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6’2″ 215 pounds
4.44-4.64 estimated 40 yard dash
Pretty good speed for a guy of his size, and has the ability to hurt you in multiple different areas. He can return punts, he can carry the ball out of the backfield, and obviously he is dangerous in the passing game. Had a breakout season in 2010 with seven total touchdowns, averaging over 15 yards per reception. Following it up with a very promising senior season, once again averaging close to 16 yards per catch and really emerging as the number one receiver. Limited route tree could hurt him on draft day, but he definitely has the size and speed to make it in the NFL. His versatility will be a huge help for him, and I think scouts will like the fact that he is a willing blocker downfield. He doesn’t give up on plays. Former junior college standout who transferred to Nevada in 2010.
PROS: Size, quickness, not the fastest, but he’s got some speed, willing blocker, able to make acrobatic catches, can contribute on special teams
CONS: Limited route tree, not an elite level athlete, what kind of impact can he make as a secondary, third, or fourth receiver? Need to see more of him overall.