Draft Profile: BioJulian Fleming from Southern Columbia High School was rated a 5-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 5-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Fleming opted to join Ohio State.
In 2020 as a freshman Fleming saw action in 8 games for the Buckeyes as he made 7 receptions for only 74 yards for an average of 10.6 yards per reception, with no TDs, and only QB rating when targeted of 38.6.
As a sophomore in 2021 he played 8 games and had only 12 catches for 86 yards for an average of 7.2 yards per catch, with one TD, and QB rating when targeted of 69.2.
As a junior in 2022 he played 10 games and hauled in 29 catches for 462 yards for an average of 15.9 yards per catch, with 6 TDs, and an elite QB rating when targeted of 127.0.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Has smooth acceleration and deceiving speed. Balanced and very fast with the ball in his hands.
- A fluid mover capable of creating some separation over the middle of the field, Fleming has the long arms and soft hands to provide a sizable catch radius.
- Fleming also has value as a catch-and-run threat, running hard and consistently picking up yards after the catch.
- Has a knack for getting open and is a quarterback's best friend - passers just need to toss the ball in his area and he'll come down with it.
- Tracks the ball well downfield and shows good ball skills, including the ability to go up and high-point it in contested-catch situations.
- Fleming shows suddenness off the line of scrimmage and accelerates quickly, and his top-end speed is among the best in this draft.
- A versatile weapon, proving to be effective inside in the slot and outside on the perimeter. Makes plays at all levels of the field.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Fleming doesn’t have the ability as a run blocker or the violent run-after-catch ability.
- Does not always use his hands to secure deep throws, allowing the ball into his pads and chest.
- Fleming also lacks suddenness as a route runner, and that is a potential issue at the next level.
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