What to Like
Stanley Dye is an impressive prospect on his highlight tape either as a wide receiver or defensive back. He shows very good speed and instincts whether he is playing wide receiver, free safety or cornerback. At receiver he shows good hands and the ability to make the circus catch. Dye also does a good job of adjusting to ball and shows the ability to run crisp routes. He also does a nice job of staying on his feet and making yards after the catch. Dye gets the ball a lot on reverses and quick screens and demonstrates good vision and the ability to set up blocks. On defense Dye shows himself to have good change of direction and the ability to flip his hips in coverage. He is an aggressive tackler despite being a smaller guy. Dye isn't afraid to come up into the box and help in run support. He plays hard and pursues the ball and is very quick.
Questions and Projection
The first question you have on Dye is where does he project at the college level? At 5-foot-10 and 170-pounds he is a bit undersized for a FBS free safety unless he were to add at least 15 to 20 pounds. At his current size it would be hard for him to take the week in and week out pounding at the major college level. Can he play corner? I think he is fast and athletic enough to play corner in college. While he doesn't show any sign of lacking toughness, if he plays wide receiver in college how will he adapt to running inside routes? You don't get a chance to see him run any digs, inside slants or crossing routes on his highlight tape, although he isn't afraid to cut back across the middle of the field once he has the ball in his hands.
Dye is an outstanding prospect at either wide receiver or defensive back, but based of his highlight tape I think he is more likely to end up as a inside slot receiver in a spread offense or offense that utilizes three receiver sets a lot. He is dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands and his a threat to pick up yards in bunches. He runs extremely well, has good vision and sets up his blocks well whether he is getting the ball on reverses or tunnel screens. He also shows that he can make difficult catches and does a good job of picking up yardage after the catch. If he does end up on defense at the college level he will more than likely end up at corner because of his size in my opinion.