Michael Pittman Jr.
Michael Pittman is coming off a monster senior season at USC. Pittman caught 101 balls for 1,275 receiving yards and hauled in 11 touchdowns for the Trojans.
Pittman is a big-bodied possession receiver who knows how to use his size and strength to his advantage. He gets in and out of his breaks well for his size and has strong hands to make contested catches. Pittman is not very fast, but he has sneaky build up speed and can stack cornerbacks on vertical routes.
Although Pittman has good build-up speed, his long speed is a big question mark. Pittman ran a 4.5 forty at the combine. There will be a lack of big playability, and bigger corners can slow down his routes at the line of scrimmage in press-man coverage. Sometimes it takes time for Pittman to get open on intermediate routes.
Pittman won with size at the college level; he will need to do the same in the NFL against bigger and stronger defenders. Pittman may not be fast, but he is good at getting in and out of his breaks to create some separation. With Pittman size and good hands, he will be able to make tough contested catches at the next level. I think Pittman could be a receiver like Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints.
Like Pittman, Thomas is a bigger receiver who not very fast but gets open and makes contested catches. Pittman will be able to help a team right away with his skill set; he could develop into a No. 1 receiver in the right system. In my opinion, Pittman will be a clutch receiver, who will come up with big catches on third downs and be an outstanding red-zone target. Look for Pittman to be drafted between the 2nd and 3rd rounds.