thrown behind/in front, down low/up high. The only weakness is in his ball tracking on shorter, harder thrown balls on timing routes where he can’t track the ball all the way out of the QB’s hands. He is particularly good downfield adjusting to balls thrown over his shoulder, tracking the ball, flashing remarkably late hands to haul in the ball. He has good body control in terms of adjusting to balls but also when catching on the sideline. Doesn’t have the athletic profile or play strength to be consistent YAC-getter.
Athletic deficiency and lacking pla strength but wins consistently due to processing, route salesmanship and technique. So smooth and great hands, especially downfield.
SR: 100 Tgts, 66 Recs, 1128 Rec Yards (17.1 Ave), 7 Rec TDs JR: 93 Tgts, 65 Recs, 998 Rec yards (15.4 Ave), 10 Rec TDs