Of all the players in all of college football, arguably no player enjoyed a breakout season quite like Amba Etta-Twao of Syracuse. The wide receiver spent the majority of his career at Maryland until transferring to Syracuse as a graduate transfer. He exploded onto the national scene and far exceeded any production he put together when he was with the Terrapins. Etta-Twao is an intriguing prospect based on his 2016 breakout campaign.
Name: Amba Etta-Twao
Class: Senior (RS)
Draft Grade: 6th Round
Positives: Good height. A smooth moving athlete with a good running stride. Good straight line speed and can turn on the jets in the open field. Quick feet. Smooth in and out of his breaks and finds ways to get open. Squares himself to the ball and looks to pluck with his hands. Generally a sound hand-catcher. Very intelligent.
Negatives: Height to weight ratio is off. Naturally thin throughout his body. Narrow frame. Lacks arm length. Small hands. On the leggy side with long tibia’s making him more of a straight-line athlete. Not an explosive leaper who makes plays at the ceiling. Not strong or creative after the catch. Small hands lead to some bobbles and double-catches. A few drops noted. Doesn’t secure the ball properly in his chest when running with the ball. Doesn’t have a large catch radius. Not as strong as he could be at the catch point when in a physical battle for the ball and lets some get away. Not overly physical. Soft playing temperament which is especially evident when he has to turn into a defender on intercepted passes and poorly thrown balls. Doesn’t do nearly enough to help his teammates. Lack of playing time during his four years at Maryland is a big question mark. A one-year wonder. Has the body type that makes you wonder how he’ll hold up at the next level. Age is unknown at this time.
Outlook: Amba Etta-Tawo has had a breakout season and has generated a lot of buzz during his senior season. He has some positive aspects to his game which could lead to a successful career. However, Etta-Tawo has a lot of questions surrounding him and some glaring problems noted during evaluation. At this stage he makes sense in the late fifth or sixth round.