WR Jakobi Meyers, North Carolina St.

6’2” – 203 lbs. – 4.63
Was a quarterback in high school and spent a redshirt season there while recovering from a knee injury. A last-minute conversion to receiver before the opener the following year and ended up posting 13-158-0. Became a regular contributor in 2017, going 63-727-5, then followed that up with a 92-1,047-4 junior campaign before declaring for the draft. Has solid size for a pro receiver, although despite being built like more of an outside target, actually took most of his snaps out of the slot for the Wolfpack. More of a smooth and flexible receiver than a burner. Would like to see him release a little bit more quickly at the line but appears to have clean footwork and the ability to handle some contact from opposing defensive backs. Reliable target over the middle of the field; did a lot of his work on shallower crosses, ins, and other patterns of that nature. Works in head fakes and sinks his hips into the route stem to create windows. Looks comfortable catching passes away from his frame. Able to come down with passes in tight coverage or through contact. Appears to have the skillset to transition to the boundary; was targeted on some patterns further downfield and did a good job of adjusting his body to poorly-thrown balls. Able to use his size and length to go vertical and come down with tough catches over the top. Still developing his feel for zone coverage, running himself into the next zone instead of settling into soft spots. That will be important, as he was making a lot of tightly-contested catches at the college level and may not be able to create big windows for high-percentage throws against man. Good blocker who takes his responsibilities in that area seriously. Gets set up quickly, extends his arms, and works to sustain through the whistle. Understands positioning. A slot receiver at the college level who didn’t get a ton of separation but who proved to be a very reliable, clutch option when being targeted against tight coverage, providing his quarterback with a high-percentage target underneath. Ability to work the middle of the field, catch away from his frame, and hang on through contact should earn him mid-round consideration, especially considering he has really only been a wide receiver for three years and has adjusted to the new position nicely.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: