A very merry Draftmas to you! We continue our tradition of profiling an NFL Draft prospect every day in April, leading up to the NFL Draft on April 23rd. Every day, you’ll get a prospect profile that includes how they would fit with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Kanas City Chiefs brought back veteran wide receivers Demarcus Robinson and Sammy Watkins, but both will only be under contract for 2020. There is still a need for the size and physicality to play the X position that Watkins currently does past this season into 2021.
It is also never a bad idea to surround Patrick Mahomes with more talent.
Quintez Cephus, WR
6’ 1” | 202 lbs | Wisconsin
Expected draft range: Day three
Combine: 4.73-second 40-yard dash, (4.56 at Pro Day with laser timing) 38.5” vertical jump, 124” broad jump, 4.33-second 20-yard shuttle, 7.2-second 3-cone drill, 23 bench reps (most for wide receiver group)
2019 Stats: 59 receptions, 901 yards, 15.3 yards per catch, 7 TDs
One-sentence bio: Honorable mention All-Big Ten team in 2017 and 2019 but missed the 2018 season with allegations he was acquitted of.
One-sentence scouting report: Extremely physical wide receiver who excels at beating press coverage by using his explosiveness and wins at the catch point by playing with a “my ball” mentality.
Maybe you can knock Cephus for a lack of elite speed but I'm not sure what else is slotted as a major negative.— Matt Lane (@ChiefinCarolina) April 6, 2020
He may be one of the best at beating press at the LoS with quickness, strength, and footwork and is so strong at the catch point. https://t.co/9NNrIDmjQo pic.twitter.com/5WIsX1TAtJ
How he fits in Kansas City: Digging into Cephus’ athletic profile, it may be a little tricky to see how he fits with the Chiefs’ high-powered, track speed wide receiver group, but it’s all about rounding out needs. Sammy Watkins is incredibly fast, but he also fills the role of a quality X (possession) wide receiver. He’s able to beat press coverage against physical cornerbacks, work through traffic over the middle of the field and can catch passes while he is still covered relatively well. When 2020 ends, the Chiefs will have no player similar to that on their roster, and the next closest guy is probably Demarcus Robinson, who will also be a free agent. While Andy Reid has clearly trended toward more and more speed and separation ability, he also always fields a quality X wideout to get those tough yards — even dating back to his days with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Enter Quintez Cephus. who definitely plays like a speed player, but that not how he wins. He wins by being physical with defenders, beating them up both off the line of scrimmage and at the catch point. He does a good job boxing out defenders and attacking the football in contested-catch situations and even track the ball well vertically. He’s very competent over the middle of the field and runs hard after the catch. making him a YAC threat, a must in Reid’s offense. He’s not just a “small tight end” either, as he’s very explosive despite the 40 time. It can be seen in his releases or hard breaks — his first few steps can generate a step or two on defenders, which is all he needs with his size.
Cephus is coming out of a very run-heavy, rudimentary passing offense and thus needs some technical refinement for much of his route tree. He can run a ton of routes, but his spacing and steps on some of his routes can be off. Having a year to sit behind Watkins and Robinson before having to take over could do wonders for his development and give the Chiefs a true X wide receiver of the future.
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