Forget about the SPARQ score and how well he performed in the testing portion of the event, Cleveland backed it up by making a ton of plays in the 7 on 7 portion of the event. He’s one of the top pass catchers in the nation in this class and should be a big time deep threat at the next level.
Cleveland is one of the best athletes at the position in this entire class. He eats up so much ground with his strides and has deceptively explosive speed. He has that extra gear that so few have. He should be able to get over the 200 pound mark and be a tough matchup with his height and size for most cornerbacks on the outside.
Even when given a huge cushion to work against, Cleveland has the speed to get deep on a cornerback. He’s get on top of players so quickly with his long strides and forces them to open up. He changes speed very well too and it allows him to gain that extra bit of separation when running deep.
I saw him get up and get the football at The Opening versus defensive backs, but didn’t see him high point the ball as much on film. He should be capable of doing it and it should be a big part of his game. He shows natural hands and snatches the football out of the air. It helps a lot in traffic, where he does a good job of holding onto the football after taking a hit.
He does a really nice job of adjusting to the football when its in the air. He made some outstanding over the shoulder catches during his junior season.
He needs to become a better route runner and should eventually be a great one. I mentioned that his speed forces defenders to open up early when covering him. That is something he should be able to use to his advantage with him coming back towards the football.
Cleveland is purely an outside receiver, but one that can be used running a variety of routes. He can be much more than just a deep threat.
I think he has the potential to be dynamic playmaker at the next level and one that defensive coordinators may have to specifically scheme against to make sure he doesn’t burn them in one on one match-ups. He has the potential to be an all-conference level receiver eventually and should be able to contribute early in his career.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach)