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2016 Denver Broncos Rookie Preview: Mose Frazier, WR

Our Rookie Preview series evaluates this year's crop of young Broncos and their chances of making the roster. Analyst Will Keys takes a look at Paxton Lynch's go-to guy, wide receiver Mose Frazier.

Mose Frazier, WR

Number: 17

College: Memphis

Height: 5-foot-11 Weight: 190 Age: 22

40-yard: 4.55 Bench: 15 (225 lbs)

When the Denver Broncos drafted Brock Osweiler in 2012, they eased his transition into the NFL by signing friend and college teammate Gerell Robinson. Now, as they go through a similar process just four years later, the Broncos nabbed Memphis wide receiver Mose Frazier to aid in the development of first-round pick Paxton Lynch. There's no question that Lynch is the future at quarterback, but is Frazier good enough to make the Broncos in his own right?


Frazier's college numbers don't necessarily jump off the page. In three seasons, he caught 135 balls for 1,601 yards and eight touchdowns. It's worth noting, however, that as Lynch progressed as a passer, Frazier's numbers increased steadily. About half of his career receptions, yards, and touchdowns were totaled in 2015, when Lynch was at the height of his powers at Memphis.

The size and speed of Frazier indicate that his best fit is probably as a slot receiver. He spent a lot of time on the outside in college, but the average length of cornerbacks in the NFL as opposed to Conference USA suggest he might struggle with press coverage and jump balls.

One of the things that really jumps out to me about Frazier's aptitude as a pass catcher is his body control. Lynch threw some absolute fireballs his way, and more often than not, he still had the wherewithal to immediately make a guy miss after securing a heater. 

(1:17:40) Ole Miss at Memphis. Lynch motions Anthony Miller into the backfield, leaving Frazier (5) as the lone receiver on the far side against the corner (Tony Bridges, 1). Lynch fakes a dive to the running back and pulls back to examine the field.  All the while, Frazier is running a slowly-developing comeback route. Bridges has to honor the speed of Frazier and is almost immediately in the trail technique as the ball is snapped. Because Bridges has his hips pointed inside expecting the nine route, Frazier is easily able to shake him when he breaks outside. Frazier works all the way back to the six and Lynch delivers a perfect dart and it's caught to set up goal-to-go. 

The really remarkable part about this play by Frazier (and Lynch) is the way he's able to throttle down his speed as he approaches the sideline and get himself ready not only to catch a low fastball, but also stay in bounds. Instead of dropping just his hands, he lowers his whole torso to get on an even plain with the football. The upper body moves, but both feet stay firmly planted inside the boundaries. That's an NFL catch. thing Frazier does well is carrying the ball in space. Memphis wanted the football in his hands one way or another, so when they weren't throwing to him, they'd pitch him the ball or dial up a reverse. He ultimately racked up good numbers on the ground last year, carrying the ball 17 times for 119 yards and a pair of scores.

At his very best, Frazier can be somewhat reminiscent of a player like Eddie Royal. Although Frazier isn't as fast, both players provide a lot of versatility at the position and thrive in the open field.  


The biggest thing working against Mose Frazier is his aforementioned lack of size. I think he has the requisite body control, elusiveness, and speed to work out of the slot, but that's not a transition you make overnight (maybe unless your name is Larry Fitzgerald).

Frazier may also suffer from some of the same problems that could ail Lynch. First of all, while they did play against stiff competition at times, Conference USA doesn't breed the same defensive talent that you might see otherwise. Also, the Memphis offense was geared towards a lot of quick bubble screens, triple options, and reverses that the Broncos won't likely incorporate into their playbook on a regular basis. The learning curve isn't insurmountable, but it's certainly worth taking into consideration.

Roster Prospects

As is the case for the other undrafted guys on the roster like Bralon AddisonDurron Neal and Kalif Raymond, Frazier's chances of making the active roster in year one are slim because of the Broncos' depth at wide receiver. The obvious edge for Frazier is his relationship with Lynch, but his willingness to play special teams and even return kicks will grab the attention of the coaching staff. 

The fact that the Broncos kept Gerell Robinson on their practice squad for two years without ever promoting him to the active roster suggests that they might like to keep around a guy like Frazier who has entrenched chemistry with Lynch. While that certainly doesn't guarantee anything for Frazier, it puts the odds in his favor that he could stick around as one of the 10 practice squad members.

The Lynch-to-Frazier connection will certainly be one to keep an eye on this August.

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Will Keys is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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