Scouting Report: Every season is seems there is a guy who gets a ton of attention for his ability to be a versitile playmaker. Last year was Percy Harvin and this year, it could definitely be Golden Tate. he's a little on the small side, but he's much stronger than he looks, and as a converted running back knows how to get tough yards and is deadly in the open field. I'm not sure how Tate will run in shorts, but his acceleration on the field is remarkable, and his game speed is exceptional. Tate isn't a great route runner, and is still learning the position in that aspect, but he has soft hands, excellent vision and works hard for the football. He's also able to beat you a number of ways which is what will lure NFL teams to him. He can line up as a running back or wide out, and is also a great kick returner.
Draft Status: I am really high on Tate's NFL potential, and I think if he declares, and teams get to see all the things he can do for a team, they will be as well. I think Dez Bryant is the best pure wide out in the draft, and CJ Spiller seems to be the league favorite in terms of the Swiss Army knife type of guy, but Tate is still almost certainly a first round pick, especially if his triangle numbers can match his football numbers. I can see him landing firmly in the middle of the first round to a team desperate for fireworks on offense and special teams.
Final Analysis: Sign me up for Tate. Yes, he runs some sloppy routes at times, and yes he doesn't run block or blitz pickup as well as I'd like, but he's a wide out with a running back mentality and speed and quickness to burn. Tate and Clausen are the chicken and the egg, because there are times when Clausen makes Tate look good, but others where the plays that Tate makes, really make Clausen look good as well. If a team can bring him in, and move him around and give him touches, especially in space, he could be a yardage and touchdown machine. Tate is a very intelligent young man, with a high football IQ, which shows me, he's willing to do what it takes to get better. He's done great on just athletic ability in college but will need to do more to improve technique at the next level.
Reminds me of: Steve Smith, WR Carolina Panthers. High praise I know, but I can definitely see that type of explosive potential in Tate. Smith runs like a running back, and while he's a much more polished route runner and blocker, those are both things he has worked hard on in the NFL.
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy