Release - Has loose hips and good suddenness to quickly win angles at the line of scrimmage. Is a bit thin up top and does not have much play strength, but is feisty and will use his hands to keep his chest plate clear. Shows developed footwork at the line to win initial leverage and generate immediate separation, even against tight coverage in goal line and short yardage situations. Can get bullied by squatting zone corners and press corners who have freedom to play physically.
Routes - Benefits from suddenness and some good explosiveness. Can prove dangerous in a vertical third given stacking ability and burst, as well as body control and hard deceleration on deep comeback routes. Fluid into breaks but must work better at keeping a hard line out of his breaks and exploding out of his cuts; will get lazy and come out of his breaks soft. Does not show must deception at the top of his route stem, which may have a lot to do with the timing between himself and his quarterback; can get pushed into the boundary off the red line by larger and more physical corners.
Hands - Fantastic hand strength. Regularly makes away-from-body snags that require great flexibility and body control. Can maintain grip on the football through contact and make fingertip catches when necessary. Has some outstanding catches through contact up against the sideline, modeling plus concentration and great tracking ability. Flashes late hands against tight coverage so as to not tip off the corner.
YAC Ability - Illustrates the necessary physical traits to offer YAC upside through elusiveness and long speed. Especially interests in run after catch potential in a vertical third, with runaway speed available in his arsenal. Vision as a runner is currently a question mark, and sometimes gets lazy with ball security when he's looking to evade tacklers. Toughness approaching contact is lacking.
Separation Ability - Regularly creates separation with quickness and good deceit at the line of scrimmage. Has the explosiveness to win on quick-breaking routes and is effective in RPO games and out of the slot accordingly. Could reduce his step frequency on tight breaks to be a little more snappy, especially on deep comebacks and curls. Could be more energetic separating against zone coverage, but again, offense's simplicity and constraints could contribute to that.
Contested Catch Ability - Has excellent contested catch ability, especially downfield and against the sideline. Regularly turns shoulders and extends hands at the last possible second and has the strength to snatch the ball from the air and curl it back into his frame. Good length to attack the ball at the highest point, though leaping ability is currently a question mark -- prefers to fall away from coverage as opposed to jumping into contact. A few more drops/PBUs when taking a hit across middle of field as compared to up against the sideline.
Functional Athleticism - A little light in the frame, especially up top -- is not likely over the 200 pounds he's currently listed. Lack of mass show sup when dealing with contact from defenders in the contact window and when attempting to break tackles; could benefit from an added 10 pounds. Has some decent length. Quickness, explosiveness, and long speed are all NFL-caliber and fit the profile of a slot or Z receiver.
Blocking - Is not an active blocker and does not have the physical profile to succeed as a blocker. Tries to keep everything at length and does not activate any full-body power. Would not like to initiate contact and rather screens things off from the side. Will get physical super far downfield, especially if he's the last block between the ball-carrier and paydirt.
Versatility - While he should be kept away from the press and thereby not align often in the X position, offers NFL ability at both slot and Z receiver. Is particularly effective in the vertical stem and, given experience on timing routes, projects well into a Coryell style system. Could offer some special teams ability as a returner if vision checks out with the ball in his hands.
BEST TRAIT - Hands
WORST TRAIT - Blocking
RED FLAGS - 3 game suspension at University of Miami in 2015; transferred to Marshall thereafter
PRO COMPARISON - Josh Reynolds
VALUATION - Round 4
Though his numbers plateaued after his junior year quarterback Chase Litton left for the NFL, Tyre Brady played when enough in his senior season to rightfully earn a Senior Bowl invite. Brady wins with quickness and fluidity, and with his hand strength and body control on the sideline, offers some traits of an NFL role player, especially for offenses that really heavily on slot play. That said, his lack of physicality and narrow frame limit his special teams upside and leave him susceptible to press corners, which will likely relegate him to slot/depth play. Brady projects as a WR3/4 who has WR2 upside if he gets a bit bigger and stronger.