Name: Marquez Stevenson
Weight: 180 lbs
Overall Rank: No. 138
Position Rank: WR21
Strengths: Marquez Stevenson’s flashes of brilliance are some of the best in the class. He’s a legit homerun hitter and threat to chew up major yardage with the ball in his hands. He offers immediate special teams impact as a primary return man and is a slippery open-field runner. Stevenson’s burst is powerful, allowing him to quickly close cushions and slingshot past defenders vertically. There are instances of him on film hitting the turbo button and making defenders’ angles obsolete. He will offer potential on horizontal stretch plays at the line of scrimmage and underneath that getting him working laterally and running away from defenders.
Weaknesses: When healthy, Marquez Stevenson has looked like a legitimate weapon in the Houston offense. In his time at Houston, however, he suffered a broken collarbone, a torn ACL, and an ankle injury that cut his final season to just five total games. Simply put, NFL teams will have concerns about his long-term durability. In addition to his injuries, Stevenson is not an inherently physical player. Defenders will be able to quickly disrupt his already lackadaisical route running with simple contact off the line of scrimmage. He has to develop the play strength to fight through contact and match the physicality of the NFL.
What I Love: When Stevenson decides it’s time to get vertical, he wastes no motion or time in hitting top-gear immediately.
NFL Comparison: KJ Hill
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Big Plays: ++