NFL Draft: Scouting The Wide Receivers

One of the worst receiving classes in a long while, the '06 receiver draft is void of any outstanding prospects. Usually 30-to-35 players at this position are selected during the seven rounds of the draft; presently teams are struggling to find 20 draftable receivers. Here are the scouting reports on the top twelve wide receivers.


Full Name: Chad Jackson School: Florida Pos: WR

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 213 40: 4.35 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Moved into a full-time starting position last season, producing career-best numbers of 88/900/9 and winning All-Conference honors. Started three games as a sophomore, posting 29/648/6.

Pos: Athletic receiver slowly developing a complete game. Uses his frame to shield away opponents, adjusts to the errant throw and extends to make the reception away from his frame. Sturdy receiver who gets airborne and pulls the pass from a crowd or takes a pounding then holds onto the ball. Has the speed to beat defenders deep.

Neg: Must improve his route-running skills. Gets marginal results blocking.

Analysis: A terrific prospect with an ever-improving game, Jackson showed signs of dominance as a junior then went on to have an outstanding combine. Moved into the first 30 selections and should develop into a No. 1 receiver at the next level.


Full Name: Santonio Holmes School: Ohio State Pos: WR

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 188 40: 4.40 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his sophomore and junior campaigns. Led the team in receiving last year with 53/977/11, also averaging 12.8 yards on 11 punt returns. Sophomore totals included 55/769/7.

Pos: Consistent wideout with a polished game. Fluid releasing off the line, quickly gets into breaks and separates from opponents. Sneaks downfield and easily adjusts to the errant throw running full speed. Physical, battles to make the tough catch and is effective running after the reception. Effectively uses the sidelines and gets vertical, high-pointing the ball and plucking the pass from the air. Consistently extends to make the reception away from his frame and is a reliable pass-catcher.

Neg: Below-average blocker. More of a one-speed receiver who does not have a sudden burst.

Analysis: Though not explosively fast or very large, Holmes is a solid football player who finds a way to produce. Should flourish as a second receiver in the NFL.


Full Name: Sinorice Moss School: Miami-Fl Pos: WR

Ht: 5-8 Wt: 185 40: 4.41 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Posted career-best numbers as a full-time starter last season with 35/604/6. Started four games as a junior totaling 20/351/3.

Pos: Explosive wideout with game-breaking speed. Fast off the line, quick to top speed and easily runs past opponents with a flip of the switch. Displays adjustment, body control and contorts in midair to pull the ball from a crowd. improving route-runner and separates from defenders.

Neg: Short and loses battles for the ball. Does not consistently make the difficult, over-the-shoulder reception downfield. Marginal blocker.

Analysis: Ever-improving the past six months, Moss capped a solid final season with a good showing at the Senior Bowl. A potential second wideout at the next level and would enhance his value to a team returning punts/kicks.


Full Name: Maurice Stovall School: Notre Dame Pos: WR

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 217 40: 4.58 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter coming off a career season. Posted 60/1,023/11 as a senior after 21/313/1 the prior year.

Pos: King-sized wide out with a developing game. Beats jams at the line of scrimmage, shields opponents away with his frame and out-positions defenders to make the reception. Sells routes, adjusts to the errant throw and makes the reception in stride. Consistently extends to make the reception away from his frame. Offers the quarterback a huge target in the middle of the field. Gives effort blocking downfield and seals lanes open for ball carriers.

Neg: Does not always display a great sense of timing or anticipation. Lacks the speed to get separation downfield.

Analysis: A large receiver who plays to his size, Stovall improved as the season progressed last year. Moving up draft boards, he is a first-day pick with potential as a second wide out in a conventional system or a West Coast offense.


Full Name: Demetrius Williams School: Oregon Pos: WR

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 197 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after career-best numbers of 55\1,032\10. Junior totals included 47\593\2 after a sophomore totals of 51\935\8.

Pos: Productive receiver who's displayed consistent improvement the past three-years. Displays sharpness into breaks, gets separation out of routes and positions himself to make the reception. Adjusts to the errant throw and has an outstanding sense of timing. Easily makes the reception downfield running full speed or gets vertical to high-point the ball over defenders. Works to make himself an available target, takes a big hit and consistently catches the ball with his hands. Effective picking up positive yardage after the reception.

Neg: Must improve his blocking strength. Does not present himself as a true deep-threat.

Analysis: A playmaker on the rise, Williams is a well-rounded receiver with a complete game. Took his play to another level last season and possesses the tools to be a productive No. 2 wide out.


Full Name: Greg Jennings School: Western Michigan Pos: WR

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 197 40: 4.48 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every season since his sophomore campaign and led the team in receiving each year. Senior totals were 98/1,259/14 after 74/1,092/11 as a junior. Handled both punt and kick returns duties.

Pos: Sure-handed, quick receiver with outstanding work ethic. Fast off the line, sharp running routes and gets separation from opponents. Consistently makes himself an available target and extends to grab the ball away from his frame. Quickly transitions up the field after the catch and elusive handling the ball. Displays soft hands and uses his frame to shield away opponents.

Neg: Needs to improve his blocking. Not a true downfield threat. Has a thin build and does not present himself as a sturdy receiver.

Analysis: Ultra-productive the past three seasons, Jennings is a solid wideout who's continually improved his game. Offers potential as a No. 3 receiver at the next level.


Full Name: Travis Wilson School: Oklahoma Pos: WR

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 214 40: 4.54 Year: 4Sr

Bio: All-Conference selection the past two seasons. Slowed by a foot injury as a senior and totaled just 25/310/1. Posted career-best numbers of 50/660/11 as junior.

Pos: Athletic receiver with natural pass-catching skills. Displays eye/hand coordination and gets vertical to pluck the ball from the air. Takes a pounding, holds onto the pass and is effective running after the reception. Effectively body-catches when necessary, using his frame to shield away opponents.

Neg: Marginal route-runner who does not consistently play with balance. Lacks top-end speed and is not a deep threat.

Analysis: After a disappointing campaign last year, Wilson returned and performed well at the Senior Bowl. May slip through the cracks but could be one of the draft's better bargains late in Day One.


Full Name: Mike Hass School: Oregon State Pos: WR

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 208 40: 4.62 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Former walk-on who started the past three seasons, winning All-Conference honors as a senior and junior. Led the conference in receiving the past two years totaling 90/1,532/6 as a senior after 86/1,379/7 the prior year.

Pos: Outstanding competitor who consistently comes up big during the important moments of a game. Consistently finds the open space in the defense and always works to make himself an available target. Adjusts to the errant throw and displays a great sense of timing. High-points the ball over defenders or exposes himself in a crowd for the tough catch. Has consistent and reliable hands. Displays outstanding focus and concentration.

Neg: Not a sharp route-runner and must improve his footwork. Marginal playing speed and not a true deep threat.

Analysis: One of the nation's most reliable receivers, Hass is a tremendous football player who pushes himself on the field. A well-rounded player, he'll be drafted later than his grade warrants yet will be a productive second or third wideout in the NFL.


Full Name: Derek Hagan School: Arizona State Pos: WR

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 208 40: 4.47 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a freshman and earned All-Conference honors the following three seasons. Totaled 77/1,210/8 as a senior after career-best numbers the prior year with 83/1,248/10.

Pos: Reliable pass-catcher who is best as a possession wideout. Sells routes, fast into breaks and stays low on exit. Goes up in a crowd, displays solid eye/hand coordination and comes down with the difficult reception. Comes back to the ball working to make himself an available target and uses his frame to shield away defenders. Runs well laterally making the reception in stride.

Neg: Rather lazily comes off the line of scrimmage at times. Does not show a deep burst and does too much unnecessary body-catching. Must improve his blocking.

Analysis: Coming off an uninspired ‘05 campaign, Hagan still presents himself as a solid No. 2 wideout for the next level. Will produce for an NFL team if he consistently plays to his capabilities.


Full Name: Jeff Webb School: San Diego State Pos: WR

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 211 40: 4.44 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Second-team All-Conference selection who has steadily improved his production. Senior numbers included 92/1,109/10 after a junior campaign of 71/863/6.

Pos: Nice-sized receiver who makes positive plays. Settles into the open spot of the field, shields opponents away with his frame and grabs the ball out of a crowd. Adjusts to the errant throw, displays a sense of timing and keeps the play in bounds after the reception. Flashes soft hands and the ability to snatch the ball from the air. Stays low out of breaks and works to get separation.

Neg: More of a long-strider who lacks a burst speed and the ability to beat defenders deep. Did a bit of double-catching as a senior.

Analysis: Productive on the college level, Webb must improve the details of his position, yet has the ability to be a productive third receiver on an NFL level.


Full Name: Jason Avant School: Michigan Pos: WR

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 212 40: 4.49 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference and All-Academic honors since his sophomore campaign. Led the team as a senior posting 87/1,007/8 after 38/447/3.

Pos: Big, soft-handed wideout with possibilities as a possession receiver. Consistent hand-catcher who extends to grab the ball away from his frame. Comes back to the ball and shields opponents away with his frame. Displays outstanding adjustment and body control grabbing the errant throw. Has both soft and strong hands. Effectively uses the sidelines and displays a sense of timing.

Neg: Lacks deep speed, cannot run to the long throw nor beat defenders down the field. Lacks quickness and sharpness running routes.

Analysis: Consistent the past three seasons, Avant is a clutch receiver with a passion for the game. Known as a player with a good work ethic, he is a good football player with potential as a second receiver in the NFL.


Full Name: Brandon Williams School: Wisconsin Pos: WR

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 179 40: 4.52 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter and All-Conference performer the past two seasons. Led the team in receiving as a senior posting 59/1,095/6, also averaged 14.6 yards on 26 punt returns with two more scores. Junior receiving totals were 47/580/2.

Pos: Under-sized yet consistent receiver with abilities as a return specialist. Quick off the line, sharp running routes and gets separation from opponents. Comes back to the ball, finds the soft spot in the defense and effectively uses the sidelines. Natural pass-catcher and easily adjusts to the errant throw. Not afraid to go up in a crowd for the difficult catch. Gives effort blocking downfield.

Neg: Marginal top-end speed. Will have difficulty handling the jam at the next level. Unnecessarily lets the ball get inside him at times.

Analysis: Reliable throughout his Wisconsin career, Williams is a solid middle-round pick with potential as No. 3 receiver and return specialist at the next level.


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