- BProjectionRound 4-5
- Hand9 ⅛
- Arm31 ½
Strong Points: Very durable -- never missed a college game. Good WR size. Quick release and works through jam. Though he is not a top route runner, McLaurin gains separation coming out of cuts. Very strong special-teams cover guy. Effective blocker.
Weak Points: Lacks natural hands -- too many catches within the confines of his body. Lacks a large receiving radius. Inconsistent route runner. Third or fourth receiving option for Ohio State in 2018.
The Way We See It: McLaurin has size, speed, toughness and athleticism, but he is a very average receiver. What he does well is play on special teams. He is an excellent cover guy on punts and kickoffs, which is why he'll make a club. He is raw as a receiver but probably can be a WR4 or WR5 as a rookie because he will be a core teams player. McLaurin must improve the consistency of his hands and route running, but he'll earn those opportunities because he'll be up on gameday. McLaurin will be a late pick with a better chance to play immediately than some guys drafted earlier than him.