Michigan’s offense has not been known for its prowess in the passing game over the past few years, but anyone who has doubted Roundtree in the past has done so to their peril. He has worked through a learning disability to succeed in high school and college, earning his college degree before his fifth year in Ann Arbor. And on the field, his slight build belies the same type of strength and determination. Adding his speed into the equation makes him a potential inside starter in the NFL as a top 125 pick.
One of the top receivers in Ohio (86 receptions for 1,238 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior) decided to cross the border to Michigan to play college football. As a redshirt freshman, he started four of 11 games (32-434, 3 TD). His sophomore season got him on the radar, garnering second-team All-Big Ten honors from league media with 72 catches for 935 yards and seven scores. Though he started all 13 games last year, his production dropped significantly in new head coach Brady Hoke’s offense (19-355, 2 TD). Wolverines fans will always remember his 16-yard touchdown to beat Notre Dame in 2011, however.
Quicker-than-fast slot receiver. Can cut sharply to find holes in zone coverage over the middle. Tough receiver who will go up for passes in traffic and take a hit. Uses feet and hands to swim past linebackers to get into his route off the line. Also uses head fake, lean, and swim move down the seam to get inside position. Flashes agility to turn upfield very quickly after the catch. Very willing as a run blocker, attacks his man, gets the angle and gives great effort to sustain.
Average height and speed for the position. Lacks bulk in the lower body, making it difficult to run through better tackle attempts. Also must prove he’s strong enough up top to beat press coverage and hold down his run blocks against NFL-caliber defenders. Doesn’t receive many opportunities in Michigan’s offense, will need to prove the reliability of his hands after a history of drops.
Though he has a slight build and saw a big drop in production in Michigan’s offense (72-935, 7 TD in 2010; 19-335, 2 TD in 2011) under new head coach Brady Hoke, Roundtree’s speed and elusiveness gives him a chance to be a strong contributor in the NFL – as does the work ethic and determination he’s showed working through a learning disability throughout his scholastic career to earn a college degree.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.