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2021 NFL Draft Profile: Josh Imatorbhebhe

2021 NFL Draft Profile: Josh Imatorbhebhe

Pro Day Measurables:

23 years old

6’2” 220 lbs

4.48 40-yard dash

46.5 inch vertical (would be combine record)

24 reps of 225 lbs

Josh Imatorbhebhe spent his first two seasons at USC before transferring to Illinois for his 2019 and 2020 seasons. He only played 2 games in 2017 and played 0 games in 2018 due to an injury that sidelined him the entire season. Following the injury, he transferred to Illinois and found better success there, which isn’t saying much because he only had 2 catches for 11 yards at USC. He played 17 games combined in 2019 and 2020, where he totaled 55 receptions for 931 yards and 12 TD (0 fumbles). His stats are not great, which is why he is going under the radar. Imatorbhebhe is a sleeper pick that I would target in rounds 3 or 4 in rookie drafts, based off of his upside when looking at his athletic profile. He may be the best athlete from this year’s group of receivers, considering the numbers he put up at his pro day (listed at top of article). If you are going to take a chance on a player later in drafts, choosing a player who has the unteachable athletic traits are always a better bet. The later round players, who end up becoming fantasy relevant, almost always have a good athletic profile.

Looking at Imatorbhebhe’s film, there are some good things that stand out. He has great hands and is able to use his body to make some fantastic contested catches. Once the ball is in his hands, he is able to use his size and speed to pick up extra yards through broken tackels, he averaged 19.2 and 13.5 yards per reception the last two years. He also commanded a 17% and 22% target, while having a catch rate of 52% and 50% respectively. The catch rate isn’t great, but we must consider the below average quarterback play at Illinois. In 2019, Brandon Peters threw for a mere 1,611 yards, 17 TD’s, and 7 INT’s on 54.6% completion percentage in 10 games. This doesn’t leave much room for the Illinois WR and TE to show production.

If you had to critique Imatorbhebhe’s game, it would be his route running. His route tree was limited at Illinois, so he may take some time to adjust to a full NFL route tree for a true outside WR. At times, he doesn’t look smooth when cutting in and out of his routes. I think this is something he will get better at once he learns more routes at the NFL level. Imatorbhebhe is a low risk, high reward player in both fantasy and dynasty leagues. He has all of the physical attributes and plenty of upside to succeed in the NFL, the main reason he is being overlooked is due to his lack of production. I see Imatorbhebhe succeeding as a possession receiver who will be a threat downfield due to his size and athleticism. Do yourself a favor and check out his highlights in the link below:


Best case: Dez Bryant

Worst case: More athletic Laquon Treadwell

Are you willing to take a chance on a player who did not have good production in college but has great athleticism and upside?


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