NFL Draft Profile: Video and scouting report of Cal WR Chad Hansen, drafted 141st by New York Jets

Cal wide receiver Chad Hansen gives the New York Jets a ready-made deep-ball threat and a first-class character profile off the field, but can still stand to add to his game.

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WR Chad Hansen, Drafted
Round 4, No. 141 Overall
Team: New York Jets

Bio Info
Moorpark (Calif.) High School / Idaho State
190 pounds
4.53 40-yard dash (NFL Combine); 4.45 (Pro Day)
32 1/8-inch arm length
10 1/8-inch hands

NFL Combine
11 bench reps
35-inch vertical
119-inch broad jump
6.74-second 3-cone drill
4.13-second 20-yard shuttle

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
3-star Draft prospect
No. 18 quarterback in the draft
No. 134 overall prospect

In 2016, the Green Bay Packers chose California receiver Trevor Davis in the fifth round, 163rd overall, after a two-kickoff-return-touchdown performance against Washington State got the Cougars' special teams coordinator fired.

In 2017, the New York Jets picked Chad Hansen 141st overall in the fourth round after his 12-catch, 196-yard, 2-touchdown performance against Texas got their defensive coordinator -- Vance Bedford -- demoted less than a month later. It's a beautiful bit of symmetry. Another bit of symmetry? Hansen's road roommate, Davis Webb, was picked one round before, by the crosstown New York Giants. a thin, undersized receiver at Moorpark (Calif.), Hansen has become Chad "Handsome," Webb's favorite target, and an explosive downfield threat with exceptional ball skills and plus-plus hands. In his Pro Day workout, Hansen improved his NFL Combine 40 time by a tenth of a second, though on the field, he plays much faster. 

On a team with six wide receivers who wound up signing with NFL teams (including Davis), former head coach Sonny Dykes said during the summer of 2016 that Hansen was the most pro-ready out of all of them.

Why did Hansen fall to the fourth? A few reasons. One: His measurables weren't fantastic -- he wasn't a top performer in any drill at the NFL Combine, and his 4.54 40 was disappointing. Two: He doesn't have a ton of film. He spent one season as a starter, and after six games of stratospheric tape, he got hurt, and then had to work his way back over two games. Three: The last two combine to form a perfect storm. If you don't see him every day, you don't realize that he plays differently with pads on. He's faster in pads, his hands are better in pads, he works best under pressure from opposing defensive backs down field and he shows more body control and ball skills when he's matched up against someone on the other side. His Pro Day wasn't very impressive, and we didn't really see him going full-tilt while running routes. If you only saw his half-season of starter film, and in no-pads workouts, you wouldn't see what we saw every day. That said, given what we know having seen him every day, this pick is a steal.

As far as off the field, Hansen is quiet, humble and viewed his fame this season with bemused attachment. That said, he has a flair about him, flashing touchdown celebrations that ranged from a tribute to Aussie Rules Football to a Superman shirt rip to a Horns Down motion when playing the Texas Longhorns. He may look like the classic comic book superhero, but he's got an edge to him, as well.

A genuine, bright, thoughtful individual, Hansen wanted to play in California, after leaving Idaho State, because he wanted to be closer to his ailing aunt. As far as a face of a franchise, he's not your starting quarterback, but he has the looks, the intelligence, the affability and, most importantly, the ability, to be a a building block of a franchise and a pillar of the community. 18 Cal wide receivers have been drafted, with the earliest being Isaac Curtis (1st round, Cincinnati, 1973) and Steve Sweeney (9th Round, Oakland, 1973). The Bears have had two receivers taken in the first round (Curtis and Sean Dawkins in 1993, to Indianapolis), two in the second (DeSean Jackson to Philadelphia in 2008 and Wesley Walker in the 2nd Round to the New York Jets in 1977), and one (Keenan Allen in 2012 to the San Diego Chargers) in the third.

Cal had strings of at least one player selected in the NFL Draft for 28 consecutive years (1987-2014), one in the top three rounds for eight years (2007-14) and two in the first four rounds for five years (2010-14) before those streaks were snapped when no Cal player was selected in 2015.

Cal Wide Receivers in the NFL Draft
Trevor Davis (5th round, 2016, Green Bay)
Kenny Lawler (7th Round, Seattle, 2016)
Keenan Allen (3rd round, San Diego, 2013)
Marvin Jones (5th Round, Cincinnati 2012)
DeSean Jackson (2nd Round, Philadelphia, 2008)
Lavelle Hawkins (4th Round, Tennessee 2008)
Chase Lyman (4th Round, New Orleans 2005)
Dameane Douglas (4th round, Philadelphia 1999)
Bobby Shaw (6th Round, Seattle, 1998)
Iheanyi Uwaezuoke (5th Round, San Francisco 1996)
Sean Dawkins (1st round, Indianapolis, 1993)
Brian Bedford (9th Round, San Diego, 1989)
Holden Smith (11th Round, Baltimore Colts, 1982)
Jesse Thompson (6th Round, Detroit, 1978)
Wesley Walker (2nd Round, New York Jets, 1977)
Steve Rivera (4th Round, San Francisco, 1976)
Isaac Curtis (1st round, Cincinnati 1973)
Steve Sweeney (9th Round, Oakland, 1973)

Scouting Report

A true vertical threat who can play on the outside on Day 1 in the NFL, but needs to improve in the short-to-intermediate range, and get in and out of his breaks more quickly and crisply ... Had several drops in a rainy Pro Day performance, but once the lights are on, his hands get really sticky ... Gradual breaks give cornerbacks time to adjust, but he has, to this point, used his downfield speed and physicality to make up for that ... Can get jammed up on short and intermediate routes, and has trouble with press-man coverage ... Has plus-plus hands, but doesn't trust them enough, and lets balls get into his body ... Strong enough to rip the ball away from defensive backs, and catch it around them ... Quiet and unassuming, he has an edge to him once the pads come on ... Exceptional ball skills and body control/awareness, especially near sidelines ... Good burst down field on vertical routes ... Strong drive off the line for routes at each level, but excels on deep routes with double moves ... According to Pro Football Focus, caught all 17 catchable deep passes (20-plus yards in the air) last season.Smooth, powerful strider who can power through physical corners ... Accelerates well in open field ... Diligent run blocker who's not afraid to get physical ... Goes for the catch, doesn't shield the ball particularly well from defenders ... Work ethic is a major plus -- he improved his 40 time by 0.08 from the Combine to Cal's Pro Day ... Was a late bloomer, only receiving a scholarship offer to Idaho State after high school despite averaging 18.0 yards per catch as a senior ... Football and track MVP at Moorpark, All-Marmonte League, All-Ventura County in 2012 ... Ran 10.91-second 100 at CIF SS Div. 2 Prelims in 2013.

College Career 45 balls for 501 yards as a freshman at Idaho State, was told by Arizona State coaches, San Diego State coaches, and coaches from his own program, that he couldn't compete at Pac-12 level ... Sent film to Cal grad assistant David Gru, who presented it to Dykes, and Hansen came to Cal as a walk-on ... After redshirting due to transfer rules, Hansen combined for 111 receptions and 1,498 receiving yards with 12 touchdown catches over 20 games and nine starts in two seasons ... Earned a scholarship after the 2015 season ... Caught 19 balls for 249 yards as a redshirt sophomore, averaging 13.1 ypc, with 1 touchdown in 7 games.

Finished his junior season with seven 100-yard receiving games, six games of 10 or more catches and a career-high-tying two touchdown grabs on four occasions ... After bursting onto the scene with a unique touchdown celebration and College Football Sydney Cup MVP honors in Week 0, Hansen had a career-high 196 yards receiving and two touchdown catches on 12 receptions against a ranked Texas team to earn Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors ... His 14 catches in each of the first two games of the season are tied for third on Cal's all-time single-game list, while the 196 receiving yards is seventh.

Despite missing two games due to a high ankle sprain, Hansen was named first-team All-Pac-12 by the Associated Press, Athlon Sports, ESPN and Phil Steele, and was a second-team pick by the league's coaches ... As a junior, ranked third in the country in per-game receptions (9.2) and fourth in receiving yards (124.9) ... Led the Pac-12 in both per-game and total receptions and receiving yards while he was fourth in the conference in touchdown catches ... ranked 12th nationally in total receptions (92), 17th in receiving yards (1,249) and tied for 22nd in touchdown receptions (11) despite missing two games due to injury, finished with 10 games played and nine starts in final campaign ... Hansen's total receptions and receiving yards in 2016 rank third on Cal’s all-time single-season list ... Midseason All-American (ESPN and Sports Illustrated) ... ESPN midseason All-Pac-12 in 2016.

What They're Saying

"Really the way it worked itself out in both those cases, when you move around the Draft, it’s not just one player. You have a group of players and you rank them, so I think with our situation the best player we kind of felt at that point in time in particular with the Cal receiver who we liked quite a bit, he kind of slid a little bit there. Of a lot of the receivers taken – and from a value standpoint, he was higher than the guys around him." -- Jets GM Mike Maccagnan

"I'll bet you he will turn into a hot name during the draft. He's kind of unassuming when you see him in person, but he's a really competitive guy who plays bigger and faster than he might test. Coaches are going to love him." -- West regional scout for AFC team"I really do believe that: I think he’s one of the best pro prospects on our team. I think the kid’s got the size and strength and speed that you want to have as an outside receiver." -- Former Cal head coach Sonny Dykes, about Hansen on a team with five-star Demetris Robertson and dynamic slot receiver Melquise Stovall

"He’s quick. You look at the guy, and he’s just a freak of nature.” -- Cal tight end Ray Hudson

“Really, [I'm] just looking at everything he does. Coach is telling me to model myself after him. That’s what I’m trying to do – how he runs his routes, how he comes off the line of scrimmage, how tough he is with the defender – I’m trying to base my game off of his.” -- Demetris Robertson

“He has a tall, lean build and outstanding play speed. This is a pure vertical receiver. He is sudden in his release, stacks on top of cornerbacks and tracks the ball naturally. He can find a second gear when the ball is in the air. He does have some trouble getting off press coverage at times and he wasn’t asked to run the entire route tree at Cal. He will need some time to develop, but I love his size, speed and ball skills.” -- NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jerimiah Top Stories