Photo of Rashard Higgins
Drafted By: Browns

Combine Results

Grade
5.48 ?
  • 4.64 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 13 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Hollywood" Higgins is the most pro-ready WR the Browns have selected in terms of experience in a pro-style system. He's QB friendly with separation savvy and sticky hands. He has potential to be a short to intermediate workhorse in Hue Jackson's offense. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 1/4" Arm Length
  • 196LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

A bit overshadowed playing in Fort Collins, Higgins was simply one of the most productive players in college football the past two seasons. The school's all-time leader in receptions (239), receiving yards (3,649) and receiving touchdowns (31). He actually had his worst season in 2015 with a new offense and a new quarterback (75-1,062, 8 TD) but was still a first team All-Mountain West selection. His 2014 season was phenomenal, garnering consensus All-American and first team all-conference honors with 96 catches (10th in the FBS) for a nation-leading 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Biletnikoff Award finalist's 17 touchdowns averaged 35 yards each. The honorable mention all-Texas pick became an immediate starter for the Rams in 2013, leading the team with 68 catches for 837 yards and six touchdowns.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.6 seconds
Vertical: 32 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet
Short shuttle: 4.53 seconds
3-cone: 7.13 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Has sink into his breaks and comes out with enough juice for workable separation. Possesses decent run after the catch talent. All-­day hands catcher with good extension who saw substantial improvement with his battle against focus drops. Focuses like a laser when tracking the deep ball. Understands how to work late separation along sideline through leverage. Always on top of his high-­point game as a downfield pass catcher. Subtle in his routes but able to get corners leaning.

Weaknesses

Pedestrian speed into routes. Will need to improve the sharpness of his routes to gain adequate separation in the pros. Had moments of nonchalance near end zone. Saw explosive catch rate drop from 25 percent to 13 percent. Play strengths is a shade below where it needs to be. Can get stuck to press coverage and will need to vary and improve his release. Gets in the way as a blocker, but might lack commitment.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3 or 4

Sources Tell Us

"I can tell you that 'Hollywood' is not lacking in confidence. Good player but he might be buying into those stats from last year a little too hard. He'll see how much faster the game is going to get. His position coach (Alvis Whitted) played in the pros and I think he's really helped." -- NFC North scout

NFL Comparison

Devin Street

Bottom Line

Slightly built short strider with effervescent personality and an endless supply of confidence, Higgins has been highly targeted and extremely productive in each of his three seasons with the Rams. Higgins showed off improved hands to go with his winning ball skills when the ball is in the air. His lack of strength and average release quickness is a concern against NFL press coverage, but the overall package is good enough to find snaps as a pro.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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