Scouting Report-The training table will be good to Roberts. He's built more like a college point guard than an NFL wide out, but his long lanky built is part of what teams love about his game. He's got great quickness and speed, and what stands out to me is he's able to get open and get clear of defenders even though he's not that big. A lot of that is route running. Other than Damian Williams, he is the route runner like best in this draft. Sticks his foot in the ground and cuts. That paired with just enough speed gives him a little cushion and when he goes he's usually clear of the defender. He's got good, not great hands, but doesn't drop the easy ones. He can run all the routes and can really make for some action once the ball is in his hands, whether it's as a receiver or in the return game.
Draft Status-Roberts is really climbing up draft boards. At this point, with so many teams looking to upgrade their passing game, he's almost a lock to end up in the 2nd round. He looks to be a perfectr slot out in the 3 WR set, and more and more teams have gone to more sets like this, meaning he's as valuable as a starter for many teams.
Final Analysis-I've warmed up to Roberts a lot. He's been incredibly productive at the Citadel and although you have to look at what he did with some concern because the level of competition he played against wasn't elite, you can see the skills are there. Now keep in mind, he's not going to out muscle a corner so beating the jam will be an issue and he's not going to go up in the air and wrestle the ball away from a corner either. He's not doing to give you a ton in the run game as far as blocking, but he finds ways to get open and once he has the ball in his hands, all bets are off.
Reminds me of: Wes Welker, WR New England Patriots-Although Roberts is a little taller than Welker, their games are so similar. Both work the short/intermeidate routes, run great routes, and are fearless. They both are dynamic in the return game, and very productive.
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy