DaMarkus Lodge

Mississippi
WO32

Prospect Info

College
Mississippi
Hometown
Class
TX
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
202 lbs
33 1/8”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.29
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.55
Seconds
 
Bench Press
11
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
119.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.06
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.53
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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The Rebels somehow got Lodge to leave Texas for college, stripping the five-star prospect and top 50 recruit nationally away from the Longhorns, Aggies, and other SEC schools like Alabama and LSU. Despite scoring 25 touchdowns as a high school senior, he could only manage one catch in eight games as a true freshman, albeit a 12-yard score. Lodge saw the ball more frequently as a sophomore, catching 15 passes for 2,013 yards (13.5 average) and two touchdowns in 11 games (one start). He started all 12 games in 2017, leading Ole Miss by covering 17 yards per reception (41-698) and scoring seven times. Lodge was an 11-game starter his senior year, catching 65 throws for 877 yards (13.5 average) with four touchdowns.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
Zach Pascal
Overview
Lodge's size and ability to compete for 50-50 balls are enticing, but inconsistent hands and issues uncovering against long press corners cannot be ignored. His body type and playing style are better suited for more layered, vertical passing concepts than what he saw at Ole Miss. All elements of his game will need work before he can become a factor as a pro, and scheme could matter for him.
Strengths
  • Pro body type as outside receiver
  • Has created a variety of releases to use vs
  • press
  • Accurate hands to slap and displace press punch
  • Good physicality to fight off handsy cornerbacks inside his route
  • Understands and uses speed variance in patterns to create opportunities
  • Excellent boundary awareness and footwork to drop and dot near sideline
  • At his best down the field
  • Feel for stacking cornerbacks on his hips and maintaining position
  • Uses elevation and mid-air body control to contort and win the 50-50 ball
  • Decent wiggle with plus stiff-arm that create extra yards after catch
Weaknesses
  • Release effectiveness dipped against long, press corners
  • Averaged only two catches for 30 yards over last four games vs
  • LSU and Alabama
  • Stride length offers early route info for discerning cornerbacks
  • Hip tightness limits quickness into breaks and challenges ability to uncover
  • Average separation burst from breaks, turns and stems
  • Ancillary ball skills are good, but hands are troubling
  • Excessive two-year drop total gave away chunk plays and easy catches underneath
  • Pure vertical speed to separate is missing
  • Struggled to track and run under deep balls consistently
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league