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Grade
5.25 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'8" Height
  • 179LBS. Weight

Overview

Highly recruited out of Alabama, where he also ran track in high school. Was arrested in August 2010 and charged with misdemeanor alcohol possession. Was a reserve/special-teams player his first two seasons -- played 23 games 2010-11, totaling seven receptions for 62 yards (8.9-yard average) and zero touchdowns. Added 11 coverage tackles. In '12, appeared in the first eight games before suffering a season-ending broken left arm against Georgia. Was the Gators' leading receiver in '13 -- played the "Z," started 8 of 12 games and produced 44-556-6 (12.6). Team captain. Was voted team MVP and honored with the Iron Gator Strength and Conditioning Award as well as the team's Courage Award. For his career, rushed 31 times for 217 yards (7.0) and zero touchdowns, returned 39 kickoffs for 1,079 yards (27.7), including a score, and returned three punts for 84 yards (28.0), including a score.

Analysis

Strengths

Good short-area burst and acceleration. Adjusts well to the thrown ball and stabs it out of the air. Extends outside his frame and catches the ball cleanly. Quick to turn upfield and displays fine vision and run instincts to create and elude tacklers. Is very tough for his size and can withstand a hit. Outstanding pro-day workout, posting sub-4.40 40 times.

Weaknesses

Small-framed and lacks run strength. Small catching radius. Gets overwhelmed in the run game as a blocker and barely gets in the way.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

Bottom Line

Tiny, athletic playmaker with the toughness, burst and acceleration to factor readily in the return game and offer a flair as a receiver. Good hands and ability to create some magic with the ball overcompensate for marginal size. Can be effective on bubble screens, reverses and quick tosses.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
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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