POSITION: Wide receiver.
MEASUREABLES: 6-foot-3, 203, 4.55 in the 40.
COLLEGE CAREER: Recipient of the Desmond Howard Award, given to the team's top receiver. Started all thirteen games at flanker, but also saw action in the slot. Ranked second on the team and tied for tenth in the Big Ten Conference with a career-high 67 receptions, as he placed eighth in the league with 882 yards. Had eight touchdown receptions
PROJECTED AS: A complementary receiver who will have to contribute on special teams to enhance his chances of making a pro team.
DRAFT VALUE: There is plenty of talent at the wide receiver position this year. Don't expect to hear Arrington's name before the fifth round — and that might be a stretch.
SCOUT.COM'S TOM MARINO'S ANALYSIS: Solid complimentary receiver. Has good athletic ability and size, but didn't show the necessary speed to separate vertically and was unremarkable after the catch. If he can effectively play on special teams, has a chance to make it as a fourth or fifth receiver. Worked away from the ball and ran pretty fair routes but there was nothing special in this player's game. Would give late round consideration based on his size and moderate play production.
WHAT OTHER SERVICES ARE SAYING:
"Arrington is the type of receiver that can run one route well and shows anxiety running another. He seems to be more suited for the slot. He takes a rolling start off the snap rather than exploding off the line. However, he does shy away from contact at times, losing focus when he hears the defender closing on him. He shows good arm length to extend and pluck the ball outside his frame, but when he reverts to using his body to catch, he drops too many. He could have used another year of college football development. While he presents a nice target underneath for a quarterback, he must learn how to run crisp routes and improve his overall timing." — NFLDraftscout.com
"With the arrival of coach Rich Rodriguez at Michigan, it's understandable why Arrington came out after his junior season, but there is little doubt he made a mistake by doing so. He is not an elite talent and could have used another season to improve his fundamentals, consistency and maturity. Arrington has talent of a fourth- or fifth-round pick and some team may take him in that range, but his character concerns make him too much of a risk to draft." — Sportingnews.com.
MATTHEW POSTINS' BOTTOM LINE: I think there's an awfully good chance the only reason the Bucs took a look at Arrington last month was because Henne needed someone to throw to during the workout (don't laugh — Arrington and Henne have the same agents). Let's toss out the fact that Arrington does have talent and was productive at Michigan, plus the overwhelming evidence that he would have benefited from one more year in Ann Arbor. The Bucs already have two receivers just like Arrington — Michael Clayton and Maurice Stovall. They're all tall, possession receivers who work best in a slot situation. The Bucs need to focus more on getting production out of Clayton and Stovall rather than adding another similar receiving threat in the later rounds. The Bucs are better off steering clear, unless Arrington falls out of the draft completely. But that likely won't happen.
Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. An award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he appears frequently on Scot Brantley Show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1470-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.