Prior to the NFL Draft, wide receiver Dylan Cantrell was one of my personal favorites throughout the draft process. At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Cantrell possesses one of the highest recorded RAS (relative athletic scores) measurements ever recorded.
For those of you unaware of the tool, RAS takes the height, weight, and all other measurements from the usual NFL Combine events and creates a score out of 10. Anything above eight is considered “elite.” As you can see below, Cantrell’s score ranks 30th out of 1,876 wide receivers tested. That puts him in the 98th percentile in his position.
One of the highest ever for a WR pic.twitter.com/TFo0IgWvZ7— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) July 30, 2018
Obviously this measurement tool doesn’t have a 100% correlation to success in the NFL, but it gives us some context into just how gifted the young wide receiver is.
Those in attendance have laid witness to highlight catch after highlight catch from Cantrell as he continues to distance himself from that dreaded roster bubble. After the team had a day off on Wednesday, Cantrell resumed his tirade on the team’s defensive backs:
The player shining today at #Chargers training camp is rookie WR Dylan Cantrell. He is catching everything thrown his way.— Fernando Ramirez (@RealFRamirez) August 2, 2018
The highlight of the day might have been one of Cantrell’s easiest catches. As quarterback Geno Smith dropped a dime among dimes in 1-on-1 drills, #84 only had to open his arms as the ball sailed perfectly into his waiting hands.
I’m not sure how long this momentum will last for Cantrell but I think he has done enough that, barring a giant meltdown during the preseason, he should be a no-brainer to make this team come final cuts.