Finding Broncos: Scouting Baylor Wide Receiver KD Cannon

Erick Trickel returns to scout Baylor's explosive receiver. The Broncos need a playmaker who can take the top off the defense. Where can they target KD Cannon?

KD Cannon, Wide Receiver, Baylor Bears

http://www.scout.com/player/167793-kd-cannon?s=101

Combine Measurements 

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 182 pounds

Arms: 30-¾ inches

Hands: 8-? inches

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.41 seconds*

Bench Press (225 lbs): 13 reps

Vertical Jump: 37 inches*

Broad Jump: 119 inches

*Denotes 90th percentile or higher compared against peers

Medical

N/A

Character

Minor concerns. 

Stats

Year Receptions Yards YPC TD
2014 58 1,030 17.8 8
2015 50 868 17.4 6
2016 87 1,215 13.9 13

Pros

Top-level athlete. Will leap over low tackles. Home run hitter. Has shown ability to catch outside of his body. Nearly impossible to overthrow him.

Smooth receiver. Long-strider that eats up space quickly. Really good at tracking the ball through the air. Fights for the ball but always looks to adjust to make the catch easier. Can’t have corners play off against him.

Cons

Lacks strength and press corners shut him down. Comes out of breaks too low at times causing him to trip up. Limited route tree. 9 out of 10 times he is a body catcher.

Struggles with drops, with nine in 2016. Doesn’t high-point the ball. Limited challenges from opponents off the line. Not a sharp route runner.

Overview

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KD Cannon is great at one thing, but needs work on everything else. He is a deep threat, home run hitter. He can take the top off a defense, and do it quickly, as long as he doesn’t face press coverage.

With his speed, he could be given a look on special teams, but he has limited experience there. His hands and lack of strength are what keep teams down on him.

Fit With The Broncos

Denver could use a pure deep threat to help out Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. This would allow them to do more work underneath, with Cannon taking the top off the defense. It would add an element to the offense that they don’t have.

Yes, Sanders and Thomas can and have taken the top off, but both work better on the short/intermediate routes. Also, having the deep threat to pull a safety opens up more space for the receivers underneath.

Draft Grade: Round 4

Where He Goes: Late 5th-Mid 6th

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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