By: Steve Johnson
David Sills V, WR, West Virginia
*combine measurements and drills added in Feb.
2015: 4 games. 7 rec, 131 yards, 2 TDs
2016: Transferred to El Camino College to play QB.
2017: 12 games. 60 rec, 980 yards, 18 TDs.
Accolades: 2017 First-team All-Big 12, 2017 First-team All-American
Injuries: Knuckle injury in HS.
History: Was a highly touted QB prospect, and began training with Steve Clarkson at age 9. Verbally committed to USC as a 7th grader. Began his career at Red Lion Christian Academy, a private school in Delaware. As a Sophomore, he transferred to Eastern Christian Academy, a controversy online school where all 46 enrolled boys played football, in a move to attract college scouts. The school was only able to play in 3 games, because of failure to gain accreditation from the state. As a Junior, Sills injured his knuckle, impacting his throwing method. Sills decommitted from USC after they signed Sam Darnold and chose to sign with West Virginia. Never able to win the starting QB job, Sills transferred to El Camino College, staying on the couch of a high school teammate playing at USC and throwing for 1,636 yards and 15 touchdowns. In 2017, Sills transferred back to WVU and had a fantastic season playing WR.
Strengths: Big body. Deceptive long speed, long strider. Excellent ability to high point the ball, boxing out smaller defenders. Good coverage awareness, being an ex QB. Appears to have long arms (will follow up post combine). Good, quick feet for his size. Uses his quick feet well at LOS, out of breaks, and after the catch. Willing blocker.
Weaknesses: Will need to add bulk to his frame, tall and rather lanky. Limited experience as a WR, WVU does not run a full NFL route tree. Ran a lot of RPO, selling the block, and running slants and quick hitches. Was not moved around a lot, primarily ran out of the Y receiver (limited tape).
Overview: Sills has a lot of potential, but is still somewhat of a project. The numbers are outstanding, but it doesn’t tell the whole story due to the system West Virginia runs. He’s got a big body and shows the ability (in flashes) to be a dominant RZ receiver. Will need to work on being more technical in all aspects of the position (route running, blocking, release, etc).
Draft Projection: Day 2 Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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