The 2020 NFL Draft is filled with wide receivers which means there will be some sleepers available on day three of the draft.
Binjimen Victor is not and will not be a hot name leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft. He has been slept on for the last two years at Ohio State. Victor never was a go-to target for the Buckeyes, yet he made the most of his opportunities. His career numbers aren’t much to look at, but there is more about his game than the numbers show.
Career numbers (33 games): 83 receptions, 1340 yards, 16.1 AVG, 18 touchdowns
2019 production (12 games): 35 receptions, 573 yards, 16.4 AVG, 6 touchdowns
His 2019 numbers are a good indication of what you can expect out of him. He could garner more touchdown opportunities due to his size (6-foot-4 and 200 pounds) but needs to fill out his frame in order to make his game more well-rounded.
Games watched: 2019 vs Cincinnati, 2019 vs Rutgers, 2019 vs Michigan State, 2019 vs Clemson
Victor utilizes his size pretty well, even though he doesn’t have a ton of strength yet. His catch radius is extremely large which should be a big help to any quarterback that he lands with. His route running isn’t that bad for a bigger receiver. He got open a ton on the boundary. He shows sneaky run after catch ability for a guy his size.
He was asked to block multiple times a game since the Buckeyes offense ran through running back J.K Dobbins. He’s adequate as a blocker when they ran receiver bubble screens. His hands are very impressive. Whenever Ohio State needed a first down, Victor would seemingly make a tough catch to keep the drive alive.
He’s really good at contested catches, rising up over defenders to reel in the catch. He always attempts to high point the football. He could develop into a go-to red-zone target. Unlike some receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft, Victor comes from a winning pedigree. The Ohio State Buckeyes were in the discussion every season for the CFB Playoffs.
There’s a reason why Victor is projected to last until day three of the 2020 NFL Draft. He wasn’t asked to run the traditional route tree at Ohio State. He predominantly ran underneath or five to ten-yard hitches. He is a bit slow coming out of his route.
His speed is a bit of a question mark, but he could limit this negative with a strong showing at the scouting combine. There are questions about whether he can separate at the next level too. Also, despite his size, he lacks the strength to compete at the next level. Adding weight and strength is a necessity for him.
Even though I said there is more to Victor than the numbers show teams will still hold that against him. The tape isn’t good enough to erase those questions.
Binjimen Victor is a developmental receiver that could get drafted in the sixth or seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He has the size and potential that teams will take a chance on. He must improve as a route runner and needs to put on more weight to his slim frame. There could be a chance that he doesn’t get drafted and is a top undrafted free agent, however, I believe that his tape showed enough for him to be drafted.
Teams like the Chiefs and Falcons who already have multiple starting receivers on their roster could take a flyer on a developmental receiver like Victor. He needs to land with a team that allows him to sit back and work on his game. He may not land a roster spot, but he should be able to stick around on a practice squad somewhere.