Damian has good size and speed to play his position. He shows decent hands and does a nice job running his routes. Damian looks to be faster after he catches the ball and runs almost like a tailback when he is in the open field. He shows excellent vision and can gain some good yardage after the catch if he is in the open field. Damian has those long strides that allow him to cover a lot of ground quickly to go along with long arms that make it difficult for his opponents to defend him. Damian reminds me a lot of Roy Williams (WR Dallas Cowboys) who was the 7th pick in the 2004 draft and later traded.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Damian struggles to run his routes as fast as he runs once he catches the ball. He also struggles fighting for the ball and he lacks an overall toughness to his game that a #1 wide receiver needs to have to be successful at the next level. Let me put it this way...hit him in the jaw and he will not come back on the field and play the rest of the season like Anquan Boldin (WR Arizona Cardinals)! Damian also does not like to block and I'm not a fan of wide receivers who do not block for their teammates. Damian at the college level does not handle the bump and run very well. He gets pushed around and thrown off his routes and does not fight for the ball when it is in the air. He also does some body- catching when he goes to catch the ball and he can see that he is going to get hit. This will cause some drops at big points of a crucial game. That is not a #1 wide receiver in my book.
I can get a wide receiver with the ability to be as impacting as Damian will be at any point in this draft. I don't need to spend a whole lot of money to do that. If Damian gets some tough genes at some point in his career, he could turn into a pretty good receiver. For me, if those genes haven't shown up by now, I'm guessing they won't. There was a receiver a few years ago with the same talent as Damian. He would not go up and fight for the ball at crucial points of a game. He was drafted in the second round and after five years in the league with five different teams, he is now analyzing the draft for the NFL network. See, there is a future for you, Damian. If you get drafted in the first round (like some are suggesting), you can hang around for awhile and make people think you are a true #1 wide receiver because the team that drafts you doesn't want to admit they made a mistake. If you are drafted much later in the draft (like I am suggesting) you too can bounce around for four or five years and then become an announcer on TV.
Drew Boylhart 2/10