Puka Nacua
Puka Nacua  WR  BYU | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Puka Nacua
Height
6-2
Weight
201
College
BYU
Position
WR
Class
Junior
Home town
Provo, UT
78.0/100
Player Rating
30
PositionRank (WR)
4.57
FortyYD Time
Receptions
48
Rec YDs
625
Rec TDs
5
Rec AVG
13

Puka Nacua WR BYU | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Puka Nacua WR BYU
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

ROLE: Outside X-Receiver
Last Updated: 03/25/2023
Draft Year: 2023
40 time: 4.57 seconds (26%*)
Age: 23.0 DOB: 05/29/2001
Bowl Invite: Senior Bowl
Measurables:
Height: 6-2 (67%*) Weight: 201 (49%*)
Hands: 9 1/2 (55%*) Arm: 31 1/2 (41%*) Span: 74 7/8 (31%*)
Forty: 4.57 (P) (26%*) Shuttle: 4.36 (P) (20%*)
Vertical: 33 (P) (22%*) Broad: 121 (P) (50%*)
Three Cone: 7.32 (P) (5%*) Bench: 15 (P) (54%*)
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(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other (HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
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ROLE: Outside X-Receiver
Last Updated: 03/25/2023
Draft Year: 2023
40 time: 4.57 seconds (26%*)
Age: 23.0 DOB: 05/29/2001
Bowl Invite: Senior Bowl
Measurables:
0% 100%
Height: 6-2 (67%*) Weight: 201 (49%*)
Hands: 9 1/2 (55%*) Arm: 31 1/2 (41%*)
Span: 74 7/8 (31%*)
Forty: 4.57 (P) (26%*) Shuttle: 4.36 (P) (20%*)
Vertical: 33 (P) (22%*) Broad: 121 (P) (50%*)
3 Cone: 7.32 (P) (5%*) Bench: 15 (P) (54%*)
(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other
(HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
For an explanation of how the (HS) data is calculated see this article
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Overall Rating: 78.0 / 100
Average rating of opposition Defense player has faced
Defense Rating:
74%
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QB Rating When targeted: 122.1
Hands:
70%
Short Receiving:
83%
Intermediate Routes:
86%
Deep Threat:
84%
Blocking:
51%
DRAFT PROJECTION: 7th
Overall Rank: #222 Position rank: #30
College Games: 32 College Snaps: 990
Grade: 4 ESPN  Stars 4 ESPN  Stars ESPN RATING: 80/100
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #48 Pos Rank: #42 State Rank: #2
College Combine Results
Grade: 247 Sports 4  Stars 247 Sports 94 Stars 247 RATING: 94/100
Ovr Rank: #48 Pos Rank: #8
LosAngeles Rams Drafted: ROUND: 5 - Pick Number: 177 (LAR)
Draft Profile: Bio
Puka Nacua from Orem High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Nacua opted to join Washington.

In 2019 as a freshman Nacua saw action in 8 games for the Huskies as he made 7 receptions for 168 yards for an average of 24.0 yards per reception, with 2 TDs, and an elite QB rating when targeted of 146.8.

As a sophomore in 2020 he played just 3 games and had only 9 catches for 151 yards for an average of 16.8 yards per catch, with one TD, and an elite QB rating when targeted of 144.4.

After season's end Nacua transferred to BYU where as a junior in 2021 he played 12 games and hauled in 44 catches for 805 yards for an average of 18.3 yards per catch, with 6 TDs, and an elite QB rating when targeted of 128.0.

As a senior in 2022 he played 9 games and had 48 catches for 625 yards for an average of 13.0 yards per catch, 5 TDs, and an elite QB rating when targeted of 119.3.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Nacua tracks the ball well downfield and consistently runs under long throws.
  • He runs precise routes, showing an innate feel for setting up defensive backs to create separation.
  • Has elite balance tight-roping the sideline and in-and-out of his breaks, showing excellent start-stop ability and burst.
  • Often used on deep routes, getting separation down the sideline or over the middle on crossing routes by extending his arms rather than pure speed.
  • Nacua has reliable hands and shows the willingness to make catches in traffic over the middle.
  • When used downfield, Nacua shows the ball-tracking skills and hand-eye coordination to make the adjustment on underthrown balls and back-shoulder throws.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Nacua seems comfortable in traffic to the point where Nacua doesn’t make the effort to create separation.
  • His ability to track the ball is good enough, but he too often let the ball get into his body downfield rather than snatching it with his hands.
  • He’s a little raw as a route runner and will struggle to get off the line against good press corners

Puka Nacua percentiles vs other Wide Receivers (NFL Combine historically - higher value represents better perfomance)

How other scouting services rate Puka Nacua (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
175.4
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
29.0
*Percentile Ranking in Player's Position Group (NFL Combine Historical Data): This percentile reflects how a player's specific statistics rank in comparison to historical performances at the NFL Combine, specifically within their position group. A higher percentile indicates a better performance. For instance, being in the 90th percentile for a particular stat means the player outperformed 90% of their peers in that category.

*Similarity Percentage: This percentage is calculated based on a comprehensive analysis of various factors, including height, weight, 40-yard dash times, on-field performance statistics, and overall player rating. The analysis is conducted against our database of draft prospects from 2021 to 2023. This similarity score helps in evaluating how closely a current prospect aligns with past prospects. It is important to note, however, that this score reflects similarities based on college production and attributes, and does not account for eventual success or performance in the NFL.