Justin has talent similar to Ravens receiver Steve Smith and former Patriots
receiver Wes Welker. He runs strong routes like Smith; he doesnít have his
overall speed, but he does have the lateral quickness. Justin shows on film the
strength in his route running to be physical in spite of his size and matches up
well as a slot receiver or what I like to call a mover receiver. He shows on
film the good hands to catch the ball and make some yardage after the catch. He
is very quarterback friendly, coming back to the ball off his routes to help his
quarterback out when the pass rush is too much for the offensive line to handle.
He does a good job adjusting to the ball in the air. He is more quick than fast
and seems to be fearless going over the middle, catching the ball. He has no
problem catching the ball with defensive players hanging all over him. He likes
to make the third down catch that moves the chains and, in a short passing
offense, Justin could impact with the quarterback throwing to him.
Justinís size will make most teams feel he is not a match-up nightmare in the
slot. He does a good job catching the ball, but seems to struggle when reaching
out limiting his catch radius. He likes the ball close to his body and that
means he needs to be paired up with an accurate quarterback to be effective. He
is strong running his routes, but against press coverage, he has to learn better
techniques to free himself up quicker. Justin is the type of receiver that the
longer the route he runs, the easier it is to cover him; therefore, inside the
fifty yard line and on third downs is when he can impact the most.
Justin can return punts and that alone will keep him in the league until he can
learn better techniques to get off press coverage. He will not be much of an
impact player unless he gets into the right situation and is used the way the
Patriots used Wes Welker. In spite of the fact I compared his strong route
running to Steve Smith, trust me when I say this: Justin is no Steve Smith. He
could be if he gains confidence running his routes down the field, but I donít
think Justin will ever become a starting receiver in the NFL. Nevertheless, he
could become an impact receiver and special teams player in the right offensive
system and with a very accurate quarterback. Justin works well with what I call
Tight End routes ten to twenty yards off the line of scrimmage. He does a good
job gaining some yardage after the catch as well, but for him to be effective
moving the chains is how he can become a valuable chess piece for an offense.
Like I said, he is a Wes Welker type of receiver who in the right system could
have an excellent career at the NFL level. I think of Justin as a chess piece
who can be moved around the offense like the Knight. The knight alternates its
square color each time it moves and is the only piece that jumps over any other
piece. You move Justin around the offense like the Patriots move Julian Edelman
and Wes Welker, jumping all over the place, off or on the line scrimmage and he
can make 1st downs.