Josh Stewart NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

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Josh Stewart NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More
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Josh Stewart, WR, Oklahoma State (HT: 5'9⅞", WT: 178 lbs)

Combine Weigh In
Height Weight Arms Hands
5097 178 30" 9 3/8"

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Combine Workout
40-Yd Dash 10-Yd Split Vertical Broad Jump 3-Cone Drill Shuttle
4.69 1.53 35" 9'9" 7.10 4.33

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Positives

  • Excelled in the role of a possession receiver from the slot in Oklahoma State's offense. 
  • Quick acceleration off the snap. 
  • Does a nice job working against zone coverage, quickly finding the soft spot and showing himself to the quarterback.
  • A good all-around athlete: shows great body control and balance both in his routes and running after the catch. 
  • A shifty runner after the catch who makes up for his lack of elite speed with good vision when running through traffic. 
  • Large hands for his size. 
  • Good fundamentals in terms of his approach to the catch, shows quick hands and the ability to extend his arms and snatch the ball away from his body. 
  • Decent leaping ability which helps make up for his lack of height and ability to break free. 
  • Looks very smooth adjusting to the ball. 
  • Efficient route-runner, especially on short and intermediate routes. 
  • Quick and explosive in his cuts. 
  • Well-liked and respected by coaches, teammates and media. 
  • Team's primary punt returner as a junior and had some experience returning kicks early in his career. 

 

Negatives

  • Lacks ideal height and bulk. 
  • Combine performance well below average, especially for an undersized receiver. 
  • Doesn't have the ideal speed to make up for his lack of measurables, which severely limits his role in an offense. 
  • Used primarily in the slot and almost exclusively on short curls and in/out routes. 
  • Lacks the speed to be a deep threat. 
  • With his lack of speed and height, many cornerbacks can match up with him in man coverage on the outside without the attention of a safety over the top. 
  • Susceptible to getting jammed by press coverage and thrown off his route. 
  • Not much of a threat after the catch; he can make some guys miss but lacks the breakaway speed to be a serious threat to break off the big play. 
  • Limited blocking tools due to lack of size and also inconsistent effort. 
  • Fairly polished in terms of overall fundamentals which raises some doubt as to his upside.
  • Missed most of two games with an ankle injury in 2013.

Collegiate Statistics
Year School Rec Yards Yds/Rec TD
2011 Oklahoma State 19 291 15.3 2
2012 Oklahoma State 101 1210 12.0 7
2013 Oklahoma State 60 703 11.7 3

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Personal Notes

  • Two-year starter, entering the draft after his junior year. 
  • Second-team All-Big 12 in 2013.
  • Relocated to Dallas with his maternal grandparents after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Mother and brother were killed in a car accident when he was one year old. 
  • Father was killed in an accidental shooting by his grandfather when he was five years old.

 

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

What you see is what you get with Josh Stewart. He's limited physically, and there isn't much room for growth, but he has a good grasp on his strengths and is capable of contributing immediately. He's built to be a possession receiver in the slot, and that's exactly the role he has excelled at in college.

He'll probably never become a household name, but he's capable of filling an important role and could provide excellent depth and contribute immediately in the right system. 

 

Draft Projection: 6th-7th Round

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