STRENGTHS: Possesses a compact, athletic frame with naturally low center of gravity due to a disproportionately long torso and short legs. Wins with elite footwork, including instant stop-start ability, a wicked jump cut to elude defenders in tight spaces as well as the burst to break into the open field. Accelerates fluidly and offers good (albeit not great) speed overall. Presents a difficult matchup for cornerbacks, creating separation as a route-runner because of his shiftiness and willingness to go across the middle. Shows no fear as a receiver or returner, rarely opting to signal for the fair catch despite incoming defenders. Willing to run into the teeth of the defense when he spots a seam. Generally catches the ball cleanly, showing soft hands to pull in passes outside of his frame. Locates the ball quickly and fights for it, competing even in jump ball situations in which he would appear overmatched. Shows enough arm strength and accuracy to offer trick play considerations. Respected by his teammates and the UNC coaching staff for his toughness, missing just two of 52 college games and accepting an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
WEAKNESSES: Comes with obvious size limitations. Lacks the height and arm length scouts would prefer at wide receiver. Quicker than fast, getting caught from behind a few times on tape. Has to do a better job of securing the ball, failing to wrap both arms around it, at times, when running through traffic. Could be limited in the types of routes and offense in which he will be effective against NFL-caliber athletes, struggling to generate separation when he is asked to run in a straight line for long.
IN OUR VIEW: With all due respect to star quarterback Mitch Trubisky, Switzer was the Tar Heels most dynamic threat in 2016. Quick as a hiccup, he was a highlight waiting to happen at the college level. He was perfectly suited to UNC's up-tempo attack, however, and likely needs a similar fit in the NFL to enjoy this kind of production at the next level.
COMPARES TO: Julian Edelman, New England Patriots: In terms of his quickness, sure hands and toughness as both slot receiver and returner, Switzer looks like a carbon copy of the Patriots' star.