Route Running –He offers pretty good balance and step precision at the top of his hard breaks to snap off for some space to work. He's admittedly a one speed guy, however and won't roll through shallow breaks with a lot of burst. Defenders will sit on his underneath breaks.
Hands –He's got great hands. I really like his adjustment skills to find the nose of the ball cleanly and ensure he's pulling in passes cleanly on the first attempt. He brings a lot of exciting hand catches when tasked with extending his catch radius.
Contested Catch Ability –Really nice body control and ability to contort back to the football. He doesn't seem like the guy to pluck the ball off the rim but he's got nice hops and ability to time up his leap and snatch the ball aggressively out of the air.
Run After Catch Ability –He's got great balance and good physicality to take a body blow and keep pressing up the field for extra yards. Uses his free arm well to catch himself and stay on his feet. Laterally modest and worse in straight line footraces.
Football IQ –Still fairly green to receiver after coming into college level as a quarterback. His strides are really promising and suggest an ascending player who still has yet to reach his ceiling. Like his footwork despite lack of experience.
Vertical Receiving –Does not bring a lot of juice and his general speed isn't going to close cushion quickly, he's more effective peeling back to the football as a back shoulder target vs. trying to sell his routes vertically and stack man coverage. Great ball skills looking back to the ball.
Change of Direction Skills –One speed receiver who doesn't bring a lot of shiftiness to his game and won't stress off coverage. He needs to separate with a little bit of physicality instead. He's smooth but not dynamic with the ball in his hands after the catch.
Speed –One speed runner who won't shock anyone with his burst once he's able to turn his nose up the field and look for daylight. Will struggle to close vs. off coverage but if he's able to get on the toes, he can transition fine and find room for a catch.
Competitive Toughness –He's a great hustle player. He's always looking to sidestep a tackler or spin back against the grain. Does well to use his frame and shield the football as it arrives on slants and work into the middle of the field.
Blocking Ability –He's a pretty physical dude and he offers enough reach and enough mobility to slide and shadow defensive backs. His effort level is perfectly fine, he was asked to shield often on the boundary for screen game and in the run game.
BEST TRAIT – Hands
WORST TRAIT – Vertical Receiving
BEST FILM – North Carolina (2018)
WORST FILM – Texas A&M (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
Jakobi Meyers projects well as a developmental possession receiver. Meyers is a former quarterback who blossomed in 2018, coming a long way in creating underneath separation and showing strong natural ball skills. Meyers is tough after the catch and his physical style of play works well in tight spaces to win contested targets. Look for Meyers to continue to develop his snap off route stems if he's to be a more impact player at the NFL level.
ROUND GRADE - Fourth Round