Michael Pittman Jr. – Part 1 – College Evaluation

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Michael Pittman Jr. is another big bodied 2020 rookie wide receiver, coming in at 6’4” 223 lbs. At USC, Michael Pittman Jr. produced 171 catches for 2,519 yards (14.7ypc) and 19 touchdowns. Check out the Rotoheat teams evaluation for our thoughts about this 2020 rookie!

Athletic Ability – 7.1/10

The team was kind with their Athletic Ability score, as we all have concerns about his explosiveness and how it translates to the NFL game. We all know he has a good physicality to his game but that big play ability is a bit of a concern here. There was definite growth from the 2018 season to this year but that could affect his NFL Draft stock as we move through the draft process.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 23: Michael Pittman Jr. #6 of the USC Trojans breaks free from Elisha Guidry #20, Lokeni Toailoa #52, and Carl Jones #35 of the UCLA Bruins during the second half of a game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Toughness – 7.5/10

Big bodied, physical receiver was a common thought when we watched Pittman Jr’s film and that will be a big positive as teams look at him. He’s not afraid to block, be physical with those smaller press corners and he will fight for a contested catch which are all pluses and what you want from your receivers. We saw a lot of Dwayne Bowe to his game, which is something that NFL teams will like when it comes to Pittman’s toughness.

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 16: Michael Pittman Jr. #6 of the USC Trojans catches a touchdown pass over Elijah Hicks #3 of the California Golden Bears during the second quarter of an NCAA football game at California Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Hands – 7.5/10

Another plus we see to Pittman already is the fact that this kid’s got great hands, constantly high-pointing the ball and grabbing it out of the air without waiting for it to get to him. In the NFL, where his competition will be top notch every week, this could be something that sets him apart from a lot of the receivers in this draft class.

YAC – 6.3/10

This was probably the area of biggest concern to the team, unless he beat the coverage for a big play, you didn’t see a ton of times where Pittman was getting a bunch of extra yards after the catch. Even though this is a big concern, its also an area that he can develop at the next level.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 20: Wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. #6 of the USC Trojans completes a pass for a first down against the Utah Utes of the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Route Running – 6.4/10

Another area that we are concerned about is the route running but this is something that will continue to be a work in progress for all wideouts, and something we expect him to get better at as time goes on. One thing about his route running that is a red flag was we saw plenty of times where he was running, for lack of a better word, lazy routes, and if that continues that will become a big issue.