Tarik Black | Texas 6’3” 217 lbs. 02/10/1998 (Age 23)
Tarik Black was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an Undrafted Free Agent.
Black put together a rather disappointing college career. He came into the NCAA with a lot of hype given the fact that he was a 4-star recruit who committed to Michigan University over teams like Alabama, Notre Dame, Auburn, and others. After playing for Michigan for three seasons, Black decided to transfer to Texas University. He had a much larger role for the Longhorns, but he only played in six games during his lone season with the team. Although his college numbers don’t look enticing, he has the skillset to become a complete receiver in the NFL.
Black has the size and skillset to excel at the pro level. He has a huge catch radius, and he has elite sideline receiving skills, keeping his feet inbounds and dragging his toes to secure the catch. With great leaping abilities, Black can pluck the ball out of the air at a high point over defenders. He has a very high ceiling, and if well-coached, he could exceed expectations.
The Texas product lacks deep burst down the field, and he only plays at one speed. He’s a below-average route runner. Black also dealt with a bunch of injuries playing for Michigan University, and he never put together an overly productive season throughout his college career.
At his Texas Pro Day, Black measured in at 6’3” and 217 lbs. Which equates to a BMI of 27.12. He ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, equating to a 103.06-Speed Score, and at 6’3” that is a 107.86-Height Adjusted Speed Score. His Speed Score ranks in the 72nd percentile, whereas his HASS ranks in the impressive 81st percentile. Black’s Pro Day performance was stellar. Not only did he show off great speed for his size, but he also turned heads in the athletic drills. He recorded an impressive 130” broad jump, but he was an elite participant in the vertical jump, as he recorded the seventh-highest vertical (40”) amongst wide receivers entering the draft. Combine his size and speed with his athletic abilities, and you have a wide receiver with a very high ceiling.
The athletic receiver is a project piece at the pro level. He won’t have much fantasy value, if any at all, to start his career. Black will battle to find time on the field, but his future is bright, and with the right coaching, he could make a name for himself in the fantasy world one day.
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