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2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Joshua Cephus, WR, UTSA

Joshua Cephus is part of an explosive UTSA offense and offers a legitimate downfield threat. Hula Bowl scout Ian McNice breaks down Cephus as an NFL Prospect in his report.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Joshua Cephus #2 
School (Code)6022, 188 lbs 
DOB, Class Yr03/05/2001, rSr 
Height, Weight6022, 188 lbs 
40 Yd Dash4.55 
Arms, Hands31”, 09 ¼” 
Honors/Captainship2x All-Conference USA Honorable Mention, 2022 2nd team All-Conference USA, 2022 Biletnikoff Award watch list 
Season Viewed (yr)2022, 2023 
Games WatchedTXNO (22’), TNUN (23’), TXSN 23’), FLSO (23’)
Scout Name / DateIan McNice, 11/20/2023

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

202311 GP, 11 GS, 76 REC, 966 yds, 12.7 Y/R, 9 TD, 1 ATT, -9 yds, -9.0 Y/A, 
202213 GP, 12 GS, 87 REC, 985 yds, 11.3 Y/R, 6 TD, 3 ATT, 10 yds, 3.3 Y/A, 1 TD
202114 GP, 14 GS, 71 REC, 819 yds, 11.5 Y/R, 6 TD, 2 ATT, 11 yds, 5.5 Y/A, 
202012 GP, 12 GS, 58 REC, 547 yds, 9.4 Y/R, 5 TD, 2 ATT, -13 yds, -6.5 Y/A
201912 GP, 5 GS, 8 REC, 153 yds, 19.1 Y/R, 1 TD, 

Player Summary:

Redshirt Senior from Spring, Texas. He started at QB his junior season and some of his senior season while doing enough as a WR to earn him 1st team All-District honors at Dekaney HS. Plays a versatile role in UTSA’s offense aligning all over the field and being used in motion often. Good height, with below-average weight, marginal arm length, and adequate hand size. He displays fair athletic ability by playing with solid hip fluidity, adequate COD, lateral quickness, and below-average foot speed. Solid skills at the LOS, he shows above-average understanding in how he can attack a DB’s leverage with sharp jabs, forcing them to open their hips and even off-balance at times. When he win’s on vertical routes, it primarily comes vs a press jam where he can accelerate past a DB he manipulated early. He excels running double moves, and is solid on In/Out patterns due to his ability to sell himself vertically by using his shoulders and eyes. Solid sinking his hips at the top of his route and consistently peeling away from the DB, towards the ball when running a horizontal pattern. Solid processing zone coverage, he can identify soft spots when working routes that cross the field as well as exploit seams when down in the red zone. Plays with good soft hands, he has shown to have an effective catch radius, using solid body control to position to secure slightly missed throws around his frame. Adequate YAC ability, he is smooth in transition from receiver to runner and finishes the play off strong with good play strength. Adequate COD and lateral quickness lead to him being below average making players miss when in space. Solid asset in the run/quick game as a blocker, he understands how to seal off DB’s to create lanes for ball carriers and has shown to be willing to block any defender.

Scheme Fit:

X WR in RPO Heavy Scheme

Power Statement:

Cephus has a solid frame with quality ball skills, he is a consistent pass catcher with minimal drops, showcasing above-average concentration at the position. He has a fairly limited route tree due to marginal foot speed and adequate acceleration on his routes, he should be running quicker breaking routes with his skillset.  

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