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Kayshon Boutte

Kayshon Boutte (WR) – LSU/JR

6’0”, 190.0 Lbs. (Unofficial)

2022 Stats: 11 games, 48 receptions, 538 receiving yards, 11.2 yards per reception, 2 receiving touchdowns

 {Reference: https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/kayshon-boutte-1.html}

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Games Watched: 2020 vs. Ole Miss (Boutte set SEC freshman record with 308 receiving yards & 3 receiving touchdowns); 2021 vs. Auburn; 2022 vs. Georgia

PRO’S 

Boutte is a very savvy route runner, who is so darn dangerous with the ball in his hands due to his combination of very good hands + elite speed + twitch + nice acceleration. He goes vertical in the air to get the ball over the middle, and is tough and rugged in the slot. His very quick feet combined with quickness + vision + cut ability give him the chance to blow by the secondary on any given play. Boutte can box out defenders, and uses nice body control to make tough catches.

CON’S

Boutte uses his body too often to secure the ball. He suffered a serious leg injury in ‘21 that required a second surgery in early 2022, which hopefully will not hamper his growth trajectory this upcoming season. A lot of his game relies on his cuts and twitchiness, so any possible lingering effects from this injury on his game bears watching.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Boutte is a playmaking athlete who has the makeup and skill set to play out of the X, Y, and Z, but has played mostly out of the slot. Boutte’s ‘21 campaign was cut short in the middle of the season with an ankle injury that required a second surgery this past spring. However, this is LSU and LSU is a WR factory (along with being “DB University”), so any touted WR coming out of LSU should be paid attention to, and Boutte is better than just that. I have concerns about his recent injuries and surgeries. This is a fairly deep WR class and as of this update (02/05/23) I don’t see Boutte getting drafted in the 1st round, but a team could strike absolute gold in the 2nd. Personally, I believe that production in college is important and can’t just be discounted while only projecting what he may do in the NFL. His receiving yards each year in college — 735 (2020), 509 (2021), 508 (2022) — and not coming close to 1,000 yards in any season worries me, and I personally wouldn’t touch him until Round 3.

Completed by: @JoeJ_Clark, 09/2022

Updated: Joseph Clark, 02/05/23

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