NAME: David Sills V
SCHOOL: West Virginia
CONFERENCE: Big 12
POSITION: Wide Receiver
JERSEY: No. 13
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 205 lbs
PROS: Releases against press coverage well with active feet and solid lateral agility. Does a good job fighting pressure and fighting through physicality at the line of scrimmage. Innate understanding of coverages stemming from his quarterback background. Processes defenses quickly and can threaten the leverage of defensive backs no matter the technique being played against him. Does a good job of selling routes with his eyes, and pumping his arms through breaks as a means to accelerate. Settles and find voids in zone coverage well, especially up the seam and over the middle. Wins inside with ease when necessary which allows him to produce well in the redzone and against man coverage. Excellent downfield production and developed chemistry with quarterback Will Grier.
Uses that agility to be a slippery runner that can glide by potential tacklers. Turns into a runner immediately after the catch, picking up yards with solid contact balance. Has shown the toughness to go over the middle and make plays through contact. There are flashes of dominant body control where he high points the football above the rim. Progressing in his consistency in the ways he extends back towards the football. When he is able to climb the ladder, one of the better jump ball receivers in the class.
Has shown solid effort as a blocker, occasionally working through the whistle and taking multiple shots at the defensive back.
CONS: Somewhat inconsistent hands with too many drops and can struggle to adjust to off-target throws. Hand placement comes and goes, too often looking to cradle a pass that is at pec-level. Though there are flashes of body control, it is too inconsistent and he needs to do a better job of always flipping his hips towards the flight of the ball. Will let the ball come into his body with too much regularity, especially while operating over the middle. Tracking of the football seems rather inconsistent. When he doesn’t release immediately at the line of scrimmage, he can get ridden in his route stems. Realistically, a good portion of his intermediate production comes from being schemed open or selling blocks before snapping into his routes.
Route tree is limited and will mostly runs quick screens and hitches as apart of West Virginia’s RPO packages. Can hop into his breaks and telegraphs by leaning into them with poor eye discipline, peaking at the quarterback rather than keeping them downfield. Has more of a slender build, without overly powerful strength. Can lack overarching strength as a blocker, as well as whiff in space.