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2007 Rookie Profiles: Wide Receivers

Posted: 5/07

Courtesy of the TFY Draft Preview

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Player Profiles-Wide Receivers

 

Full Name: Aundrae Allison       School:  East Carolina                       

Ht:  6-0         Wt:  192          40:   4.39             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Former junior college transfer and All-Conference selection the prior two

years.  Posted 62/708/4 as a senior after 83/1,024/7 as a junior.

 

Pos: Hot and cold pass catcher who is a force when focused on his game. 

Quickly releases off the line, displays sharpness running routes and gets

separation from opponents.  Adjusts to the errant throw, flashes the ability

to snatch the pass from the air and elusive running after the reception. 

Possesses a burst of speed and plays with a good degree of suddenness.

 

Neg: Does not play with consistent focus, takes his eyes off the ball and drops

some catchable throws.  Lazily comes off the line if he’s not directly

involved in the action.  Not always willing to battle for the difficult reception.

 

Analysis: Though he suffered with an ankle injury through much of his senior

campaign, Allison did not meet expectations last year.  Came back and had

 a strong performance at the Senior Bowl yet his inconsistent play and less

than desirable work ethic will hurt him.  Has the tools to be a productive

third wideout if he ever puts it altogether.


 

 

Full Name: Dallas Baker           School:  Florida                               

Ht:  6-3         Wt:  208          40:   4.53             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons, and an All-Conference selection as a senior after leading the team in receptions with career numbers of

60/920/10.  Junior totals were 52/697/5.

 

Pos: Strong possession wideout with consistent hands.  Effectively gets off jams at the line of scrimmage, stays low exiting breaks and positions himself to

make the reception.  Gets vertical and high-points the pass, using his

frame to shield away opponents.  Out-muscles defenders for the ball and is

a sturdy wideout who takes a pounding yet holds onto the throw.  Nicely

adjusts to the errant pass and consistently makes the reception away from his frame.

 

Neg: Not quick releasing off the line.  More of a loping runner and does not show a burst of speed.

 

Analysis: A big target who finds the soft spots in the defense, Baker is a solid football player with a nice game.  A third receiver at the next level, he should

flourish as a red-zone target and in third-down situations.

 

 

Full Name: David Ball               School:  New Hampshire                    

Ht:  6-1         Wt:  196          40:   4.61             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference and All-American honors

throughout his college career.  Senior receiving totals included

93/1,114/13, after 87/1,551/24 as a junior.


Pos:
Consistent pass-catcher ultra-productive on a small school level.  Quickly

releases off the line, uses hand technique to avoid jams and plays with

balance and body control.  Adjusts to the errant throw, displaying top

eye/hand coordination.  Lays out or extends for the difficult reception,

coming away with the catch in a crowd.  Shields opponents away with his

frame and gets vertical to high-point the throw.  Displays a good sense of

timing and keeps the play in bounds, working to pick up positive yardage.

 

Neg: Lacks the speed and ability to run to the long throw.  Average size and not a big, strong sturdy receiver.

 

Analysis: Making a big impact since his freshman season, Ball has been a standout on the small-school level.  While he offers natural receiving skills, he has neither the size nor speed to be anything other than a fourth wideout.
 


 

Full Name: Reggie Ball             School:  Georgia Tech                      

Ht:  5-10.5     Wt:  203          40:   4.77             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Four-year starter awarded various All-Conference honors since his

freshman campaign.  Senior passing totals included 44.4%/1,820/20/14

when he also accumulated 122/354/2 on the ground.  Posted a career-high

 2,165 yards passing as a junior.

 

Pos: Athletic college signal-caller whose NFL position is yet to be defined. 

Quick carrying the ball displaying skill in the open field and eluding

defenders.  Gets outside of the pocket and effortlessly making the pass on

the move.  Possesses an explosive release and fires the ball into targets. 

 

Neg: Lacks overall fundamentals as a passer; does not set up with proper

footwork, steps out of throws and misses open receivers.  Does not find a

safety and forces the pass into coverage.

 

Analysis: Productive on the college level, Ball projects as either a receiver or

third-down back at the next level.  Displays a lot of skills carrying the

football, but must prove his worth as a pass-catcher and return specialist.
 


 

Full Name: Dwayne Bowe         School:  LSU                                   

Ht:  6-2         Wt:  220          40:   4.51             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after totaling career-best numbers of 65/990/12.  Led the team in receiving as a junior, producing 41/710/9, after 39/597/5 as a sophomore.

 

Pos: Big, possession wideout who significantly improved his consistency as a

senior.  Sells routes, settles into the open spot of the defense and always

works to become an available target.  Uses his frame to shield away

opponents and protect the pass.  Lays out for the difficult reception or gets

vertical to pull the ball from the air.  Displays good eye/hand coordination,

effectively uses the sidelines and makes the reception in stride.  Solid downfield blocker.

 

Neg: Lacks the deep speed and cannot stretch the defense.  Occasionally drops a catchable throw.

 

Analysis: Productive throughout college, Bowe has the physical makeup and

dimensions to be a number two receiver at the next level.  Has his game on

an upswing and offers starting potential as a rookie.
 


 

Full Name: Steve Breaston       School:  Michigan                            

Ht:  6-0.5      Wt:  193          40:   4.44             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Full-time starter as a senior, posting 58/670/2 as a receiver while

averaging 11.4 yards on 29 punt returns with one TD.  Junior

pass-catching totals were 34/291/3 when he averaged 12.2 yards on 24 punt returns.

 

Pos: Elusive ball handler also effective returning punts.  Quick releasing into

routes, runs well laterally and extends to pluck the ball from the air.  Uses

his frame to protect the throw, displays good concentration and is tough to

catch in the open field.  Nicely adjusts to the errant throw.

 

Neg: More quick than fast and lacks the second gear.  Not strong in any aspect of the game.  Has always been the second fiddle in the Michigan offense.

 

Analysis: Productive in a variety of ways at Michigan, Breaston is a third wideout at the next level who must make his mark as a return specialist.

 


Full Name: David Clowney        School:  Virginia Tech                       

Ht:  6-0.5      Wt:  188          40:   4.36             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Two-year starter who is also a sprinter on the school’s track team.  Senior totals were 34/424 after 34/619/3 the prior year.

 

Pos: Developing receiver with terrific playing speed.  Displays sharpness

running routes, gets separation from opponents and extends his hands,

offering the quarterback a nice target.  Nicely adjusts to the errant throw

and makes the reception in stride.  Displays strong hands and the ability to

pull the fastball from the air.  Possesses a straight-line burst of speed and beats defenders downfield.

 

Neg: Undersized and struggles against larger defenders.  Gives effort blocking,

but is not effective.  Marginally productive the past two seasons because of

 the rotational system Virginia Tech uses at wideout.

 

Analysis: Athletically gifted, Clowney offers potential as a third receiver at the next level if he improves the consistency of his game.

 


Full Name: Jemalle Cornelius     School:  Florida                               

Ht:  5-10.5     Wt:  184          40:   4.57             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Moved in and out of the starting lineup the past three years.  Senior totals were 34/523/3, after 29/383/1 as a junior.

 

Pos: Undersized yet improving receiver with consistent hands.  Runs well

laterally, adjusts for the errant throw and extends to grab the ball from the

air.  Contorts and makes the tough catch with defenders draped on him. 

Effortlessly makes the reception running full speed.

 

Neg: Rounds off routes.  Not a physical pass-catcher who can take a pounding.

 

Analysis: Possessing the speed and talent to be a third wideout at the next level, the ability to quickly adapt to an NFL passing offense will dictate if Cornelius has a place on a roster.

 


Full Name: Chris Davis             School:  Florida State                       

Ht:  5-10       Wt:  181          40:   4.50             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Two-year starter who posted 49/684/4 as a senior.  Junior receiving totals were 51/666/5.

 

Pos: Shifty receiver who works hard on the field.  Displays a sense of timing,

gets vertical and contorts to pull the pass from the air.  Plays with excellent

body control and lays out for the difficult reception.  Solid route-runner who

gets separation from defenders.  Makes the reception away from his body. 

 

Neg: Not a true deep threat.  Does not have the body to take a pounding.

 

Analysis: A fearless pass catcher with reliable hands and the ability to create after the reception, Davis nicely projects as a third or fourth wideout.

 


 

Full Name: Craig Davis  School:  LSU  Pos:    WR

Ht:  6-1.5  Wt:  207    40:   4.44    Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a special-teams player last season.  Pass-catching numbers were 56/836/4 as a senior when he averaged 12.9 yards on 11 punt returns with an additional score.  Junior receiving totals were 51/666/5.

 

Pos: Vertical receiver who’s flashed a lot of skill the past two seasons.  Quickly releases off the line, is sharp running routes and gets separation from

opponents.  Makes effective use of the sidelines, playing with outstanding

balance and body control.  Easily adjusts to the errant throw and

effortlessly makes the reception in stride.  Comes back into the clearing,

uses his frame to shield away opponents and extends, making the reception

with his hands.  Quickly transitions from catching the ball to running after the catch.

 

Neg: Not a sturdy pass-catcher who can take a big hit.  Struggles getting off

jams at the line.  Has been dinged up throughout his college career.

 

Analysis: A natural receiver with top physical skills, Davis has shown a lot of

improvement the past three seasons.  Offers potential as a number two

wideout at the next level if he gets stronger and is able to stay healthy.

 


Full Name: Aaron Fairooz         School:  Central Arkansas                  

Ht:  6-5.5      Wt:  209          40:   4.49             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and

senior campaigns.  Receiving totals were 55/774/6 last season after

76/1197/12 the prior year.

 

Pos: Athletic pass catcher who is an imposing target on the field.  Stays low

exiting breaks, uses his frame to shield away opponents and extends his

hands to make the reception away from his frame.  Display strong hands

and the ability to pluck the pass from the air.  Quickly transitions from

making the reception to running after the catch.

 

Neg: Lacks overall quickness to his game.  Tends to round off routes and loses

out in battles when he should not.  Marginal speed.  Gives half-hearted

efforts as a blocker.

 

Analysis: A physically gifted player, Fairooz offers the tools the play at the next level, yet must turn up the intensity in just about every aspect of his game.

 


Full Name: Yamon Figurs          School:  Kansas State                      

Ht:  5-11.5     Wt:  175          40:   4.29             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Former junior college transfer who started the past three seasons. 

All-Conference selection after pass catching numbers of 28/418/3 last

year. Also averaged 14.7 yards on 22 punt returns, bringing two back for

scores.  Posted a career-best 31 receptions and 483 yards receiving as a sophomore.

 

Pos: Swift, elusive ball handler who affects the game as a return specialist or

wide receiver.  Intelligent football player who knows where he is on the field.

Sharp route-runner who stays low exiting breaks and gets separation from

defenders.  Adjusts to the errant throw and gets vertical for the difficult

reception.  Consistently gets into the clearing and makes himself an

available target.  Makes the reception in stride downfield.

 

Neg: More quick than fast, and does not play to his times speed.  Lacks strength at the point, gets minimal results as a blocker and loses out in battles. Unnecessarily lets the pass get inside him.

 

Analysis: A prospect who has flashed skill the past three years, Figurs is a third receiver at the next level whose real value will be as a punt returner.

 

 

Full Name: Joel Filani               School:  Texas Tech                        

Ht:  6-2         Wt:  211          40:   4.55             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons, winning All-Conference honors after both campaigns.  Led the team in receiving as a senior, posting

career-best numbers of 91/1,300/13.  Junior totals were 65/1,048/8.

 

Pos: Nice-sized possession wideout with reliable hands.  Quickly releases off

the line, immediately gets to top speed and displays sharpness running

routes.  Strong after the catch, breaking tackles and picking up positive

yardage.  Effectively uses the sidelines, looks the pass into his hands and

takes a big hit, yet holds onto the ball.  Nicely extends to make the

reception away from his frame.  Uses his frame to shield away opponents.

 

Neg: Does some unnecessary body-catching at times.  Lacks the speed to break it downfield.  Production numbers are inflated by the Texas Tech system.

 

Analysis: Consistent on the college level, Filani nicely projects as a third wideout at the next level.  Should be very effective as a red-zone target and on third down.

 


Full Name: Ted Ginn Jr.           School:  Ohio State                          

Ht:  5-11       Wt:  180          40:   4.32             Year:    3Jr

 

Bio: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a junior after posting

receiving numbers of 59/781/9 while averaging 11.1 yards on 24 punt

returns and 24.4 yards on 18 kick returns with one touchdown on each. Sophomore receiving totals were 51/803/4.  Returned two punts and another pair of kicks for scores as a freshman.

 

Pos: Game-breaking skill player with home-run speed.  Quick releasing off the

line, has opponents playing back on their heels, and consistently stretches

the field.  Possesses a terrific burst of speed and runs to daylight if given

the slightest space of open room.  Fast laterally and makes the reception in

stride.   Effortlessly makes the difficult reception downfield running full-tilt.

 

Neg: Not big, and beaten out in physical battles.  Easily brought down at the

initial point of attack.  Has trouble handling the jam.

 

Analysis: A track and field sprinter who translates his natural speed onto the football field, Ginn is a vertical receiver who loosens up the defense.  Must get

stronger yet a game-breaking threat every time he steps onto the field.

 

 

Full Name: Anthony Gonzalez    School:  Ohio State                          

Ht:  6-0         Wt:  193          40:   4.40             Year:    4Jr

 

Bio: All-Conference selection last season, his first as a full-time starter. 

Finished with 51/734/8 after 28 catches as a sophomore.

 

Pos: Smart, athletic receiver with a polished game.  Plays with outstanding

balance, body control and makes the reception without breaking stride. 

Extends to grab the ball away from his frame, takes a big hit, yet holds onto

the pass.  Displays outstanding focus and concentration, and gets vertical

to make the difficult reception in a crowd.  Intelligent, finds the soft spot in

the defense and consistently gets separation from opponents.  Works

routes displaying quickness and adjusts to the errant throw.

 

Neg: Does not show the speed to be a true deep threat. 

 

Analysis: Productive college receiver who consistently elevated his game, Gonzalez nicely projects as a second or third wideout at the next level.
 


 

Full Name: Jarrett Hicks           School:  Texas Tech                        

Ht:  6-3         Wt:  211          40:   4.67             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter and previous All-Conference selection who totaled

25/334/2 as a senior.  Missed seven games last year while the NCAA

ruled on his eligibility.  Posted career-best numbers of 76/1,177/13 as a sophomore.

 

Pos: Good-sized, consistent wideout with reliable hands.  Sells routes, uses his

frame to protect the pass and extends to pull the ball from the air.  Gets

vertical for the difficult reception, exposing himself to the big hit, and

makes a lot of acrobatic grabs.  Comes back to the ball, displays a sense of

timing and keeps the play in bounds running after the reception.  Sells routes and plays a physical game.

 

Neg: Mostly a one-speed receiver who lacks the second gear.  Not a sharp route runner.

 

Analysis: A solid pass catcher who comes away with the tough grab then picks up yardage running after the reception, Hicks is a solid late-round choice for a West Coast offense.

 


Full Name: Johnnie Lee            School:  UTEP                                 

Ht:  5-11.5     Wt:  184          40:   4.48             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as both a receiver and

return specialist since his sophomore campaign.  Pass catching numbers

last season included 82/1,319/13 when he also averaged 23.4 yards on

12 punt returns, adding two more scores.  Junior pass catching numbers included 49/837/9 when he averaged 22.4 yards on 20 kick returns.

 

Pos: Explosive athlete with the ability to break games open in a variety of ways. Quick getting to top speed, displays sharpness running routes and gets

separation from defenders.  Uses his frame to protect the pass and extends

to pull the ball from the air.  Exposes himself to the big hit in order to make

the catch.  Displays good eye/hand coordination and possesses both soft

and strong hands.  Plays with outstanding balance and body control.  Gets

vertical over defenders for the jump ball.

 

Neg: Does not consistently win out in battles against larger opponents.  Has a

history of back problems.  Does not present himself as a consistent deep threat.

 

Analysis: A tremendous athlete who strikes fear in opposing defensive backs, Higgins offers immense potential for the next level.  Needs to improve his playing strength without losing quickness yet shows a relatively complete game and could be an outstanding slot receiver in the NFL.

 


 

Full Name: Jason Hill               School:  Washington State                

Ht:  6-0.5      Wt:  204          40:   4.35             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore

campaign.  Struggled with injuries as a senior, playing in 10 games and

totaling 41/6/7.  Junior numbers were a career-best 62/1,097/13.

 

Pos: Consistent wideout with deceptive speed.  Strong, uses his frame to shield away opponents and makes the difficult reception with defenders draped on him.  Displays sharpness running routes, stays low on exit and gets

separation.  Extends to make the reception away from his frame, looking the

ball in and displaying soft hands.  Sacrifices his body in order to make the

reception.  Keeps the play in bounds trying to pick up positive yardage after

catching the ball.  Alert, knows where he is on the field and gives effort as a blocker.

 

Neg: Lacks the second gear and true deep speed.  Has been nicked up the past two seasons, which caused him to miss time.

 

Analysis: A natural wideout who also lends a helping hand on special teams, Hill has the natural abilities to be a second receiver at the next level.

 

 

Full Name: Jonathan Holland     School:  Louisiana Tech                    

Ht:  5-11.5     Wt:  192          40:   4.45             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who posted career-high numbers of 33/503/3 as a

senior after junior totals of 29/421/2.  Track and field sprint champion, with

experience as a return specialist.

 

Pos: Well-built receiver still transferring his athletic skills onto the football field. Plays with good body control and effectively uses the sidelines.  Flashes

quickness into routes, stays low on exit and shields opponents away with

his frame.  Nicely adjusts to the errant throw and makes the difficult catch

downfield at full speed.  Gets vertical and contorts in midair for the reception.

 

Neg: Does a lot of unnecessary body catching at times.  Marginally effective

running after the reception.  Gets minimal results blocking.

 

Analysis: A work in progress, Holland has taken positive steps the past three years. A developmental prospect, he could work his way onto a team as a fifth receiver.

 


Full Name: Drisan James          School:  Boise State                         

Ht:  6-0         Wt:  193          40:   4.52             Year:    5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his sophomore and junior campaigns.  Senior totals were 36/640/4 after 34/518/2 the prior year.

 

Pos: Athletic pass catcher with an inconsistent game.  Quick releasing off the

line, has a burst of speed and stays low exiting routes, positioning himself

to make the reception.  Displays good adjustment, has a nice sense of

timing and uses his frame to protect the pass.  Flashes strong hands and

the ability to pull the ball from the air.

 

Neg: Dropped a lot a catchable throws last year.  Unnecessarily lets the pass

get inside him.  Choppy-footed running routes.

 

Analysis: Possessing the measurables to be a fourth receiver, James must start to do the little things well to stick on a roster.

 


Full Name: Dwayne Jarrett       School:  USC                                  

Ht:  6-4         Wt:  219          40:   4.62             Year:    3Jr

Bio: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a junior after posting

70/1,015/12.  Sophomore totals included career numbers of 91/1,274/16.

 

Pos: Clutch receiver with outstanding size and consistent hands.  Fluid releasing off the line, uses his large frame to box out opponents and snatches the ball from the air,.  Gets vertical and out-muscles defenders for the jump

ball.  Nicely uses the sidelines, displays terrific timing and makes himself

an available target.  Very quick transitioning from making the reception to

running after the catch.  Sturdy wideout who takes a pounding and holds

onto the ball.  Extends or lays out to make some very acrobatic receptions.

 

Neg: Slows into breaks, displaying choppy footwork running routes. 

Unnecessarily body catches at times, has lapses in concentration and will

drop some catchable throws.  Needs to pick up the intensity of his blocking.

 

Analysis: A receiver who can be a dominant force on the field when focused, Jarrett has all the tools to be a number one wideout at the next level.  Does not possess the field-stretching speed and needs to concentrate on the details of his position yet offers a lot of potential.

 

 

Full Name: Calvin Johnson        School:  Georgia Tech                      

Ht:  6-5         Wt:  230          40:   4.35             Year:    3Jr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his freshman

campaign and named ACC Player of the Year last season.  Junior numbers

were 76/1,202/15 after 54/888/6 as a sophomore.

 

Pos: Big, fluid, game-controlling receiver who is a dominant force.  Uses his

frame as an advantage and makes the difficult reception with defenders

draped on him.  Displays terrific eye/hand coordination, effortlessly

catching the ball in stride or making incredibly acrobatic receptions down

the field.  Strong, sturdy wideout who takes a pounding, yet holds onto the

throw and breaks tackles to pick up positive yardage.  Comes back to the

ball, finds the clearing in the defense and extends his hands, offering the

quarterback a big target.  Displays a sense of timing getting vertical and

winning out for jump balls.  Makes the difficult over-the-shoulder reception,

adjusting for the errant pass.  Gives effort blocking downfield.

 

Neg: Lacks the quick release off the snap.  Long loping runner with built-up speed. Weighed 239-pounds at the combine, about 20-pounds more than scouts wanted.

 

Analysis: Possessing tremendous size, athletic ability and soft hands, Johnson is the “go-to” receiver who cannot be stopped.  Grades out as the top prospect in this year's draft.

 

 

Full Name: Jacoby Jones          School:  Lane                                  

Ht:  6-2.5      Wt:  210          40:   4.50             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Four-year starter and All-Conference selection the past two seasons. 

Posted career receiving numbers of 68/822/6 as a senior, when he also

averaged 13.8 yards on 24 punt returns, bringing one back for a score. 

Also averaged 22.3 yards on 38 kick returns, with another pair of scores.

 

Pos: Athletic skill player with a good degree of upside.  Displays a sense of

timing, gets vertical and uses his frame to shield away opponents.  Has a

burst of acceleration, plays to his forty-time and displays good eye/hand

coordination catching the ball.  Elusive handling the ball.

 

Neg: Slow route-runner who gets choppy-footed into breaks.  Unnecessarily lets the pass get inside him and does too much body catching.

 

Analysis: A terrific athlete yet raw football player, Jones has dominated on the small-school level the past two seasons.  At this point a project who must

develop his entire game, yet has enough innate skills and football potential

to be drafted in the late rounds.

 


Full Name: James Jones           School:  San Jose State                    

Ht:  6-1         Wt:  208          40:   4.54             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after topping the team with receiving numbers of 70/893/10 as well as averaging 11

yards on 11 punt returns.  Totaled 30 receptions as a junior.

 

Pos: Nice-sized wideout coming off a tremendous senior campaign.  Quick in all

aspects of his game, displaying a lot of natural skill.  Uses his frame to

shield away defenders, adjusts to the errant throw and looks the ball into

his hands.  Displays strong hands and the ability to pull the fastball from

the air.  Consistently comes back to the ball making himself an available

target.  Immediately transitions from making the reception to running after the catch.

 

Neg: Marginal playing speed and is not a deep threat.  Just average production

until his senior campaign.

 

Analysis: A big, strong, receiver, Jones turned himself into an NFL prospect last season.  Gives effort in all aspects of the game and could develop into a

productive third wideout.
 


 

Full Name: Onrea Jones           School:  Hampton                            

Ht:  5-11       Wt:  202          40:   4.50             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Part-time starter the past two seasons.  Posted career-best receiving

numbers of 57/679/5 as a senior after 32/631/2 the prior year.

 

Pos: An underrated wideout with solid size/speed numbers.  Quickly releases off the line, gets separation from opponents and displays good eye/hand

coordination.  Comes back to the ball out of breaks and always works to

make himself an available target.  Adjusts to the errant throw and makes

the tough grab in a battle.  Flashes soft hands and consistently makes the

reception away from his frame.  Gives effort blocking.

 

Neg: Does not play to his timed speed.  Not a true deep threat.

 

Analysis: Productive as a receiver and special teams player in college, Jones could very well make it as a fifth receiver if the pieces fall into place this summer.

 

 

Full Name: Jordan Kent            School:  Oregon                              

Ht:  6-4         Wt:  221          40:   4.48             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Became a starter during his senior season and posted 44/491/4, receiving

All-Conference honors.  Spent his first three years at Oregon playing on the

basketball and track teams.

 

Pos: Nice-sized, athletic receiver with a lot of upside.  Nicely adjusts to the

errant throw, makes the reception away from his frame and looks the ball in. Tall, strong target who wins out for the jump ball or out-muscles opponents for the difficult reception.  Flashes a burst of speed.

 

Neg: Lacks the second gear or ability to get separation downfield.  Rounds off

routes and not quick into breaks.  Must pick up the blocking intensity.

 

Analysis: Displaying a lot of progress last year, Kent is a developmental prospect

with a raw game.  Possesses the underlying physical skills to be a third

receiver at the next level but needs time to complete his game.

 

 

Full Name: Mike Mason            School:  Tennessee State                 

Ht:  5-11.5     Wt:  190          40:   4.40             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Two year starter who led the team in receiving as a senior posting 31/322, despite missing three games with a knee injury.  Junior totals included

22/372/1.  Began his college career at North Carolina and was

subsequently dismissed from the team for violating rules.  Has had several

run-ins with the law the past two years.

 

Pos: Top athlete who displays flashes on the field yet shows minimal

consistency.  Quick releasing off the line, runs good routes and gets

separation from opponents.  Fast in all directions, extends his hands and offers the quarterback a target.

 

Neg: Lacks soft hands and drops some catchable throws.  Does not consistently play to his timed speed.  Lazy as a blocker.

 

Analysis: Considered an underachiever, Mason is a prospect with a world of ability still unmet.  Needs to quickly get his act in gear to have a career in the NFL.

 


 

Full Name: Marquay McDaniel   School:  Hampton                            

Ht:  5-10.5     Wt:  205          40:   4.52             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Four-year starter who led the team in receiving as a senior, posting

59/786/14.  Junior totals included 42/637/6, and he was named

All-Conference return specialist after averaging 14.6 on 49 returns.

 

Pos: Reliable possession wideout with soft hands.  Quickly releases into routes,

uses his frame to shield away opponents and adjusts to the errant throw. 

Displays focus, concentration as well as eye/hand coordination.  Makes the

 reception downfield running full speed.  Helps out as a return specialist.

 

Neg: Double-catches receptions and gets lazy with his fundamentals.  Lacks the second gear and true deep speed.

 

Analysis: Very productive in college, McDaniel has a chance to make it as a fifth receiver if he produces returning punts this year.

 

 

Full Name: Rhema McKnight      School:  Notre Dame                        

Ht:  6-1         Wt:  212          40:   4.50             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Posted career-best totals of 67/907/15 as a senior.  Played the first two

games of the ’05 season before tearing a ligament in his right knee and

missing the remainder of the campaign.  Junior totals were 42/610/3.

 

Pos: Natural, fluid receiver coming off a sensational season.  Displays

outstanding timing, gets vertical and uses his frame to shield away

opponents.  Contorts or adjusts to the errant throw, displays eye/hand

coordination and looks the ball in.  Comes back into the clearing and offers

the quarterback a nice target.  Consistently extends to make the reception

away from his frame.  Makes some incredibly acrobatic receptions at times.

 

Neg: Does not show the deep speed or ability to run to the long ball. 

Occasionally peaks up the field, lacks strong hands and lets some

catchable throws slip through his fingers.  Loses out in battles. 

 

Analysis: Possessing good size and, for the most part, reliable hands, McKnight made a successful return to the field in ‘06.  Offers the tools to be an effective second receiver and a solid fit for a West Coast offense.

 

 

Full Name: Robert Meachem     School:  Tennessee                          

Ht:  6-2         Wt:  214          40:   4.39             Year:    4Jr

 

Bio: All-Conference selection last season after producing a career-best

71/1,298/11.  Started two games as a sophomore and totaled 29/383/2.

 

Pos: Physically gifted prospect with terrific size/speed numbers.  Plays with

good balance and body control, and makes the difficult reception in

contorted positions.  Displays a burst of speed, tracks the deep throw and

effortlessly makes the reception in stride.  Stays low exiting breaks,

positions himself to make the reception and extends to catch the pass.

 

Neg: Inconsistent route-runner who slows into breaks.  Not quick releasing off

the line.  Struggles in battles when he should not.

 

Analysis: Meeting expectations last season, Meachem offers a lot of potential, yet still needs work to complete his game. Has the skills to develop into a #1 receiver.

 

 

Full Name: Ryan Moore            School:  Miami-Fl                             

Ht:  6-2         Wt:  217          40:   4.51             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Senior totals were 12/251/2 in five games.  Suspended for eight games

after several incidents, including an altercation with two women that led to a

 felony charge.  Junior totals were 28/464/4.  Posted career highs of 44

catches and 637 yards as a freshman, when he broke into the starting line-up.

 

Pos: A physically gifted receiver who's been a major underachiever the past

three seasons.  Displays a sense of timing and effortlessly makes the

difficult reception downfield without breaking stride.  Lays out for the tough

catch, uses his frame to protect the throw and wins out in battles.  Gets

vertical, out-jumps opponents and plays with good body control.  Makes a

large number of receptions downfield.

 

Neg: Does a lot of body-catching or unnecessarily clutches the pass against his frame.  Lazily comes off the line if he’s not involved in the action.  Must

improve his blocking.  Struggled with a number of off-the-field incidents in

 

Analysis: At face value, Moore is an athletically gifted wideout who makes some sensational receptions and flashes game-breaking skills.  Yet he needs a

major turnaround in attitude and attention to detail for any shot of an NFL career.

 


Full Name: Legedu Naanee       School:  Boise State                         

Ht:  6-2         Wt:  226          40:   4.41             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Former quarterback who has started the past two seasons at receiver. 

All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 34/522/6.  Junior totals

were 34/483/6.

 

Pos: King-sized wideout who consistently makes the difficult reception in a

crowd.  Finds the openings in the defense, comes back to the ball and

makes the catch with opponents draped on him.  Sturdy wideout who can

take a big hit and hold onto the throw.  Extends to make the reception away from his frame.

 

Neg: Not quick releasing off the line, and possesses just average playing speed. Loses focus, takes his eyes off the ball and will drop the easy ones on

occasion.  Poor route runner who does not get separation out of breaks.

 

Analysis: A consistent player the past two seasons after changing positions, Naanee has potential as a possession wideout if he takes his game to the next level.

 


Full Name: Syvelle Newton       School:  South Carolina                     

Ht:  6-1         Wt:  220          40:   4.68             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Played receiver, quarterback and safety in the starting lineup last season. Passing numbers were 58.6%/1,316/12/7, also adding 12 receptions and 18 tackles.  Junior receiving totals were 27/297/2 in seven games. 

 

Pos: Terrific athlete with outstanding size.  Solid pass-catcher who effectively

picks up yardage after the catch.  Makes the difficult reception in traffic and

 catches the ball with his hands.  Displays both awareness and range at

safety.  Solid open-field tackler.  Plays to his measurables.

 

Neg: Jack-of-all-trades and master of none, due to all the position switching. 

Not known as a hard worker.

 

Analysis: Unselfishly moving around the field due to numerous injuries and

suspensions in the South Carolina lineup, Newton is a prospect with terrific

upside potential.  Will be given looks at both receiver and safety as a rookie

and offers the skills to excel at either.

 


Full Name: Jerard Rabb            School:  Boise State                         

Ht:  6-2.5      Wt:  201          40:   4.51             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Junior college transfer who totaled 37/586/4 as a senior after 38/572/5

the prior year.

 

Pos: Nice-sized wideout who has shown a lot of progress the past two years.

Nicely adjusts to the throw, displays good eye/hand coordination and

presents himself as a sturdy receiver.  Displays a nice sense of timing,

gets vertical and makes the difficult reception.  Comes back to the ball out

of breaks, using his frame to shield away opponents and protect the pass.

 

Neg: Takes his eyes off the ball on occasion and drops some catchable throws. Inconsistent blocker who gives marginal effort at times.  Lacks a burst of speed.

 

Analysis: A productive possession receiver who plays with a fearless attitude, Rabb has shown a lot of consistency the past two years.  Needs to improve the details of his position but has possibilities as a fourth receiver.


 

 

Full Name: Sidney Rice            School:  South Carolina                     

Ht:  6-3.5      Wt:  200          40:   4.45             Year:    3So

 

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his freshman and

sophomore campaigns.  Pass-catching totals last season were

72/1,090/10 after 70/1,143/13 the prior year.

 

Pos: Fluid receiver with a lot of natural skill.  Quickly releases off the line,

consistently extends to make the reception away from his frame and beats

opponents for the jump ball.  Plays with terrific body control and balance,

and effortlessly reaches back to grab the errant throw.  Displays good

eye/hand coordination and makes some spectacular receptions.  Effective

running after the catch.  Produces as a blocker when he gives effort.

 

Neg: Has a thin build, is not physically strong nor very aggressive.  Lacks true

downfield speed and a second gear.

 

Analysis: A natural pass-catcher who has been ultra-productive in one of the nation’s toughest conferences, Rice offers a lot of skill and potential as a number one receiver.  Needs to physically mature and improve his route-running, yet with proper coaching and the right attitude he can be a factor.

 


Full Name: Laurent Robinson     School:  Illinois State                       

Ht:  6-2         Wt:  199          40:   4.38             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: All-Conference selection the past two seasons, posting 40/718/7 totals as

 a senior after a career-high 86/1,465/12 the prior year.  Moved into the

starting lineup as a freshman.

 

Pos: Productive, big-play receiver hobbled with an ankle injury for most of his

senior campaign.  Quickly releases off the line, immediately gets to top

speed and makes the reception in stride.  Extends to catch the ball away

from his frame and possesses good eye/hand coordination.  Plays with

excellent balance, body control and nicely contorts to the errant throw. 

 

Neg: Lacks the true second gear and top-end speed.  Not a physically strong

receiver.  Comes up short with his blocking assignments.

 

Analysis: Physically built to be a fourth receiver at the next level, Robinson shows a lot of natural skills catching the ball.  Must regain his prior form off the ankle injury from last season but worth considering in the late rounds.

 


Full Name: Ryne Robinson        School:  Miami-Oh                            

Ht:  5-9         Wt:  179          40:   4.47             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who also saw extensive action as a freshman. 

All-Conference selection since his sophomore campaign.  Senior receiving

totals were 91/1,178/8, with a 9.7-yard average on 18 punt returns and

one score.  Junior receiving totals were 75/1,119/8, with an 11.6-yard average

on 26 punt returns.

 

Pos: Elusive and reliable pass-catcher who produces in a variety of ways.  Fast releasing into routes, consistently finds the soft spots on the field and

nicely adjusts to the errant throw.  Contorts in midair for the difficult

reception and makes the catch with defenders draped on him.  Terrific

route-runner who displays good sharpness and footwork into breaks. 

Very elusive handling the ball and tough to catch.

 

Neg: Not a strong wideout and must improve his ball security.  More quick than

fast, and not a true downfield threat.

 

Analysis: A consistent force throughout his college career, Robinson has been both durable and productive.  Size/speed limitations will hamper him but a

potential fourth receiver and return specialist.

 

 

Full Name: Bret Smith             School:  Tennessee                          

Ht:  6-2         Wt:  190          40:   4.55             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Spent significant time with the first team as a senior after being used as a

reserve his initial three years in the program.  Posted career-best totals of

39/453/5 last season after 21/223/3 the prior year.

 

Pos: Well-rounded receiver best suited to play in a West Coast offense.  Quickly releases off the line, displays sharpness running routes and gets separation from opponents.  Slides back into the open space of the defense to make himself an available target and uses his frame to shield away opponents. 

Gets vertical and pulls the pass from the air.  Adjusts for the errant throw

and wins out in battles.  Quickly transitions from making the reception to running after the catch.

 

Neg: Lacks the second gear or top-end speed.  Must improve his blocking.

 

Analysis: Offering solid size/speed numbers, Smith elevated his game and

consistency as a senior.  Potentially a fourth receiver at the next level who

shows some run-after-the-catch ability.
 


 

Full Name: Steve Smith           School:  USC                                  

Ht:  5-11.5     Wt:  197          40:   4.42             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after leading

the Trojans in receiving with 71/1,083/9.  Junior numbers were 60/957/5.

 

Pos: Productive and consistent pass-catcher with a well-rounded game.  Quicklyreleases off the line, finds the open space in the defense and easily makes the reception in stride.  Stays low exiting breaks and gets separation from defenders.  Extends to make the reception away from his frame and

displays good eye/hand coordination.  Displays outstanding body control

making the acrobatic catch in contorted positions.  Smart, focused and gets

past the sticks on third down.  Gives effort blocking downfield and gets results.

 

Neg: Ran super-fast at the combine yet shows marginal playing speed and cannot stretch the defense. 

 

Analysis: Ultra-reliable during his career at USC, Smith is limited by his lack of size and speed.  Yet with that his natural receiving abilities could help him

develop into a productive third receiver.

 


Full Name: Syndric Steptoe      School:  Arizona                              

Ht:  5-8.5      Wt:  194          40:   4.59             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after posting

career-best receiving numbers of 55/568/2.  Also averaged 13.1 yards on

20 punt returns with one score, and 25.6 yards on 16 kick returns.  Junior

pass-catching numbers were 37/493/1.

 

Pos: Elusive receiver also effective as a return specialist.  Plays with great

quickness,, displays sharpness into breaks and gets separation from

opponents.  Goes up in a crowd for the difficult reception, uses his frame to

protect the pass and looks the ball in.  Finds the open spot on the field,

making himself an available target.  Gives effort downfield as a blocker.

 

Neg: More quick than fast and lacks the top speed or a second gear.

 

Analysis: A short wideout who’s been developing his game, Steptoe is a potential fourth receiver whose primary duties will be returning punts and kicks.
 


 

Full Name: Chansi Stuckey       School:  Clemson                             

Ht:  5-10.5     Wt:  197          40:   4.60             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after catching

50/700/3.  Missed time last season with a foot injury.  Junior receiving

totals were 64/770/4.

 

Pos: Elusive pass catcher with ability as a return specialist.  Gets separation

from defenders, displays good eye/hand coordination and for the most part

makes the reception away from his frame.  Nicely adjusts to the errant

throw running full speed, catching the ball without breaking stride.  Alters

the game with his ability to return punts.

 

Neg: Does not show a physical nature to his game.  Not a sturdy wideout who can take a pounding.  Loses out in battles.

 

Analysis: A potential slot receiver at the next level, Stuckey has the ability to create yardage after the reception and produce as a punt returner.

 

 

Full Name: Jayson Swain         School:  Tennessee                          

Ht:  6-0.5      Wt:  212          40:   4.53             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Part-time starter the past three seasons.  Senior totals were 49/688/6,

after junior totals of 27/380.

 

Pos: Nice-sized wideout who exposes himself to the big hit in order to come

away with the ball.  Finds the open space in the field, comes back to the

clearing and uses his frame to protect the pass.  Flashes strong hands and

the ability to pluck the ball from the air.  Quick transitioning from making

the catch to running after the reception.  Elusive and strong handling the ball.

 

Neg: One-speed receiver who does not win out in foot races.  Must improve his ball security.  Struggled with an ankle injury last season.

 

Analysis: A reliable wideout who fights hard to come away with the ball, Swain is potentially a fifth receiver at the next level.

 


Full Name: Courtney Taylor      School:  Auburn                               

Ht:  6-1.5      Wt:  204          40:   4.51             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Senior totals included 54/704/2 when he moved back into the starting

lineup.  Totaled just 22/278/1 as junior, struggling with an ankle injury. 

Sophomore totals were 43/737/6, when he was an every-game starter.

 

Pos: Productive pass-catcher with potential as a fourth wideout at the next

level.  Sells routes, gets separation from opponents and runs well laterally. 

Effortlessly makes the reception in stride, lays out for the difficult reception

and displays soft hands.  Knows where the sticks are on third down and

gets past them to make the important catch.  Gets vertical in a crowd to make the reception.

 

Neg: Not a downfield threat who stretches the defense.  Drops some catchable balls on occasion.

 

Analysis: A savvy pass-catcher who makes the most of his abilities, Taylor will not “wow” anybody from his game film yet has enough ability to be a fourth receiver.

 


 

Full Name: Paul Thompson       School:  Oklahoma                           

Ht:  6-3.5      Wt:  208          40:   4.63             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Two-year starter who played quarterback as a senior, throwing for

58.5%/2,590/21/11.  Started four games at receiver as a junior, catching 11 passes.

 

Pos: Nice-sized athlete who is a developmental prospect at wideout. 

Possesses a live arm throwing the ball, is elusive and can escape the rush.

Airs out the deep ball or gets passes through the tight spots.  Has soft hands.

 

Neg: Lacks accuracy as a quarterback and sprays throws.  Spent minimal time at receiver.

 

Analysis: Slated to start at receiver prior to his senior campaign, Thompson was forced back to quarterback after the dismissal of the Sooners’ expected

starter.  Possesses the innate skill to be a possession wideout at the next

level, yet needs a lot of work on his overall game.
 


 

Full Name: Matt Trannon         School:  Michigan State                    

Ht:  6-6         Wt:  216          40:   4.58             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who also plays on Michigan State’s basketball team. 

Senior totals were 44/518/3 after 40/573/4 as a junior.

 

Pos: Nice-sized receiver who dominates when focused on his game.  Adjusts to the errant throw, makes the reception in stride and effectively uses his

large frame to shield away opponents.  Offers his quarterback a nice target.

 

Neg: Not quick releasing off the line, and lacks deep speed.  Not a physical

receiver who consistently comes away with the difficult grab.  Loses focus,

unnecessarily double-catches passes or drops passes.

 

Analysis: Never elevating his game or playing at a consistent level, Trannon has untapped potential.  Must prove he is willing to put forth effort on

every-down to make it in the NFL.

 

 

Full Name: Mike Walker            School:  Central Florida                     

Ht:  6-1.5      Wt:  209          40:   4.45             Year:    4Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who spent time at cornerback early in college. 

All-Conference selection last season after leading the team in receiving

with 90/1,178/7.  Junior totals included 64/855/9.

 

Pos: Reliable possession wideout with consistent hands.  Defeats jams at the

line of scrimmage, sells routes and does a terrific job reading the defense

then finding the open spot on the field.  Goes up in a crowd to make the

reception, looks the pass into his hands and makes acrobatic receptions

down field.  Uses his frame to protect the pass and an effective

body-catcher when necessary.  Plays bigger than his listed size and

breaks tackles after the catch to pick up yardage.

 

Neg: One-speed receiver who does not play to his forty-time nor beat defenders in a foot race.  Not quick releasing off the line.

 

Analysis: A focused receiver with a solid game, Walker is a possession wideout who may offer ability in a West Coast offense.  Potentially a fourth receiver at the next level.

 

 

Full Name: Chandler Williams     School:  Florida International             

Ht:  5-10.5     Wt:  184          40:   4.52             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Two-year starter who led the team in receiving as a senior when he was an All-Conference choice.  Totals last season included 67/664/1 when he

also averaged 21.5 yards on 4 punt returns.  Junior receiving numbers 61/870/2.

 

Pos: Fluid pass catcher who flashes abilities as a return specialist.  Quickly

releases off the line, displays sharpness running routes and comes back to

the ball out of breaks.  Nicely uses the sidelines and immediately

transitions from making the catch to running after the reception.  Extends

his hands offering the quarterback a nice target and plucks the pass from the air.

 

Neg: Not a big, strong, sturdy wideout.  Lacks the deep speed.

 

Analysis: A consistent performer the past three years, Williams offers possibilities as a fifth wideout yet must produce on special teams to have an NFL career.

 


 

Full Name: Paul Williams           School:  Fresno State                       

Ht:  6-1.5      Wt:  205          40:   4.45             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Two-year starter who posted just 21/229/1 in seven games as a senior,

missing extensive time with ankle and knee injuries.  Junior totals were

43/729/7, when he was an All-Conference selection.

 

Pos: Physically gifted receiver who comes off a disappointing campaign.  Quick

releasing off the line, sells routes and adjusts to the errant throw.  Comes

back to the ball making himself an available target, displays terrific focus

as well as good eye/hand coordination.  Gets vertical, out-jumping

opponents for the high throw, and displays strong hands.  Effortlessly

makes the deep reception in stride.

 

Neg: Does not consistently play to his timed speed, nor does he show a second gear.  Marginally aggressive, does not win out in battles and gives menial attempts blocking.

 

Analysis: Looking like a star in the making after his junior campaign, Williams took a step back as a senior.  Has the potential to be a productive second receiver at the next level, yet must get his game back on track.

 

 

Full Name: D'Juan Woods         School:  Oklahoma State                   

Ht:  6-0.5      Wt:  208          40:   4.58             Year:    5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who posted 41/647/5 as a senior after career-best

numbers of 56/879/8 the prior year.

 

Pos: Inconsistent pass catcher with the size needed to be a possession

receiver.  Displays a sense of timing, adjusts to make the difficult catch

and possesses better-than-average quickness running routes.  Shields

opponents away with his frame and wins out in battles.  For the most part,

extends to make the reception away from his body.

 

Neg: Does not show consistent focus and drops some very catchable throws. 

Gets lazy with fundamentals, unnecessarily lets the ball get inside him and

possesses marginal playing speed.

 

Analysis:

Showing flashes of brilliance throughout his college career, Woods lacks the consistency and focus to be anything other than a fourth wideout.

 

 

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