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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR TJ Vasher

  • The Draft Network
  • February 6, 2021
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PROSPECT SUMMARY – T.J. VASHER

Playing in 42 career games during his career, a bulk of Vasher’s production came during his first three seasons. Over that time, he turned into a go-to option for the team's offense as a down-the-field threat. A long frame with lots of athleticism to match, he has the skill set necessary to play in outer regions. With long arms and leaping ability, his best plays have come down the field and in the red zone where he’s experienced lots of success.

Ideal Role: Air Coryell X receiver.

Scheme Fit: Outside receiver in a heavy 10- or 11-personnel offense.

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Jordan Reid

Games watched: Kansas State (2020), Texas (2020), Oklahoma State (2020), Houston Baptist (2020)

Best Game Studied: Texas (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Oklahoma State (2020)

Route Running: A long strider that’s able to eat up grass in a hurry, Vasher is a slinky threat that can run routes in multiple areas of the field. He’s shown consistency with being able to take advantage of the cushion afforded to him underneath, but his biggest assets flourish on deep throws down the field and in the red zone. 

Hands: Strong hands overall that he routinely extends away from his body to reel in passes. Many of his receptions are clean where he strictly uses his hands to pluck the ball out of the air prior to getting into his after-the-catch process quickly. Vasher also has the ability to make catches with a body draped over him in contested situations. 

Separation: As a longer wideout, Vasher is explosive initially out of his stance. As more of a build-up runner, there are some struggles with him sinking his weight/hips in order to move in desired directions. There are plays where he can detach, but one of his bigger weaknesses is explosion out of his route breaks. There are too many stutter steps when coming out of it. He also has some troubles with throttling down in order to shut down his patterns immediately. 

Release Package: Vasher shows to have a plan at the line of scrimmage. Because of the offensive scheme and defenses faced weekly, he hardly ever saw press coverage. When he did, he did an acceptable job of fighting through contact in order to get into his route stems. 

Run After Catch: A high-kneed and long strider, Vasher possesses average speed, but he covers considerable amounts of ground because of his strides. He's not a burner by any stretch of the imagination, but he can break tackles and gain yards after the catch even though he’s a much larger than normal target in space. 

Ball Skills: A go-up-and-get-it receiver, he also can switch up his approach. Vasher is savvy with using his body and arms to win up top. An elevator that can exceed top floor levels, he’s capable of surpassing levels that defenders aren’t able to press. He’s also able to alter and adjust his body based on ball paths.  

Football IQ: Vasher’s highest I.Q. plays have come in the red zone. He’s well above average with understanding how to attack the leverage of defenders, but also how to use their body against them in that area. 

Versatility: An outside-only receiver, Vasher will need to play the X receiver spot because of his body type and the value that he brings to the table. With his most positive plays coming along the boundary side, that is a spot that he thrives on. On the next level, the hashes are more condensed toward the middle of the field, which will be a massive adjustment for him.

Competitive Toughness: Displaying lots of toughness, he’s been able to show plenty of competitiveness throughout his career. Vasher’s biggest downfall has been consistency with it and overall, as he faced many challenges during his final season in Lubbock. 

Big-Play Ability: Seen more often during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Vasher isn’t a threat that will extend plays with his YAC ability often. He has some plays where he was able to do so, but those are sprinkled in between a bunch of others that contain him being tackled quickly after the catch.

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Jordan Reid: 66/100

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