Marcell Ateman NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Oakland Raiders' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Oklahoma State wide receiver Marcell Ateman (3) runs after catching a pass in front of Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander (36) during the first half of the Camping World Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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POSITIVES

—Attacks the ball in flight to secure contested catches.

—High-points down the field better than most receivers in this class.

—Clean and consistent hands at all levels of the field.

—Oklahoma State offensive system runs varied route tree.

—Can drop weight well to drive out of breaks and cause separation at intermediate levels.

      

NEGATIVES

—Missed entire 2016 season with foot injury.

—Clunky runner that struggles to make sudden changes of direction.

—Lackluster technique as a blocker despite ideal frame.

—Slow by NFL standards and not particularly strong; reps against press were an issue at Senior Bowl.

—Oklahoma State's conference isn't known for defense; Ateman played with a strong QB and better receiver on the opposite side of the field.

      

OVERALL

Marcell Ateman's experience in an explosive Big 12 offense is either a benefit or drawback based on the evaluator. His size and downfield strength were highlighted as a go-up-and-get-it receiver for the Cowboys. Despite an ideal frame (6'4", 216 lbs), Ateman struggles to consistently show the strength needed to routinely block cornerbacks in the run game, and his work against press coverage is underwhelming. Nonetheless, with size and reliable hands, he should have no problem building as an eventual matchup receiver, particularly down the field and in the red zone.

       

GRADE: 5.95 (Round 4)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets

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