Woods is a great run blocker with multiple pancake reps. He blocks with immense physicality and aggression, vertically displacing defensive backs on the perimeter. He will drive inside on crack-down blocks on linebackers and safeties. He’s competitive through contact during his routes and at the catch point.
Oklahoma wide receiver Mike Woods II is an SEC transfer from Arkansas. At one point, he formed one of the best receiver tandems in the country with Treylon Burks. Woods joined one of the most talented offenses in the nation led by Spencer Rattler. He finished the season with his second worst season in terms of receiving yards and touchdowns. The chemistry never manifested between Woods, Rattler, and Lincoln Riley’s offense. Woods projects as a Z or field receiver that can motion into the slot. He has a well-built frame with play strength to match. This allows him to defeat arm tackles and gain yards after contact. He is a good route-runner and salesman. He threatens DBs vertically, opening room underneath on routes coming back to the quarterback. There is some rotational hip tightness that prevents him from cutting with premium sharpness out of his breaks. As a result, he drifts upfield, erasing the initial separation he creates. A bigger receiver, Woods can have a better career in the pros. His game translates as a potential WR2, but early on as a WR3 for a vertical offense.
Ideal Role: Z or field receiver with movement/motions
Scheme Fit: Spread offense, RPO-centric, vertical/horizontal shot plays off play-action
Written by Damian Parson
Games watched: LSU (2020), Texas (2021), WVU (2021), TCU (2021)
Best Game Studied: LSU (2020)
Worst Game Studied: Texas (2021)
Route Running: Woods is a good route-runner. He does a consistent job mirroring his routes to look the same to the breaking point at the top of his stem. He sells vertical routes by dropping his head and pumping his arms, giving the illusion that he is attacking vertically. He explodes off the line to eat up the cushion versus off coverage.
Hands: He does a good job seeing the football into his hands before making his next move. He has strong hands to pluck the ball away from his body. He has good hand/eye coordination on over-the-shoulder throws to reel in the pass.
Separation: His separation is good with opportunities to improve. He snaps off his routes at the top of his stem with good hip sinkage. He does not suffer from much wasted motion out of his breaks. Improving his weight distribution out of his breaks is key. As a result, he will create bigger windows for his quarterback. There is some rotational hip tightness that negatively impacts his separation from coverage. This reduces his ability to make sharp cuts and hold the line for optimal separation and he drifts upfield closer to the cornerback.
Release Package: He faced more press during his time at Arkansas versus SEC defensive backs. He uses a combination of moves to win at the LOS: A inside/out crossover, speed release, double hand swipes, and jab step/head fake combination. He has a track stance with his hands down to his waist. Also, leaning forward in his stance can help generate more power off the line.
Run after Catch: Woods is not overly elusive in space. He is a tough competitor with good play strength. This allows him to break arm tackles and work upfield for YAC.
Ball Skills: Woods is competitive at the catch point, both in the air and on the ground. He battles through contact to secure his targets. He attacks the football at its highest point with a selfish attitude. He tracks the ball well in flight on deep routes.
Football IQ: When his quarterback begins a scramble drill from being pressured, Woods detaches from coverage and makes himself available. His intelligence shows against zone coverages. He locates and sits in the soft spots of the coverage. His knowledge of leverage shows up during his route stems. He attacks the shoulder of the defender before breaking in the opposite direction.
Versatility: Woods lines up as the Z and in the slot. He has taken reps in the field and boundary. He can move in motion pre-snap to create advantageous spacing. A three-level receiver, he can attack a defense in multiple ways.
Competitive Toughness: See Above.
Big Play Ability: Woods has the stride and explosiveness to threaten DBs downfield. His production suffered from inconsistent usage and quarterback play. Against WVU and TCU, I accounted for three missed touchdown opportunities due to inaccurate passes. In 2020, he averaged over 19 YPC and multiple 50-plus yard plays.
TDN Consensus: 71.70/100 (Fifth Round Value)
Crabbs Grade: 71.00/100
Marino Grade: 67.50/100
Sanchez Grade: 76.00/100
Weissman Grade: 69.50/100
Parson Grade: 74.50/100