It is entirely possible that wide receiver Andre Caldwell would be a surefire first-round prospect if he did not play his position at the University of Florida.
With a list of productive college players that saw only mild or no success at the NFL level — including his brother Reche Caldwell — and a number of first-round selections at the wide receiver position over the years, Florida receivers have a hit-or-miss reputation at best.
But, just as Michigan wide receivers may have seen their future draft stocks improved by the current performances of Braylon Edwards and Amani Toomer, and Penn State running backs can thank Larry Johnson, it is also entirely possible that Caldwell the Younger can reverse the fortunes of the receiver position in Gainesville.
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Caldwell played five seasons for Florida, tallying 20 total touchdowns, 185 receptions, and 2,349 receiving yards in his time as a Gator, three seasons of which were spent as a starter.
Four of his 20 touchdowns were scored on the ground and he also scored the game-winning touchdown in this year's Senior Bowl on a two-yard end around.
After a productive college career, he began to make a positive impression on scouts with a very successful offseason. From his work at the Senior Bowl — not only in games but in practices, where he showed his speed and athleticism — to his blazing 40 time of 4.35 seconds at the Combine, to showing fluid hips and running precise routes as his Pro Day, Caldwell is doing everything in his power to show NFL teams that he is ready to compete at the highest level.
While he is not a huge prospect, measuring in at a shade over six feet, he is solidly built at 207 pounds, has obvious deep speed given his 40 time and excellent short-area quickness as evidenced by his 10-yard dash time of 1.47 seconds.
After five seasons and one national championship at a major college program, playing against some of the best competition Division I has to offer in the SEC, he has proven to be a productive, fluid, and polished receiver. He has tremendous speed and quickness, as well as excellent hands and is an accomplished route runner.
According to Scout.com's Chris Steuber, teams around the league are starting to take notice of Caldwell's enormous potential and are beginning to reconcile themselves with the fact that he played college ball at Florida.
At this point, Steuber projects Caldwell is a mid second-round prospect, which means that he may be gone by the time the Colts are on the clock with their first selection in the second round.
But, with receivers already on the roster from big-time programs such as Miami, Syracuse, and Ohio State, Indianapolis may be looking to add Caldwell to the fold, and he could well be the highest-rated prospect on their board when it comes time to make their selection at 59th overall.
At that point, it won't be a question of whether or not they're willing to take a chance on a Florida receiver, but whether or not they're interested in selecting a receiver at all, with so many more pressing needs to fill.