Draft Profile: WR Michael Pittman, USC

By: Steve Johnson

Michael Pittman, WR, USC

6’4″ 223 lbs

32 4/8″ arms. 9 2/8″ hands. 79 2/8″

Senior

D.O.B. 10/4/97

4.52 40 35 1/2″ Vert. 121″ Broad Jump. 13 Bench Reps.

6.96 3 Cone Drill 4.14 20 yard Shuttle 

Stats/Accolades/History:

2016: 13 games. 6 rec, 82 yards

2017: 11 games. 23 rec, 404 yards, 2 TDs

2018: 11 games. 41 rec, 758 yards, 6 TDs

2019: 13 games. 101 rec, 1275 yards, 11 TDs

Misc. Stats: 6 PRs for 156 yards, 1 TD; 5 KRs for 31 yards; 17 Special Teams Tackles, 1 FF, 3 Blocked Punts (1 returned for TD) in career

Accolades: 2017 First-Team All-Pac-12, 2019 First-Team All-Pac-122019 Second-Team All-American

Injuries: Broken collarbone after the 2015 season. Minor ankle injury in 2017 (missed 2 games), missed one game in 2018 (shoulder)

History: Four-start recruit from Thousand Oaks, CA. His father is a former NFL Running Back who played for the Cardinals, Buccaneers, and Broncos, winning Super Bowl XXXVII with the Bucs. Spent his Freshmen year at Valencia High School, before attending Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village his final three years. Was named USA Today All-California Offensive Player of the Year, and was Parade All-American First Team as a Senior. In his final game, he caught 16 passes for 354 yards and 5 TDs, giving him a stat line of 81/1990/24 for the year.

Strengths: Ideal size with elite length. Has decent build up speed. Experienced and smart route runner. Finds the open holes in coverage. Stays active when the play breaks down. Excellent in contested catch situations. Great body control. Offers big target for the QB. Concentration may be tops in class. Great leaper. Tough and physical. Really good run blocker. Key special teams player (17 career tackles, 1 forced fumble, 3 blocked punts (1 returned for 35 yards). Smart, and great football character. Pro ready. NFL bloodlines.

Weaknesses: Could have issues separating, bigger corners will cause him issues. No true explosiveness. Lacks elusiveness after the catch. Hips are a little tight. Most of his catches will be contested.

Overview: Big bodied bully, when the ball is in the air. Pittman will have issues separating at the next level, but he pulls in everything. He is pro-ready and brings a competitive nature. Special teams coaches will be pounding the table to not let this guy get away, due to his gunner skills.

Evaluation based on games. Utah 19′, BYU 19′

Draft Projection: Mid Day Two

Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.66

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