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The best wide receiver at the Senior Bowl might be a dude who played running back at UCLA

January 27, 2021

The 2021 NFL Draft may seem far off, but in reality it's just three short months away. And let's be honest, it is never, ever too soon to start scouring all the mock drafts that will inevitably be 99.8 percent wrong. But keep telling yourself that your favorite team is getting DeVonta Smith because Mel Kiper has it on his Big Board. 

This week is a big week for NFL Mocks, as the Reese's Senior Bowl is taking place in Mobile, Alabama. A number of players will see their stock rise (or fall) with good performances in practice this week, and one name that is already generating a ton of buzz is Demetric Felton. 

The reason for that - Felton played running back his senior year at UCLA, and split time at running back and wide receiver his junior year. This week, it's his wide receiver skills that are capturing people's attention, which makes him an extremely attractive "hybrid"-type prospect. In case you haven't noticed, "hybrid" players who can run, catch, and run after the catch, like, say, Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffery etc., are pretty important in today's NFL. 

Below are some highlights of Felton's route-running ability, which is scary good for a guy who carried the ball 218 times for 999 yards and six touchdowns in his last 18 games as a Bruin: 

This next one was particularly jaw-dropping. Check out the separation: 

Three words: Future. Fantasy. God. Twenty-seven more words: Prepare for that dude you can't stand in your fantasy league to try to tell you this guy is a sleeper next August at your league's draft. God that guy sucks. 

On the Senior Bowl website, Felton is listed as a RB on the National team's roster, but these routes would suggest he could be a hell of a slot receiver who gets all those fancy jet sweeps and reverses and screens, provided he goes to a team with a good offensive coordinator. Hopefully, we get a heavy dose of him Saturday. Need more Felton.