In preparation for FakePigskin’s 2020 Senior Bowl and NFL draft coverage, I will take a look at prospects whom are projected to have a major role at the next level. Each prospect will be broken down by characteristics used when evaluating players and how they should transition at the next level.
Name: Omar Bayless
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School: Arkansas State
Omar Bayless has been called the best receiver you’ve never heard of. Bayless was an All American his senior year and was one of the top receivers in the country. He led the Sun-Belt in receiving yards, touchdowns, and receptions. Bayless was second in all of the FBS with 1,653 yards, and third in touchdowns with 17.
He is an explosive play making receiver that has the ability to take the top off a defense or make the short yardage plays across the middle of the field. His skillset will be welcomed at the next level and he will be welcomed with open arms by any offense.
Release vs. Press
Bayless has a very quick first step and flies off of the line and has the speed to get to the outside of the defender. He has the strength to fight off the press coverage to get open.
He shows crisp sharp movements in and out of his breaks. Bayless also uses his body well on double moves to get the defenders to bite on the fake before he burns them down the sideline.
He seems to run all his routes well and is able to find the open spot in the zone or after the play breaks down. I think there is room to expand his route tree without a doubt but he has shown that the building blocks are there.
Run After Catch
Bayless uses his speed and size after the catch to his advantage. He is able to separate from the defender and accelerate down the field. The routes across the middle and behind the line of scrimmage allow Bayless to showcase his speed and quick moves to break to the second level and beyond.
Hands/ Body Adjustment
Omar tracks the deep ball very well, whether catching it on the back shoulder or slowing up to catch the ball in stride. He does well to high point the ball and fight for the jump ball in the end zone. He’s a natural hands catcher and will go get the ball or let it come to him depending on throw and coverage.
He will make the block if the run is coming his way and can block downfield as well. When the play is headed the other way, he doesn’t always cross the field to run block.
Bayless has the ability to make the big plays and the speed to turn the short throw into a big gain. He makes all of the circus catches in traffic, the one-handed catches, and goes up and makes the jump ball fade catches in the corner of the endzone.
Omar Bayless could easily be one of my favorite receivers in this 2020 class. His explosive speed and powerful moves will translate well at the next level. He wants to be the alpha male wide receiver one type and has the early makings of just that.
I think he is going to climb draft boards and people will know his name soon. Hopefully a 17 touchdown season will merit an invite to the combine. Once he is settled into his new home in the NFL, he will be able to polish and refine his skill and become a household name.
Projected Draft Round: Third or Fourth round
His sophomore and junior season were pretty quiet compared to his senior year. Hard telling where almost 1700 yards and 17 touchdowns came from out of nowhere.
Comp: AJ Green or Davante Adams
Team Fit: Green Bay, Buffalo, New Orleans, Philadelphia