The Pittsburgh Panthers have produced two ree Biletkinoff winners in the history of their program in Larry Fitzgerald and last season's Jordan Addison. While head coach Pat Narduzzi may suspect that there was some tampering with Jordan Addison entering the transfer portal in buzzer-beater timeliness, this opens the door for Akron transfer Konata Mumphield to grow into the WR1 role as well as build out his resume as a potential prospect to lead a pass-happy NFL offense.
Konata Mumpfield stands at 6'1" and 180 lbs. according to the Pittsburgh Panthers roster listing. This equates to a worrisome BMI of 23.48 but he does have the frame and time to continue building mass and he is now in a Power Five facility that will enable him to do just such. He is a twitched-up receiver who has the abilities of a slot receiver but also the size required to line up on the outside. In his true freshman season, he earned All-MAC second-team offense awards. His counting stats will not blow you away as he recorded 751 receiving yards and eight TDs on 63 receptions. His advanced analytics though will make your jaw drop. As a true freshman Mumphield recorded a 33% dominator rating and a 30% adjusted dominator rating. He also recorded a 2.1-yards per team pass attempt which is statistically significant when it comes to projecting NFL success.
Mumpfield joins a Pittsburgh Panther team that's offense was powerful enough to make Kenny Pickett the lone first-round quarterback drafted this year. The Narduzzi offense generated over 4,500 yards through the air and 44 TDs. There will be an obvious decrease in production moving on from Kenny Pickett to the underwhelming USC transfer Kedon Slovis, but there will still be plenty of meat on the bone. Offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr. figured out how to unlock the Panther's offense in 2021 by featuring star wide receiver Jordan Addison and there is much backing for the idea that Mumphield will slide into that role in Addison's absence. That means that Mumphield is in line for over a third of the receiving yardage share and nearly 40% of the team's touchdowns through the air.
In other words, Mumphield should make up about 35% of the Panther's passing attack. For all these reasons, I am scooping up Mumphied in the middle of devy drafts this season and laughing through league-mates "Ahh I thought they would fall to me" comments until he works himself into a first-round pick in 2024 rookie drafts.
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