2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Marquez Stevenson

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Houston wide receiver Marquez Stevenson battled injuries early in his career and erratic quarterback play late in his career, but his big-play ability was still on full display in college. Stevenson is one of those guys that when you watch him play, he’s simply moving at a different speed than everyone else on the field. His speed enables him to win down the field and create after the catch. He has the over-the-shoulder ball tracking skills and field vision to make his speed matter. In addition, Stevenson is a dynamic kick returner that took three of his 38 career returns back for touchdowns while averaging more than 26 yards per attempt. When it comes to areas of concern, missing all but two games in 2016 with a broken collarbone, missing all of 2017 with a torn ACL, and several games in 2020 with an ankle injury is noteworthy. In addition, he isn’t the most physical player and struggles when contact is introduced. Lastly, his speed and scheme often led to production in college, so developing more technique as a route-runner will be important for him to reach his potential in the NFL. For a team looking for a big-play threat that can stress defenses vertically, horizontally, and in the return game, Stevenson would be a great addition. 

Ideal Role: Featured slot receiver and kick returner.

Scheme Fit: Any.

Written by Joe Marino 

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Joe Marino

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Joe Marino is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst at TDN. Marino comes to TDN after serving as a draft analyst for NDT Scouting, FanRag Sports and Draft Breakdown dating back to 2014. In 2017, Marino became a Huddle Report Mock Draft Champion when he produced the most accurate mock draft in the world.