Photo of Michael Rector
Grade
4.96 ?
  • 4.42 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 129.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.77 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.19 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.31 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 193LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

A three-sport star in high school (23 goals in soccer as a junior and was a sprinter on the track team), Rector hopes to follow former Stanford receiver Doug Baldwin as an underrated NFL prospect who prospers at the next level. After a redshirt season, he was Stanford's Most Outstanding Freshman in 2013 (three starts, 14-431, three TDs). He played in 13 games as a reserve the next season (24-324, two TDs), and then became a starter in his junior year (34-559, seven TDs), scoring twice in the Rose Bowl against Iowa. In his second year as a starter in 2016, Rector's numbers were down as the team's passing game struggled (32-367, three TDs receiving; 5-71, one TD rushing; 4-48 kick returns).

Analysis

Strengths

Has the vertical juice necessary to force cornerbacks into a hasty retreat. Is able to open up his stride length and chomp up cushion quickly to race past defenders and into open space. Speed creates opportunities for easy opening on deep outs and intermediate, in-breaking routes. Despite inconsistencies with hands, is able to secure a strongly contested catch from time to time. Will give an honest effort as a blocker.

Weaknesses

Early with his head turn into route breaks telegraphing his intentions. Has struggled with drops in three of his four years at Stanford. Inconsistent catching the easy, leading throw outside his frame. Almost never catches the point of the ball and allows it into his frame. Straight-line speed merchant who lacks lateral agility. Doesn't have much wiggle after the catch and goes down too easily. Ball skills are below average down the field.

Bottom Line

Rector has decent size and very good open field speed, but his hands are below average and he may not have the short area shake to create a clean release against press or adequate route separation underneath against tight man coverage. His ability to take the top off of the defense has to be noted, but he's more of a fast guy than an NFL wideout at this point.
-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.