Photo of Mario Manningham
Grade
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  • 6'0" Height
  • 185LBS. Weight

Overview

Teams are warming up to the guy with the middle name "Cashmere." A big-time player since arriving in Ann Arbor as a Parade All-American, Manningham lived up to the hype in his third and final season catching 74 balls for 1,174 yards (16.3 per) and 12 touchdowns -- all in a year where injuries and ineffectiveness limited Michigan's offense. There's little doubt Manningham will prove to be a reliable number one or "1a" receiver who can make the big play.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Excellent burst off the line. ... Can accelerate past the corner down the sideline. ... Uses nice body control and leaping ability to get up to catch the ball at its highest point, even in traffic. ... Adjusts to back-shoulder ball. ... Sells the head fake. ... Uses his hands to create separation. ... Returned from mid-2006 surgery to repair torn meniscus/MCL in less than a month. ... Good bloodlines. One of his cousins is former Wolverine and NFL starting offensive lineman Bubba Paris. Negatives: Only average size and build. ... Really needs to work on his run blocking, whiffs when cutting and doesn't sustain well. ... Does lose concentration when trying to run before the catch or hearing footsteps. ... Needs to show he can run all of the routes and be tough over the middle at his size. ... Even coach Lloyd Carr called him out on his inconsistent play earlier in 2007.
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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.