There was a lot of questions surrounding Rashod Bateman, after his opt-out, opt-in, opt back out 2020 season but most of them surrounded his explosiveness. He popped those worry balloons last week, however, when he showed out at his pro day, touting a 4.40 40-yd-dash and a chiseled body that ran through football drills with easy athleticism and elite agility.
Even before he impressed at his pro day, Bateman was apparently climbing up draft boards across the league. Some scouts (according to Michael Giardi – NFL Network) even have Bateman jumping fellow wide receivers like Ja’Marr Chase and Jalen Waddle, which would be a big deal.
Rashod Bateman was getting a lot of buzz from scouts/execs I spoke with over the last couple weeks & that was before he tested as well as he did at his pro day (4.41 40). A couple believe he's the best WR in this draft, better than Chase, Smith or Waddle. Bold.— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) April 8, 2021
NFL Draft: Thursday, April 29 – Saturday, May 1
Ultimately, we’ll find out very soon who has Rashod Bateman where on their draft boards and what’s a smokescreen vs what isn’t. But, when you take a gander around NFL mock drafts today, you’ll find his stock climbing. You’d be hard pressed to find mocks with him leaking too deeply into the second round and many have him going has high as #19 to the Washington Football Team.
But, that would still leave him a half-round behind the top wide receivers in this class.
2021 NFL Mock Draft (@PFF_Linsey):— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 5, 2021
4. Broncos (via ATL): Trey Lance
6. Dolphins: Kyle Pitts
19. Washington: Rashod Bateman
32. Bucs: Rondale Moore
NEW MOCK— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) April 4, 2021
19 WAS WR Rashod Bateman
12 PHI WR Devonta Smith
10 DAL OT Rashawn Slater
9 DEN QB Mac Jones
8 CAR QB Trey Lance
6 MIA OT Peni Sewell
5 CIN WR Ja'Marr Chase
4 ATL TE Kyle Pitts
3 SF QB Justin Fields
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Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan