In the fifth round of the 2020 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions select wide receiver Quintez Cephus out of Wisconsin.
Cephus, 6-foot-1 and 202 pounds, ran a 4.73-second 40-yard dash at the combine. He did improve it to a 4.62 however at his pro day. Speed is not how he wins.
For his size, he excels with contested catch situations, has the ability to beat press coverage, and will out-physical defensive backs.
Mostly an outside wide receiver, he does line up in the slot on occasion. Cephus isn’t afraid to catch passes over the middle of the field.
Per Lance Zierlein of NFL.com:“After missing all of 2018, Cephus got right back into the swing of things culminating with memorable games against Ohio State and Oregon. Size and body positioning create workable windows in tight quarters and his ball skills build trust with the quarterback. He’s a build-up runner who lacks suddenness to uncover and may need to be motioned, bunched, and lined in the slot to help with early separation. Teams know he can catch it but will need to see him get open. Cephus is a possession receiver with the profile of a capable WR3/4.“
(The article will be updated to provide more information as it becomes available.)