#7 Omar Bayless
WT: 204 lbs
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Laurel (Laurel, MS)
Accolades: NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. NFL Combine. 2017-18 Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt. 2019 Sun Belt Player of the Year, 2019 1st Team All-Sun Belt.
Scouting Report: WR Omar Bayless, Arkansas State
Athleticism: Omar Bayless plays much bigger than his frame would suggest, as he was listed at 6’3″ on the school’s website. He’s got good speed, he’s very quick on his breaks, and he shows good acceleration which is a very underrated skill.
Release/Route Running: Bayless has a silky smooth release. Didn’t see much press coverage in his competition and the scheme limited his contact with corners in press. Ran a very limited route tree at Arkansas State. The overwhelming majority of his routes were timing concepts, which limits my ability to truly scout what he is capable of doing. He shows consistency in those concepts and creates separation quite easily.
Catch Ability: Bayless has very strong hands that he uses to fight through contact well to make contested catches. Catch radius could be expanded, he has a long wingspan so you would like to see him use it better. Sometimes struggles a bit with alligator arms. Concentration drops seemed to be a problem
Field Vision/Contact Balance: Average field vision at best. If he’s given space, he has the athleticism to create a lot of separation, and he will run for touchdowns. However, he’s not going to create anything on his own. Turns upfield very quickly, to his credit. The contact balance isn’t really there. He will fight for additional yardage, but he’s not very effective.
Blocking Ability: Vicious run blocker. Doesn’t give up on plays. Relentless until the whistle. Shows excellent blocking form, keeping his core strength on the defender’s shoulders. Towered over much of his competition in the Sun Belt Conference.
Leadership/Personality: Suffered through an unusual amount of family and friends dying throughout college and almost quit football twice. Known for being quietly a hard worker.
I like Omar Bayless and I think in any other year, Bayless is a top fifteen receiver in this class. However, that position is so deep, it’s hard to see him cracking the top twenty-five prospects in his positional group. He’s a work in progress, very raw and he has a lot to learn. However, he’s a hard worker and I think he will definitely put the work in to accomplish that. Don’t be shocked if he bounces around practice squads or even ends up in the XFL in the process. I do think he’s a day three guy, and he can potentially work himself from falling to be a UDFA.