Route Running –Has some surprising polish despite limited game experience at the position. Shows good footwork to create space vs. press coverage and effective cadence in gearing down for hard angled routes. Tempers speed well on timing concepts to allow space to bubble open.
Hands –Has had some hard bounces off the fingertips and palms, not nearly effective as a body catcher when needing to put the ball in the cradle in traffic. Plucks the ball and shows excellent high point abilities. Large catch radius thanks to length.
Contested Catch Ability –Picks up the ball in flight and has made some strong plays of the ball after having to out-work defenders and reach for the football first. Is a headache in the red zone thanks to fade skills and rips arms off of body violently to ensure a finished catch.
Run After Catch Ability –Does not have great contact balance, can get chopped down with modest contact in the open field. Strength shines at the catch point when able to collect himself on the way down, will stiff-arm or shrug off potential tackles.
Football IQ –Has room to grow, given late transition to a new position after being a hotly recruited QB prospect in high school. That said, understands leverage, spacing, how to make himself available for his quarterback vs. zone coverage and the need to sell false breaks.
Vertical Receiving –Has some of the best vertical deep ball skills in the class. Big time receiver in over the shoulder opportunities, will slow down and stay underneath the ball to prevent having to deal with extra contact. Good concentration and effective transition from catch to run opportunities.
Change of Direction Skills –Doesn't have a lot of short area quickness. Efficient steps minimize transition time but simply lacks the quicks in tight spaces to stress defenders laterally. As a result will need some extra space (slot or isolated alignments) to beat good press corners outside.
Speed –Has build-up speed more than initial acceleration. Takes 5-10 yards to get strides opened up in the open field but gallops with a ton of space per stride to sustain separation and stack cornerbacks down the field when tasked with pressing vertically.
Competitive Toughness –Plays with an excellent fire. Releases off of the line with good urgency and the needed effort to avoid tipping defenders off of potential reads or play calls. Tough at the catch point to win the football and shows great effort on the boundary as a blocker.
Blocking Ability –Is a marriage of great effort, great length and good functional play strength. Often wins the positioning on second effort, will set his hands and adjust quickly to an altered route to the ball by sliding his feet and sustaining extended arms.
BEST TRAIT – Vertical Receiving
WORST TRAIT – Change of Direction Skills
BEST FILM – Baylor (2018)
WORST FILM – Oklahoma State (2017)
RED FLAGS – None
David Sills V projects as a potential X-receiver in the NFL. At West Virginia, Sills has been granted a lot of isolated routes and free releases. Those will need to be accounted for in looking to maximize Sills. Size and high point ability have the potential to be indefensible in one on one reps. Sills projects best into a vertical passing system, he isn't necessarily going to make a lot of noise running routes in the shallow areas of the field.