NFL Draft: Scouting UMass WR Tajae Sharpe

Breaking Burgundy Analyst Paul Conner shares his scouting notes on the type of receiver that could work for the Redskins.

Breaking Burgundy's Film Analyst Paul Conner will be in the lab crunching film on college prospects up until the 2016 NFL Draft. He will be sharing his notes on each player he watches throughout the process. 

Tajae Sharpe

Position: Wide Receiver

College: UMass

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 190

Age: 21

(Analysis of games vs. Notre Dame, Colorado, and Bowling Green)

Positives: Let's start with those hands. They're reliable. Tajae Sharpe has a large catch radius and is able to pluck the ball away from his body. He made a bunch of catches fully extending in a dive and was able to pull the ball in. Sharpe tracks the ball well in the air at all levels of the field. He has good enough long speed but isn't a burner. Quick feet stand out and and he is nimble enough to stop, start and get yards after the catch. Sharpe is good at identifying coverage underneath taking drags across the field in man coverage and sitting in holes in zones.

Concerns: Sharpe's level of competition is going to be the first thing questioned. He is still pretty raw as a route runner. He wasn't challenged much in press coverage except against Notre Dame and he had a hard time getting away. Players with height but lack in weight usually struggle getting off the line of scrimmage because of lack of strength. 

If drafted by Redskins: Scot McCloughan likes length in his receivers. The roster lacks that asset. Sharpe does not. With so many questions at the receiver position, Redskins could use a versatile guy who can play on the outside and inside as a reliable chain mover. I'm sure Kirk Cousins would like that as well. If Washington doesn't add help in free agency or the early round, Sharpe might be a name to watch in the 4-5 round range. 

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Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr

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