WR Kentucky 5-8 178 JR #1
GRADE: 78 OVR RANK: NR POS RANK: NR
ARM LENGTH: 27 5/8”//HAND SIZE: 9”//40YD: 4.44 (88%)//10YD: 1.49 (99%)
VJ: 34 ½”(56%)//BJ: 9’10” (46%)//BP: 19 (91%)//SS: 4.13 (84%)//3C: 6.99 (60%)
Projection: Slot WR that could contribute in the life of his first contract as a weapon deployed ideally in a run-first offense with West Coast tendencies. Round 3 ~ GrindingTheMocks.com
Ravens Fit: A good fit for the Ravens schematically as he is best used as a weapon out of the slot and in motion in an option offense, as both a runner, receiver and decoy. His speed/acceleration can be deadly. There is some development required in his separation skills as well as his hands but he’s a versatile piece for an offense and he plays with toughness and courage. Not sure that he would unseat Devin Duvernay as that would be his role in this offense but if he falls to a position of value, the Ravens might use one of their mid-round picks to secure a future for that position once Duvernay leaves.
Overall Fit 4/5
Mostly slot, also lined up at Z. Was a RB/WR hybrid at Nebraska, pure WR after transfer to Kentucky. Used in motion heavily, on screens and ends-around.
Before the Catch
He has excellent foot speed and change of direction which he will deploy effectively at the line of scrimmage. When facing press coverage, he has a good release package, he has a plan and can effectively use a single and double move, gets the defender to bite and then accelerates into the route putting the DB in trail. However when he just uses his speed release and he can’t utilize his change of direction skills, the DB is able to mirror him into the early portion of the route. When facing press coverage with a jam when not using his footwork, he can’t release using his play strength and DBs are able to get sticky with him and stay on him through the break as he can’t clear his hands. When he does use his foot speed and change of direction to prevent the DB from matching angles, he can use his own hands to keep himself clean and get out into the route. Where he really excels in the release portion of the route is against squat coverage. He varies his speed and slow plays his release with a hesi move that can root the defender to the spot, getting a two-way go with his change of direction and acceleration.
He can close to the defender quickly and come under control before using a power skip to get the defender to commit, even subtly either way before beating him the other way. Against off coverage, he closes cushion quickly but he could attack the defender more and stem into his blind spot more effectively. When into the route at the break point, he can separate on hard angle breaks when he can use his deceleration and change of direction skills to get open. On these breaks he has excellent body posture and snaps his face out of the break. Generally, on shorter routes with more pronounced breaks he can be dangerous. On speed cuts, he doesn’t make the transition quickly enough and on softer-angle routes like vertical cuts on posts and corners, he doesn’t stem at the defender and tips his route with his hips, so that better processing DBs can stay with him.
The Catch and after the Catch
He has good hands when the ball is put on his body, catching both stationary and on the run. He’s also good on deep routes when the ball is thrown over his shoulder with excellent ball tracking and late hands. When the ball is thrown out in front of him or behind him, he is inconsistent and can struggle to adjust his hand positioning quickly enough. He also can’t yet use body position to secure the ball in tight spaces when taking a hit but he is physically tough, showing this in both his courage over the middle and in his willingness as a blocker. Deadly with the ball in his hands, winning with speed, change of direction and contact balance – uses his RB skills to set up blockers.
Weapon to be used all over the formation. Great change of direction, speed and acceleration that helps him at the LOS and to get open in shorter areas. Some q’s over hands. Prolific YAC-getter.
JR: 140 Tgts, 100 Recs, 1342 Rec Yards (12.9 Ave), 7 Rec TDs, 8 Rush Att, 110 Rush Yards (13.8 Ave), 0 Fum
INJURY: Played through a minor hamstring injury