Breaking down WR Romeo Doubs in round four

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The Green Bay Packers added not one but three wide receivers in the 2022 NFL Draft to help make up for the loss of Davante Adams and Marquez-Valdes Scantling. The group is led by Christian Watson, who the Packers selected 34th overall, making him the team’s highest draft pick at wide receiver in 20 years. Two rounds later, they took out Romeo Doubs, a powerful Nevada deep threat. So far the first returns on the Doubs have been good, leaving many optimistic about what he can bring to the Green Bay attack.

Few wide receivers can say they finished their college careers with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Thanks to the passes captured by a muscular prospect in Carson Strong, Doubs has become one of the most explosive playmakers in the country. However, just turn the tape and you’ll see that Doubs is more than a product of his talented college quarterback, who is now with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Standing at 6-2 and weighing around 200 pounds, Doubs has an ideal build and is also a good athlete. He ran about 4.50 in the forties at Nevada Pro Day. General manager Brian Gutekunst is particularly enthusiastic about Doubs, calling him one of the most polished guys in the draft.

“He’s got length, he’s very fast, he’s a great point guard and he’s been doing that for a number of years in Nevada,” Gutekunst said after the draft was finished. “He’s probably one of the brightest players to come out of college just because of his experience. We’re excited to see what he can do.

Time will tell how ready the Doubs are to make an impact at the top level. There aren’t many receivers who come into the league and hit the ground running. In the case of Doubs, it will be even more difficult since he must first gain the confidence of Aaron Rodgers. However, Doubs has a lot of good traits that could help him become a productive pro. There are also weaknesses in his game that could hamper his ability to enter the field early on with the Packers.

Let’s identify the good and the bad in Doubs’ game by looking at the All-22 from his junior and senior seasons.

The Doubs earned its living by placing itself behind the secondary of the opposing defenses. Here we see how easy it is for him to get past cover on a simple route. Doubs takes advantage of an aggressive corner playing on him and uses his speed and acceleration to create a lot of separation. Plus, beating media coverage with his speed and upper body strength shouldn’t be a problem.

Even when the bend attempts to accommodate the speed of the Doubs, it’s still not enough. He accelerates so fast that it can be completely overwhelming for defenders. This wedge can’t help but fall while trying to follow. He may not be as quick as Valdes-Scantling, but Doubs will have a chance to make plays on the court.

The Doubs does not rely solely on travel routes when working in the field. Here’s a post-corner that he sets up beautifully to place the corner in a tough downfield spot. But the course is not the only thing that impresses in this clip. Doubs expects the ball to be thrown towards the sideline, so he looks over his outside shoulder. When he sees the ball being thrown inside, he makes a quick adjustment without losing much speed. You love seeing that kind of elite ball tracking.

I see the Doubs as more than a deep threat. Sure, that’s where he did the most damage, but he’s also fluid when running stuff underneath. This exit route has a good bite, but let’s take a closer look at the corner. He’s off-man, and Doubs’ rapid acceleration forces him to quickly lean into a coaster. He doesn’t stand a chance when Doubs turns to the touchline. Defenders know Doubs could execute a vertical at any time, which could help open things up for him, as we see here.

Similar game here, but this one shows off Doubs’ technical prowess as a road runner. Here he flattens his rod more towards the sideline. It’s so the defender can’t see him and watch the quarterback at the same time. By attacking the blind spot, the Doubs can settle into a nice pocket for an easy recovery.

Doub has a knack for making every route feel like a starting route. However, it quickly breaks this loop road at about 15 yards. The corner does a good job sitting on the road, so Doubs shows good treatment on the volley working towards the ball. This route is a must for all offences, and the Doubs knows how to win with it.

Doubs has caught 20 touchdowns over his past two seasons and could become a successful threat in the red zone. Watch and see how well he masters these linear routes. He runs a skinny post with a slight stutter up the road to cross the face of the defender. Doubs could be successful in one-on-one situations where the defender needs to try to match their foot speed.

Small wise clip here of the Doubs making a play near the sideline. It’s not exactly the back shoulder throw that Rodgers made famous, but it’s a solid example of the Doubs’ awareness of giving up. In my opinion, Doubs has the grab radius and body control to do back shoulder grabs in the future.

Scouts described Doubs as an alpha for his presence in the locker room and on the pitch. His competitive tenacity is definitely on display when the ball is in his hands, as he constantly fights for extra yards. The Doubs will be an ideal candidate for fast screens similar to this. Additionally, here we see a new facet of Doubs athleticism with his notable agility after the catch. An important note, Doubs returned punts all four years in college, averaging 12.5 yards per return and a punt for a touchdown. Don’t be surprised to see him compete for punt return duties in training camp.

I do not think that the Doubs will limit itself to being an outside receiver. He’s actually a complete player and could be considered for a “big slot” role in some lineups. In this play, Doubs is able to diagnose zone coverage and work behind linebacker before he hits the weak spot in midfield. Doubs’ football IQ will help him be effective from different line-ups.

You’re probably tired of hearing about Doubs’ speed at this point, but this game also shows him trying to point the ball down. He’s not quite capable of bringing this one with two defenders in the box, but it’s still a big effort. Catching passes from Rodgers where the ball is almost always in the right place should help Doubs’ ball skills.

Of course, we can’t talk about Green Bay receivers without getting past run blocking. This is one of the few areas where the Doubs is disappointing. In many cases, he is not engaged as a run blocker. He has the size and mentality to be much better, but it almost feels like a chore.

The Packers need to feel like they can do a complete overhaul with the Doubs block. Everything in this clip looks tense even though the ball is coming from his side of the pitch. It seems like a mental thing, because maybe his coaches in Nevada didn’t push it. This will change quickly.

I really don’t have many problems with the Doubs course. Some of his breaks can be a little rounded, but the stiffness in his lower half is something that struck me. He struggles to consistently thrust his hips into breaks, which negatively affects his ability to change direction. Against sticky turns, the Doubs can struggle to separate on in-breakers like this one below.

For me, that’s a lot of detail-oriented stuff that Doubs needs to focus on. He will continue to improve as a road runner, and whatever blocks the run will have to change if he even wants to enter the field. Something tells me he’ll have a whole new approach as a tackle by the end of his rookie season.

Doubs is still a rookie and a fourth rounder at that. So the bar is low, but fans should be excited about its ceiling. Doubs is a legitimate deep threat with the tools to be so much more. Hopefully he can put everything in place to become a reliable contributor to Matt LaFleur’s offense.

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