Full Name: Braylon Edwards School: Michigan
Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 209 40: 4.50
The Good: Physically impressive pass catcher who can be a one-man show
and dominant force. Relatively quick releasing off the line of scrimmage,
deceptively fast and stretches defenses vertically. Accelerates down the
sidelines then runs away from defenders. Tremendous vertical leap climbing to
snare the high ball. Adjusts to the errant throw or deep pass and makes the
reception in contorted positions. Easily pulls the ball out of the air with
several defenders draped on him. Physically beats down opponents to make the
reception and strong running after the catch.
The Bad: Lacks focus, concentration and not always on the same page as
the quarterback. Must be more cognizant picking up blitzes then becoming the hot
receiver. Needs to improve his route running; choppy into breaks and not sharp.
Must do a better job coming back to the quarterback and helping out.
The Skinny: Looking like a highlight reel at times, Edwards makes the
tough reception on third down in the short field yet also displays the ability
to break games open with long gainers down the flanks. Possesses all the
physical skills needed to be a dominant wide out and to his credit slowly
pulling the pieces together. Needs to smooth out the rough edges yet a prospect
with a great amount of upside potential who could blossom into a Pro Bowler at
the next level.
Mark Clayton School: Oklahoma
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 187 40: 4.45
The Good: Game controlling receiver who consistently comes away at the
difficult catch. Settles into the open spot of the defense, goes up in a crowd
and fearless over the middle. Uses his body to shield away opponents, then
easily adjusts backwards and catches the errant throw running full speed.
Terrific job contorting in midair for the difficult grab and concentration
throughout the action. Easily defeats jams at a lot of scrimmage or takes a
pounding and holds onto the pass. Possesses both strong and soft hands. Very
quick transitioning from making the reception to running after the catch and
shows speed in the open field. Plays with great balance and body control. Has of
sense of timing and anticipation laying out for the tough grab. Solid downfield
The Bad: Must improve the footwork of his route running. Lacks top size.
The Skinny: While he has the advantage of playing in a passing offense,
Clayton still possesses the physical skills and football wherewithal to make an
impact at the next level. Outstanding in the underneath coverage, Clayton is
also deceptively fast and has the ability to break games wide open. May not pass
the eyeball test as far as size\speed numbers are concerned yet an outstanding
prospect that justifiably deserves top 15 consideration next April.
Craphonso Thorpe School: Florida State
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 189 40: 4.45
The Good: Big play receiver who is a complete wide out, displaying the
ability to break games open or control them. Quick footed, immediately gets off
the line of scrimmage and a sharp route runner who separates from defenders
exiting breaks. Consistently makes the catch away from his frame. Helps out the
quarterback following the passer across the field and working to make himself an
available target. Elusive in the open and makes defenders miss running after the
reception. Correctly positions himself against opponent's then high points the
ball, coming away with the grab and extending to catch the ball. Gets up in
traffic to make the difficult reception downfield. Displays both timing and
anticipation. Possesses the "get up and go speed" with the ability to run
away from opponents. Outstanding focus and concentration, continually making one
big play after another. Adequate job blocking downfield.
The Bad: Lacks the strong hands. Possesses a tall thin frame and has
difficulty in battles. Still recovering from a broken leg, which he suffered
The Skinny: Possibly the most complete receiver in this draft, Thorpe
previously displayed the skills to take over games as a deep threat or come up
with the important reception on third down. Thorpe possesses the skills that
equate well to the next level and will be a productive NFL receiver though he is
slow returning from the leg injury suffered a year ago. May be downgraded due to
a disappointing senior season yet will surprise in a positive way at the next
Mike Williams School: USC
Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 230 40: 4.61
The Good: Big bodied, possession receiver unable to overcome several
legal challenges to enter last April's draft. Strong at the point, easily beats
jams at the line of scrimmage and runs adequate routes. Comes back to the ball,
extends and comes away with the reception even when double-teamed. Displays
great power in all aspects and a dominant force. Possesses soft hands, adjusts
to the errant throw then looks the pass in.
The Bad: Slowly releases off the line of scrimmage and not explosive.
Loses focus and concentration. Not a burner that beats defensive backs downfield
in foot race. Does not attack blocking assignments.
The Skinny: Physically gifted and tremendously productive during his only
two seasons at USC, Williams projects well at the next level as a prototypical
possession receiver. Made a poor choice battling the NFL in court last April and
could pay a price next year as he will slip down boards. Size is enticing as are
his abilities in the red zone. Could potentially develop into a tight end down
Fred Gibson School: Georgia
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 195 40: 4.48
The Good: Athletically gifted wide out who displays flashes of being both
a game controlling and game breaking receiver. Beats opponents off the line,
does a solid job running routes and quick footed into breaks. Gets separation
from opponents, displays timing as well as the ability to adjust then grab the
errant throw. Comes back to the ball displaying good eye/hand coordination,
extends and shows soft hands with the ability to pluck the ball from the air.
The Bad: Inconsistent in almost every aspect. Not always on the same page
as his quarterback. Lets the ball get inside him and drops a lot of the easy
throws. Lazily gets into routes. Have had problems with injuries in the past.
The Skinny: At the top of his game Gibson is a receiver who can make the
big catch during the critical moments of a contest. He flashes the skills to
break games wide open yet his career has been marred with inconsistency.
Physically, Gibson grades out high but his attitude and pre-draft interviews
will dictate whether or not a franchise parts with a top 75-selection for his
services in April.
Skyler Green School: LSU
Ht: 5-8 Wt: 190 40: 4.47
The Good: Explosive receiver that impacts the game returning punts.
Quickly gets off a line of scrimmage, runs solid routes and stays low on exit,
coming back to the ball. Immediately transitions from making the reception to
running after the catch, keeps the play in bounds and works to pick up as much
yardage as possible. Runs well laterally and adjusts to scoop up the low throw.
On the same page as his quarterback and always working to make himself an
available target. Game changing return specialist.
The Bad: Has a compact build yet short and has trouble against bigger
The Skinny: Combining speed and explosion, Green has the abilities to
quickly alter the momentum of games. Does not possess the size to be a number
one wide out at the next level but could develop into a solid second receiver
who doubles as a team's return specialist.
Terrence Murphy School: Texas A&M
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 190 40: 4.45
The Good: Terrific possession receiver with a good feel for the game.
Makes the tough reception with defenders draped on him, takes a pounding and
holds onto the ball. Comes back to the quarterback, uses his body to shield away
opponents and displays a good sense of awareness. Adjusts to scoop up low throws
and displays the ability to get vertical then high point the errant pass. Stays
with the action and always working to make himself an available target. Very
The Bad: Runs well for the stopwatch yet does not display a second gear
or the ability to get deep separation.
The Skinny: A multi-purpose player, Murphy impacts the game at receiver
or as a return specialist. Hard working both on and off the field, Murphy is a
productive skill player that consistently gets the job done. Pre-draft workouts
will dictate whether or not he ends up in a first-round next April.
Reggie Brown School: Georgia
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 197 40: 4.51
The Good: Athletic receiver that's displayed a steady line of progress
the past two years. Strong pass catcher and easily gets off jams at the line of
scrimmage then fearlessly lays out to make the difficult catch in a crowd. Takes
a big hit yet holds onto the pass. Does a good job extending to catch the ball
away from his body. Quick in all aspects of his game, displays sharpness running
routes and immediately transitions from making the reception to running after
the catch. Gets vertical and adjusts in midair to grab the errant throw. Shields
opponents away with his frame to protect the pass.
The Bad: Must do a better job reading defensive blitzes and becoming the
hot receiver. Lazily lets the ball get inside his frame at times.
The Skinny: Consistently improving his game, Brown is moving up draft
boards and overtaking highly regarded teammate
Fred Gibson. Offers decent size\speed numbers and learning to play up to his
athletic ability. Could move into the top 60 selections with solid pre-draft
workouts next February.
Josh Davis School: Marshall
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 191 40: 4.51
The Good: Heady receiver that's been productive the past three years.
Quickly gets off the line beating jams and releasing into pass routes. Uses the
sidelines well, displays excellent body control and comes back to the ball,
making himself an available target. Outstanding eye\hand coordination, focus and
reliable in all aspects. Very effective running after the reception.
The Bad: More built up speed then a sudden burst. Lets the pass get
inside him and more of the body catcher that clutches the ball against his
The Skinny: Solid in all aspects of his game, Davis has the potential to
be a productive third receiver at the next level. Does not pass the eyeball test
or possess the top size\speed numbers yet a natural receiver that can produce
right out of the gate.
J.R. Russell School: Louisville
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 204 40: 4.55
The Good: Big-bodied receiver who consistently comes away with the
reception. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, stays low exiting breaks
and immediately positions himself to make the catch. Uses his large frame to
shield away opponents and looks the pass into his hands. Shows excellent
eye\hand coordination as well as focus. Gets vertical or lays out and exposes
himself to the big hit in order to make the catch. Displays good ball awareness
and a solid football player.
The Bad: Not quick releasing off the line of scrimmage and more of a long
strider with built up speed. Does not have the ability to run away from
opponents and not a deep threat.
The Skinny: Reliable throughout college, Russell is a game controlling
receiver who projects well to the next level as a possession wide out. Solid in
all areas of the game, he should be effective for a running offense that plays a
ball control game.
2005 NFL Draft: Scouting The Top 10 Receivers
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