Ricky Smalling
Wide Receiver from Illinois 2021 Draft Profile
Ricky Smalling
Height
6-1
Weight
205 lbs
College
Illinois
Position
WR
Class
Senior
Home town
Chicago IL
52/100
Player Rating
115
PositionRank
4.47
FortyYD Time
Receptions
24
Rec YDs
225
Rec TDs
1
Rec AVG
9.4

Ricky Smalling WR Illinois Draft Profile

Strengths
  • Does not have exceptional straight-line speed but takes advantage of open seams when his quarterback is on target.
  • 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.
  • Good effort and technique as a blocker for his size. Can beat the press with elusiveness or physical contact. Runs crisp routes with sharp cuts.
  • Very soft, natural hands to cleanly catch away from his frame. Concentration is excellent. Has the lateral agility and strength to get into and out of routes smoothly.
  • 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.
  • Does not possess top breakaway speed, though he's rarely caught from behind.
  • He catches the ball with his large, soft hands and is tough. Deceptive jets and a smooth route runner.
Weaknesses
  • Inconsistent high-pointing passes. Allows too many throws into his body when facing the quarterback.
  • Hands are good, not great. Will drop some easy balls and sometimes will body catch. Occasionally fails to high point.
  • Does not own elite speed. Freezes at times when trying to juke defenders in space. Walls off his man as a blocker, allowing them to shed and make the play outside.

How other scouting services rate Ricky Smalling (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
1279.0
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
107.0