Demetric Felton Draft Profile
Versatility is a word that gets thrown around a lot especially for receivers that can play both in the slot and on the outside. Demetric Felton blows every player in this draft out of the water when we talk about versatility. At UCLA, Felton was the starting running back for Chip Kelly’s offense. After putting up over 660 rushing yards in just six games his senior season, Felton decided to switch positions for the NFL. Going from running back to receiver makes Felton a chess piece. He legitimately has Lynn Bowden, Curtis Samuel, Deebo Samuel type of potential as he will be an absolute weapon for what ever team drafts him. Demetric Felton is hands down the most versatile receiver in the draft.
When you play running back in a power five division for four years, you learn how to run through contact. What Felton was able to do on his downfield runs at UCLA makes you excited for what he’s capable of doing after the catch. His ability to change directions would put him near the top out of every running back in this draft, so just imagine what he’s capable of at the top of his routes. He is going to stick his foot in the ground and absolutely bless a defensive back. On top of shedding defenders and changing directions, he’s got great vision. He will be used on a ton of receiver screens and pop passes where he can read his blockers. What surprised me the most about Felton’s game is how polished of a route runner he was at the senior bowl. Felton, Amari Rodgers, and Shi Smith were the three receivers that really got me excited at the senior bowl. Felton was absolutely routing defensive backs up in the senior bowl and the crazy thing is how much better he can get. Felton also has top tier quickness and lateral speed. There is no greater, under the radar weapon in this draft than Demetric Felton.
When watching Felton play the only concerns that I had was how high he ran and that sometimes he’ll be trying too hard to make a defender miss that he actually ends up losing yards. Other than that, the concerns are more so because it’s going to be his first year playing receiver. His ability to track the football isn’t on par with the other guys in this draft. He also needs to learn how to use his hands better as a receiver to gain separation. The great thing about Felton is that those skills can come. He has all the ability to be a legitimate pro bowl receiver in the NFL if he develops even more.
Ideally, Felton lands in a place where he can be used in a Deebo Samuel type of role. He reminds me of Curtis Samuel and Laviska Shenault, I think he’s just going to be such a problem in the NFL. Defensive coordinators won’t know how to stop him which makes Felton an asset. Teams that need players like Felton are the Packers, Vikings, and Colts. I have a second round grade on Felton, but there is a good chance he slides to a late third round pick, maybe even an early fourth round player. Felton’s potential is as high as almost any other receiver in this year’s draft.
Route Running 8/10
Yards After Catch 10/10
Contested Grabs 3.75/8
Releases/ Top of Route 7.25/8
Catch Radius 5.5/8
Final Rating: 81
Pro Comparison: Curtis Samuel
Team Fits: Packers, Vikings, Colts
Draft Ranking: Mid - Late Second Round Pick
Draft Projection: Late Third Round - Early Fourth