Name: Damore’ea Stringfellow
School: Ole Miss
Position fit: Outside receiver
Stats to know: Dropped 10 of his 56 catchable targets in 2016 after dropping only two of 38 catchable in 2015.
What he does best:
- Big-bodied receiver who knows how to use it. Weapon down the field and in the back-shoulder game.
- Large catch radius. Red-zone weapon.
- Uses his frame to box out defenders and get open consistently on hitch routes; caught 15 of 19 targets on hitches in 2016, with two drops.
- Surprisingly smooth route-runner through his breaks, gets separation on intermediate/deep routes with doubles moves.
- Has some incredible one-handed catches on tape.
- Hands – dropped 16 percent of catchable passes in 2016, and his drop rate ranked 253rd of 264 eligible NCAA wide receivers.
- Lack of production — 1.87 yards per route run in 2016 is one of the lowest marks of any receiver in this draft.
- Not a threat with the ball in his hands – forced just four broken tackles on 46 touches in 2016.
- Not a particularly physical blocker despite his large frame, prefers to wall off defenders.
- Earned much better grades in 2015, behind future NFL receivers Laquon Treadwell and Cody Core on the depth chart, than in 2016 as the top wide receiver.
Bottom line: Stringfellow looks the part of an NFL X receiver, but the production was not there in 2016. He has some boom-or-bust qualities to him as he’ll go from spectacular catch to easy drop rather quickly. He earned strong grades in 2015 as a complementary receiver to current NFL receivers Laquon Treadwell and Cody Core, but was average at best once he was elevated to the top of the depth chart this past season. Stringfellow is at his best when he can use his large frame to box out defenders, and flashes the ability to gain separation on longer-developing routes where he can build up speed. His inconsistent hands are a concern, and could cause problems as he is likely to have limited opportunities for touches early in his career.