Kayshon Boutte 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Broke the SEC record for single-game receiving yards (308 yards) in 2020
- 2020 SEC Freshman All-American
- Was leading the NCAA in receiving TDs in 2021 before injury
- Scheme tendencies: Spread concepts
- 2022 projected role: No. 1 receiver but will operate from the slot
Pros: Kayshon Boutte is an explosive receiver that has the size and athleticism to align in multiple receiver positions. In just a season and a half, Boutte has shown to be a true playmaker with the ball in his hands. Once he has the ball in his hands, he has the quick twitch to make defenders miss in space or he can use his natural functional strength to run through arm tackles. Boutte is a smooth strider that seems to effortlessly get separation down the field, which makes him a big-play threat on every play. Against zone defenses, Boutte has shown to be a smart player and can quickly identify openings to make himself available for the quarterback. Boutte has shown that his best trait is his run-after-the-catch ability and how he can turn a five-yard reception into a 50-yard sprint to the end zone.
Cons: Although Kayshon Boutte shows to be a great receiver prospect, there are elements to his game that he can improve on—one of those being contested catches. On in-breaking routes that place Boutte in high-traffic situations, there are instances where he loses concentration and may drop a pass that should have been secured. Also, when he is lined up on the boundary and there is tight coverage down the field, I would like to see him compete more and secure those tightly-contested balls. When it comes to route-running, Boutte uses his explosiveness out of routes to create separation, but there are times I would like him to change his tempo more to get open. There are also aren’t many examples of him running a diverse route tree. At this point, most of his routes are quick in-breaking routes or vertical stretch plays.
Kayshon Boutte NFL Draft Scouting Report by Keith Sanchez