Photo of Alonzo Russell
Grade
5.12 ?
  • 4.54 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 112.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.18 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.33 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.88 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 7/8" Arm Length
  • 206LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Although Russell was one of the top high school receivers in the Washington D.C. metro area, he struggled to meet the academic requirements needed to play college ball. After attending a prep academy, he walked onto the Toledo campus as a regular student and eventually earned the right to play. Once he did, he showed his talent, being voted on the coaches' All-MAC squad all four of his collegiate seasons, three times on the third team before moving up to grab second-team honors in 2015. As a redshirt freshman, he caught 56 passes for a career-high 960 yards and five scores. He caught 59 passes for 728 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore, 51 for 770 and eight scores in 2014, and finished off his career with 36 receptions for 618 yards and five touchdowns.

Analysis

Strengths

Tall with good weight and arm length and ability to add more muscle. Drops hips and opens very quickly to find the ball on comebacks. Does his best work in intermediate game working back to throws in space. Lulls defenders with varied route speed when working the middle of the field. Had some issues with drops this year, but appears to be natural hands catcher. Ball winner down the field with great high point and ball tracking. Shows some route savvy in his work.

Weaknesses

Too eager to test his luck with contested catches rather than stacking cornerbacks on his hip for easier grabs. Doesn't have much juice into routes off snap and a quality press can hinder him. Inconsistent in his play speed and is unable to create consistent separation with underneath routes. Not as committed to blocking as he should be with his size. Scouts say he found coaches' dog­house while at Toledo.

Sources Tell Us

"When a player with his height, weight, speed doesn't get any better from his first year you really have to wonder what is going on. He should have been a 1,000-yard receiver at some point and he never was." -- AFC East scout

NFL Comparison

Dontrelle Inman

Bottom Line

Smooth receiver with the size NFL teams covet for an outside receiver, but scouts have lingering questions about his toughness over the middle and lack of improvement during his time at Toledo. Russell saw 83.3 percent of his catches go for first downs this year and looks very natural when he gets into a rhythm. If he runs well, his draft stock may warm up, but he's likely a Day 3 draft target who will fight for a backup spot.
-Lance Zierlein
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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.