Separation Quickness - Little bit of burst out of his route breaks, showing the ability to vary his pace enough to open little windows against tight coverage. Overall athleticism is limited and patterns are pretty upright. Doesn’t have the speed to sell vertically against NFL corners and separate on routes back to the ball.
Ball Skills - Too many drops, including a ton in the end zone last season. Inconsistent at catching the ball outside his frame. Has a decent radius, but won’t wow with adjustments to the ball or high degree of difficulty grabs. Pretty good ball tracker over his head down the field.
Speed/Burst - Lacks the burst to really threaten cornerbacks off the snap. Plays at full speed all the time, but missing the extra gear to separate over the top of defenses despite vertical success at WVU.
Route-Running - Route tree isn’t super well-rounded due to WVU’s offense, but good attention to detail in what he runs, showing deceptive footwork in his route stems against off coverage. Works a cornerback’s blind spot really well on post and corner routes.
Contested Catch - Knows how to high-point and elevate, but only does it in flashes and can be significantly bothered by contact at the catch point. Bread-basket catcher even in contested spots, which won’t work against NFL length and size at cornerback. Doesn’t have the strength or box out ability to win with a defender over his back.
YAC - Tries hard and will occasionally run himself out of a tackle or two, but not elusive or explosive with the ball in his hands. Lacks creativity or burst to take advantage of slivers of space. Typically brought down by first contact and won’t pick up much after a solid hit.
Releases - Showed off a little against Kansas State, but won’t have that kind of time in the NFL and cornerbacks at the next level will maul him if he tries to finesse them like that. Slowed up considerably in his routes by physical play, lack of strength and nuance with his hands will be an issue in gaining early separation. When smaller corners aren’t physical with him, uses a variety of quick releases to win inside on slants. Didn’t see a ton of press coverage in the Big 12, and very little good press coverage.
Blocking - Effort and some physical tools are there, but needs to get stronger and approach targets more under control. Over-aggressive and easily eluded in space. Wasn’t asked to block a ton, and was really only useful for getting in the way
Competitive Toughness - Really competes, getting after opponents as a blocker and showing some fight post-catch. Not physically imposing, but effort or toughness won’t be a question. Lot of fire and passion in his game.
Athleticism/Size - Good frame and length for the position, but needs to get stronger and add bulk. Has some hops, but overall athletic profile from the Combine is poor and doesn’t show much potential for upside.
BEST TRAIT - Route-Running
WORST TRAIT - Separation Ability
RED FLAGS - None
Sills produced at an outstanding rate playing with Will Grier in the Mountaineers high-flying offense, but the sledding will be much tougher for him in the NFL. Sills is a good route-runner with the competitive spirit to continue to improve as his tree expands, but he’s athletically limited, lacks play strength and doesn’t have a dominant trait to hang his hat on. If Sills is to have a career in the NFL, special teams and the practice squad may be his best bets.
Round Grade: 6th