Route Running - Separation isn't his strong suit — a lot of his big plays came from free runs through the secondary as compared to snapping off breaks. He knows how to find open grass but his initial burst and speed through the top of routes isn't what you'd expect, he got handled by physical corners too often.
Hands - He's had several instances of strong plays on the football away from his body. Strong hands and didn't let defenders rake through the ball at the catch point. Strong wingspan and notable catch radius at his disposal to contest throws that aren't pinpoint accurate on the numbers.
Contested Catch Skills - High point skills are excellent and he's got great leaping ability to play above the rim. There's a need for this to be a winning area when considering his limitations in polish as a route runner and lack of consistency as a separation receiver. Strong hands & reach.
RAC Ability - His long speed is actually pretty good and he is capable of toeing the sidelines to slip up the field. Able to run through arm challenges and create added yardage with broken tackles but don't expect a lot of lateral quickness to produce results after the catch via broken pursuit angles.
Football IQ - For having 46 games played and 28 starts, you do with he was a more developed route runner. He's been more of a supplemental target but he IS honed on special teams, which is a great boost to his stock and value as a rostered receiver. Needs a lot of work with hand fighting and route breaks.
Vertical Receiving - He's gotten back behind the defense on a number of occasions for big plays. He's less effective when tasked with defeating press coverage early on and will get bottlenecked looking to stack defenders who play him physical on the boundary. Doesn't play to his explosiveness here.
COD Skills - Lacks sharp spring and bounce out of his stem when he's opened his strides and built momentum — slow to gear down and will allow defenders to click and close on his hard angled routes. Twitchy and powerful outside of the first ten yards but largely in straight line scenarios.
Speed - His timed speed was a bit of a surprise but an exciting jolt into his prospects as a developmental receiver. If you can coax that time out of him with his functional play speed, we might have a live one on our hands. That said, he doesn't play to that speed early in reps, which hinders his effectiveness.
Competitive Toughness - He's a tough cover at the catch point and like his willingness to scrap for 50/50 balls in the air. Love that you get kick coverage production out of him as well. At the very worst, he feels like a WR5 who can bring value in the red zone and as a gunner. Play strength is notable and he's capable of boxing out DBs.
Blocking Skills - Play strength is good, shows strong hands and long reach — that's a great start. His lateral slide to slam the door shut and prevent nickel defenders from jumping into the alley isn't ideal but he's very feisty once he gets his hands set on the frame of defenders and is able to mirror.
Best Trait - High Point Ability
Worst Trait - Production
Best Film - Florida State (2019)
Worst Film - LSU (2019)
Red Flags - None
Summary - Tyrie Cleveland projects as a developmental WR with the needed physical skills to be an effective possession receiver. Cleveland's lack of production stems in part from some rawness in his route running and in part due to ineffective and inconsistent quarterback play during his time with the Gators. But Cleveland's explosiveness at his size is an enticing quality that will garner consideration late and if he's able to add more polish on routes for separation, he can be a contributor.