"I have spent four years at the University of Washington and overall my experiences have been great, but it is the point of my life to make the next step, and that is in the NFL. It was a process of maturity and coming along to try my luck at the next level," said Stevens at his press conference annoucing that he was entering the NFL draft a year early.
Stevens comes to the NFL with mixed reactions from draft experts, mainly due to a couple of sketchy incidents that he's been involved with over the course of the last few years. "He needs a lot of work on his blocking. The other thing is, the character is a concern. I mean, every year it's something," noted one expert last month.
|Jerramy Stevens of the Washington Huskies celebrates in the endzone during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at the Husky Stadium.|
In the summer of 2000, he was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. That investigation dragged on for months before the prosecutor's Office decided not to press charges.
Last spring, he pleaded guilty to a charge of hit-and-run property damage in an incident in which he drove his vehicle into a retirement home.
As you can see, the list is quite extensive, and that is why is stock has probably fallen from a late first round selection to a mid-2nd round or early 3rd round pick.
Stevens, had a Washington tight-end record 43 receptions in 2000, however he saw his production drop off considerably last year due to a fractured left foot in the season opener against Michigan. In five games, he had 19 receptions for 197 yards and one touchdown. His biggest game by far was in the Holiday Bowl against Texas where he had a career-high nine receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown.
Stevens displays excellent hands and has enough quickness and strength to get off the line of scrimmage and get open in a hurry. In fact, he would be a great fit into Bruce Coslet's version of the west coast offense.
And realistically, it wouldn't surprise me if the Cowboys are looking very hard at this kid with their 3rd round pick. He's as talented as a Dan Graham or a Jeremy Shockey, its just his off the field problems that are scaring teams away. And if the Cowboys can't pick up either one of these two in the first or second rounds, the next best choice on the board would be Stevens. The kid certainly has all the physical tools to become an all-pro in the NFL.
The only question is, can he keep his head on straight long enough to do it.