An NFL Analyst Weighs in on Snead

We reached out to one NFL Draft Analyst for his thoughts on the draft stock of Ball State Jr WR Willie Snead.

Ball State WR Willie Snead declared for the NFL Draft Tuesday evening, a short time after completing his junior campaign in the Cardinals' loss to Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl.

The 5-11 195 Snead compiled 106 receptions for 1,516 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season.

To help get a feel for what the pros are projecting for Snead, we reached out the author of The Slant … 2014 NFL Draft Guide – Jeff Curts.

Snead was a big-time playmaker for Cardinals over the last two season, ranking third nationally in 2013 in receiving yardage and catching at least five passes per game. He flashes generally reliable hands, runs good routes, and knows how to get open. Fearless across the middle, Snead will make the acrobatic catch with defenders closing in. At 5-11, he's not the prototypical size for today's NFL receiver and lacks deep speed, but carries his frame/pads well and got downfield regularly against MAC DB's. Film review displays a hand catcher who is fluid in/out breaks, but will need to show he can beat the jam against press coverage at the pro level.

Despite a high football IQ, Snead will suffer through occasional concentration lapses and drop a ball or two (witness GoDaddy Bowl versus Arkansas State). He is a third-day prospect who, despite his production, could go late or even undrafted because of his lack of speed. His eventual landing spot may be determined by his workouts at the combine (if invited) and Ball State's pro day.

Ball State is losing four-year starting quarterback Keith Wenning, who threw for 4,148 yards and 35 TDs this season, and his departure may have played a role in Snead's decision.

Snead will have an opportunity to play on Sundays, either as a draftee or undrafted free agent, but will need to show a willingness to contribute on special teams in order to play his dues and work into a rotation. Under the radar prospect who could find a fit in a spread offense.

For more information on Mr. Curts's book, make sure to visit: The Slant Draft Guide 2014

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