Jamal Custis

WR, Syracuse

  • Conf Atlantic Coast - Atlantic
  • Jersey #17
  • Class RS Senior
  • HT 6'5"
  • DOB --
  • WT 228 lbs



    Routes - Tall and high-hipped leads to gradual acceleration and segmented route breaks. Below average separation quickness. Would like to see him play more to his size in the contact window and not get pinned so frequently on outside releases.

    Hands - Drops weren’t an issue for Custis but it’s clear that he’s more of a body catcher. Flashes the ability to pluck the ball with extension. Fairly consistent holding on through traffic and winning in a crowd.

    Ball Skills - Provides a massive catch radius and he knows how to extend it with an outstanding above the rim game. Assertively positions his frame to win at the catch point and makes good adjustments to the ball. Vertical, over the shoulder tracking is sound.

    YAC Ability - Surprisingly was given manufactured touches and provided the ability to produce after the catch although his skill set doesn’t warrant it. Physical with the ball in his hands but he lacks twitch, burst and creativity to provide a dynamic option.

    Release - Modest lateral mobility limits the angles he can take to defeat press coverage. Can take too long setting up his footwork/body fakes to clear press coverage. Illustrates good hand usage to challenge opponents in the contact window.

    Play Speed - Has good speed relative to his size but he isn’t a burn. Can be far more effective varying his route pace to set up more vertical push and snap off his patterns. Won’t win that many foot races.

    Blocking - Gets his work done. Collapses and competes to stay square. Generally does well to fit his hands and execute with extensions. Length increases his margin for error. Sustains blocks well and his upper body strength is evident.

    Play Strength - Holds his own in the physical components of the game but I wouldn’t call him a bully. Not easily bumped at the catch point but there are too many instances where he concedes leverage as a route runner. Doesn’t “lose” in the contact window because he lacks functional strength.

    Versatility - Profiles as a possession receiver that can be targeted in the redzone, along the sideline and middle of the field. Missing the functional athleticism to separate vertically with consistency and his upside to win after the catch is below average.

    BEST TRAIT - Ball Skills

    WORST TRAIT - Separation Quickness

    RED FLAGS - 2016 - high ankle sprain.

    Custis didn’t find production at Syracuse until his senior season, but did rack up a team-high 906 receiving yards and six touchdowns while averaging nearly 18 yards per reception in 2018. The most appealing aspect of Custis’s skill set is his catch radius and ability to high point the football which makes him highly effective in condensed areas of the field. Custis best chance to stick at the next level is by embracing his size component as a receiver, continuing to be an effective blocker and excelling on special teams. He doesn’t feature an overly dynamic skill set but Custis provides many of the qualities teams are looking for in a No. 4/5 receiver on the depth chart.

    Round Grade - Mid/Late Day 3