Matt Milton might be raw.
The Tennessee true freshman has times when he looks like he just showed up on campus and is swimming in a new playbook at a new level. There are even times when it seems the receiver is having troubles figuring out how to use his long, 6-foot-5 frame.
But those issues are all temporary, and Milton is getting a jump on working them out as he heads into the last week of spring practice for the Vols. And UT is seeing glimpses of his outsized potential when everything comes together, specifically when it can match Milton in big situations with small cornerbacks.
"Any time you get a big receiver like that, you know it's got to help," Vols receivers coach Charlie Baggett said. "We're excited about trying to get him the ball, but he's got to learn the fundamentals and basics first.
"That's not unique to him. I think I've seen it even in the NFL, you know, some guys that have shown good eye-hand coordination and ball skills coming out of college but have a hard time adjusting in the NFL because it takes time. Then you find that unique guy, one or two, that can come in and do it right away. That's what I'm hoping for with some of these young kids coming in here."
Baggett will have plenty of those to work with this season, though Milton and fellow early enrollee Ted Meline each have a jump on the other members of a talented signing class of receivers. So far they've both made the most of it.
Meline has flashed some strong hands and good mobility, and he could be a major factor on special teams in the return game and perhaps be a candidate to take snaps in UT's version of the Wildcat at some point.
But Milton, not surprisingly, has made the larger impression at this point, showing off in Saturday's scrimmage with four catches that only covered 17 yards but produced two touchdowns.
The next step would be adding to the yardage total and cleaning up some occasional troubles with drops, but UT is content with taking things one step at a time for now.
"I think it's like any other freshman or any rookie in the National Football League, you know, it's hard on them," Baggett said. "Each level you go to, from junior high to high school to college to the pros, it's a certain level of learning that's involved and it takes time for them to catch on. I think Ted and Matt have done a good job at this point, but they still have a long ways to go.
"Anytime a player is thinking and not performing, not executing, it's because you can't do both at the same time. The thought process when you put it all together, those are the guys that get good are the guys that can do both."
The Vols already have a couple of them in seniors Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore, and sophomore Marsalis Teague also has received positive reviews throughout the spring.
Throw in highly touted recruits Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers along with more development from Milton and Meline, and the receivers could easily qualify as the deepest position on the roster depending on the learning curve.
"These young kids are still learning mentally, so they're not able to perform physically like they're capable of doing," Baggett said. "But that's what the objective is for them, to be able to do it, and the more they do it the better they get at it."
After a couple trips to the end zone, Milton and the Vols are seeing some first-hand evidence of it.