2019 vs USC, 2019 vs Oregon, 2019 vs Cal
A versatile athlete with great releases off the line to get himself open. Instinctive route runner and with the ball in his hands. Footwork is smooth and quick paced. Good awareness of where he is on the field on most occasions.
Frame might be an issue for some teams. Production might be as well. Is he a budding WR1 star or an ideal WR2? Quicker than fast in terms of overall speed.
Darby took some to get going but when he was on, he was on. He was behind two former first round picks as a running mate to both so is he already typecast as a WR2 or WR3 or can he elevate himself into WR1 consideration? Due to the depth of the receiver class, I think he slips into late Day 2 and becomes an AJ Brown like steal for some team. He definitely has the tools and traits to make it in the NFL.
Features plus lateral agility after the catch and cuts out pursuit angles on the regular. Elusiveness is above average. Plays stronger than his size advertised. Has a surprising amount of burst. Accelerates very quickly to peak form on 9 routes. While he wasn't used exclusively as a smaller slot receiver, he does feature an innate ability to move quickly through the clutter.
Route Tree Variety
Big Play Ability
Outstanding release from any type of coverage against him and flashes constant moving feet. He has a solid route tree foundation as ASU ran a variety of routes for him. Maintains good body control throughout the process. Has great spatial awareness and timing of the reception. Separates well due to release being very efficient and quick off the line.
High Points Ball
Great hands. Catch radius is huge for a guy his size. He makes nearly every 50/50 ball look easy when he gets the chance in the ASU wide open passing attack. Above average skillset to high point the ball. He isn't afraid to fight for the ball against bigger defenders. Doesn't drop many balls in any situation.
Run After Catch
YAC is a demonstrable asset of his as he shake loose from any coverage. Runs very well with the ball in his hands like a running back. Shows really good balance and doesn't get knocked off the ball often. A willing blocker that stays in contact with the defender through the whistle on most reps. Doesn't wilt from any and all comers.
Displays plus instincts and the ability to quickly diagnose most coverages that roll his way. Position versatility was present as he was used in both inside and outside receiver roles.