Photo of Robert Woods
Grade
83.1 ?
  • 4.51 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 14 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.15 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.47 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 201LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Woods’ consensus All-American high school career gave him a chance to matriculate to whatever college he desired –- not only was he prolific on the gridiron as a senior (1,112 receiving yards, eight interceptions for the California Division 3 state champions) but he also finished second in the 400 meters, third in the 200 meters and anchored a state champion 1,600-meter relay team at state track meet. So it was no surprise he went to USC instead of following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as Grambling State Tigers.



He started all 13 games as a true freshman for the Trojans, earning numerous Freshman All-American honors and Pac-10 Offensive Freshman of the Year. He was a first-team All-Pac-10 pick at kick returner (971 yards with a TD against Minnesota) and received honorable mention notice at receiver (65 receptions for 792 yards and six touchdowns). His break-out performance came in the team’s heart-breaking 37-35 loss to Stanford, as he covered 224 yards and scored three times on 12 catches. Woods didn’t disappoint as a sophomore. He was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award after starting every game and finishing the year in the top ten nationally in receptions (111), receiving yards per game (107.7, 1,292 total yards), and receiving touchdowns (15). Those 111 catches beat Keyshawn Johnson’s Pac-12 and school record, and the 17 receptions in the season opener versus Minnesota were the most for any FBS receiver in 2011. He also continued in his returner role (averaging 9.1 yards on punts and 23.1 on kickoffs) in spite of his stardom on offense. Despite all of that success, Woods fought various injuries in 2011, and had post-season arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle because of a pick-up basketball injury suffered last spring.



The entire Trojans team had a down year in 2012, but Woods remained a consistent force for the offense while starting all 13 games, catching 76 passes for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns. It may have been with a humorous tone, but after the team's bowl game Woods stated that "if the coaches wanted to keep me another year, they would've probably got me the ball." Quarterback Matt Barkley reiterated Woods' sentiments, adding that the offense seemed to focus too much on getting sophomore stud receiver Marqise Lee the ball. Woods reportedly received a second-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Analysis

Strengths

Productive potential number one receiver who can excel on any route on the tree due to good foot quickness and shifty hips. Runs solid comeback routes and uses sharp cuts on skinny posts to free himself. Possesses good vision and a strong burst with the ball in his hands. Flashes the ability to catch passes away from his frame with his hands. Can make catches in traffic and track passes over his shoulder. At times shows the strength and agility to spin out of tackle attempts in the secondary. Willing to go over the middle, take a hit and hang on. Has the speed to run past defenders, but also uses his long arms to create space from defenders downfield. Gives his quarterback a target when plays break down by going deep or coming across the field. Does his job as a downfield blocker on run plays, mixes it up with multiple targets if necessary.

Weaknesses

Lean upper and lower body builds, strength is an issue when trying to get off the jam, fight for 50-50 balls. Has more than his share of drops in some games, fails to squeeze the ball with his hands to secure it. Settles for body-catches over when high-pointing passes over defenders. Could step in as a kickoff or punt returner in a pinch due to his willingness to run through traffic, but lacks the elusiveness and pure speed most NFL teams covet. Had surgery on his right ankle during the 2012 offseason, did not participate in spring practice.

NFL Comparison

James Jones

Bottom Line

The Trojans receiver racked up big numbers throughout his career with quarterback Matt Barkley due to his foot quickness and burst after the catch, though the right ankle that bothered him at multiple parts of his career must continue to stay healthy. Woods needs to catch the ball more consistently downfield if he wants to be a top receiver for a team in the NFL, but right now the junior thrives on short to intermediate patterns.
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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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