RASHOD BATEMAN: SCOUTING REPORT. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.

RASHOD BATEMAN: SCOUTING REPORT. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.
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BACKGROUND

  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 210 Lbs
  • College: Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • Year: Junior
  • Position: Wide Receiver

Rashod Bateman has already had an eventful season. That’s even before he has stepped foot on the field.

That’s because after opting out of the 2020 college season due to concerns over Coronavius, he has now opted back in having been granted special dispensation from the NCAA.

Bateman is a Georgia native. He attended Tift County High School where he declared to play for the University of Minnesota after receiving a scholarship. A walk on for the Golden Gophers, Bateman has broken multiple school records, been named in the All-Team Big Ten, has been a Biletnikoff Award Finalist and won the Richter–Howard Receiver of the Year

In 2019 Rashod Bateman raked up 1219 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 60 receptions. Some quick mental maths tells us he averaged 20.3 yards from every reception!

Bateman may feel he has a lot to prove and gain during the 2020 college season. Where other top receiver prospects have either opted out or are having fantastic seasons, Bateman was starting to fall down the pecking order.

That’s important because, as we have claimed previously, the 2021 receiver class will be the best for a generation. There will be multiple receiver with 1st round grades. Bateman could not afford to fall behind. There are fights going on as to the order the players in this class will end up being ranked. 

Bateman is a big sized receiver who pair his size with aggressive physicality. Bateman will enter the NFL as having the floor of a day 1 starter and his high ceiling means he can be what ever he wants to be. 

See the tweet below which shows the physical skills Rashod Bateman has to offer. 

STRENGTHS

  • An assertive pass catcher. 
  • A complete receiver
  • Consistently creates separation
  • Good Catch Radius
  • Strong hands
  • Really physical playmaker

Bateman is a complete wide receiver and a highlights reel waiting to happen. His size means he will be a mismatch for opposing defences.  He has experience of playing on the outside and in the slot meaning he has the capability to beat you in a multiple of different ways.

The key to Bateman’s game is his hands. They are like magnets. He is a clean catcher and rarely do you see him having to cach using his chest to secure the ball.

Bateman is also a super clean route runner who rarely slows down. He doesn’t stray off his route and bursts into the catch point with force. Bateman is a very deceptive and can sell his routes perfectly because of his has fantastic field awareness.

His size means he climbs the metaphorical ladder and elevates himself above defenders when going vertically to catch the ball. How? Because of his physicality. When he is at the catch point, he secures it with poise and precision. 

Bateman has the ability to blow coverage wide open. He is a polished route runner that has a knack for finding space and separation in tight windows. He has flair to get yards after the catch, which is maybe one of his most underrated attributes. His toughness means he often breaks tackles where he is always alert to the potential extra yardage. Bateman has all the workable tools to beat you, whether it is over the top or in possession. As a defensive back, it’s a matter of picking your poison.

WEAKNESSES

  • Doesn’t have elite explosiveness or speed
  • Can push off the opposition
  • Creates a lot of contact 
  • Is rarely used as a blocker

There is no doubt Bateman is a top player. But, there are mainly two concerns over his game. By concerns, I mean minor concerns.

The first being that he has a tendency to push off his opponents and engage in physical battles when trying to beat out his opponent.

Now, his physicality is a trait to love and it is something you would much rather have than not but he will need to reign it in so he doesn’t draw flags at the next level. This can be coached which will mean he can tailor his skill set for favourable matchups and he can be taught techniques that he can take advantage of in the NFL.

The second thing is his speed. Bateman isn’t a speedster. That doesn’t mean he is slow because, he isn’t. He is able to build up to top speed when running down field and into space, he just doesn’t create that instant burst of acceleration. He has to go through the gears rather going 0-60 in a matter of milliseconds.

Bateman’s immediate speed won’t be comparable to some others in this class, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be used in that way. He will likely run in the 4.5s in the 40 yard dash at the NFL combine. Which for someone who is 6’2″ and 210 lbs is still pretty quick! Bateman has other tools in his looker to beat you than simply being quick.  

Scouts now often talk about surrounding quarterbacks with a basketball team and Bateman uses power and strength along with decent speed to beat his opponents rather than raw speed.  

SUMMARY

Rashod Bateman is one of the best receivers in the draft class. But, he does have stiff competition. He will have to put together a good 2020 season to at least keep up with other draft eligible receivers. Bateman’s current projection should see him be picked in the first round but how early depends on the final draft order. 

If he finds himself with the right fit and the right quarterback, Bateman has the ability to make huge impacts at the next level and can be a perennial pro bowler. Teams will likely see Bateman has a low risk high reward prospect who we will be talking about on Sundays very soon.

Draft Projection: Middle to Bottom of the 1st Round. 

FEATURE IMAGE CREDIT: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

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