4. Omar Bayless, WR, Arkansas State
Omar Bayless not only broke multiple school records as a fifth-year senior for Arkansas State, but he also nearly lead the entire NCAA in receiving yards and touchdowns.
This is despite not going over 600 yards in his previous three seasons. He finished his redshirt senior year with 93 receptions for 1,653 yards and 17 touchdowns. The 93 receptions were good for ninth in the entire NCAA, while the 1,653 yards were second and the 17 touchdowns third.
At six foot, Bayless doesn’t have great size, but he knows how to use his length and has a knack for tracking the ball in the air — arguably his greatest attribute along with his ability to high point the ball.
This makes him a threat in the red zone, and if you look at his 17 touchdowns, a multitude of them came there — particularly in the back corner of the endzone where he would use his size and length to just out-man defensive backs and come up with it over the top.
While he has a knack for bringing down balls in traffic, he is not a very physical receiver. He needs to get stronger and fill out his frame as he will sometimes struggle to beat press coverage at the line.
This also shows in his blocking. Bayless is not necessarily a terrible blocker technique-wise, but an unwilling blocker which is worse.
As a likely late-round or even undrafted player, he will have to show a willingness to block to his coaches, and probably will as he will need to earn his spot, but he did not in college.
Going back to the positives, Bayless has quick feet and though he isn’t a burner, he excels at getting separation deep. He has a quick get-off and those quick feet result in double moves that get cornerbacks off balance in the middle of his routes.
Deep routes are definitely his smoothest routes, but he wasn’t asked to run a full route tree so there could also be questions there when it comes to how he does on the short and intermediate levels.
Bayless also offers almost no YAC-ability, but as a possession receiver that isn’t his game and doesn’t need to be.
As strictly an outside receiver and with only one year of production against a weak schedule, Bayless is likely a Day 3 pick who may even go undrafted.
If that is the case, he is definitely worth priority free agent status and could give a push to the younger receivers such as Keelan Doss, Rico Gafford and could potentially make Zay Jones expendable as they share a similar skill set.
NFL Comparison: Zay Jones, WR, Las Vegas Raiders