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

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2014

Oklahoma State wide receiver Josh Stewart (5) gestures on his way in for a touchdown against Oklahoma State during the first half of the Cotton Bowl NCAA college football game on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
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Josh Stewart, WR, Oklahoma State (HT: 5'9⅞", WT: 178 lbs)

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  • 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. 



  • 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
2011Oklahoma State1929115.32
2012Oklahoma State101121012.07
2013Oklahoma State6070311.73


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.


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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