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  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 214LBS. Weight

Overview

A size/speed prospect who produced the breakout season many predicted in 2007, attaining first team All-Mountain West accolades with 91 catches for 1,125 yards and four touchdowns. Used as an all-purpose runner and receiver early in his career, he became a go-to playmaker for his quarterbacks.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Good size and build for an NFL receiver. ... Willing to make tough catches over the middle, not just down the sideline on the island. ... Will run away from smaller defenders or break an arm tackle to get down the sideline or the seam. ... Effectively uses his frame to shield defenders on slants. ... Very willing blocker downfield. ... Straight-ahead, strong and occasionally explosive kick return option. Negatives: Lacks suddenness coming out of his stance or in his routes. ... Got a lot of yards off of receiver screens but is not elusive enough to do so in the pros. ... Does not have the top end speed to separate from better corners. ... Concentration and hand-eye coordination are inconsistent. ... He makes very tough snatches in traffic on one series, then will drop a deep ball after gaining separation from his defender. ... Does not play as physical as expected given his size, and may have issues getting off the jam.
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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.
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