Scouting Portfolio: Christian Saulsberry, WR/KR, West Alabama

CHRISTIAN SAULSBERRY | West Alabama | WR/KR | #2 | 5070 | 188 | 4.41 (Dream Bowl) | Southaven, MS | 12.12.97 

Overview: An extremely tough wide receiver with big play return ability who plays much bigger than his size and demonstrates sound route running. Showcases excellent short area quickness both with his his route running, in addition to when he has the ball in his hands. Possesses a running back type frame and appears to play like one after the catch; could provide versatility on end-arounds and sweeps. Will earn his bread as special teams standout.

Pros: Possesses excellent release off the line of scrimmage, transitions well at the top of his routes and is able to make tough catches over the middle of the field. Gritty, hard-nosed runner with the ball in his hands after the catch. Flashes short area foot quickness, plus hip explosion in/out of breaks. A dangerous return man and high effort blocker, especially as a run blocker along the perimeter. Has consistently provided good field position in the return game.

Cons: Due to his lack of height, scouts will have concerns about his size and durability; he’ll also be asked to block much bigger, stronger players at the next level. Timed speed can help bolster his draft stock, as straight line speed will need to be proved with a strong forty-yard dash mark.

West Alabama: In 2019 as a senior, tallied 34 catches, 580 receiving yards (17.1), 23 kick returns for 614 yards (26.7) and three total touchdowns; 1,199 all-purpose yards. Had 52 catches for 644 receiving yards, along with 838 kick return yards on 29 attempts (28.9) and five total touchdowns (one as returner) in 2018 as a junior; 1,484 all-purpose yards (123.7/game).

Itawamba CC (MS): As a sophomore in 2017, made 41 catches for 510 yards (12.4) and two touchdowns; named MACJC 1stTeam All State (2017). Had 14 catches for 148 yards as a freshman in 2016. 

High School: Played for Coach Greg Wallace at Northpoint Christian School junior and senior years. Played freshman and sophomore seasons at Southaven (Miss.) High School under Coach Ed Rich. Earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association first-team all-state as an athlete with 1,390 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns, 22 catches for 315 receiving yards and three touchdowns as a senior. Had 872 combined return yards, with six returned for touchdowns.

Personal: Son of Melissa and Vince Smith; has two sisters: Candace (26) and Caitlyn (17). Sport Management major; graduated in December 2017 with Associates of Arts (Honors-Dean’s List).