Positives: Little has a great combination of size and athletic ability. He attacks the ball well in the air and high points passes and gives great effort on jump balls. He is a very impressive athlete and he has some speed to challenge downfield on deep passes. He has reliable hands especially for a player who doesn’t have a ton of experience at wide receiver. After the catch he is very effective because he runs and attacks defenders like a running back which is a position he played at North Carolina at one point. He is tough and will make catches in traffic, also uses his large frame effectively to shield defenders from the ball. He is surprisingly elusive in the open field for a big guy and will make guys miss in one on one situations and has a nice stiff arm to help with that. Also gives pretty good effort as a blocker and plays to the whistle whether he has the ball or not, and has some nastiness to him which I really like.
Negatives: He probably won’t be blowing by NFL corners on deep passes and will probably be more of a possession receiver in the NFL. He isn’t very decisive when running after the catch at times when he could be more physical to gain yardage after the catch. He can catch the ball with his hands away with his body but he lets the passes get into his pads too much. He also needs to work on his route running because he has the burst to get in and out of his breaks effectively but he just doesn’t run crisp routes at this point in time. He is relatively raw as a receiver because he doesn’t have a lot of experience at the position so he probably needs to improve his awareness and his route running once he gets to the NFL.
Overall: Little has a lot of potential because of his limited experience at the position and because of his impressive size and athleticism. He has strong hands and catches the ball effectively in the air but he just needs to polish up his fundamentals and improve his route running and he can be an effective receiver in the NFL. He has the potential to be a very good #2 in the NFL but I’m not sure he will ever be a #1 type of receiver. He offers a lot of intriguing ability because of the physicality he plays with as a receiver, a runner and as a blocker. It will be interesting to see if he pans out as a quality receiver in the NFL because I really enjoyed watching him at UNC. It was a shame he wasn’t able to play his Senior season, and he might have character concerns as a result of that but I don’t think they are significant enough to derail his career. That’s just my opinion though and I obviously don’t know that for sure.
Projection: 2nd/3rd round. Some teams will probably be worried about him because of his character concerns and might drop him a bit on their draft boards but even though he wasn’t able to play during his senior season I think he warrants serious consideration in the late 2nd round and would be a good value just about anywhere in round three.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
After Catch: 4.0
Body Control: 3.5
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