2019 Vs: Buffalo, Syracuse 2018 Vs: UMass
Gandy-Golden is a big-play specialist on the outside of the formation who wins by using his jumping ability and ball skills. He uses long strides to gobble up yards downfield then will bully defenders at the catch point. He has out of this world body control and awareness to make catches along the sideline. After the catch, he is a hard man to bring down due to his strength and angry playing disposition. Natural hands catcher who doesn't let a pass close to him fall to the ground. Enjoys blocking and due to his size, he can dominate smaller-bodied defenders.
Lacks elite deep speed, but what he has is more than solid when matched with his size and physicality at the catch point. Has some stiffness when running in-breaking routes. When matched up with athletic CBs who can get a strong jam on him at the LOS he struggles to gain a lot of separation. Is not a jitterbug in space and lacks a lot of elusiveness in the open field.
Antonio Gandy-Golden who I affectionately call, The Gandyman. He is an above the rim type WR who will make a living as a big-play artist on vertical routes and in red-zone situations. His hands, body control, and jumping ability set him apart from other big-bodied WR from previous classes. He should come off the board on day two with a chance to put up some big statistics in year one if deployed in the right manner. Teams such as the Panthers, Steelers, Eagles, Colts, and Chiefs should have an interest in him. His playing style is reminiscent of Mike Williams of the Chargers.
Huge outside WR who has very good length and speed for a man of his stature. Not a lumbering big man, and smoothly flows all across the field. Uses long strides to get to top speed and attack the ball at its apex on vertical routes. Has explosive ability to out-jump defensive backs and make combative catches. Possesses outstanding body control and awareness as he is able to toe-tap along the sidelines and contort his body to off-target throws. He takes a second to gather himself on inside breaking routes but doesn't seem to lose much speed or agility in the process.
Route Tree Variety
Big Play Ability
Flashes very good first step quickness off the ball, and is coordinated in using quick footwork with hand checks to get separation from CBs trying to matchup with him physically at the LOS. Run a lot of vertical and out-breaking routes from the X position, but from time to time they fed him quickly on posts and WR screens where they let him use his size and strength to run over smaller-bodied defenders. He doesn't get a ton of separation from DBs who are able to get a solid jam on him off the line, but they better have good athleticism to match him downfield. He is able to use his strength and jumping ability to make catches over defenders at a high rate of success. He blocks with outstanding effort and leg drive. He can take defensive backs for a ride due to his size advantage over them.
High Points Ball
Hands are naturally strong and he makes highlight-reel worthy catches away from his frame with ease. A bully after the catch running with terrific forward lean and an angry disposition that few can match. Has enough wiggle to make a defender miss in space, but he is better at running through or gliding past defenders in space. Big hands that tuck the ball away from harm. Braces for big hits along the sidelines.
Run After Catch
Rugged playing demeanor who uses his physical advantages to bully his opposition. He had two years of outstanding production while at Liberty, both with 10 receiving TDs as the go-to target facing double teams constantly. He has a red hot motor and doesn't take a play off whether running routes or blocking his tail off.
Excellent feel for how to get open late in the route whether that is with strength or braun. When the play breaks down he will work his way back to his QB to give him a target, also understands how to utilize his body to shield the ball away from defenders. Played primarily the X position with getting only a few snaps in the slot and ran a somewhat basic route tree.