Dylan Cantrell NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Los Angeles Chargers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Texas Tech wide receiver Dylan Cantrell (14) is tackle by West Virginia safety Dravon Askew-Henry (6) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)
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POSITIVES

—Natural hands that absorb passes in and outside of frame.

—Understands spacing and positioning among full route tree to create target for QB.

—Excellent downfield blocker that uses good leverage and consistent effort.

—Excels at pressing vertical and turning for back-shoulder throws; shows timing, body control and awareness to routinely create route leverage near the goal line.

—Comfortable making contested catches at all levels of the field.

     

NEGATIVES

—Routinely forced to make contested catches because he can't separate against average-or-better talent.

—Looks even slower than tested speed of 4.59 and doesn't intimidate as a boundary receiver.

—Missed entire 2015 season with a back injury.

—Will struggle to separate on in-breaking routes that require quick feet and explosiveness.

      

OVERALL

Dylan Cantrell's size and consistency as a receiver should be enough to warrant an opportunity to spend a year on the practice squad. He excels at using spacing and toughness to make contested catches at all levels. The consistency with which Cantrell hauls in contested catches is impressive, though it is entirely due to an overall lack of athleticism and ability to separate.

          

GRADE: 5.30 (Priority Free Agent)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Amara Darboh, Seattle Seahawks

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