2019 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Antoine Wesley
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Texas Tech University
Weight: 206 pounds
Draft Projection: Day 3
If you are looking for a wideout that checks every box concerning catching, Wesley could be the one. First, his incredible length gives the quarterback the target and radius to snare any pass. On top of that, Wesley’s concentration and focus separates him. For instance, even when a corner contacts him, the ball remains in play. Due to his timing and confidence in his hands, Wesley can reach under, around or through the defender. As a result, nothing is off the table.
Wesley runs the way he looks. That is to say, the longer stride, while they cover ground does not exactly streak away from corners. In most other cases, the 40 time is an overrated metric. Yet, at his pro day, Wesley’s time could actually help his stock. For now, he doesn’t present as a burner, and the tape backs this up.
More of a glider than pure explosion, Wesley traces an interesting yet diverse path. However, he needs to use his long arms to beat the jam easier. If he does not let the corner’s hands sink into his chest, the route remains undeterred.
In the Air Raid offense, Wesley saw targets in a host of patterns. Despite his lanky frame, the screen and slant became part of his repertoire. When vertical, the fade and out will apply pressure on secondaries.
Wesley brings a fluid leaping style to the field. Unafraid to go up and win 50/50 balls, this trait enhances his worth.
Without a doubt, the work ethic within Wesley is strong. During his first two years in Lubbock, only ten passes found his hands. While that may not give anyone hope, check the evolution. Wesley improved in offseason workouts to the point that he could not be denied. At the next level, Wesley’s approach will translate into targets.
Granted, with four picks in the first two rounds, the Raiders could possibly spend one on a receiver. Additionally, a player like Tyrell Williams could find his way to Oakland. Yet, none of this should dissuade the Raiders from drafting Wesley. More importantly, players of his frame, hands and uncanny knack for playmaking could give a thin depth chart immediate improvement. As mentioned, Wesley is not a speed wideout. Yet, he will reward his selection with big plays downfield. Additionally, he could fill the void in the red zone. In addition, he would replace Seth Roberts. The raiders need an upgrade at the third receiver spot. Roberts’ inconsistent hands and occasionally rounded routes do Derek Carr no favors. With Wesley, the Raiders could see an upgrade in third-down production with seven or more yards to go.