I was gun shy on DK in rookie drafts, I preferred the ‘value’ of guys like AJ, deebo, Hollywood, Campbell. I actually still think that was the right stance, but anyways. I’ve come around on DK and this post pretty well nails why.mild wrote: ↑Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:02 amAlways enjoy your insights Prove. Allow me to offer a little of the devils advocate for DK.PR0v3 wrote: ↑Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:32 pmAs we can see, DK pretty much only runs gos, crossing patterns, and slants, and from one side of the field. Can you be a legitimate fantasy WR1 asset running 3 routes? Maybe, I guess. It would be a pretty major outlier though. Were those questioning his ability to run routes correct? It appears so. Will his game expand? Hell if I know. I don’t think anyone from this class is close to a lock for anything at this point.
First thing I noticed is that his routes don't look altogether dissimilar to rookie-season Courtland Sutton. So, for whatever that's worth... perhaps he could be on the right path here.
Second thing I think of in terms of DK, is the part you said at the end... "Will his game expand?" - and to that end, I am extremely optimistic. *Obviously* it will expand to some degree - he's doing this as a 21 year old. We all remember being 21, and how comparatively bad we were at whatever it was we were trying to achieve professionally, or hell, just in life...
But it's more than that. This kid has been a gym rat from the age of 8. He knows how to work hard... you just don't get a body like that unless you do. That tells me he knows how to put in the time, and he wants to be exceptional. He grew up around the NFL - that is and has always been a bonus, every player that comes from a professional background will say so. That tells me he knows what it's going to take to be great.
Thirdly, and most importantly - this is a route coaching channel that I've been enjoying a lot lately for his insights. He thinks DK's routes aren't too bad, but more than that, projects him as "fixable" and even bothers to go on the record as saying he bets he will fix these things (like the extra hitches at the top of his breaks, and the ability to sink his hips better - do more yoga DK!) this offseason. That's all pretty bold. But I think the full picture of who this guy is, and his drive and competitiveness to work - makes me really excited to see what's next for him.
Lets not forget. He basically broke the combine for a WR at that size. He has the tools.
Oh, and he has a perennial MVP candidate throwing him the ball the next 4 years too. That's pretty good.
The part that’s maybe understated a bit is that last bit. I lean talent over situation, but it’s not a stretch to really really like DKs spot here, with a young, HoF trajectory QB, no traditional WR1 (I love Lockett but still)
I loved the links to the route trees of the best, but hey, this guy is a rook. Let’s see.