Analysis (Taylor O’Neill):
Valdez-Scantling is 6’4 and ran a 4.37 40. That’s the story here. MVS is a raw vertical threat. 26.4 % of his catches at South Florida went for 25 or more yards.
His success in college ball was based almost entirely on his build and speed. He needs to learn how to become an NFL receiver by developing his route tree as well as polishing his route running and body control. He’s a project with high upside.
Team Fit (Ross Uglem):
MVS will be yet another lottery ticket for the Packers receiving group. He’s a size speed combo guy, someone that Thompson would love. For now, he’ll likely fill the Jeff Janis role. He’ll be the last guy on the roster at receiver and will have to contribute on special teams as he learns to play receiver.
NFL Player Comp (Mike Wendlandt) – Jeff Janis, Browns:
Marquez Valdes-Scantling is a height and speed prospect who compares with the people’s champion Jeff Janis. At 6’4” with blazing speed (4.37), Valdes-Scantling is a big play waiting to happen, but he needs a lot of work to be more than a go route specialist. A record-setter at South Florida, a quarter of his catches went for more than 25 yards. But he needs to work on his routes, making sharper cuts to find his way into the receiver rotation. There’s a lot of talent there, but he needs to get the nuances down quickly to carve out a role.
Packers Big Board Rank: NR
Cheesehead TV Draft Guide Positional Rank: NR
Taylor O\'Neill is a Packer fan born and raised in Oshkosh, WI. He currently lives in Florida and is pursuing his PhD. Taylor is a writer with PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @TaylorONeill87 for more Packer news.