Name: Kayshon Boutte
- Position: WR
- School: LSU
- Height: 6’ 0”
- Weight: 180lbs
- 247 Positional Ranking: 2
At 17 years old, this Louisiana native ran a forty-yard dash that would have been the fourth-fastest at the 2020 NFL Combine. Calling Kayshon Boutte a blazer would be underselling his speed. As a senior in high school, Boutte lined up out wide as well as in the backfield finishing the season with 1,879 scrimmage yards and 27 touchdowns.
Considering he was able to produce these numbers on just 71 rush attempts and 47 receptions, these high school statistics may be the most impressive in the country. To put these numbers into perspective, Boutte averaged just under 16 yards per touch and scored nearly once every four touches. Boutte capped off his incredible season leading the Under Armour All-American in receptions with 7 for 73 yards. In high school, Boutte excelled as a track athlete clocking the nation’s third-fastest 200m dash time and holding just about every sprint record at Westgate High School.
Situation at LSU
Kayshon Boutte enters a wide receiver group full of talent at LSU. Last season’s Biletnikoff Award winner, Ja’marr Chase, leads this group alongside another potential first-round pick in 2021, Terrace Marshall. After their locked in top two wide receivers, LSU’s receiving core for the 2020 season becomes a lot more unpredictable. There is a huge hole to fill in the slot after losing 22nd overall pick, Justin Jefferson, to the NFL. Last season, this slot role saw over 130 targets, 1500+ yards, and 18 TDs.
So, which receiver will fill these massive shoes in 2020? Kayshon Boutte has the versatility and toughness to thrive in the slot. However, LSU has two other more proven options in senior, Racey McMath, and sophomore, Trey Palmer, who will both see slot time in 2020. Kayshon Boutte can line up in any receiver position, but it looks like he will begin the season as the 5th option.
After the 2020 campaign for LSU, Boutte may just be the heart of this receiving core. It is almost certain that Ja’marr Chase and Terrace Marshall declare for the draft after this season. Racey McMath will graduate and leave Trey Palmer, and Kayshon Boutte as the top pass catchers entering 2021. Boutte certainly has the skillset to become the go-to wide receiver once given this opportunity.
Speed | Explosiveness
Boutte’s successful track background becomes one of his most important tools when he is on the football field. Both his speed and acceleration would be NFL ready right now, and Boutte has yet to play a snap of college football. With the ball in his hands, Kayshon Boutte uses his explosiveness to blow past defenders when he sees any window of space. Without the ball, Boutte uses this weapon to burn defensive backs. The incredible burst that he possesses will be utilized by LSU in the return game immediately after they lost their main return man Clyde Edwards-Helaire to the NFL. When Boutte gets his opportunity in the receiving game, LSU will use his speed to spread defenses out. He will also receive many manufactured touches because his explosiveness allows him to take any play the distance.
Play Strength | Toughness
What sets Kayshon Boutte apart from merely being a blazing fast field stretcher, such as John Ross and Tavon Austin, is his aggression and mentality. Boutte plays with a level of competitiveness and confidence that allows him to dominate players one on one. When a 50/50 ball is thrown in Boutte’s direction, 50/50 isn’t the right term. He out muscles defenders for position, and rips the ball out of their hands even when they are bigger than him. As a ball carrier, this toughness makes Boutte hard to take down. He often runs over unsuspecting defenders, and it usually takes more than one man to bring him to the ground.
Kayshon Boutte can line up in the backfield, in the slot, or on the outside and thrive in all areas. Not to mention he may be one of the top kick returners in the country, taking one in every four of his returns to the house. At LSU, his versatility will allow him to show what he can do as early as his true freshman year. I believe that he will be the main return man next season, and his versatility will allow him to back up all three receiver positions in 2020. Once Boutte becomes one of LSU’s primary receivers, his do it all playstyle will enable him to be moved around, making it impossible for a defense to gameplan to stop him.
Kayshon Boutte’s current devy ADP is 79th overall and the 33rd overall wide receiver. At this value, buy Kayshon Boutte. I currently have Boutte as my 48th overall player and 18th wide receiver in my Superflex devy rankings. Although it will take Boutte a year to begin producing receiving numbers, I believe he will be a high volume reception magnet due to the manufactured touches he will receive and the inability for defenses to gameplan for him. Kayshon Boutte will be used as a tool everywhere on the LSU field, thriving in the Jaylen Waddle role when given the opportunity.
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