Fort Collins, CO- Colorado State Rams wide receiver Rashard Higgins strode onto the field for his pro day workout in Fort Collins on Wednesday sporting two different pairs of shiny golden cleats, his trademark smile, and a grey t-shirt that read “No Wood, No Refs.”
“It’s ‘Hollywood’ for short,” Higgins said. “If there’s no Hollywood, there ain’t nobody else. I bring the show to town.”
Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins certainly does bring the show to the football field. During his three seasons at Colorado State, Higgins took over the University’s wide receiver record book recording 239 catches, 31 touchdown receptions, and 3,649 receiving yards.
Those numbers clearly raised the eyebrows of scouts across the National Football League as 27 scouts and 3 coaches representing 29 different NFL teams turned out to watch CSU’s all-time leading receiver take the field.
Notable names on hand included former Denver Broncos General Manager and a current Detroit Lions Senior Personnel Executive Brian Xanders and former CSU alumni and Pittsburgh Steelers great turned assistant coach Joey Porter.
Higgins is the kind of prospect who impresses scouts on tape, but will never flash with his measurable statistics, which is partly why most NFL Draft experts project him as a mid-round pick.
However, Higgins came into his pro day determined to improve on his combine numbers. “I could have improved on everything,” Higgins said. “I improved on my vertical jump and my long-jump as well. I got better today. That’s all that matters.”
The 21-year old participated in the majority of the workout session. He improved his vertical jump by a half an inch over his combine number, jumping 32.5 inches. Additionally, he recorded a ten foot broad jump and 13 repetitions on the bench press.
At 6’2” 181 lbs., Higgins hasn’t shown the kind of explosiveness scouts are looking for out of a receiver of his size. He ran a fairly pedestrian 4.64 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and those in attendance were eager to see him improve on that number.
He did, albeit slightly. Higgins recorded a 4.59 and 4.60 during the two 40-yard dashes he took part in. Higgins wasn’t concerned with his time. “I’m not going to be the fastest guy on the field,” Higgins said. “My technique beats all. I take pride in running routes. Where I’m not fast, my route running ability picks up.”
Higgins ran six routes in front of the scouts including a very crisp deep post and button hook. He caught all six of the passes thrown his way and looked fluid throughout his individual drills period.
Most scouts expect Higgins to be selected in the middle rounds of the draft and some teams are already emerging as favorites to select him next month.
Speaking exclusively with Scout, Higgins said he met with about 15 teams at the combine, but one in particular seemed to be the most interested in his services. According to sources, the New Orleans Saints believe Higgins would fit well into their offense. Of course, if the Saints were to bring Higgins to the Bayou, he would be re-united with former CSU quarterback Garrett Grayson, who many believe to be the quarterback in waiting for that organization.
Higgins also seemed to express interest in being drafted by a team a little closer to home. The Denver Broncos are no stranger to players from Colorado State, having selected Ty Sambrailo in the second round of last year’s NFL draft, and signing CSU alums Kapri Bibbs and Shaquil Barrett as undrafted free agents two years ago.
“I know if I was able to get picked up by the Broncos I would have a huge fan base,” Higgins said. “If I get picked up by them, that’d be a dream come true.”
While the Broncos did have a representative on hand at his pro day, sources say that the Broncos have yet to reach out to Higgins or his representative, but that certainly doesn’t exclude the Mile High City as a potential landing spot for Higgins come draft day.
“People have been telling me, ‘Man, it’s the teams that don’t talk to you that’ll pick you up,” Higgins said.
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