Round 5, Pick 139
Once a quarterback prospect offered to play at USC by Lane Kiffin in the eighth grade, Sills converted to wide receiver a few years ago and proceeded to shred the Big 12 competition to the tune of 33 touchdowns in two seasons.
As his stats indicate, Sills does his best work in the red zone. He has a 6-3 frame and the vertical leap (37.5-inches) to climb the ladder. He’s a master of the fade route and knows how to position with body favorably in tight space. He also had the length, ball tracking, and body control to boast a large catch radius.
Sills’ quarterback background has its advantages and disadvantages though. In terms of advantages, his ability to read zone coverage is the best of any receiver in this class. His understandings of leverages and spacing create a route runner that can simply beat a cornerback with football intelligence.
However, the disadvantages are there. His route tree is limited and so are his abilities after the catch. He also has some concentration drops on tape (16 drops, per Pro Football Focus). His 4.57 second 40-yard-dash is also rather inspiring. Despite his knocks, Sills has the potential to be an impactful chain-mover on the outside and endzone ace. If he can add to his route-tree Sills could be a very impactful receiver in the NFL.