PRO 2022 Rookie Spotlight: Dontario Drummond, WR Ole Miss

Rookie Spotlight: Dontario Drummond, Ole Miss (Photo via Ole Miss Athletics) 
Height: 6-1
Weight: 217
Hands: 9 1/2″
Arm: 31 7/8″
40 yard dash: 4.65
NFL Comparison: Anquan Boldin, Terrace Marshall

College Production (Final Season)
27% team receptions
29% team receiving yards
38% team receiving TDs

Breakout Age: 24

Impressive size
YAC specialist
Good acceleration
Excellent contact balance
Brings physicality to the slot
Big, strong hands
Excellent college production in final season

Raw route runner
Bad versus press coverage
Will be 25 in 2022
Better at creating separation after the catch than before it
Just couldn’t get anything going during Senior Bowl practices
Very late breakout age
Slow 40 at the combine

Scouting Notes:
Understated and laid back off the field, Drummond is anything but that when he has the ball in his hands. He excels after the catch, accelerating quickly up the field, not really changing direction so much as shifting his weight and either running through or deflecting would-be tacklers. He has great contact balance, like a running back, and he’s a big guy so he’s harder to bring down than most slot receivers. Drummond had an inauspicious first few seasons at Ole Miss, mainly because Elijah Moore was on the team and in his assumed position in the slot, but he eventually came into solid production on a weekly basis. He’s deceptively fast, especially for his size, as he’s been reported to possibly run in the mid 4.40s at the Combine. This is more straight line speed, as he tends to run downhill after the catch. He brings a physicality to the slot that we really haven’t seen since Anquon Boldin was in the league, though he’s considerably faster than Boldin. His coaches have lauded Drummond as having the strongest hands of anyone on the team. He was unspectacular during Senior Bowl practices, despite having college tape that you can squint and see shades of AJ Brown in. A lack of ability to separate and issues against press will likely pigeonhole him in the “big slot”-type of role at the next level where he’ll need to produce quickly as he’ll already be 25 during his rookie season.

Fantasy Outlook:
As he plays mainly out of the slot, separation before the catch isn’t as essential for Drummond, but we still want to see him be able to separate from the corners at the Senior Bowl. (UPDATE: He has trouble in this area) He’s a versatile player, and if he wants to stay on the field in the pros, he’ll need to be able to play all over the field. He’s a potent combination of power runner and deep threat, and he could have a major impact in fantasy if he can polish his route running. The fact that he’s a slot receiver doesn’t take away from his scoring potential, due to his size and speed. In the end, Drummond will not be a priority for us in dynasty unless he falls to an NFL landing spot that will be a perfect for for his skill set where he could step into immediate targets from a veteran QB with little competition for snaps in a slot role.

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