2021 NFL Draft Profile: WR Anthony Schwartz
NFL teams value speed more than ever before, and it’s hard to find a faster receiver in this entire draft than Anthony Schwartz.
Schwartz is a big-play threat who can fill a valuable role in today’s NFL. Offenses looking for a speed element to open things up are going to circle Schwartz’s name as someone they want to bring into their building.
Is Schwartz just purely a speed guy, or does he bring other traits to the table that could make him a valuable fantasy asset?
These questions are answered here in our scouting profile on Anthony Schwartz.
Weight: 179 lbs.
40-Yard Dash: 4.26
Vertical Jump: 32
Broad Jump: 123
Skills Breakdown (out of 100)
Route Running (71): Schwartz is a big play waiting to happen on the football field due to his long speed. He’s not a refined route-runner and often seems like he’s running half speed through his routes. Lacks twitch or snap at the top of his breaks, and college DBs were typically able to keep up with him in the intermediate routes. Used frequently in motion and given passes behind the line of scrimmage.
Athleticism/Agility (74): Wins more with momentum than elite burst or agility. When he’s able to build up a head of steam, he’s hard to catch up with. However, he has a hard time getting going when asked to create in small windows and shift side to side. Needs to improve on this for the role he’ll be expected to play in the NFL due to his size.
Hands (77): Solid hands. Struggled with some bad ball placement from the QB, but that’s hardly his fault. Good hand-eye coordination, but won’t be the type of player to bring in highlight-reel catches.
Contested Catch Ability (74.5): Won’t be able to go up and get it at the next level, but he is able to hang onto the ball through contact well. Could be used over the middle of the field to reel in catches in those tight windows.
Run After Catch Ability (75): Good RAC ability if he’s able to build up momentum. Won’t be able to start and stop incredibly well, so he’ll have to be used creatively to get the most out of his skillset.
Release (72): Very few examples on tape of him facing press coverage. Often aligning in the slot or used pre-snap in motion. Able to create separation on slot fades nicely, but if he’s lined up on a bigger corner in the NFL, he’s going to have a hard time staying on top of his route timing due to his lack of size, strength, and agility.
Deep Ball Tracking (72.5): Used sparingly downfield in the games I watched, and the ball placement was too difficult to get a good sense of Schwartz’s deep-ball tracking ability.
Speed (80): Phenomenal long speed and should be one of the fastest in the 40-yard dash this draft cycle. Could be a useful field-stretching option for an NFL team.
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Projected Draft Range
Schwartz is likely to hear his name called at some point on Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Ideal Fantasy Landing Spot
Due to the lack of refinement in Schwartz’s game right now, he might need a year to develop before he becomes an every-down player on an NFL roster. He’ll likely get schemed touches in year one, which makes projecting his ideal fantasy landing spot fairly difficult.
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