Antoine Wesley, Texas Tech
I like this guy for multiple reasons as a future Arizona Cardinal. The first reason is that he’s another guy who can catch the lights out (69.5% catch rate), and he doesn’t drop a whole lot either (2.2% drop rate). With an impressive Pro Football Focus 83.9 rating, he also looks to be a stud (according to analytics).
The second reason I like Wesley on the Cardinals is that he shares a connection with newly hired head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The former Texas Tech head coach recruited Wesley out of high school in 2015 to play for the Red Raiders, which proved to be a good deal for his offense. especially during the 2018 season.
During his time at Texas Tech Wesley caught 98 receptions over his career and 1,545 yards and nine touchdowns. However, 88 receptions for 1,408 yards and nine touchdowns came in his final season.
Playing only for one full year Wesley showed flashes of stardom with his strong hands and ability to win contested catches. His long arms (34-inches) allow him to make extended catches over the shoulder and with his 6-4 frame he has little problem fending off defenders to make a tough catch. If he bulks up and gains another 10-15 pounds, his size will become a huge factor not only in the catching battles but in the YAC battles.
As a route-runner, Wesley pays attention to the nuances and does the little things well. However, he does have some issues that may help him fall to the later parts of the draft. These issues include a lack of experience, average speed, and absence of physicality when attacking press-coverage. He should be a middle-round pick.
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