First off I would like to welcome Deveir Posey to the Houston Texans as one of the latest additions to the team. Secondly I have a confession, when Houston traded back with Tampa Bay, I was devastated. Why? Rueben Randle was sitting pretty and you had to pass on him. However I was so angry that I decided to write study his film after practice. Initially I thought I would a receiver I wouldn't like but I have to admit, Posey has his strengths.
Running Ability: Route Running will be worth 10 points, 40 yard dash times of below 4.50 will receive 3 points and those at or below 4.40 will receive 5pts. 1 point will be subtracted for every 10th of a second longer ran. Total Worth is 15pts
Size: 6'2"+ receive full 3 pts. 6' and below receive 2 pts and 6'1" is up to me. 220lb+ will receive full 3pts and 210-219lbs will receive 2 pts and 209lbs and below receive one point. Total Worth is 6pts
Leaping Ability: Verticals over 35" are considered proficient and receive 2pts and Broad Jumps 10' or farther are proficient and receive 2pts. Total Worth is 4pts
Blocking: Blocking form and willingness will be worth 7pts and prospects that recorded 15 or more reps on the bench press are considered proficient and record 3pts. Total Worth 10pts
Catching: I look for a clean motion, hand catches. It may not seem like it but catching is a very highly considered mechanic. Looking the ball in proper placement and movement of hands all culminate in a higher probability of a catch. Total Worth is 10 pts.
Character: Up to my discretion but I generally want a clean criminal record and no incidents with coaches or teammates. Five pts will be awarded to those meeting that criteria and five will be awarded to those who were team captains and leaders. Total Worth is 5pts
Overall: After all criteria are taken into account the sum of their grades are added up to receive a score out of 50.
As there are many variables such as route running, blocking form and catching that are immeasurable, we should understand what I am looking for.
Route Running: A prospect receiving full 10 points shows proficiency at route tree (slants/angles, ins and outs, hooks, curls and screens), understanding of zone reads (sits in between defenders based on a read of coverage), fluidity (speed in and out of breaks. All of these are taken into cosideration when assigning grade.
Blocking: Prospects receiving full 7pts will show proper blocking mechanics such as proper use of hands, leverage and will also be evaluated at overall willingness to make blocks.
Catching: Prospects receiving full 10 points will have a compact and effective catch and also have an array of different catches. Prospect must show ability to catch away from his body using hands. Also prospects will be scrutinized on whether or not they look the ball in, an important yet overlooked mechanic in catching. Also prospect needs to show ability to catch balls over the shoulder on vertical routes.
Devier Posey, WR, "The" Ohio State University,
40 Time: 4.4s
Broad Jump: 10'3"
Bench Reps: 14 reps
0:07: Out Route. Notice the defensive recognition before the play. I believe the play was an option, the corner showed press coverage initially but then backed off. Posey showed a nice recognition of this. He gets a powerful release and look at the slow motion replay for a better perspective. Watch his head fake to the inside, then his powerful break to the out. He turns the corner around. Impressive.
2:03: Quick Slant. Yes this is my favorite route to break down. Its so simple but its very telling on how much separation a receiver can create. Again Posey has no problems releasing. Posey then gets inside leverage on the corner and from there, he's gone.
2:10: One of the most difficult throws and routes in the game, the back-shoulder fade. He gets the nice stutter step to freeze the corner, not allowing the corner to keep back-peddling. He then gets another good secondary explosion into the endzone. Then he shows the timing and precision by being precisely where the ball is when he turns around.
3:53: Go Route/ Skinny Post. Although it was not a completion, lets examine the footwork and hands Posey shows. Posey squares the corner up, neutralizing any leverage the corner has. He then gives the corner a nice move to the inside. Steve Smith (of the Panthers) has a similar move to this. Smith uses a rip move, where his opposite arm would slap the defenders hand away and he would rip with the rest of his body away from the defender. This is a similar move but Posey uses more of a swim move. Same swat of the hands but the other arm goes over the defender instead. Footwork and and hand use were there, the ball wasn't.
This film does not show blocking. Posey is fairly good at blocking, good at the point of attack but could stand to lower his tall frame.
0:42: Over the shoulder catch. The ball was well placed and Posey's assignment was probably designed to go more to the oustside but it doesn't matter as Posey shows nice concentration and hauls in the tough ball.
1:32: High Catch: Here Posey shows that he can catch away from his body. The ball is placed out of stride and high but Posey makes a nice play on the ball and hauls in the tough catch. This was an instinctual catch, coming from a high volume of reps.
3:17: Only dropped pass in the video. Posey runs a good route and looks the ball in. However I cannot stress the importance of catching with one's hands. Posey dropped this because his shoulder pads couldn't absorb the force of the ball, like hands can. Its evident by how far the ball bounces off Posey's body.
3:25: Fantastic Concentration. Posey catches the ball where only he can catch it. The defender was all over him and he still catches it with hands all over the place. This a good indicator of Posey's concentration.
4:25: Circus Play: This shows that Posey can win jump balls and there is nothing to really say about this play, it speaks for itself.
5:04: Good Save: Posey shows good body control by getting his arms underneath the ball to prevent it from hitting the turf. The rest is concentration.
Overall: Posey has a tendency to catch with his body when the ball is coming to his chest. However he shows that he can catch the ball away from his body if necessary.
Size: Posey stands 6'2ish and scores full 3 points. He also weighs in a 211lbs and scores 2/3 points. Total Score is 5/6
Leaping Ability: Meets proficiencies and scores full four points.
Running Ability: 4.4 40 yard dash scores full 5 points. Posey could improve on his deep route running to the outside. However that is really his only weakness. Posey can run the quick slants, swim and posts, curls, outs, ins, etc. He needs to work and gaining inside leverage on defensive backs and receives 9/10 points. Toatal Score is 14/15
Blocking: 14 Bench reps get rounded to fifteen and scores full three points. Posey is a willing blocker with some technique flaws. However blocking technique is some of the simplest things to teach and Posey shows the willingness to at least lay his body out to block. Posey scores 6/7 for blocking and a Total Score of 8.5/10
Catching: Posey can make the occasional circus catch, over the shoulder catch, back shoulder catch and the high and away catch. However he struggles with using his hands when the ball is headed right for his body. With NFL level throwing and velocity, this will lead to drops. Catching with the body is a big no-no and if it weren't for this Posey would score much higher based on his wide array of catching techniques. Total Score 7.5/10
Character: His NCAA infractions don't really count in my book and he seems to have put it behind him. Full five points
Total: Posey scores a pretty good 44 pts. Would have received about a mid-second round grade.
Review: Posey seems to have some really refined route running skills. I admire his swim moves, slant routes and head fakes, it shows a good knowledge of his craft already. He also has fairly good leaping ability and size and is a willing blocker coming out of a run-heavy OSU offense. The major flaw in Posey's game is his body catches. He catches with his body far too much and that will lead to drops. However Posey also shows he can make the tough catches as well and makes up for his poor catching technique...for now. Posey was a fairly good value in the early third round. Also although I cannot find a link to it, Posey looked hugely improved at the ALL-STAR Football Challenge. He caught some really fast balls with zero drops, looked real good catching and had the fastest time in the course beating Michael Floyd, Mohamed Sanu and Isaiah Pead by large margins. Posey shows that he know how to catch with his hands and I'm guessing his coaches aren't on his tail enough to make him catch with his hands and that will change in the NFL. Posey looked really good in the ASFC and has some really good film. He has excellent footwork and has a wide array route running moves. Although Rueben Randle would have been a home run at 58, I can live with Posey. Anyways congratulations to Devier Posey as one of the newest members of the Houston Texans and I hope he finds success here. Thanks for the read and aloha!