After playing 2021 as Matt Corral’s number one option at Ole Miss, Dontario Drummond will be entering the NFL. Before you watch him at the 2022 Senior Bowl, check out his scouting report below.
Dontario Drummond was most often deployed as a slot receiver in Lane Kiffin’s offense at Ole Miss. As such, he was often the first read on the multitude of RPO passes that were schemed up. This plays into his strengths well, as he is talented in the open field. Able to make defenders miss with a variety of moves, he will be a threat on these plays early in his professional career. He likely will have a spot as a kick returner as well, which should allow him to reserve a roster spot in the NFL for years. Drummond’s athleticism jumps off the tape as well. He is plenty fast and much of his game is simply running away from people in the open field due to his explosiveness. His hands are reliable as well.
Matt Corral âž¡ï¸ Dontario Drummond 67-yard TD ðŸ”¥ pic.twitter.com/vZBDeSVvw5
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) October 9, 2021
While he did run routes outside of the RPO offense at Ole Miss, it was not often. As such, he does not have much experience running routes to the deeper portions of the field, despite his speed. He might also struggle to track the ball down the field at times, likely due to a lack of attempts. In the pros, he will make a living in the short areas of the field. He will need to become a better separator in the NFL as he currently just doesn’t get open enough at the college level to project it to the NFL.
Dontario Drummond: 11 touchdowns in the red zone since 2020. Most among active SEC WRâ€™sðŸ”¥ pic.twitter.com/FyiWANnhpV
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 22, 2022
Overview On Drummond
Players such as Drummond are always hard to project. While he is clearly a talented athlete, he has much to learn when it comes to playing wide receiver at the NFL level. At this point, he is a player who will have to have his touches manufactured for him in the NFL in the screen and RPO games. This will be a problem for Drummond, as he likely will not be selected any higher than the fourth round. Players selected with non-premium picks always have a difficult time becoming focal points of an offense in this manner. As such, I would expect him to be a special teamer early on while he attempts to carve out a role in an NFL offense.
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