Justin Shorter 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Penn State Transfer
- Scheme tendencies: Spread
- 2022 projected role: Starting WR
Pros: Justin Shorter’s plus traits as a player come from two elements of his game: his size and physicality. Shorter is a receiver with a big frame that he uses to shield defenders away from the ball. On in-breaking routes, he gives the quarterback a big target to throw to because of his ability to shield defenders and his large catch radius. Once Shorter catches the ball, he becomes a physical runner. Shorter is capable of breaking multiple tackles and is not an easy tackle for defensive backs. At Florida, Shorter plays both on the outside and in the slot but appears that he will be more effective in the slot as a big target in the middle of the field for a quarterback to throw to.
Cons: Justin Shorter’s deficiencies start with his short-area quickness. Shorter is a tall, high-hipped receiver which affects his short-area quickness and it does not appear to threaten defenders. At the snap in press, defensive backs have the opportunity to get into Shorter’s frame quickly and disrupt his release, which affects the overall timing of the route and his route-running ability. The lack of short-area quickness also affects his ability to run effective routes and separate. Shorter does his best work as a receiver when he gets a free release and can run deep routes. Overall, Shorter has upside as a player and has the potential for production, but I believe that he needs to be in the right system to highlight his physical abilities.
Justin Shorter NFL Draft Scouting Report by Keith Sanchez