WT: 210 lbs
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Tift County (Tifton, Georgia)
Accolades: 2019 3rd Team All-American, 1st Team All-Big Ten. 2019 Biletnikoff Award Finalist.
Summer Scouting Report: WR Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
Athleticism: Rashod Bateman certainly isn’t the most athletic receiver in this class, but he uses his skill set remarkably well. Bateman shows a lack of ability to separate against man coverage, mostly because he doesn’t have top-end speed.
Release/Route Running: Good release. Shows excellent lateral movement ability, very quick and technically savvy. Bateman is a solid route runner on one-cut or basic routes. Shows the shiftiness to create separation in his initial cut, but seems overwhelmed by double moves and advanced route concepts.
Catch Ability: Very natural receiver. He does well in stride, has a very long frame, and has an incredible catch radius. Only saw one concentration drop on tape from this year, and it wasn’t a great throw. Bateman makes circus catches almost on routine.
Field Vision/Contact Balance: Field vision and contact balance are both subpar from Bateman. He isn’t an overly athletic guy and he’s not going to create too much after the catch unless there is just green grass in front of him.
Blocking Ability: Non-existent. Bateman is not a blocker and is a nonfactor in those assignments. Struggles to contain defensive backs, lacks the motivation, even when the play develops in his area.
Leadership/Personality: Rashod Bateman is a respectable young man. He does a good job composing himself with the media. No known off of the field issues.
Rashod Bateman has a really good chance to be a very good football player. While he’s not a top-level athlete, he shows general twitchiness, natural receiver abilities, and excellent hands and length that can make him dangerous. That being said, he’s not a top-end athlete, and he struggles to separate against stiffer competition. He doesn’t have the size to bully defenders in the NFL and needs to better improve his advanced route tree.
What I want to see in 2020: I want to see Bateman show a better ability to separate on the advanced route concepts. He’s a solid route runner on his first cut, now he needs to master the double move. I definitely want to see him improve as a blocker on the perimeter as well, so as to improve his overall NFL value.
Grade: Low Impact