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2018 Pre-NFL Combine Overview/Mock Draft: Wide Receivers (Final Day 3 of 3)

Air Date:
February 18, 2018

**WR Combine preview scouting schedule…doing three groups split up over three days (previously planned for two days but there is 42 of them!)…

2/15, 2/16, (2/17 off) then skip to 2/18 afternoon to evening for the final batch.

 

Ground Rules on this NFL Combine preview scouting:

 -- Looking at the initial performance data from their college years in our system.

 -- Watching 10-15+ minutes of tape

 -- Giving an initial knee-jerk reaction to what I am seeing/feeling.

 -- Will rank them as if I am drafting them for the dynasty rookie draft, and I will also break them into tiers

 -- We don’t have the full host of measurables, so my reactions could change when I see the physical times and attributes. Sometimes your scouting eyes deceive you on how fast a player is moving, etc. We will be doing all the full-fledged scouting of these players after the Combine data is in.

 -- This ‘draft’ and analysis will drop in a player at a time at various times throughout the day. Check the clock on the title to see when the latest post was made.

 -- Height/weight is latest estimates we have from their listed info or all-star games, etc. Not official.

 -- Going prospect by prospect in alphabetical order.

 

 

The NFL Combine Wide Receivers…

 

Current consensus top 5 TE prospects in the mainstream…

1) Calvin Ridley, Alabama

2) Courtland Sutton, SMU

3) Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

4) James Washington, Oklahoma State

5) Anthony Miller, Memphis

 

 

*Five Tiers: A, B, C, D, F…like school grades. Players listed in ‘my favorite’ order.

 

 

**Tier A**

D.J. Moore, Maryland (5’10”/215)

Potentially the best WR in this class. It’s hard to get your arms fully around how good he is because his team/QBs were such garbage.

He’s arguably the most complete WR that I’ve seen so far (going alphabetically) in my previews. The toughest, best after the catch WR I’ve seen so far…he’s like Alvin Kamara after the catch – so big and fast, smaller LBs and most all DBs cannot do their typical heavy shoulder into him to bring him down. It’s Moore’s top gift – his after the catch work…quick and absorbing hits and keeping going down field.

Has higher-end speed…guessing in the 4.4s at 215 pounds. Built like a solid RB. Quick feet to get open off the snap. Runs solid routes. Has good+ hands. Great burst and fearlessness after the catch. He’s going to be a much better pro than collegiate player when afforded real QB play.

D.J. Moore is what another similar prospect here Anthony Miller hopes to be…like Miller on steroids. No one should have Miller rated ahead of D.J. Moore.

Courtland Sutton, SMU (6’3”/215)

Hard WR to wrap your scouting arms around. So many people say, “Next Julio Jones” and at a glance Sutton kinda looks like Julio...it’s hard not to just go with ‘next Julio’ -- but that’s a huge statement. Sutton would have to run a 4.3+ 40-time and come in with elite agility times along with high-end vertical at the Combine to get the ‘next Julio’ treatment. Sutton looks pretty quick/athletic, but the Combine is going to tell us ‘next Julio’ elite athleticism or just ‘pretty good athlete’. 

With Sutton, I see a big WR who plays a little ‘soft’…likes to go out of bounds leaving yards on the table. Likes to push off defenders. Not the smoothest catcher of the ball but he’s fine. He strikes me as more using his size/speed to make plays, which is great, but getting open on tougher defenders is going to fluster him because he’s not a technician or an alpha dog WR.

Sutton looks like NFL starter material...is he Julio or Alshon Jeffrey or Brice Butler

I’m going to go with that he’s more higher-end probability than lower/average but I’m not completely sold yet on a for sure ‘A’ grade until I see the Combine result and really nitpick his tape. 

Great is on the table. I see signs of it. He has a lot of tools and fluid movements. Just not ready to commit to it fully just yet. 

Allen Lazard, Iowa State (6’4”/227)

The more I watch, the more I like/love what I see with Lazard. He has the body and movements of a #1 WR in the NFL. I worried he might be a bit slow to be a great #1, but the more I watch I see a nice burst off the snap and he uses his big frame very well on defenders. He also played with shaky QB play often at ISU. He’s very smooth and confident. Liking him more and more as the only ‘big’ #1 WR that I’ve scouted to this point in the alphabet on this 2018 Combine review.

If Lazard runs a 4.55 or better…I’m loving it. If he’s 4.6+ then the enthusiasm gets tempered a bit. He feels like he’s almost Mike Evans or Vincent Jackson…just not as a smooth an athlete. Could be deceptively fast. Could be Cody Latimer. Combine times will tell the tale on whether we need to drop him down. I’ll go out on a limb and start him as an ‘A’ (A-) because of his size and skills, but he may drop the B-block after I go through more WR prospects.

**Tier B**

Jordan Lasley, UCLA (6’0”/205)

Darkhorse contender for best WR prospect in the draft. Solid hands, but great movement after the catch…really sharp cuts and terrific acceleration. I felt like I was watching a better DaeSean Hamilton. Lasley makes things happen.

Lasley missed a few games with injury, so his 2017 was limited to 9 games. Many college teams play 13 games in a season. Taking Lasley’s 2017 and extrapolating it to a full 13-game schedule:

100 catches (7.7 per game), 1,825 yards (140.4), 13 TDs (1.0 per game).

I am very much looking forward to more study here and what these measurables turn out to be. He has a bit of an ‘it’ factor but I did see some so-so hands/receiving skills…missed a couple tough catches you’d love to see him make – but I only skimmed two games, so with a prospect this interesting I need to really watch a whole season with him.

Putting as an ‘B’ for now but might be more deserving of a B+/A-…he’s on the cusp based on my preview.  

Calvin Ridley, Alabama (6’0”/190)

A really good, talented WR. If he were on Oklahoma State, he’d be a top 5 WR prospect for most and draftniks wouldn’t think a ton about him one way or the other. BUT he went to ‘Alabama’, so that means he’s the greatest person we’ve ever seen catch a football.

He’s definitely a top 5-ish type WR talent here…good size, nice speed, very good hands, very confident, runs good routes/knows what he’s doing. He’s going to work fine in the NFL.

I wouldn’t say he’s the best WR that I’ve watched thus far, but even if you put him in the top 5 discussion…there are several other similarly talented guys in the argument to be ‘the best’. However, for the national football analysts…they ALL have Ridley #1. There is no deviation. That should tell you all you need to know, again, about how awful football/draft analysts are at their jobs.

I like Ridley’s game/tape. I want to hate him because I know he’s a twenty-dollar bill being sold as a one-hundred-dollar bill because ‘Alabama’. If I put that aside, I can see he’s pretty good.

Ridley has just two games over 100+ yards in his last 23 games in college…this is the hands down #1 WR in the land? D.J. Moore played for a garbage team/offense/QB and had three 100+ yard efforts with Maryland (five in his last 24 games). UCLA’s Jordan Lasley had 100+ yard games in seven of his final 9 games of play. I like Ridley, but his numbers aren’t all that wonderful for the greatest WR to have ever lived…on a loaded team constantly beating up on inferior opponents.

Ridley’s last 5 bowl/playoff games…

6-14-0

1-6-0

5-36-0

4-39-1

4-32-1

Really?

Ranking him higher here than I feel he is as a talent but remember – this is a dynasty list. Ridley is good but will be shoved immediately into a starting role and people will fawn. He’s going to produce right away. He is a ‘sell high’ before people catch on prospect.

Jaleel Scott, New Mexico State (6’5”/216)

A very capable, solid WR skillset…but that skillset is packaged in a wonderful 6’5”+/216 body…and that pushes Scott into the conversation of top 5 WRs in this draft. Had his biggest games against major conference schools in 2017. Showed himself well at the Senior Bowl week.

If Scott runs in the 4.5s or better, at his size…how is he not a top 5 WR prospect?

Keke Coutee, Texas Tech (5’9”/177)

Welcome to your first entry into the ‘next Tyreek Hill’ sweepstakes among WR prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft. Lightning quick, stops and starts on a dime, but also takes a hit and has great balance and evasive maneuvers. Looks like a hybrid of Tyreek Hill and Tarik Cohen…speed, agility, balance…but not as good as either of them. Might be more of a Jakeem Grant…and Grant should already be an impact starter, but Miami’s coaching staff is out to lunch and getting worse. I digress…

More than just a ‘go deep’ guy. Has decent WR skills to run routes with solid hands. Works well with bubble screens and handoffs.

31.5 yards per kick return average in 2017 with a return TD.

93 catches for 1,429 yards and 10 TDs in 2017 in Texas Tech’s wide-open offense.

If Coutee runs a 4.4+ 40-time and he’s NFL-worthy. He gets down into the 4.3s and it is time to get excited.

…then, you have to hope he lands with a team that knows what to do with him…which is less than about 5-10 teams in the league.  

Richie James, Mid Tenn State (5’9”/176)

What a great football player/weapon. He did it all for his team…#1 WR and a threat when lined up in the backfield and ran the ball. Another smaller, but speedy guy who can play – probably low 4.4s speed with 6.6-6.8 three-cone projections.

Made all kinds of plays…his tape is dizzying. Bubble screens, jet sweeps, bombs, slants…he did it all and was mostly unstoppable. Also, hard to tackle…so quick and elusive, and tough. He’s impressive.

He usually took 0-3 carries in games, but in 2016 they gave him 22 carries in a game…he rushed for 2017 yards and 3 TDs, while catching 4 passes for 120 yards and a TD…and he was 5-of-6 passing for 76 yards and threw one pass in his career prior and only threw one more after this game. He was surreal…and. Of course, not utilized to the fullest.

Broke his collarbone in 2017, and was lost for the season after five games.

61 career carries with a 9.1 yards per carry rate of return.

Another high-end ‘small/speedy’ WR for the NFL to be confused on how to utilize for more than one touch per game.

J’Mon Moore, Missouri (6’3”/209)

I can’t help but see A.J. Green every time I watch him play. Nice length, a little wiry, but it’s not a detriment. Very good bounce to his step to get open off the line quickly. Has above-average or better hands. NFL speed and agility. Solid pro but has no draft buzz. I loved his work at the Senior Bowl week…thought he was the best WR on his team.

Runs the risk of being overlooked in the draft and taken by a team and buried as a backup. He needs to do something special at the Combine to get his draft prospects amped up.

Quadree Henderson, Pitt (5’8”/190)

Sometimes you put on the tape and go ‘wow’. I thought Keke Coutee was going to be the fastest WR that I’d see in my WR studies for the NFL Combine…it might be Henderson.

4 career KR TDs and 3 career PR TDs…in just 110 total returns (about 2.5 seasons of playing, and most all of it the last two seasons).

I don’t know anything about the Pitt Panthers’ head coach, I just know he’s the worst -- because Henderson can run the ball as a ‘jet sweep’ option and has decent hands for bubble passes, etc., and he only got 36 carries and 17 catches in 2017. You have to be seriously messed up in the head not to get this guy the ball more. SO, I’m sure the coach will be a head man in the NFL soon…because they do the exact same ignorant thing with these weapons – they don’t use them.

In a loss to Oklahoma State this season…1 carry, 1 catch for Henderson. The catch was only for 74 yards. That’s his output pattern…sparse touches and big plays.

Was a 2016 Consensus All-American with 3 KR TDs, 1 PR TD, and 5 rushing TDs.

A weapon. He’s doesn’t seem frail. Not as polished a receiver as Coutee, but that may because the Pitt coaches are insane and didn’t bother grooming him or making him better for their own good.

If this Pitt head coach winds up in the NFL somewhere, remind me to shred him in an article. You can’t be this stupid…unless you’re an NFL football coach.

All that to say…this Henderson guy is a pretty good prospect.

DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State (6’1”/202)

My first preview of his Penn State tape was not anything attention grabbing…capable, not physically imposing. Then I watched him against his peers at the Senior Bowl and he was arguably the best WR talent there…hands down.

What’s hard to see in a quick, preview scouting is a guy’s footwork off the snap as a WR. I look for speed, agility, and catching ability…I often overlook staring at the feet off the snap when I do a drive-by scouting. But at the Senior Bowl these guys are forced into a lot of 1-on-1 drills you stare at and you can watch WR after WR…and you notice when one is doing something special. Hamilton showed it in 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 but got a little lost in 11-on-11 at the Senior Bowl week. I think he’s so good getting open quickly that it would take a QB-WR combo working together for weeks to get into a grove to make it work…at the Senior Bowl you get minutes not weeks.

I love Hamilton’s ability to get open, but I saw the same with Taywan Taylor last season…and Tennessee didn’t do much with it. Maybe they will under new management. Hamilton is a lesser Taywan Taylor to me…and that’s not a knock.

 

D.J. Chark, LSU (6’3”/196)

Some pretty nice upside here. Before the Senior Bowl, in my pre-studies, I thought Chark was pretty talented but more like a sleeper talent…a little thin and raw as a WR, but with a bit more bulk added to a speedy athleticism – you might have a nice NFL WR here.

He had a solid Senior Bowl week against his peers and then won player of the Senior Bowl game with a couple big plays. His prospect status has nice momentum now.

Chark is a talent to work with…more ‘B’ than ‘A’ talent with concerns he’s just a good athlete more than any type of professional WR. There’s upside here.  

Anthony Miller, Memphis (5’10”/190)

Interesting prospect…a battle between great technique, nice hands, supreme effort and ‘will’ versus a so-so athlete/lower-end speed.

If Miller runs a 40-times in the 4.5s with decent agility times, he’s going to be a top 50-60 pick and a stable, reliable hand for an NFL team – a go-to guy between the hashes.

If Miller runs a 40-time 4.6+…he’s in a bit of trouble for draft status…falls outside the top 50 and is a less exciting #2/#3 WR for the NFL.

Miller is really good but potentially limited on upside with his athleticism. With the right QB he’s a 4-5+ catch a game guy in the NFL, but landing with Buffalo or Cleveland, etc., he’ll get a little lost.

 

**Tier C**

Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (5’11”/195)

I had not seen Kirk play before, and I was excited to do so for this preview because I see his name on many top 5 WR prospect lists. I was ready to see something great. I kept watching and watching…and I kept asking myself, “Is this it? Where’s the beef?” I never any ‘wow’. It’s like when analysts had Dede Westbrook as a top 3-5 WR going into last year’s Combine. I’m like…what are they looking at?

Don’t get me wrong, Kirk is a good/solid WR prospect. Very good hands. Moves around like he knows what he’s doing. He’s fine and may be ‘good’…but he’s not one of the five best WRs in this draft class. He can’t be. Maybe I missed it. We’ll see. For now…not yet.

 

Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame (6’4”/203) — Interesting prospect. Tall, lanky, wiry WR…very think lower body. Seems to have good hands and NFL athleticism. He is so thin-framed it makes you worry about his toughness/ability to fight off press coverage at the pro level. His size is appealing, and he might be able to bulk up and really be something — Dad was a former Mr. Universe. Odd seeing him so wiry not yoked. 

Mike Mayock will make sure he gets a nice draft push. 

 

Dante Pettis, Washington (6’1”/195)

All-time NCAA leader with 9 punt return TDs but doesn’t look like a typical punt return ace…long strider but gets up and goes. If I didn’t know Pettis had 9 career PR TDs, I would look at his WR work and judge him overall as average/OK. To my eye, he just doesn’t look like a guy who is a punt return ace…doesn’t seem to have the top-end speed or pop. But he was.

He’s a capable WR but he didn’t jump out at me that he was a comfortable master craftsman as a wideout. More a gimmick WR than a true worker bee, which is fine – he works for bubble screens, bombs, etc. I just think he’ll be relegated to return man + 5-10 snaps on offense…not an every down WR.

There is upside that a team works with him, grooms into such a role, but he’s not ready-made out the box. I’m intrigued and confused, and generally not sure how to value him right now. Let’s see what the Combine brings.

 

Marcell Ateman, Oklahoma State (6’4”/216)

His size makes him an eye-catching draft prospect, but overall he’s solid/good but I’ve not seen ‘wow’ in my pre-studies before the Senior Bowl and he didn’t stand out at Senior Bowl week either. Looking at him again here...just ‘shoulder shrug’. He reminds me of a lesser Josh Reynolds.

It will take a few years, but people will look back at the OSU WR duo (Ateman and Washington) and realize a good amount of that was pushed by how talented Mason Rudolph really was (the football analysts think it’s the other way around).

Ateman is NFL-worthy but he’s not screaming out ‘impact player’ at all.

Cedric Wilson, Boise State (6’2”/187)

Good hands. Good speed. Evasive after the catch. Runs solid routes. Better than average WR prospect but a little too thin-framed at this stage to make an immediate impact at the next level. Has work to do on his body, but as a WR he’s pretty solid hand. Could be a nice #2 WR in the NFL…reminded me a bit of Robert Woods.

 

Trey Quinn, SMU (5’10”/200)

The Wes Welker of the 2018 NFL Combine group…only a little bigger, thicker, stronger, faster. He is ‘that guy’, but no NFL team has ever really pulled off their own ‘Welker’, so likely Quinn is a late draft pick and goes underutilized for years until Bill Belichick gets him off a practice squad and deploys him in 2020+.

A quality WR who will get totally overlooked in the draft, a la Trent Taylor. I don’t know that Quinn isn’t better than Taylor…maybe we leave it at that they are both talented.

 

Antonio Callaway, Florida (5’11”/195)

A real sleeper talent on tape – nice frame, legit NFL speed…a big play threat (2 KR and 1 PR TDs in his two-year college career). There’s a lot to love…

And then there’s a lot to hate – suspended all 2017 season for multiple issues.

If Callaway gets it together…he’s a solid+ NFL prospect. However, he seems to have a pattern of trouble. He has NFL-starter skills but is very raw and undisciplined as a WR and off-field apparently. Hope but risk. He looks like a legit prospect on tape.

 

Simmie Cobbs, Indiana (6’3”/217)

Nice size, very good hands. Great concentration receiver…a knack for coming down with the ball when covered tightly. Displays decent athleticism…looks like he lumbers a little bit running but that could be an optical illusion because he’s a big guy. Looks like a legit pro prospect but didn’t get a ‘wow’ factor from anything I saw on tape. Not sure if a 4.6+ runner or nicely into the 4.5s.

‘Good’ is on the table, but not sure ‘great’ is.

 

Michael Gallup, Colorado State (6’1”/198)

Legit NFL WR prospect…but more ‘good’ than ‘great’. Nice build, muscular, NFL-ready. Smooth routes and reliable hands. He’s very good/solid but I never saw any signs of something special. Same thing when I pre-studied him for the Senior Bowl and observed him at the Senior Bowl week. He’s definitely NFL material but I never get excited watching him work.

We’ll see what he produces at the Combine…could be a Davante Adams hiding in the shadows or just a WR you forget about three weeks into his rookie season.

 

James Washington, Oklahoma State (6’0”/205)

I don’t get James Washington at all. I think he has clunky hands and probably runs a 4.55-60+ 40-time. He looks stiff in his lower body when he runs…not a natural athlete to my eye. He’s smart. Better than average in college, but I didn’t see anything special on tape (for the second-time…previewed him pre-Senior Bowl as well).

I rarely see him beating a CB to get open downfield – always covered tightly by decent DBs. As I’ve said…eventually, years from now, people will figure out the OSU offense on 2016-2017 was Mason Rudolph creating stars and the WRs were average/college ‘good’…not the other way around.

Washington is just not for me. If he performs better at the Combine, I’ll have to re-assess this because his college numbers are attention-getting-ish but my first two intros (here, and pre-Senior Bowl) have me wondering why people rank him so highly (it was because of nice stats…that they don’t attribute to the QB).

 

Korey Robertson, So Miss (6’1”/210)

Tough, fearless WR with very good hands – he can work in the NFL. His speed is going to be the issue. Looks like he’s in the 4.55-4.6 range. If he’s a 4.6+ 40-time then he’s likely to never be heard from much in the NFL. If he’s lower 4.5s with solid agility times, then you might have a sleeper down the road here.

A very solid, capable WR that scouts/analysts will likely not given much attention to. He may be better on tape than a Combine WR. If he played for ‘Alabama’ he’d have more hope, but with the ‘Southern Miss’ label he’s going to have to fight to get recognized by analysts.

 

Tre’Quan Smith, Central Florida (6’0”/205)

Another quality college WR around the 6’0”/200 size…college football is pumping them out like crazy. Smith has the skills of an NFL WR…good hands, good feet, productive in college. The knock is…doesn’t jump off the screen. He’s capable/useful…not ‘wow’ for me at this point!

Smith could start for an NFL team within 2-3 years or be buried on the bench. He’s in that ‘tweener’ scouting zone. His Combine numbers are critical to try to separate from a lot of other similar WRs.

 

Braxton Berrios, Miami, Fla. (5’9”/177)

Might be the Trent Taylor of this 2018 Draft…the small, speedy, crafty possession receiver for an NFL passing game. ‘Might’ be…he isn’t as good as Taylor, to me, at first glance.

Berrios is picking up momentum as a prospect because he played well at Senior Bowl week and has a nice backstory – top of his class in business school.

Scouts, like me, see a Trent Taylor or Ryan Switzer, and Berrios, and dream of all the Welker-Edelman possibilities, but aside from the Patriots…no one really uses these types of guys like ‘that’.

Javon Wims, Georgia (6’2”/213)

Solid prospect all the way around…solid hands, average+ athleticism, decent speed. I was not blown away by what I saw but the Georgia passing game was not their feature…the running game was. In a different offense, Wims might have had more numbers. On tape, he looks fine…but no ‘wow’. Looked average-good for the NFL. Hard to place/evaluate. Combine will fill in some blanks.

 

Darren Carrington, Utah (6’1”/200)

A talented but troubled WR. Played three seasons at Oregon, had off-field incidents with a DUI and then a failed drug test after a game and got the boot. He played his senior year at Utah.

Carrington looks like a very solid, stable WR who is possibly starting NFL material but has no attributes that standout right away besides that he knows how to get open and is a pretty reliable hand. There might be more to him, but there’s also the off-field clouds hanging over him.

 

**Tier D**

 

Tavares Martin, Washington State (6’0”/180)

High-end athlete but trouble off-the-field…suspended near the end of his college career and eventually dismissed. Martin is good-not-great today, could’ve been better if he took his craft more seriously…relies on his athleticism to make plays which is great in the air-raid offense but not as easy in the pros.

There is upside here if he gets his act together but he’s likely more a guy who will kick around practice squads and drop off the radar in a few years, never having made it. He has NFL starter athleticism and skills but will likely be another sad ‘analytics darling’ that has some neat Combine numbers and never makes it to see an NFL field.

Jake Wieneke, So Dakota State (6’3”/212)

Interesting FCS WR prospect. Not sure he’ll get taken that seriously for the NFL. Late-round pick or UDFA who has to try to scrap his way onto a roster. Has nice size and good hands. He’s a very nice FCS WR…but maybe a little too unathletic and not enough toughness to work right away at the pro level. He kinda got lost at the East-West game/week, when I was hoping he’d stand out.

There’s hope here, but it’s an uphill climb for him.

Ray-Ray McCloud, Clemson (5’9”/180)

One of the faster WRs in this draft but didn’t produce much of a college career…4 total receiving TDs in three seasons and KR TD. He seems to me like a guy with a track & field body/athleticism…and a track & field mindset – not tough enough to take the hits. Has good hands, nice build, the speed…just was a forgotten guy in the offense. No urgency to get him involved. He’s a deep ball guy and return man for the NFL…at best.

Cam Phillips, Va Tech. (6’0”/202)

Solid WR prospect but nothing special. I see so many guys just like him…6’0” +/-, 200 +/- pounds, probably a 4.55 runner. All good, NFL-worthy attributes but I didn’t see any special on his tape. He was fine, college-good but not dominant, explosive, or eye-catching.

Phillips is the kinda WR prospect that could be on practice squads for years and disappears…or gets onto a roster due to injuries above him and is capable and just kinda hangs around and contributes. For fantasy, that’s not what I’m looking for.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, South Florida (6’2”/205)

Not in love with this receiver. So-so college career…transferred from NC State. Tape shows a run of the mill ‘decent’ college WR. Doesn’t catch the ball fluidly. Not a great technician. Just size and good college speed to get open downfield on occasion. I’m projecting he’s a 4.6+ runner at my first glance. Just not enough it here with so many prospects in 2018 built just like him, but better at their craft.

Ka’Raun White, West Virginia (6’1”/195)

He’s is going to be pushed down a scouting hole because his brother is high-pick NFL flameout Kevin White/CHI. They look and play a little similar…a little too similar except I don’t think Ka’Raun has 4.3+ speed. White is the typical ‘good/great’ college WR…burns people with speed on deep throws occasionally and takes some bubble screens, but there’s not a lot more showing in his game. He’s not terrible, but I don’t see any real ‘wow’ factor…and the ‘Kevin is his brother’ thing can’t help but make you doubt. Same team, same style of receiver.

Auden Tate, Florida State (6’4”/220)

Nice NFL size but overall a really flimsy-looking WR. Pretty stiff moving. Not much to his play besides ‘tall’. He’ll get a look because of his size but I can’t see a confident NFL starter lurking here. Weak college career with one good game and a bunch of hardly noticeable output. 

Deontay Burnett, USC (5’10”/170)

Fairly quick, decent hands as a receiver…but is rail thin and drops passes/fumbles too often because he doesn’t take contact well. He’s just doesn’t seem built for the NFL…and unless he runs in the 4.3s, he will go undrafted. I think he’ll run 4.5s. I just don’t see a real future here.

Davon Grayson, East Carolina (6’1”/186)

Solid enough. Every 4th or 5th WR you’ve ever seen. Felt like I was watching a slower Chris Moore (Univ. of Cincinnati and Baltimore Ravens). Capable but nothing exciting. Needs to work on bulking up a bit to hang in the league.

Deon Cain, Clemson (6’0”/207)

A very average WR prospect…average size, athleticism and a little too thin-framed. Nice college WR but not a big-time prospect for the pros. I don’t think he’ll get drafted or get beyond a practice squad after my first glances at his work.

Chris Lacy, Oklahoma State (6’2”/205)

Has size, good hands, but didn’t do squat for Oklahoma State…playing in a high-powered offense Lacy had 5 career TDs (and some in junk time blowouts with a backup QB). Mason Rudolph didn’t use him often (31-489-3 Lacy’s best season in 12 games), so I’ll assume there’s not much here. He looked average/OK on tape and his output numbers are terrible.

Jester Weah, Pitt (6’2”/208)

Not for me. Didn’t like his tape pre-East-West game and don’t like it now either. Doesn’t look like a legit WR for the pro level. Very stiff, unathletic. Can run fast straight but poor agility/bounce in his step. He’s another guy I don’t see beating coverage against the better opponents he faced.

**Tier F**

Byron Pringle, Kansas State (6’1/195)

College fast but not NFL-fast. Thin-frame. No great agility. Just a pretty fast college guy who was a decent kick returner, and an underwhelming WR…who did have one good game in his career (4 rec., 166 yards, 3 TDs vs. Oklahoma State). He’s not a real NFL prospect at WR that I see. Weak WR skills and shaky hands.

Steven Mitchell, USC (5’10”/190)

Very mediocre, forgettable WR prospect for the NFL. Solid-ish/OK college WR who got open a few times but didn’t make much happen…just existed as an option in the offense sometimes when he was open. Yawn.

Robert Foster, Alabama (6’1”/190)

I mean, you’ve got to be kidding me. How did this guy get an NFL Combine invite? Hmmm…could it be because of NFL analysts and scouts favorite prospect attribute?

…went to ‘Alabama’.

Injury-laden career.  Lanky/thin-framed WR who played in 3 games each of 20142015-2016 season and then 14 games in 2017…with 14 whole catches. No thanks.

I wonder what great mid-major conference, FCS and D2 players we’ll discovered in April via their Pro Days got snubbed because of this nonsense?

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