Is a gifted straight-line athlete who gets up to speed quickly and looks to have a real second gear to his game. Consistently is playing faster than the opposing secondary and can outpace angles toward daylight. Is a sudden/shifty athlete with the ball in his hands, knows how to make a defender miss and can accelerate quickly.
He’s still maturing as a route runner, as he’s really jerky at times when asked to change directions. Has a tendency to skip off the line, chops his feet when trying to break down and isn’t nearly as sudden or fluid as a route runner at this stage as he is with the football in his hands.
However, possesses good body control and locates the football well. Exhibits the body control to adjust to the throw and has the confidence in his hands to extend and pluck off his frame. Is at his best running vertical routes where he can put his foot in the ground and simply run away from defenders down the field.
Plays fast and can take the top off a defense. Will need to learn to beat press more consistently, possesses natural short-area quickness and is stronger than his size would indicate, but wastes a lot of time/steps off the line as he’s simply looking to run around/away from defenders in order to avoid the bump. However, does do a nice job dropping pad level once he gains a step, maintaining his balance and accelerating quickly down the field.
Impression: There’s a place in the NFL for this guy because of his straight-line speed and ability to create after the catch. Adds some punt return ability as well and looks like a sub-package receiver who can run the deep crossers and create big plays when his number is called."
Will have to adjust to the physicality of the pro game, as he is too easily knocked off course and route running needs refinement.
Operated in the shadow of Julio Jones and will have to prove he can make plays against increased defensive attention as a senior."
Not very big or physical though and struggles to get off tight man coverage; knows how to get open underneath when working out of the slot;
Also dangerous with the ball in his hands after the catch; averaged almost 15 yards per catch on 38 total receptions last fall."