Raiders NFL Draft: Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada scouting report


the Las Vegas Raiders need a broad that can extend the field. Nevada Wolfpack wide receiver Romeo Doubs can fill that role and brings some YAC skills to the table to make an impact in all areas of the field. He will be at senior bowl in a few weeks to prepare the NFL Draft.

WR | Nevada | 6’2” 200 pounds | Los Angeles, CA

Overview:

Romeo Doubs came to Nevada as a 3-star rookie and 188th wide receiver in the nation for the 2018 class, per 247 Sports. Although not a “top” player coming out of high school, he got a starting spot early on as a true freshman and had 228 receptions for 3,366 yards and 26 touchdowns in four years at Reno. The Los Angeles native eventually became the Wolfpack’s No. 1 receiver and was one of the best players in the Mountain West Conference, due to his quickness to gain deep and his sneakiness after the catch.

Strengths:

  • Good size for an NFL wide receiver
  • Against media coverage, he attacks leverage to give himself a round trip, has quick feet and effective head/shoulder feints to win at the line of scrimmage
  • Also uses his hands well with solid strength to take hands of defensive backs off him in the five-yard window
  • Good acceleration out of the line of scrimmage to eat cushion from coverage defenders
  • During the stalk phase of the deep lanes, he attacks the leverage and works to reach the blind spot of the defensive back
  • Recognizes and sits in holes against area coverage
  • It’s a pretty sharp road runner with good directional change on 90-degree roads and it doesn’t drift much after you make the cut.
  • Good suddenness on obliques and shortcuts
  • Has a decent blowout on 45 degree cuts to help create some separation
  • His speed lets him beat linebackers badly and get away from defensive backs on drag routes, and he has the long speed to get behind defenses.
  • Has good sideline awareness and body control to drag his feet near the boundary, even started dropping 2ft in bounds as a senior
  • Impressive vision and a flurry to create yards after catching on screens and short routes, has been on target a lot here in college
  • Slippery and elusive after the catch to miss defensive backs, and he has good balance to stay on his feet through arm tackles from over-chasers

Areas of improvement:

  • Could afford to add another press release aside from kicking and head/shoulder fakes
  • On shorter rides he can dance too much and has to balance between giving wrong and getting into the ride.
  • Has questionable ball tracking to put himself in an optimal position to be able to catch clean hands, position himself between the ball and the defender on contested catches, or give himself a chance on deep/imprecise passes
  • He doesn’t have strong or natural hands to make hard holds where his arms are straight
  • Lack of hand-eye coordination when moving which leads to dips and he really struggles with focus dips on drag routes. He used to run before he secured the hold
  • Doesn’t show much effort when blocking, even on screens

Romeo Doubs
Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

Injuries:

2019: Shoulder (missed two games), concussion (missed one game)

2021: Undisclosed (one game missed)

Projection:

NFL Draft Database ranking by consensus of the grand council: 76th, 3rd round

Projections for the Doubs are everywhere. Some people see him late in the first round to early in the second category, and others classify him as a Day 3 guy. I’m probably closer to the first category because I see him as a middle pick of the second at the start of the third round.

I really like how he can impact all three levels of the pitch, but his hands and lack of ball tracking skills are very worrying. That being said, I think he would be a good candidate in just about any offense and has the skills to become a “No. 1 receiver” on the whole line.

What do we need to know?

Will his ball tracking issues lower his ceiling as a deep threat? Having the speed to gain depth is one thing, but it won’t matter if Doubs can’t always find the ball in the air and get under it. Being able to stretch the field is a big part of the Nevada product’s game and something the team drafting him is going to expect from him.

Compatibility with Raiders:

The adjustment of the Doubs with the Silver and the Black is interesting. He can fill the offensive void for a vertical presence and has the advantage to grow beyond that role, but Las Vegas could be looking for that wide pick for quarterback Derek Carr right away. So it depends on how patiently they are willing to be with Doubs or whether they will look to draft someone who is a more complete product sooner.

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