NAME: Jonathan Giles
POSITION: Wide Receiver
CLASS: RS Junior
JERSEY: No. 7
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 193 lbs
PROS: Listed at 5-foot-11, but appears taller on tape. Long arms. Has playmaking ability with the ball in his hands, looks for space and shows the burst to get upfield in a hurry. Fast. Vertical threat with long strides to eat up cushions. Averaged almost 17 yards per catch due to ability to get behind defenses and make plays with the ball in his hands.
Tracks the ball well down the field, doesn’t lose concentration even with a defender closing. Flashes of strong hands to catch the ball outside his frame. Separation quickness should not be an issue.
CONS: Lack of polish is really noticeable in his routes. Ran to space almost constantly in the Big 12, rarely needing to separate from man coverage. Adjustment to SEC corners playing press coverage compared to soft Big 12 coverages is going to be an eye-opener. Details rarely mattered at Texas Tech, but they’ll matter a lot more at LSU.
Drops can be issue. Hasn’t shown much as a contested catch receiver and doesn’t always show good catching technique. Physicality might be a question mark. Dancer in the open field, but not always efficient in his decisions with the ball in his hands. Some highs and lows to his playmaking post-catch.
Offers very little as a blocker, another aspect of play that will matter more in the SEC. Hasn’t played for a year, so will require a quick adjustment to a much different level of play in order to be a viable prospect for that 2019 Draft.