The Jets selected their third wide receiver of the draft with the 209th selection – Nebraska’s single season touchdown reception leader, Quincy Enunwa.
Enunwa was a team captain for the Cornhuskers and a focal point of their passing game. While he is certainly a project at this point, he is a skillful player with a chance to crack the Jets roster if he can impress in training camp. Let’s dig in.
To re-visit our post-draft write up on Enunwa from Mike O’Connor, here are his measurables and combine numbers:
- Height- 6’2″
- Weight- 225 lbs
- Arms- 32 5/8 in
- Hands- 9 1/2 in
- 40- 4.45 seconds
- Bench- 19 reps
Enunwa is clearly a physical specimen. His build has been compared to Terrell Owens, but how does he play?
As I previously mentioned, Enunwa was a team captain at Nebraska and set the single season touchdown reception record with 12 as a senior. He was the focal point of the Cornhusker’s passing attack, but they were a running team (they averaged under 200 yards passing per game and over 200 yards rushing per game).
Quincy averaged 14.8 yards per catch and led the team with 753 receiving yards.
He is a vicious blocker and also displayed quite the hitting ability, as seen below. (special teams candidate!)
In the second GIF, Enunwa locks onto a defensive back, setting a perfect lead block on a screen. These are the intangibles he brings to a team that most college wide receivers do not. He is physical, aggressive, and an on-field leader.
As for his receiving game (the most important part), there is certainly a need of refinement. A lot of his film from college instantly reminds me of a young Braylon Edwards, in both a good and bad way.
As for the good, he is as strong as they come. When he beats defenders, they latch on to his back and he has the power to drag them while fighting for the ball. Exhibit A:
As you can see, Enunwa’s hands are a concern, but I will touch on that later. The more important aspects to note here are how he smokes the top of the Georgia defense and draws a vital pass interference call off pure strength.
While the last play did not demonstrate excellent ability at the catch point, this next one is the exact opposite. Enunwa fights off a corner in coverage and rips the ball out of the air between the cornerback and the safety:
Finally, Enunwa was one of the best red zone receiving threats in the country. When he is asked to keep his routes simple, he thrives:
Enunwa tracks the ball perfectly here on a corner route. He draws the defensive back inside and uses his big frame to bring in the ball over the top. He leaves his feet to go up and get the ball, but also displays awareness while dragging them back down before going out of bounds.
As for after the catch ability, Enunwa does not possess top end elusiveness, but he loves to stiff arm defenders for extra yards. Most defensive backs struggle to bring him down one on one, as seen on his 99 yard touchdown:
Enunwa is a body catcher, which is a monumental flaw that jumps out at scouts. This seems to lead to frustrating drops:
When he is asked to do a lot (which he was at Nebraska), there seems to be a struggle with concentration. He is also very inconsistent at the catch point. Sometimes he goes up and rips the ball out of the air, while other times he lets it fall into his hips as seen below (Stephen Hill, anyone?)
In the redzone he seems to elevate his play to the next level. It is mastering the in between the 20s game where Enunwa needs work. His feet are a little slow in complicated routes, allowing defensive backs to read the play before it develops.
As you can see, the corner stays with him here after his move. He needs to be lighter on his feet and not always rely on strength to beat the defensive back, especially in the NFL where they are much stronger.
Where does he fit with the Jets?:
I have not seen anyone expecting Enunwa to make the 53 man roster, but I would not be surprised if he impresses in training camp and preseason.
He is the perfect sixth wide receiver candidate because of the various roles he can hold with the team. He has the ability to cover kicks and block on returns, while he can also be a red zone wide out in heavy wide out packages.
Outside of Eric Decker, the Jets need targets that can produce from the outside. Enunwa will be given an opportunity to prove his worth and it would not shock me if he turns heads.
If the Jets opt to place him on the practice squad, he will most likely be signed to another team’s 53 man roster that are willing to take on a project with a very high ceiling.