One of the most exciting transactions to witness in the NFL is the gracefulness and artistry of pass catchers.
And highly skilled pass catchers can be found at any level. Fortunately, the NFL Regional Combine platform with this process along the way.
Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings), Seth Roberts (Carolina Panthers), Vyncint Smith (New York Jets), Marvin Hall (Detroit Lions), Robert Tonyan (Green Bay Packers), Trevor Davis (Miami Dolphins) to name a few, have found success in the NFL after venturing through the RC process.
The 2020 NFL talent pool has promise, but it is time to look ahead to the 2021 NFL as the Overlooked Unknown Talents (O.U.T) listing of pass catchers is strong. It is never too early to get familiar with who is out there as everyone loves a great underdog story.
DEANGELO WILSON (AUSTIN PEAY) – 5-9, 170-pounds – Excellent route running, smart, crafty, savvy, great awareness, gets to his spot, soft hands, agile, quick, great in the slot, works the middle of the field tough, catches ball at highest, takes what is given, slippery, calculated, next level talent, solid after the catch, solid game speed, situational awareness.
SAMORI TOURE (MONTANA) – 6-3, 195-pounds – Explosive, electric, great speed, great awareness and vision, solid in traffic, confident, solid deep ball catcher, great feet and hands, strong, has balance and control, gets separation, gets to his spots, savvy, aggressive, solid across the middle, great in space, has break away speed.
CADE JOHNSON (SOUTH DAKOTA ST.) – 5-11, 185-pounds – Excellent after the catch, settles under the ball well, speedy, shifty, agile, great feet, soft hands, solid awareness and vision, strong, has anticipation, solid in traffic, knows when to get down, won’t take the big hit, consistent in making hand catches.
BEN RATZLAFF (HOUSTON BAPTIST) – 6-2, 190-pounds – Fiery, highly competitive, filthy, plays with aggression, breaks into the inside well, great feet and awareness, uses his body well, protects himself, good speed, gets to his spots, catches the deep ball well, solid in the slot, smart, reads defense well to help the quarterback, intense.
RA’SHAUN HENRY (SAINT FRANCIS) – 6-2, 195-pounds – Catches ball at highest point, athletic, agile, great leaping ability and acceleration, break away speed, stays within the quarterback’s vision, great awareness and anticipation, solid in traffic, great in space, dangerous in the slot and open field, strong, shifty, excellent route runner, special quick-hitch receiver.
LONNIE MOORE IV (MONMOUTH) – 5-10, 190-pounds – Plays big in the critical moment (not afraid of the moment), solid return specialist, great speed, dangerous after the catch – period, elusive, great route runner and anticipation, great feet and hands, elite double moves, has bounce, deep ball catching ability, has balance and control, patience – yet aggressive in movement, manipulate defenders, moves well without the ball.
HENRY LITWIN (SLIPPERY ROCK) – 6-1, 195-pounds – Great feet, balance and awareness, calculated, strong, strong but soft hands, has great concentration, athletic, solid leaping ability, plays the sideline well, consistent in making hand catches, solid redzone target, works the field well.
JERMAINE WYNN JR. (SLIPPERY ROCK) – 5-9, 190-pounds – Electric, homerun (elite) speed, creates separation, solid route runner, dangerous in the slot and the open field, incredible in traffic, great hands and feet, great anticipation, awareness and vision, elusive, has wiggle, great plant-and-go and stop-start-and-go, legit playmaker, next level skill set, polish, solid return specialist.
TARIQ BITSON (ADAMS STATE) – 6-2, 200-pounds – Physical off the snap, excellent route runner, runs hard, great speed, solid deep ball threat, makes great target over the middle, will force his way inside, good feet and hands, big play capabilities, great awareness and vision, patience, great against zone defenses, gets to his spot, a coverage nightmare as he can play inside hash marks and outside the numbers.
REGGIE COLSON III (WESTERN N.M.) – 6-2, 210-pounds – Exceptional footwork (especially off the snap), great hands and concentration, tracks the ball well, can line up inside and outside, good speed, agile, patience, great vision and awareness, settles under the ball well, uses body well, strong,
KAHLIQ MUHAMMAD (CLARION) – 5-9, 185-pounds – Aggressive, catches ball at highest point, fiery, intense, good stop-plant-and-go, tremendous leaping ability, fluent, track ball well, good in space, good hand usage, gets separation, great footwork, solid awareness and vision, good return specialist, great acceleration, solid anticipation, shifty, soft hands