Im not saying I have hope for him either. I just dont see how you can evaluate his tools based on the fact his effort was so poor in the game he played. I dont remember many plays he tried to make and just failed, I thought it was more him not even attempting to make a play, playing lazy.
When I define tools, I should say physical tools. There were a couple of times where he tried to open up his stride and basically make up distance on a player where the fell asleep on. The flip of the hips and top speed weren't as good as I hoped. Like Parker doesn't have great top end speed, but it's good enough, especially considering his first step is good. Long has great top end speed and a pretty good first step. Maybe his only issue is strength on his feet. Redding didn't look quick at opening his hips, wasn't as fluid as I hoped, and his top end speed wasn't even great. Throw on top of that, he's not very strong on his feet and he didn't seem to offer much in the air at all. Like a good other example is Kyle Duncan. Ridiculous top end, quickness, and athleticism. Was excited about him from day 1 because he had those tools, only was a wonder how he mentally handled things. And physical tools aren't everything. Some guys are so far ahead mentally with anticipation that they don't need those traits.
I have a really dumb hobby of scouting guys every year for the NFL draft so I basically just mind-numbingly watch 100s of players in games and games to try to figure out a lot of those qualities, just for a different sport. It's stupid and I probably won't have time for it anymore with the little one but it's something I liked doing. Predicting failure/success is always interesting.