Photo of Amba Etta-Tawo

Combine Results

5.24 ?
  • 4.49 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 14 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 126.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.95 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.32 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'1" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 208LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands


There wasn't a lot of talk nationally about Etta-Tawo (pronounced ET-ta-TAH-wo) moving from Maryland to Syracuse as a graduate transfer this summer. Once the season started, however, his name was on the lips of most everyone in the college football world because he caught 47 passes for 834 yards and six scores in the team's first six games. He finished his senior season as a first-team All-ACC pick and ranked in the top ten nationally in all of the major receiving categories (94-1,482, 14 TD). The Georgia high school star started off his career at Maryland with a solid redshirt freshman season (31-500, two TD), but saw his contribution decrease the following two years (10-222, TD in 2014; 20-216, no scores in 2015).



Above average height, weight and speed. His routes got sharper and hands got stickier as the season progressed. Developed some explosiveness out of his stems and in his in-breaking routes. Has acceleration to create adequate separation on all levels. Flashes quick-release potential in his feet against press corners. Builds up to top speed and races past unsuspecting cornerbacks if they don't open to run early. Finds the deep ball quickly and will body up to create late separation for the catch. Impressive down-gear from sprint to stop with comeback routes can shake tight man coverage. Plucks the throw way out in front of his body and has catch radius to snag throws outside his frame in all directions. Tucks throws away despite collisions at catch-point.


Only one year of college production. Tagged with nine drops to his 30 catches in his second and third seasons. Will telegraph his comeback routes a little. Still very raw with his route running and wasn't asked to run much of the tree. High number of catches came via wide receiver screens and comebacks against off coverage. Numbers bolstered by system that can pull safeties out of the equation in his vertical routes. Had about a zillion drops at the Senior Bowl and looked out of his element. Struggled to shake press coverage during one-on-one drills.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6-7

Sources Tell Us

"He wasn't even on our radar to start the season so I still have to find out who he is. I'm not a fan of a guy who only shows up for one season but sometimes you have late bloomers or guys who have it clock for them late. We'll see what the tape says." -- AFC Director of Scouting

NFL Comparison

Chris Conley

Bottom Line

While he's obviously still raw, the tape shows an improving talent with an ability to challenge over the top and uncover underneath. Unfortunately for Etta-Tawo, he was wildly inconsistent and his hands were exposed as a flawed part of his game once again. He's a vertical receiver who has the potential to become more than that with additional work, but he looks like a developmental backup at this point.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster