PROS: Thick and muscular frame with the play style to match it. Shows good technique to clear press coverage with a variety of releases. Attacks blindspots and creates leverage as a route runner. Love how he bends his routes stems, stacks and creates throwing windows. Does a great job angling at the break point to create separation. Won’t get out muscled at the catch point or pinned on vertical routes. Terrific body control, balance and concentration. Finds the football, adjusts and attacks it like an alpha. Above average in contested situations and he does a nice job of positioning his frame to win at the catch point. Appreciate the way he presents himself to the quarterback. Good handwork as a route runner. Strong hands to pluck the football away from his frame. Brings the fight as a blocker and ball carrier.
CONS: Doesn’t offer that late burst to the football and his speed is gradual. Battles through tightness in his lowers on horizontal cuts. Twitch and suddenness is missing. Will he outmuscle NFL corners like he did in college?
BEST TRAIT - Routes, Physicality
WORST TRAIT - No second gear
RED FLAGS - Missed 2018 season facing sexual assault allegations (case was dismissed)
Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus has exciting qualities as a possession receiver in the NFL where his ability to create leverage, physicality and hands all shine. Despite not being the most explosive receiver, Cephus is a technician as a route runner that does well to create leverage and present himself to the quarterback. He is outstanding at getting his frame in position to win at the catch point and he attacks the football with an alpha mentality. With that said, Cephus is not without limitation and he isn’t the most elusive or fluid and his ability to outmuscle NFL corners like he did in college that made him so successful is a concern. Cephus should be a quality WR3/4 that gives strong contributions on special teams.