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Grade
7.0 ?
  • 4.43 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 126.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.95 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.34 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 211LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

2013: Second-team All-American selection and first-team All-ACC pick. Finished first in school history in receptions (240) and receiving yards (3,391). Had 16 receptions for 227 yards receiving and 268 all-purpose yards in Orange Bowl win over Ohio State; was named game MVP. 2012: Honorable mention All-ACC pick after playing in 10 games and making seven starts. Served a two-game suspension to start season for offseason drug arrest, missing games against Auburn and Ball State. Also missed Boston College game with an abdominal virus. 2010: First-team All-American as an all-purpose player. Fourth true freshman to be first-team All-American (Herschel Walker in 1980, Marshall Faulk in 1991 and Adrian Peterson in 2004). ACC Rookie of the Year pick and a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year and Biletnikoff Award (nation's top receiver). First-team All-ACC selection after playing in all 13 games and making 10 starts.

Analysis

Strengths

Exceptional football playing speed -- can flat out fly and take the top off a defense. Has world-class track speed. Extends outside his frame and plucks the ball. Outstanding body control and agility. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder and is a natural hands-catcher who can make an average quarterback look good. Consistently turns 2-yard gains into 15-yard chunks -- possesses big-time playmaking ability and is very effective creating in the open field on bubble screens and quick-hitting short/lateral tosses. Superb run-after-the-catch ability. Good burst out of his cuts to separate. Has game-breaking return ability and is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Has a strong support structure (mother moved to Clemson following Wakins' 2012 drug arrest and he has steered clear of any trouble).

Weaknesses

Production results heavily from a gimmicky offense. Routes could use some more polish. Does not consistently work the middle of the field. Could improve field awareness. Is still immature and could require some time to acclimate to an NFL playbook. Could stand to improve ball security and do a better job fielding punts.

Bottom Line

A legitimate No. 1-caliber receiver who stepped onto the field as a true freshman and made an immediate, game-changing impact. Was slowed by injuries as a sophomore, but responded with a strong junior season and capped his career as one of the most impactful receivers in school history. Has rare speed, soft hands and the big-play ability to challenge NFL defensive backs as a rookie. A top-10 cinch.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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