Jakobi Meyers Should Be Patriots Roster Lock

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On Day 3 of the NFL Draft, myself and the rest of the Draft Network crew were shocked to see NC State wide receiver Jakobi Meyers fall all the way to undrafted status.

The highly productive, good sized Senior Bowl standout who was a converted quarterback Jakobi Meyers really wasn’t one of the 254 picks?

Meyers went off in 2018 for 92 receptions and 1,047 yards as a senior, and measured in at just under 6’2 and 203 pounds. He rarely took snaps from the boundary in college, but showed off impressive footwork on the outside at the Senior Bowl. I rated Meyers as my highest round 4 wide receiver, and a top 100 player in the Draft.

When Meyers fell to undrafted, it was apparently from his poor 40 yard dash time of 4.63s. While that’s obviously a concern, I feel as though the NFL overlooked the positives from his tape. Benjamin Solak always reminds us of this scouting term:

It’s only a problem, if it’s a problem.

Was Meyers’ 40 yard dash time a concern? Sure. But it never held him back on film or facing off against NFL-talent during the Senior Bowl.

I don’t want to overreact to training camp and preseason games, but Jakobi Meyers has continued his ascension during this summer with the Patriots, despite his undrafted status.

In the first preseason game, Meyers posted 6 receptions with 2 touchdowns. He won inside down in the redzone twice, a trait he showed proficiency at during his college days.

In the Patriots most recent preseason game last night, Meyers once against posted 6 receptions. This time, Meyers needed only 6 targets to do so, and had a 2-point conversion reception. 

Looking at the Patriots depth chart, wide receivers such as Julian Edelman, N’Keal Harry and Josh Gordon are locks. Phillip Dorsett is a likely candidate to make the team considering his contract, but Jakobi Meyers should be next in line.

Meyers has inside-outside versatility, strong hands and has done nothing but produce as a wide receiver over the last two years.

If that’s not a rosterable player, I don’t know what is.