Rashod Bateman Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman is profiled in advance of the 2021 NFL Draft

Name: Rashod Bateman

School: Minnesota

Year: Jr

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: Height 6’2”, Weight 210 pounds

 

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General Info:

High School

Bateman attended Tift County High School in Georgia. He broke the single-season receiving records as a Senior with 83 catches for 1,539 yards and 21 touchdowns, and was named first team All-State. Bateman was a four star recruit by 247sports and Rivals, and was the 29th ranked wide receiver and 22nd ranked receiver in Georgia.

 

College

Bateman started all 13 games as a freshman and set freshman records with 51 receptions and 704 receiving yards. As a sophomore, he was a Biletnikoff finalist, named to the All-Big Ten first team, and given the Richter-Howard Receiver of the year award. The AP also named him All-American third team.

 

Positional Skills:

 

Strengths

Bateman is a very well-rounded receiver, and it starts at the line of scrimmage. He has a very diverse release package, from a jab step, to a three step hesitation, as well as attacking leverage and slipping back inside or outside into his stem. Bateman is a maestro when it comes to the slant route and wins at will. His ability to sink his hips is impressive for his size, and he has crisp breaks at the top of his routes. Bateman is an effective route salesman and won on plenty of double moves on film.

Bateman is a very good deep threat and can win vertically. He has very good buildup speed and long strides to separate down the field. His ability to track the football and adjust to it on the fly is impressive.

Bateman has very good hands and showed off his ability to catch through contact over the middle of the field. He’s great at shielding defenders with his frame. Bateman plucks the football well and has a large catch radius. He also shows off good balance through contact and has the competitive toughness.

After the catch may not be his strongest area, but Bateman has solid short area burst and long speed to run away from defenders. He doesn’t have elite agility, but it improved in 2020, and he can make defenders miss in space. Bateman is also an effective and competitive stalk blocker.

Weaknesses

The weaknesses for Bateman are few and far between. He doesn’t have the top end athleticism of some of the other prospects in the class.

Bateman’s stance at the line of scrimmage is a bit wide, and that causes some waste of motion off the snap as he gathers himself and gets into his stem. This is likely a quick fix for him at the next level.

Drops were more of an issue for Bateman in the 2020 season, and it’s something to monitor in his rookie season, as they weren’t a problem in 2018 or 2019.

To really round himself out as a player, Bateman could be more active with his hand usage at the top of his routes to work through contact, as well as to stack corners to win vertically.

 

Fit with the Packers:

Rashod Bateman would fit very well into the “X” role in the Green Bay offense. He can create separation in a multitude of ways, either as a route runner, with his size in contested spots, or with speed vertically down the field. Bateman wins at all three levels, which will fit in perfectly with a diversified passing offense that Matt LaFleur has brought to the Packers. Bateman can also work in the slot, utilizing the attack and slip release to create separation. He will excel in the quick game with his release game and can win vertically with buildup speed. His catch radius will give Aaron Rodgers some leeway, and the Packers have seemed to prefer bigger wide receivers of late.

 

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Comments (30)

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PhantomII's picture

March 04, 2021 at 10:19 pm

Kid is pretty fast and is slippery, makes a lot of double moves. He made some good contested catches and his QB under threw him a bunch when the throws were down range. Looks to be a pretty good Slot receiver. Bateman fits our Slot need and he runs high 4.3's. He may be there when we pick in RD#1. I would burn 2- #1 picks to get a top 3 WR in this draft to start opposite Adams day one this season. That's what we should have done last year and got Jefferson. But, alas that will never happen in GB. Alabamas -Waddle is pretty impressive.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 05, 2021 at 02:07 pm

He is similar to Adams coming out of Fresno State. He is a better route runner than Tyler Johnson who went to Tampa Bay. He was the best WR in the Big Ten and I would choose him over either of the Alabama lightweights.
Round one high teens to #25.

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HankScorpio's picture

March 05, 2021 at 05:39 am

I'm as big of a proponent of adding WR help as anyone. But in the draft simulations I have been doing, I'm usually addressing OT, CB and DL before WR. This guy being available rarely happens. When it does, I don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

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PhantomII's picture

March 05, 2021 at 06:14 am

WR would not be a need this year if Gute had done the obvious last year. WR need was big against the Bucs as was CB in a huge way. I think we can get a lot better at CB in FA cheaper than WR. OT is still a biggie especially w/ Bak out now. That is the contract that really hamstrung us. I would love a DL upgrade as well. Our D will really come into it's own when we get another DL who can penetrate and push the pocket. Whatever we do, we don't have luxury of years for the player to develop. We need good starters.....at those positions period.

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dobber's picture

March 05, 2021 at 09:18 am

In this case, BG's gamble paid off and he got enough out of MVS alongside Adams for this offense to excel. They get a healthier Lazard back (if they tender him), who wasn't the same guy after his injury that he was before, and I think Funchess is cheap enough that they'll keep him into camp to see if he has anything to contribute. WR doesn't look nearly as up-in-the-air as it did a year ago, but with the losses in skill position players in the backfield, if a guy you see as a blue-chip player falls into your lap...

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 05, 2021 at 02:17 pm

There were four rated WRs in 2019, this draft is better.

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flackcatcher's picture

March 06, 2021 at 03:48 pm

Doesn't matter. It's what Gute thinks the Packers need, not what you or I think they need.

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PhantomII's picture

March 06, 2021 at 02:18 pm

I have watched a lot of drafts and I see the quality of the 1st rd diminish heavily around #15. We're in a window, why would you not move up for a potential Adams replacement. GB norm is 3-4 years to develop a WR because they pick one in round #2 like Adams. Rodgers does not have multiple years for an Elite player to develop. We need to DRAFT an Elite player by using as much draft capital as needed to get a top 3 WR or 1-2 CB. The DL choices are slim and better addressed in FA.

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dobber's picture

March 06, 2021 at 03:27 pm

Then why don't you use a pick to trade for a veteran guy who steps in and plays now?

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PhantomII's picture

March 06, 2021 at 04:23 pm

I have not seen that from Gute but we have a lot of solid starter positions manned. Draft picks are for 1 thing at this point getting a starter to finish out our NEEDS: CB, DL,WR, ILB, OT. It's about cap space for the vet. I'm all about improving these positions....any of them will help a lot. We don't have luxury of time 2-3 years to wait for this development.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 05, 2021 at 02:13 pm

Not much in the way of CBs by the end of round one. If Bateman was there, it would be a valid pounce. Move up in the second to scope a CB or OT. I prefer Zaven Collins as LB if he falls that far. A lot of scenarios, but they have to grab BPA. They have to get blue chips, not projects. The ten year plan was a fail.

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stockholder's picture

March 05, 2021 at 07:34 am

pass. Runs a 4.52. His tape is to sloppy. Not a crisp route runner at all. MVS without the speed.

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dobber's picture

March 05, 2021 at 08:55 am

You haven't watched enough of his tape, then.

He's Davante Adams 2.0.

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stockholder's picture

March 05, 2021 at 10:12 am

Absolutely not. He's listed at 6'1". But I'll give you 6'2. So he's wearing Devante' shoes? He had trouble with Drops last year. How many years do you want to wait? If GB takes a WR. I hope it's Terrace Marshall. He's rated right with your guy on most boards. And 2" taller with 4.4 speed.

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mnbadger's picture

March 05, 2021 at 12:25 pm

I have to disagree, in 2019 with good quarterback play, he was nearly unstoppable. He is a gamer, tough, competitive and athletic. He made good CB's in the big ten look weak. I'd take him in a heart beat at 29 if he's available, but I'm not a gm. GPG

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dobber's picture

March 05, 2021 at 01:48 pm

YUP!

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 05, 2021 at 02:15 pm

He clocked a 4.43, 4.44 at his recent pro workout. Stay informed. This is a WR, not a guy who slots in front of slow LBs in college and weighs 175#s.

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Leatherhead's picture

March 05, 2021 at 08:16 am

More WRs are always the answer.

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dobber's picture

March 05, 2021 at 02:24 pm

More good players is always the answer.

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PatrickGB's picture

March 06, 2021 at 10:47 am

More cowbell.

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dobber's picture

March 06, 2021 at 11:53 am

When you've got a fever...

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PhantomII's picture

March 05, 2021 at 07:40 pm

When Adams was hurt, Jones stepped up his game. If jones is not retained, Adams surely will be double teamed. The rest of the WR's drop 50% of their passes. What about Adams hurt and jones gone. We need a #2 WR. It's going to happen. Gute will probably roll the dice and say the other WR #4's will play better like the DL was suppose to do last year. DL needs upgrade, CB, WR, OL, RB, ILB, ST.

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dobber's picture

March 06, 2021 at 03:24 pm

" If jones is not retained, Adams surely will be double teamed."

You're presuming teams weren't doubling Adams and rolling safety help to his side anyway.

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flackcatcher's picture

March 06, 2021 at 04:04 pm

Seriously folks, Adams was doubled every damn play in the NFC champ game. Tampa slid a LB on him over half his snaps putting a third man on him, so he couldn't sit down in the voids in Tampa coverage. Rodgers reacted too late going to MVS or Lazard or TE. Players were open all second half if Rodgers was on time. Which he wasn't till late in the fourth. As if another WR was going to solve the 'Rodger's trust problem'.

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PhantomII's picture

March 06, 2021 at 06:44 pm

Well here are 3 scenarios to try: 1. Get a legit #2 WR in draft or FA who doesn't drop 50% of passes on target.
2. Trade Adams
3. Trade Rodgers
So what is the fix?

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PhantomII's picture

March 06, 2021 at 07:24 pm

What I'm saying is Adams is a weapon. Jones is a weapon. When/if jones is gone our remaining WR's drop a large % of passes. Our TE's block a lot = less passes. What I'm saying without real weapons our offense will regress mightily because our remaining WR's and all TE's are not fast and easier to cover. If Adams is hurt we have next to nothing unless all WR make a big jump in their skills. Adams sometimes is triple and I've seen 4, but he did not get open either. I hope Dillon stays healthy and can be somewhat dynamic. Offense needs more speed and shiftiness wether it be WR or RB.

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albert999's picture

March 05, 2021 at 08:20 am

Go get punter Thomas morstead that the Saints just released

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Razer's picture

March 05, 2021 at 10:11 am

I don't see the Packers spending a #1 on a WR. Just not in our DNA. A more effective use of our run game would have been the difference maker last season. More WRs, even good ones still don't change the limitations of this offense. Yes, Rodgers needs a good slot receiver for a complete weapons array. But, this offense needs another new RB threat and better O-line talent to move beyond a Rodgers only offense.

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PhantomII's picture

March 06, 2021 at 02:39 pm

We have a lot of tall WR's and TE's that are not fast, who are on the field most of the time. We need dynamic speed/ shifty players to add to this offense, either RB and WR or Slot and outside WR. If you want a day 1 starter you have to move up to top 15 regardless of WR/ CB, we need both, but either would lift our offense or defense. Which ever way we go we also need to sign a FA CB, #2 WR, starting DL next to clark. Gute needs to tag Jones and Tonyan and see if we get an offer between now and the draft. MVS, ESB, Adams are FA next year and Tonyan will be also. With long WR development lag times better get ahead of the game now.

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buddrow53's picture

March 05, 2021 at 05:01 pm

Per Pro Football Network Tony Paulines Big Board

https://www.profootballnetwork.com/nfl-draft-prospects-2021-updated-big-...

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