by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of Missouri Athletics.
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Today’s Spotlight -Missouri, Wide Receiver, Theo Wease
Name- Theo Wease
HT/WT- 6’2” 192 lbs
Home – Allen, TX
Theo Wease was one of the top high school wide receivers in the country and was rated a consensus 5-star rating by all the major outlets. During his senior season at Allen High School, Wease compiled over 1,000 yards and caught 16 touchdown passes and returned 2 kicks for touchdowns. His success led him to being named an Under Armour All-American and an All-American Bowl selection. He chose Oklahoma over several other Division 1 offers.
As a freshman, Wease played in 13 of 14 games and caught 8 passes for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns. He had 1 reception for 21 yards in Oklahoma’s loss to no. 1 LSU in the college football semifinal.
He finished 2nd on the team in receiving yards during his sophomore year with 530 on 37 receptions. He had 4 touchdown catches, including a 40 yarder in their Cotton Bowl win over Florida.
In 2021, Wease only appeared in 1 game and then missed the rest of the season with a foot injury. He played as a 3rd-4th receiver in 2022 coming off his injury and played in 11 games and caught 19 passes for 378 yards and 4 touchdowns. After the 2022 season, Wease entered the transfer portal and elected to play football at Missouri in 2023.
Theo Wease was Missouri’s 2nd leading receiver in 2023, hauling in 45 receptions for 639 yards and 6 touchdowns and enters the NFL Draft on many teams' radar.
Wease is a precise route runner, selling his breaks and leaving defenders off balance with his smooth body control. When the ball is in the air, he finds it without giving it away until the last second, making it difficult for defenders to deflect and defend. He high points well and uses his body effectively to shield off defenders. In his career he has been productive lining up in the slot or outside, and has a quick burst off the snap. He is very tough to bring down after the catch and excels in the open field after catches.
Wease has had issues with drops in the past and it has been more than sporadic at times. He tries to make moves without securing the ball first and he lets the ball get into his body instead of catching the ball out in front. He is not the best blocker and at times seems disinterested, giving up on plays. He runs good routes but struggles finding the soft spot in zone coverage, running himself out of chances.
Watching the film on Theo Wease, Draft 412 saw a little bit of Romeo Doubs in his route running and his explosion off the snap. Doubs was a 4th round pick out of Nevada in 2022 and is starting to make a name for himself for the Green Bay Packers. Draft 412 sees a similar path to the NFL for Wease and he can be a contributor right off the bat as a 4th or 5th receiver like Doubs has been.
Explosion off the snap
Yards after catch
In today’s NFL, Wease has enough upside to be a solid mid-late round draft pick. His speed, yards after catch and route running ability will be a welcome addition to any NFL team. He will need to reduce his drops and continue to grow as a receiver.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 5th round or 6th round