2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Tarik Black

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Originally starting his career at Michigan, Tarik Black spent three seasons in Ann Arbor prior to transferring to Texas. Battling previous injuries but wanting a fresh start elsewhere, he was in search of a new beginning. At Texas, he only recorded 10 catches for 240 yards and a touchdown. Black is a big-body receiver that has spent time both in the slot and on the perimeter. A one-speed target, he runs routes at his own pace. That tempo doesn’t pose much of a threat consistently to defensive backs and he often wants to turn routes into a physical matchup. Knowing that he has a chance to win in that fashion, he can high point passes and win. Displaying physicality in route stems, he’s been able to generate production that way, but the lack of separation factor is an area that could always be a constant issue for him in the long run. Black’s injury history is also one that is notable as he’s suffered a cracked bone in his left foot (2017) and a fractured right foot (2018). 

Ideal Role: Developmental big slot receiver that will need to spend time on the practice squad or an outside league.

Scheme Fit: Outside/boundary WR or Big Slot in a West Coast system.

Written by Jordan Reid

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