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Grade
5.09 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'10" Height
  • 200LBS. Weight

Overview

Lightly recruited Florida prep. As a true freshman in 2009, recorded 23 receptions for 320 yards (13.9-yard average) and two touchdowns in 12 games (one start). Started nine of 10 games played in 2010 and snagged 50 catches for 478 yards and two TDs. Did not play against Central Arkansas. Sat out the 2011 season while recovering from a herniated disc in his back and torn labrum in his hip. In 2012, set the FCS single-season receptions record and was the Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year after starting all 12 games at inside receiver and racking up 136 catches for 1,664 yards and 12 TDs. Was the PanthersÂ’ leading receiver for the third straight season in 2013, when he started 12 of 13 games played at inside receiver and posted 123 catches for 1,544 yards and 19 TDs. Did not start against Tennessee-Martin (gave way to a fullback). In his career, he has rushed 21 times for 180 yards and no touchdowns; returned 24 punts for 224 yards (9.3-yard average), including a score; and returned eight kickoffs for 144 yards (18.0). Also completed 3 of 4 pass attempts (75 percent) for 53 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Teamed with Walter Payton Award-winning quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Elected not to bench press at pro day because of bruised shoulder suffered at East-West Shrine Game.

Analysis

Strengths

Highly competitive. Solid football IQ. Good coverage recognition and field awareness to uncover -- has a knack for getting open and continuing to work free. Catches on contact and without breaking stride. Runs hard after the catch. Carries a swagger. Outstanding productivity. Has punt-return experience.

Weaknesses

Has a nondescript body with short arms. Not a blazer. Could struggle to separate vs. man coverage in the pros. Lacks strength to beat tight press coverage or factor as a blocker. Limited speed and elusiveness to create after the catch. Can be tracked down from behind. Not explosive or dynamic in the return game to create big plays. Durability has been an issue -- missed sophomore season after having hip surgery.

Draft Projection

Round 7-Priority free agent

Bottom Line

A tough, instinctive, crafty slot receiver with very reliable hands. Has benefited from a high-octane, dink-and-dunk spread passing game featuring a lot of quick-hitting routes. Must prove he can stay healthy and create separation vs. better competition to carve a niche.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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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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