Finding Broncos: Scouting Northern Illinois Wide Receiver Kenny Golladay

Erick Trickel returns to break down NIU's explosive receiver Kenny Golladay. Would he fit the Broncos?

Kenny Golladay, Wide Receiver, Northern Illinois Huskies

Combine Measurements

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 218 pounds

Arms: 32 inches

Hands: 9-¾ inches

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.5 seconds

Bench Press (225 lbs): 18 reps*

Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches

Broad Jump: 120 inches

3-Cone Drill: 7.0 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.15 seconds

* Denotes 90th percentile or higher compared against peers






Year Receptions Yards TD Rush Att Yards TD
2015 73 1,129 10 14 1
2016 87 1,156 8 20 192 2


Is a H/W/S prospect — height, weight and speed. Quarterback’s dream with his size. Long strider who eats up space quickly and can be a deep threat.

Hand fighter to battle cornerbacks. High-points passes and catches passes away from his body. Has a huge catch radius. Willing to go get the ball either high or low.

Shows excellent instincts when route running. Good awareness finding the soft spot in zone defenses. Can be used in a variety of ways due to the H/W/S combination.


A lot of issues with his route running. Doesn’t disguise his routes, needs to be sharper, needs to be quicker with cuts to get separation and needs to shake off defenders in his routes.

Not a initiative blocker, instead waits until he has to block. Bad awareness. Shows limited boundary awareness and had many catches on the sideline not count.


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Kenny Golladay has a lot of potential and can be a diverse receiver on the field. He has enough speed to be a deep threat, while he has the size and weight to work the shorter and intermediate routes.

There is a lot of work to do on his route running before he can be a consistent contributor on offense.

Fit With The Broncos

Golladay is a repeat of what the Broncos already have in spades on their roster. Jordan Taylor and Cody Latimer have very similar styles to Golladay, and while Latimer hasn’t lived up to his potential that saw him drafted in the second round, Taylor has been impressive in limited action.

Golladay would be a bit of a project stuck behind other young receivers trying to step up.

Draft Grade: Round 6

Where He Goes: Round 6-7

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

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