6’3” – 195 lbs. – 4.45e
Originally attended Wyoming, contributing over twelve games as a true freshman; sat out the 2012 season while transferring, then started six of twelve games for Texas Christian in 2013 before stepping into the starting lineup as a junior, a position he’s held since. Lines up on the outside for the Horned Frogs, typically to the right side of the formation. Tall with long limbs and decent bulk. Often employed as a deep threat, doesn’t do a lot of work within ten yards, typically running his other routes beyond the first-down marker. Could stand to diversify his tree, as most of his other patterns are simple deep ins or posts without particularly nuanced footwork; tends to round off at the route stem, forcing himself to make contested catches in coverage. Rarely asked to go over the middle and risk big hits from linebackers or safeties. That said, on deep patterns, has some deceptiveness which allows him to slip behind defenders; a legitimate deep threat. Capable of improvising when the play breaks down. Has a relatively physical style of play which allows him to make catches through contact. Very flexible player who competes hard at the catch point. Length gives him a wide radius; catches passes away from his frame. Can out-jump defenders and make contested catches. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder. Good awareness and outstanding body control allow him to get his feet inbounds when working the sidelines. Adjusts well to poorly-thrown balls. Comes down with spectacular grabs on a regular basis, but lets a few easy ones find their way through his hands; big-time playmaker whose concentration seems to wane on shorter passes. Not the type of player who’s force-fed screens all game, but has some running ability after the catch, working an impressive stiff-arm into his game. Has a pretty good work ethic as a blocker, seemingly taking pride in his responsibilities. Often works on the lead side on tosses and sweeps, exhibiting a good temperament and the ability to drive defenders off their spots in the run game, although he doesn’t always sustain blocks particularly well after contact. Tough player who played another game after sustaining a wrist injury as a senior which eventually required season-ending surgery; injury will require some scrutiny at the NFL Combine. Getting hurt will probably affect his stock, but has the look of a potential top receiver at the pro level; teams won’t forget about his height, length, competitiveness, or circus catches, which should earn him a spot in the first round of this year’s class.
Games watched: Kansas St. (’15), Texas (’15), Texas Tech (’15)