Doesn't strike me as a guy who is ever going to consistently get off press on the outside at the next level. However, he does do a nice job being physical down the field and in and out of his breaks. Likes contact and possesses good strength and body control, knows how to knock corners off balance in tight areas and quickly change direction and separate underneath.
Exhibits a real savvy to his game, knows how to set up routes, change speeds and use his big frame to gain a step and box corners from the football. Isn't a real explosive route runner, but showcases good body control and does a great job bringing his routes back toward the football on sharply breaking routes, limiting the angle for the cornerback to make a play on the throw.
Displays good ball skills and awareness down the field. Isn't a guy who will ever outrun anyone, but picks up speed as he goes, locates the football quickly and is fearless when asked to go up and make a play. Also, has some toughness to his game after the catch, works hard, gets up the field quickly and is a bit more shifty than given credit for.
Impression: A nice-sized wideout with good ball skills, body control and savvy as a route runner. Isn't ever going to be a legit starting caliber guy on the outside. But as a potential big slot guy who can work the middle and move the chains, the guy certainly has a good chance to make an NFL roster."
Positives: Tall receiver with long arms and muscular physique. Catches the ball away from his body regardless of whether he's facing the quarterback or being led to the ball. Nice concentration to look the ball into his hands before turning upfield. Fearless competitor who maintains balance through contact to snatch the ball away from defenders in a crowd. Adjusts his body in mid-air to get his hands around and secure catches on balls thrown errantly to his back shoulder or behind him. Can really turn the burners on after the catch, displaying a nice second gear to pull away from defenders giving chase. Sees the whole field when running with the football, directing and anticipating blocks. Physical after the catch and able to extend plays by dragging defenders and bouncing off would-be tacklers. Knack for finding holes in zone coverage.
Negatives: Mostly played from the slot in college, rarely facing press coverage. Doesn't possess a quick first step off the line, and takes a while to get up to top speed. Has the size and toughness to get physical with defenders and create space early in his routes, but seems to avoid contact and rely solely on his feet to separate. Telegraphs his routes by taking a long, delayed stride just before making a cut. Slows down into cuts, allowing defenders to recover and close on the ball. Questions as to whether or not he can effectively run assigned NFL routes, after being free to improvise quite a bit in Hawaii's hybrid Pistol/Run and Shoot offense."
Positive: Strong, reliable receiver who is one of the top possession receivers available. Fluid releasing off the line, quickly gets into routes, and stays low on exit, coming back to the ball. Extends his hands, adjusts to the errant throw, and makes the difficult catch with defenders draped on him. Immediately transitions from making the catch to running after the reception. Plays smart football, comes back into the open space of the defense, and makes himself an available target. Has reliable hands with terrific focus and concentration. Effective running after the reception, making defenders miss in the open field and keeping plays inbounds to pick up yardage. Gives effort blocking downfield.
Negative: More quick than fast and does not have the speed or ability to run to the long throw. Occasionally takes his eyes off the ball.
Analysis: Salas has been a productive receiver the past three years and showed the ability to be dominant with regularity. He possesses the skills to be a third receiver at the next level and would do well in a variety of systems as an underneath receiver."
Negatives: Below-average speed, doesn't have an explosive second gear... Has a difficult time gaining separation down the field... Physical corners have been a tough matchup for him, gets knocked off his routes when corners get their hands into his chest... Marginal run blocker, simply doesn't have the strength to push people around... Statistics are inflated due to playing in Hawaii's spread offense."
Strengths: Salas works to set-up his routes and makes good reads - he can find the opening in the zone. He is able to adjust to balls thrown outside his frame and will work his way back to the QB when needed. Willing to go across the middle and make contested catches. Solid downfield blocker who can maintain position. Good durability and exceptional production.
Weaknesses: Has shown a tendency to 'round-off' his routes and can be re-routed on his release. Not quick, but can develop speed downfield as he runs. Lacks the burst necessary to separate cleanly at the next level. While willing to catch in traffic, he has not shown consistent ability to make difficult catches.
Projection: 5th round"
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