DJ has excellent hands to catch the ball. He has good speed and does a nice job getting off the line of scrimmage and into his routes. When DJ is squared up on his man on the line of scrimmage in a 3-point stance, he is an excellent blocker. He is smart and can adjust his route to become a hot read for a QB when a blitz is on its way. He has long legs that help him make up a lot of ground fast. He will go down the slot or over the middle, make the hard catch, take the hit and hang onto to the ball to move the chains. DJ has the talent to be used in the slot and in the red zone as a wide out. Most tight ends his size would be considered as H-Backs/TE, but DJ has some WR skills that most tight ends do not possess. He can adjust to the ball in the air and gain separation with his long strides against smaller and quicker defenders.
Most players DJ's size are considered pass catching tight ends/ H-backs, but DJ has a problem if you are going to use him in that way. DJ does not block very well in space. His legs are long and it is hard for him to gather them underneath himself and block while moving. Most big wide receivers have this problem, which is why they are called for holding frequently. The thing is that out of a 3-point stance and on the line with his legs under him, he is an excellent blocker. He uses excellent techniques; therefore, this shouldn't be a problem with good coaching.
Arkansas is smart -- when they need an H-back/full back who can block in space, they take DJ out of the game. They know it's not his strength, so they don't use him that way. He is an excellent receiver and is a very good inline blocker in spite of his size, but don't ask him to block in space because of his long legs. I think Arkansas uses him correctly and if the team that drafts him is smart, they will use him the same way. Spread him out, then bring him in tight and use him to help pass blocking or utilize him in a cluster formation and you will have an excellent football player. If you use him in the backfield as a lead blocker or put him in motion to block in space, he will struggle. I would think the Patriots, Bills, Colts, Redskins, Texans, Rams, Chiefs, Giants and a few more would be drooling to get their hands on this kid. He could become a full time possession wide receiver also as he has that kind of talent. When you draft DJ, think Tight End/Wide Receiver -- not Tight End /H-Back and give him some great coaching. You might see DJ drafted in the first round, but give him some time to adjust and you should become a quality player and a fan favorite for the team that drafts him. Remember, the Talent Board Rating does not tell you what round he will be drafted in; it does tell you that DJ will need some time to adjust before he impacts.
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Drew Boylhart Dec/10