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Niles Paul (WR)
  • Height:
    6'1"
  • Weight:
    224 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 in.
  • Hand Size:
    8 7/8 in.
  • College:
    Nebraska
  • Conference:
    Big Ten
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Selected by: Washington Redskins
Round: 5
Pick (Overall): 24 (155)

Pick Analysis: Paul gives Mike Shanahan a big, physical athlete to develop in the passing game. His size, strength and ball skills could make him an effective "move the chains" weapon in the Redskins' offense.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.51 sec
  • Vertical Jump34.5 inch
  • Broad Jump117.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill6.9 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.14 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle11.75 sec
Buzz

Overview

Paul has the physical tools and mentality to become a valuable backup wide receiver and special teams player in the NFL. Has very good hands and makes some impressive grabs but route-running and separation skills are far behind his ball skills. Getting open on a more consistent basis would really help to complete his game. Can make some plays down the field vertically and in open space after the catch but won't really scare defenses as a true homerun threat. Tough player who has returned kicks, works hard when blocking, and will go over the middle. Paul's a mid-round prospect.


Strengths

Paul is a nice combination of size and speed. Extends to pluck the ball away from his body, can make the back shoulder catch and get under the deep ball. Can slip the first defender in the open field and break some tackles. Tough, competitive and has return experience.

Weaknesses

Not an adequate route-runner at this time. Idles down in and out of his breaks, needs to sharper his routes and do a better job setting up defensive backs. Isn't a true downfield threat and doesn't possess a wide catch radius to consistently go up for the jump ball.

Grade

5.4

 

Video Playlist

  1. 2011 combine workout: Niles Paul

    Published: March 9, 2011 at 05:46 p.m.

    Watch Nebraska WR Niles Paul compete at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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