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The likelihood (no pun intended) of Isaiah Likely making a notable impact as a rookie seemed slim following Baltimore’s decision to select him 139th overall in the 2022 NFL Draft. Mark Andrews was the Ravens’ clear-cut top tight end option, the Ravens had one of the highest team rushing percentages in 2021 (43.63%) – and consequently one of the lowest team passing percentages (56.37%) – and of course, a running QB (Lamar Jackson) is the engine of the offense. Additionally, Rashod Bateman was primed to take a big step forward in his sophomore campaign.
Fast-forward to the Ravens’ ninth game of the season, and Likely was their leading receiver with 24 yards. Because Bateman, Andrews, and J.K. Dobbins are all sidelined, Likely is debatably the Ravens’ top pass-catching option until further notice.
The 6-foot-4, 241-pound tight end was a competent asset through his first three seasons at Coastal Carolina, only to burst onto the scene as a senior. Playing in 13 games, Likely averaged 15.5 yards per reception (59 receptions). And in his sixth game of the season, he caught eight balls for 232 yards. He’s rather agile for a tight end and as a whole, he’s a good receiver who knows how to get open using his pleasantly refined route-running skills. Nine games into his NFL career, he’s racked up 205 reception yards on 17 catches. What’s more, he’s scored a receiving touchdown in two straight following his 24-yard touchdown catch on Monday Night Football.
When you open the Mojo App, scroll down on Likely’s profile, click “compare”, and type in “Jelani Woods” in the search bar, you can see that the Mojo market foresees them both earning similarly with respect to their future values, with Likely at $3.24, and Woods at $3.38. I touched on why I’m bullish on Woods in a previous rookie report, so I view their comparable future values as nothing but a good thing. Given his athletic profile, all he needs is an opportunity to illustrate his talents in the NFL. Andrews should return eventually, meaning that it remains to be seen how Likely will be used when that time comes. But all things considered, Going Long on the young tight end will Likely pay off in the future. Sorry, sorry – I couldn't help myself.
NFL teams love running backs with reliable pass-catching chops. They provide a unique extension of the run game, which gives defenses just another thing to worry about. Rachaad White totaled 2,027 offensive yards during his two-year career at Arizona State, with 607 of those yards coming through the air. He’s simply a natural catcher of the football, who also just happens to possess enough size, athleticism, patience, and control of his body to potentially be an early-down back in the right situation. The Buccaneers took him 91st overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, and through nine career games, he’s showcased his receiving prowess, as well as his ability to win as a runner. According to PFF, he’s now played in at least 29 offensive snaps in three of his last five games after failing to exceed 24 offensive snaps through his first four career games. In simpler terms, his usage is on the rise. With Leonard Fournette still acting as the presumed lead back in Tampa Buy, there’s still plenty of time to Go Long on White before his $4.95 share price rises.
Running backs like Rashaad Penny ($4.71), Kenneth Gainwell ($5.21), and Jeff Wilson Jr. ($4.81) are priced similarly to White in the Mojo market, but I personally believe that he’ll be in a different tier of value when it’s all said and done. In fact, I see a future where White’s share price is sitting in the double digits – I believe he can be that good. Invest in the uniquely-skilled back before it’s too late. Make sure to tap that Multiplier if you want a chance to profit big in the short run.
When it comes to amassing Mojo Value, scoring touchdowns, racking up yards, earning first downs, and getting 40+ yards on play are how you go about getting it done. This essentially means that there’s no difference between a quarterback throwing a touchdown or scoring a rushing touchdown in the Mojo market. With this being the case, wouldn’t you want to target quarterbacks who are able to score touchdowns both through the air and on the ground, from a logical standpoint?
He’s far from a finished product, but Malik Willis could very well be one of the most sagacious buys in the quarterback market at the moment. The former Liberty field general was a passable thrower of the football in his collegiate days, but it was on the ground where he shined. He combined for 1,822 rushing yards and 27 rushing touchdowns while at Liberty (23 games), and there was no doubt that he would make an impact as a rusher in the NFL if an organization decided to give him the keys to their city.
Now here’s what he still needs to work on: Willis struggles with making sound decisions in the pocket, which leads to him panicking and ultimately hurting his team. Beyond that, despite his cannon of an arm, the timing on his throws can be inconsistent, an issue that can truly hold a quarterback back in the NFL. Until he learns how to become more poised in the pocket and accurate with his throws, he’ll struggle to produce through the air. Fortunately, trying to help a quarterback improve their mental composure in the pocket is easier than attempting to help them improve their natural arm talent. In a nutshell, Willis has fun innate tools, but how he embraces the intangibles of the position will decide whether or not he sticks long term in the league. There’s certainly a fair amount of risk here, but if it clicks for the 23-year-old in time, Going Long on him with his 3x Multiplier today could pay off big time in the future.