Draft Profile: BioMichael Mayer from Covington Catholic High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 5-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Mayer opted to join Notre Dame.
In 2020 as a freshman Mayer saw action in 12 games for the Fighting Irish as he made 42 receptions for a decent 450 yards for an average of 10.7 yards per reception, with 2 TDs, and an impressive QB rating when targeted of 97.4. As a blocker he allowed no pressures and no sacks.
As a sophomore in 2021 he played 12 games and had an elite 71 catches for 840 yards for an average of 11.8 yards per catch, with 7 TDs, and an impressive QB rating when targeted of 112.6. In pass protction he gave up no pressures and no sacks.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Mayer fights his way off the line of scrimmage against press coverage, showing quick, violent hands and good balance.
- He’s at his best facing the line of scrimmage, when he’s able to use his body to box out defenders. He runs well after the catch and will work as a blocker downfield.
- Mayer plays with a smoothness and balance, and Mayer shows a knack for setting up defensive backs.
- Good quickness off the snap. Has good speed for the position to attack the seam. Shows burst out of his breaks to gain separation.
- Knee-bend and technique are good and he shows decent power when his hands hit the target.
- Has the burst off the snap to be split out wide in the NFL
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- He’s largely a non-factor downfield, and Mayer had issues with drops when running behind a defensive back and tracking the ball. More quick than fast, he won’t always be able to run away from NFL defensive backs.
- Inconsistent with his release off the line of scrimmage.
- Mayer really isn’t a burner and doesn’t have elite suddenness, which is problematic considering his average size.
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