Pick #249 - Rams select WR Ben Skowronek

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Mojo Ram

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Overview
Highly competitive pass catcher with great size and good route technique but missing suddenness and long speed as an outside target. While Skowronek can make a roster as a backup receiver due to his matchup potential and overall skill level, a switch to move tight end would diminish his weaknesses and enhance his strengths. He's a quick opener to eat up quick throws underneath, has the speed and athleticism to work the second level and occasionally get deep if teams aren't careful about how they match up with him. He needs more weight but is already a plus run blocker who can handle blocking duties from the slot. Skowronek could be the next Robert Tonyan if given a chance at that spot.

Strengths
  • Easy to feel his play passion and edge on tape.
  • Plays with excellent balance and body control.
  • Consistent play speed in his routes.
  • Choppy footwork for smoother transitions from his breaks.
  • Gets by cornerbacks who take him lightly when working deep.
  • Swings 50-50 throws in his favor if given the chance.
  • Excellent body extension and high-point control on jump balls.
  • Catches with sudden hands when needed.
  • Finishes runs after catch like a tight end.
  • Loves to fire off on defenders early in game as a blocker.
  • Consistent working up to back-side safety in run game.
  • Size and strength to pancake on perimeter and scrap near the line.

Weaknesses
  • Lacks preferred speed to play outside.
  • Separation success declines against quality corners.
  • Too upright into his breaks.
  • Press coverage can stick with him around field.
  • Will see bigger bodies in NFL, mitigating his size advantage.
  • Below-average stop-start movements.
  • Needs to carve out more defined catch space underneath.
 

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One thing to mention: Stafford seems to love his tight ends. Bigger targets. Harris and Skowronek could get a lot more chances to make the roster if they're listed at tight end.
 

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  • Swings 50-50 throws in his favor if given the chance.
  • Excellent body extension and high-point control on jump balls.
  • Catches with sudden hands when needed.
  • Finishes runs after catch like a tight end.
  • Loves to fire off on defenders early in game as a blocker.
  • Consistent working up to back-side safety in run game.
  • Size and strength to pancake on perimeter and scrap near the line.
a lot to like about this guy.
 
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I like his measurables
6' 4, 224 lbs 10 1⁄2-inch hands
 

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I'd love to move him to tight end. He's built like a goddamned tank. I like him the most out of our seventh round picks, to be honest.
 
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This pick makes more sense if they're going to use Skowronek as a move TE.

My question is this: can he block well enough? If so, he may be our answer to San Fran's fullback, only with less running and more catching.
 
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