Injury History: Meniscus Surgery (2018)
Games Evaluated: 2018 Vs: Texas A&M, Clemson 2019 Vs: South Carolina, Ole Miss, LSU, Auburn, Michigan
Report By: Chaz Turnbow
Deep Speed: 8.20
A great athlete who makes everything look easy and effortless. Looks so smooth that you can't truly tell how fast he's moving because he makes it look easy. The only knock on his athleticism is his explosiveness. He plays the position on the ground and that’s ok because he wins in a variety of ways.
WITHOUT BALL: 8.22
Quicks Off LOS: 7.80
Release VS Jam: 8.60
Route Running: 9.60
Against off coverage, he goes a good job of coming off the line of scrimmage and challenging a CB's space. Coming off of the LOS in press he uses outstanding footwork and foot quickness to throw the corner off balance as he gets into his route stem. Shows good instincts and footwork to manipulate the hips to create separation at the top of the route. His skills plus his varied route tree at Alabama displays elite route-running ability. Is a willing and able blocker in the running game and as a stalk blocker on screens.
WITH BALL IN HANDS: 7.70
Yard After Contact: 6.70
Ability in Space: 7.70
Ball Security: 8.50
Struggles with concentration drops from time to time, but in his strike zone, he is certainly reliable. His strong hands allow him to maintain possession through a defender/the ground trying to knock the ball out. When it comes to making a play his athletic ability makes him a smooth runner in space. Tough runner but will typically try run around you more than run through you. Plus ball security as he was only credited with 3 fumbles on his 159 receptions during his career at Alabama.
Runs crossers, seams without any fear of a hit. Lowers the shoulder on the sideline when space is minimal to try and get extra yards. back to back 1k yard seasons @ Bama and a winner of the Biletnikoff Award in 2018. 2nd all-time in Alabama history in rec TDs, and finished top 4 in career receiving yards and 2nd in YPC. Motor runs hot. He was still playing hard in the National Championship where Clemson ran away with it early.
Position Versatility: 9.10
Lines up everywhere, X, Z, slot, wherever he needed to go and was effective everywhere. Instincts are excellent as he was able to use them with and without the ball to manipulate defenders and feel where he had the advantage. Rarely had communication issues with his QB.
He is an elite route runner coming from the collegiate level and ran a variety of routes at Alabama. He can win in all phases of the route: the release, the stem, the separation point, and the catch point. Versatility to be lined up anywhere is a major plus as he can be used freely by a coach. Very well rounded and can win in a variety of ways. Excellent instincts help him in multiple phases of the game such as route running and running with the ball in his hands. Is a team guy with how he is willing to block for others as well as compete hard every play.
The most limiting area of his game is in his explosion as an athlete. That includes his jumping ability as well as his ability to burst and accelerate off of the line of scrimmage. He also isn't someone who is best suited to make yards after the catch. he does his work by creating space and separation before the catch and using that space created to move the ball up the field, not run him on drags and expect him to make a dynamic play to pick up more yards every time.
Highly versatile and productive. Is a foundation piece for a WR corps as he can be moved anywhere on the field and be productive allowing for scheme independence and the ability to be put on the field with any type of specialist because he can line up anywhere. Can win in a variety of ways and is willing to do so in order to help the team win. Someone any team could use in their WR room. Look for him to go in the middle of the first round to a WR needy team such as Las Vegas or Denver.