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Grade
4.8 ?
  • 4.50 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 40.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.53 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 3.90 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 10.84 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 184LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Led team in receptions each of past two seasons. 2013: Played in all 13 games with 12 starts (did not start against Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl as the team started game in two tight end formation). 2012: Started all 13 games and led the team with 50 receptions. 2011: Played in one game before suffering season-ending hamstring injury. 2010: Played in eight games before torn meniscus ended his season. 2009: Redshirted, and fractured his foot during the season. Misc.: Was granted a medical hardship waiver and a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, but decided to forgo the season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. He made his decision before coach Charlie Strong left for Texas. Nickname is "Honey Mustard" due to his haircut.

Analysis

Strengths

Makes good adjustments to the ball and has a fairly wide catching radius. Runs with urgency after the catch and carries a swagger. Solid production -- two-time team-leading receiver.

Weaknesses

Average athlete with limited functional strength to escape tight press coverage. Lacks a feel for coverage to beat zones. Can be fazed by traffic -- will alter his routes and make some concentration drops. Not a nuanced route runner and creates little separation with savvy -- gears down out of his breaks and gives up break points. Struggles to escape man coverage. Not creative after the catch. Soft blocker -- does not finish. Durability was a considerable issue early in his college career (missed 17 games with knee, foot and hamstring injuries).

Bottom Line

Runs a lot of simple digs, slants and bubble screens and is effective as a short-area, stationary target when he has free releases. Could compete for a job in the slot.
-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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