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Combine Results

Grade
5.11 ?
  • 4.51 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.98 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.27 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 192LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

2014: Started all 13 games. 2013: Played in first seven games with six starts, prior to suffering lower right leg fracture to his tibia and fibula vs. Wake Forest and missing the final five games of the season. 2012 (at Iowa Western): First-team All-America NJCAA. Set an NJCAA single-season record with 100 receptions, leading the country in receptions, yards and TD. Helped Iowa Western to 2012 NJCAA National Championship. 2011 (at New Mexico): Second-team All-Mountain West. Started all 10 games played. Led team in receptions, yards, yards per catch and receiving TD.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.58 and 4.66 seconds
Vertical jump: 34 inches
Bench press: 13 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Good foot quickness. Hits top speed quickly. Gets desired release off the line of scrimmage. Has strong hands. Attacks the ball and can make contested catches. Adjusts to the ball mid-air and finishes the catch. Survivor. Spent time at three FBS schools, a junior college and missed 2013 with a broken leg. Scouts like the talent and say production was hurt by quarterback play in 2014.

Weaknesses

Has below-average long speed for "X" receiver. Lack of consistent effort and desire as a run blocker. Gets only average separation at top of routes. Hand usage needs work both off the line and into routes. Coaches have questioned his practice habits and maturity in the past. Must prove he wants to put in work in film room and on practice field. Turns 24 this summer.

Draft Projection

Round 6 or 7

Sources Tell Us

"He could have shut it down after his leg injury, but he kept pushing on even after all of the moving he's done. He's got a one-year-old son now, and I'm hoping that will help him mature and take this opportunity seriously." -- NFC North scout

NFL Comparison

Keshawn Martin

Bottom Line

An "X" receiver in college who will likely be forced into the slot based on lack of desired size and speed. Has NFL hands, but his lack of physical traits might make it tough to overcome concerns about work ethic and well-traveled background.
-Lance Zierlein
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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