Report from NFL Scouting Services' Dave-Te' Thomas:For all of his speed, you would think that the Georgia staff would capitalize on it better. With experience at the “Y” and “Z” receiver spots, Chris Conley did manage to tie Fred Gibson (2001-04) for fourth in school history with 20 touchdown grabs. He also collected 117 tosses for 1,938 yards (16.56 ypc).
While Conley’s lateral agility is questionable, he does show enough flexibility to make proper adjustments to get to tosses that are outside of his frame. He is conscious of ball security, and when he catches and turns to head up field he does so with little to no wasted motion. He also demonstrates good power and the second gear to make big things happen after the catch.
You can see that Conley takes full advantage of his height and wingspan, especially when having to combat cornerbacks in attempts to get to the ball at its highest point. He has very quick feet, along with possessing an array of open-field moves that makes him a very shifty runner. As most big receivers, he must be conscious for keeping his pad level down, especially when he is not as sharp with his change-of-direction agility.
Conley does have good elusiveness after the catch, but even with his timed speed, you would like to see him be more explosive off the line. He has a valid burst and very good initial quickness after the catch and often makes the first defender miss, but there are times when he can be stalled at the line.
Conley shows very good courage and will never shy away from contact, especially when called upon to make the tough grab in a crowd or when trying to escape the crowd when going over the middle. With a stopwatch, you will be very impressed with the receiver’s straight-line speed. He just does not seem to possess an explosive second gear or get to top speed as rapidly as you would expect (tends to climb the ladder).
While Conley is athletic and can be deceptive with his speed, his stopwatch time can be deceiving. For a tall player, he will revert to short striding, and when he does so you can see the tightness in the hips. He can be productive as a complementary receiver, but a lack of lateral agility will prevent him from becoming a go-to player.
Chris Conley Scouting Combine measurables
6-2/213 (4.30 forty)
33 3/4-inch arm length
9 7/8-inch hands
18-reps on bench
45-inch vertical jump
11-foot-7 broad jump
7.06 3-cone drill
4.30 20-yard shuttle<
11.65 60-yard shuttle
Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.
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