Quick Evaluations: Class of 2021 Wide Receivers

The Class of 2021 boasts a bevy of talented Wide Receivers that each bring an intriguing skillset to the field. This group of Wide Receivers presents players that utilize great physical gifts or sharp technical skills to succeed on the field. Out of the Class of 2021 Wide Receivers they’re plenty of options to analyze […]

The Class of 2021 boasts a bevy of talented Wide Receivers that each bring an intriguing skillset to the field. This group of Wide Receivers presents players that utilize great physical gifts or sharp technical skills to succeed on the field. Out of the Class of 2021 Wide Receivers they’re plenty of options to analyze and highlight in terms of their impact on the field. Which is why in this piece I narrowed it down to 2 wide receiver prospects that I wanted to present on. This article will give a condensed overview of the skillsets of  these 2 pass catchers out of this class. Depicting the strengths in their games, along with point out areas of growth.

The first receiver to describe is Palotti High School wide receiver Isaiah Perkins. At around 6’2” 193 lbs. this gifted pass catcher displays several key talents that make him an impact player at the receiver position. These include his great ability to consistently win on deep routes down the field. He accomplishes this by setting up his opponents with savvy head fakes and jab steps and creating an advantage to get on top of defensive backs. Perkins also does a great job adjusting to the ball when making receptions. When the ball is in the air, he does a great job coming back to the football for his QB making plays when the play breaks down. He also does a great competing for the ball in the air, outbattling his opponents and making plays on 50/50 balls. As he utilizes his size and strong hands to snag the ball in one on one scenarios, while maneuvering his body to secure the reception in bounds. Perkins does need to sharpen his route running to create even more separation on routes, but this will come with further reps. Perkins after the catch is a tough tackle because of how physical he is as a runner. Making it hard for one defender to bring him to the ground. Perkins overall with more refinement of his talents as a receiver will shine as one of the top receiver prospects in the area this coming season.

The second receiver to mention is Dematha Catholic High School product Jaden Bradley. A sizeable target at around 6’4” 190 lbs. provides Dematha a big body target on the outside that can overpower his matchup. His physical tools elevate his game in several ways including using his body to wall off defenders and make catches in the middle of the field. He uses his body to be a true goal line threat for Dematha, and with increased opportunities he should only get better in this area of the field. As a route runner he is good using his quick feet to set up and create separation from defensive backs. On routes like comebacks and slants especially, he utilizes quick feet and sharp stop and start ability to run these routes crisp. Bradley does create problems for defensive backs with deceptive speed to get deep down the field. He also does fight for the ball well when in a contested catch situation. Bradley shows a want to block as a receiver as well when asked to. The more willing as a receiver you are to block the more reps on the field you could get. Bradley can only further grow as a route runner this coming season. Making him more versatile in terms of being able to run the full route tree. If he continues to grow into his frame, he will become an even more physical presence on the outside for Dematha this coming campaign. With more targets within Dematha’s offense this season Bradley will show how talented of a young pass catcher he is. Gaining more interest from college programs as his senior year moves along.

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