Quintez Cephus may be one of the harder prospects to evaluate for the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. For one, the former Wisconsin wide receiver played in a run-centric offense, so he did not get as many opportunities compared to his peers. There's also some question about the level of defensive attention he faced because of the Badgers' offensive philosophy. More importantly, there are some character-related questions he must answer. But if his background checks out, Cephus has the tools and showed enough at Wisconsin for a team to take a chance on him, perhaps as early as the second round.
Quintez Cephus Draft Profile
Cephus is really athletic for his size and also plays much bigger than his listed measurables. He’s a twitchy mover, with the suddenness getting in and out of his breaks to consistently separate at the top of his routes, and he showed polish as a route runner at all three levels. He has the strong hands to snatch the ball, and his leaping ability and core strength allow him to dominate in jump-ball situations. He’s quick off the line of scrimmage, able to escape the jam, which combined with his natural feel for stacking defensive backs makes him a big threat on vertical routes.
It’s fair to wonder if he will be the same kind of big-play threat in the NFL as he was working against middling athletes in the Big Ten. His background will need serious investigation — Cephus was tried on two counts of sexual assault last summer (he was found not guilty on both counts).
Cephus has shown the ability to win on a variety of routes, out of a variety of spots. If teams are comfortable with his background, he’s a future starter and likely high-end No. 2.
Final Grade: 2nd/3rd round