2019 NFL Draft Prospect Report: David Sills
Name: David Sills
School: West Virginia
Listed Height: 6’3
Listed Weight: 211
Strengths: Sills is a long and lengthy WR who has good in-air range and body control to make plays on the ball. He uses his arm length effectively to high point the football. Usually will extend for the ball outside his frame. Shows favorable ball tracking ability, focus, and in-air ball adjustments on back shoulder throws vertically down the field. Stretches the seam and sideline on deep routes to open throwing lanes. Smooth in his movements. Utilizes quick shakes in his stems to force deceleration and early commitment from the CB and then attacks their weak shoulder to stack and seperate. Uses his stem to mask route breaks by using head bobs, stutters, jab steps, and other body fakes. Shows flashes of solid release footwork to create early separation. Leverages routes with good lean prior to the breaking point to disguise the intended cut direction. Widens routes to clear his hips into acceleration. Knows how to visualize gaps in coverage spacing and attack them. Will process formation info early and can settle in zones. Is a willing blocker at the POA.
Weaknesses: Lacks girth in his body build. That limits him from being able to effectively box out DBs and put himself in easy catch space. He has average route speed that usually won't challenge coverages vertically and will cause him to strain to uncover. Would benefit from more consistent hand usage to separate. Can fail to catch outside his body, will let the ball inside, and gives up drops off the body. Will get re-routed and controlled in his stem because of a lack of strength and leverage. Does not consistently sink into his breaks, causing less than favorable fluidity and transition speed. Will not make big plays after the catch because of average AA. Lacks the power to sustain as a blocker.
Overview and Insights: Sills is a former QB who has limited play time at WR. His knowledge of offensive play design, ability to process coverages, and his potential at WR make me believe that he will be a solid number 2 WR or a big slot in the league. He has issues uncovering with speed, but finds ways to get open as a route runner and has the body control to adjust to deep balls. He needs time to develop his game further, but can be a solid receiving option down the road.
Round Projection: Third Round
Ideal Fits: Redskins, Dolphins, Patriots
Pro Comparison: Josh Malone
Scout: Taylor Moser