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Marcus Easley (WR)
  • Height:
    6'3"
  • Weight:
    210 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 3/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    8 1/2 in.
  • College:
    Connecticut
  • Conference:
    AAC
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Selected by: Buffalo Bills
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 9 (107)
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Pick Analysis: The Bills bypass an opportunity to pick up an offensive tackle or quarterback to nab Marcus Easley. The athletic pass catcher from Connecticut flashes big-play ability, and has the potential to develop into a solid third- or fourth-receiver. With the Bills slated to run a spread offense, the addition of Easley gives them another weapon in the passing game.

Overview

Easley is a very raw talent who struggled on the bench for three years before bursting on the scene during his senior year at UConn. He has a rare combination of size and straight-line speed and can make acrobatic catches. The problem is Easley does not appear to trust his hands and will not only drop some catchable passes but tends to let the ball get into his body to trap it rather than reach out to pluck it. He is a bit of a strider and will need a lot of work on getting in and out of his breaks. The nice thing is that he has a good chance to see some action on special teams. He was a core special-teams performer at UConn during his first three years as he tried to earn a scholarship.


Strengths

Easley is a tall receiver with great bulk. Long strider who possesses very good top-end speed. Has big strong hands and good body control to make difficult catches in traffic. Fierce competitor who seeks out contact on special teams and may contribute there early at the next level.

Weaknesses

Lacks confidence in his hands and drops too many catchable balls. Does not sink his hips enough to maintain speed in-and-out of his breaks. Runs sloppy routes and will struggle to get separation at the next level. Only saw playing time as a senior and is a bit of a one-year wonder.

Grade

5.2

 
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