2016RookieGuide

The DFW 2016 NFL Rookie Fantasy Football GuideDFW is proud to release the 2016 edition of The Warehouse 2016 NFL Rookie Fantasy Football Guide: 122 players, 52,012 words and 100+ hours of research and analysis boiled down for your NFL draft day enjoyment, with a ton of information and analysis distilled for dynasty rookie and 2016 redraft domination. The guide includes: key notes for every player on their background, main statistics, strengths and weaknesses, and a synopsis of their Combine performance, their draft location (or location if signed as a free agent) with 2016 Outlook. You will find this to be an extremely valuable source of information and a super enjoyable read, get the guide as part of your DFW Insider Membership by signing up here. Please enjoy! [Please note that we are releasing new rookies daily and adding them to this centralized database of players and updates will happen again after the NFL draft]

2016 ROOKIE PROFILES: QB’s

2016 ROOKIE PROFILES: RB’s

2016 ROOKIE PROFILES: TE’s

WIDE RECEIVERS

*In Alphabetical Order

 

Bralon Addison2


DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Bralon Addison


WR Bralon Addison – Redshirt Junior/ 5-9 / 197 – OREGON

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20156380412.810
20146189014.67
20122224311.03
Career1461,93713.320
  • Possesses elite quickness and dynamic cutting ability
  • Has a low center of gravity, making him more difficult to tackle than one might think based on his size
  • Shows very soft hands and has the vision to set up blocks and find creases in the defense
  • Can change direction in an instant and return to top speed in a hurry
  • Creates separation with his speed throughout his routes and has the potential to be effective in the slot at the next level
  • Displays elite body control and has surprising leaping ability allowing him to high-point passes over larger CBs
  • Productive scorer in college with 20 receiving touchdowns in three seasons
  • Adds value as a returner and runner on sweeps and reverses (Addison had three punt returns for touchdowns)
  • Didn’t run a full route tree, focusing mainly on simple routes
  • Stats were to a degree manufactured as a by-product of the Oregon offense
  • Small frame limits his catch radius, giving quarterbacks less room for error
  • Suffered a torn ACL that cost him the entire 2014 season
  • Seemed to not trust his surgically repaired knee last season, limiting his effectiveness
  • Despite his quickness, his top-end speed is only slightly above average
  • Won’t provide much value as a blocker due to his small frame
  • COMBINE UPDATE: As expected, Addison had better times in the agility drills than any others as he posted top-15 times in the Three-Cone Drill (6.95 seconds), 20-Yard Shuttle (4.14 seconds) and 60-Yard Shuttle (11.53 seconds) as those drills emphasize a player’s change of direction skills. Addison will likely contribute mainly as a returner early, but could grow into a complementary role on offense with his playmaking ability. He has drawn comparisons from Josh Huff to Brandin Cooks, so beauty seems to be truly in the eye of the beholder when it comes to Addison.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: Undrafted
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 5th-6th round pick
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Bralon Addison may have had an impressive combine, but it wasn’t enough to get drafted. He was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the Denver Broncos and is a long shot to make the team. If Addison catches on as a practice squad player, he could possibly develop into a slot receiver, but in a backup role.

 


 

TylerBoyd


DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Tyler Boyd


WR Tyler Boyd – Junior / 6-1 / 197 – PITTSBURGH

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20155173914.53
20143751313.92
20132840914.64
Career1161,66114.39
  • A prolific player in many aspects filling roles as kickoff and punt returner, slot WR, QB, and RB racking up 3,467 all-purpose yards at Pittsburgh in three seasons
  • Precise, polished route runner who knows when to speed up and slow down to minimize crowding in the deep middle and Boyd gets in and out of breaks quickly
  • Possesses outstanding body control and capable of making acrobatic catches
  • Works the sidelines like a pro
  • Strong, vice-grip hands who attacks the ball rather than wait and make athletic catches
  • Competitive and highly confident in his skills leading to high efficiency in contested situations but lacks power due to his small frame
  • Highly-productive and involved in the offense since day one at Pittsburgh, averaging 6.7 receptions per game and 84.7 receptions per season — Boyd passed Larry Fitzgerald for school records in receptions and receiving yards
  • Boyd was a three-year starter and put up impressive numbers despite playing with three different quarterbacks (and generally considered poor quarterback play)
  • Boyd also filled in at RB for some plays totaling for 349 yards rushing in 2015
  • Ran mostly short routes during his time at Pitt and Boyd is not much of a deep threat with marginal long speed
  • Tall and a somewhat narrow frame, Boyd’s slighter build can make it easy for defenders to push him around and jam him at the line of scrimmage
  • Technique and strength will need improved at the next level to eliminate him as blocking liability
  • Was suspended from team activities and the first game of 2015 due to a DUI
  • In high school, Boyd set the Pennsylvania state record with 117 career touchdowns and winning the Class A Player of the Year twice
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Boyd had a solid Combine performance, generally toward the middle on most drills. His natural catching skills were on display and despite he ran a 4.59 in the Forty (which he then improved to 4.50 at the Pittsburgh Pro Day). A low repetition rate on the Bench Press (11) was evidence of the lack of strength for the slightly undersized receiver.  Boyd has a chance to sneak into the 1st round of the NFL Draft and if not he certainly will go in the 2nd round.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: TBD
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: TBD
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD

 


DanielBraverman


DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Daniel Braverman


WR Daniel Braverman – Redshirt Junior / 5-7 / 177 – WESTERN MICHIGAN

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20151081,36712.713
20148699711.66
2012181357.50
Career2122,49911.819
  • Braverman played in 11 games in 2012 and then red-shirted in 2013
  • Highly productive in his senior season with 108 receptions, nearly 1400 receiving yards (with eight 100-yard games) and 13 TDs — Braverman averaged 8.3 receptions per game in 2015 (which tied him for second most nationally)
  • Second in total receptions in 2015 in the NCAA at 109 to Tajae Sharpe who had 111
  • Slot receiver specialist — will immediately draw the “Wes Welker” comparisons as a slot receiver with a similar build and quickness over the middle and in zones
  • Averaged 3.27 yards per route run from the slot in 2015 was the best mark of any WR in this year’s class
  • Great route runner with extremely quick feet
  • Works well against the zone finding passing lanes and is fearless across the middle
  • Has great shiftiness at the line of scrimmage with tremendous shake moves in/out of breaks
  • Great at adjusting routes and can work back to the QB
  • Good vision with the ball in his hands and Braverman is elusive in the open field making tacklers miss
  • Has some punt return ability and Braverman also has college experience on kickoffs (with marginal success in each however in limited opportunities)
  • Had big games against Ohio State last year (10/123/1) and Michigan State in 2015 (13/109/0)
  • At his height, Braverman is very lean and he will need put on muscle to succeed at NFL level
  • Very small frame (under 180 lbs) and Braverman’s catch radius for a QB to throw to is small
  • Needs to improve sinking into space to avoid big hits in the middle
  • Lacks eilite explosiveness to accelerate
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Braverman wasn’t invited to the Combine but he is on the radar and will get drafted. Braverman performed at the Western Michigan Pro Day but had a mediocre performance. The one area he excelled at was is the Forty-yard dash where he posted a time of 4.47 seconds. While he isn’t expected to be a great athlete, Braverman didn’t pleasantly surprise in athletic drills posting just a 28.5” Vertical Jump, a 9’4” Broad Jump along with average scores in the Short-Shuttle and 3-Cone (which won’t hurt Braverman any for teams looking to add him in the draft, and he has met with several teams).
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: TBD
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: TBD
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Chris Brown


WR Chris Brown – Senior / 6-2 / 193 – NOTRE DAME

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20154859712.44
20143954814.11
20131520913.91
201225628.00
Career1041,41013.66
  • Possesses a solid over-all skill set
  • Uses his size well against smaller cornerbacks
  • Has good deep speed though definitely operates more of a possession receiver (certainly at Notre Dame, and in a run-based offense)
  • Provides a tall safety valve to quarterbacks as Brown does a good job finding soft spots in coverages
  • Willing to go over the middle and gets to the sticks (33 of his 48 receptions in 2015 went for a first-down)
  • Coachable, hard-worker and team player, coaches note he never complained about his complement role in the Notre Dame offense
  • Lean and lanky without an ideal frame for filling out, almost certainly going to have difficulty fighting off jams at the line of scrimmage at the next level
  • Very inconsistent as Brown is capable of making difficult catches but will make too many drops or double-clutch receptions
  • Not overly sudden in breaks and takes some time for Brown to get back up to full speed (his timed speed doesn’t really translate as well on the field)
  • Not a receiver that is going to rack up a lot of yards after the catch or make defenders miss in the open field
  • Former track star in high school and Brown was part of the U.S. Junior National Track team (sprinter, triple-jumper and high jumper) — Brown was the number one triple jumper in the U.S. in his junior year in high school
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Brown’s stock has been trending up during post-season evaluations. Brown skipped the Combine with a lower leg issue but was cleared in time for the Notre Dame Pro Day where he showed off his speed with a 4.44 second run in the Forty-Yard-Dash and a 10’10” Brown Jump (which would have ranked third among receivers at the Combine). Brown also caught all but one pass in drills. Brown also helped himself some with a strong week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game and led the East team with 42 yards receiving. Brown is likely capped at being a complement at the next level (as Brown was at Notre Dame to Will Fuller), lacking any stand-out physical qualities, but he should hear his name called on day three of the NFL Draft.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: UNDRAFTED, Signed by Dallas Cowboys
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 6th Round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Brown was signed by the Dallas Cowboys and is a burner with impressive athleticism.  He ran a 4.47 at his pro day and boasts a 10’10” braod jump.  Because of those facts he has some upside, but he was a complementary wideout in college and projects to be much the same in the NFL.  Don’t look to draft him prior to the 6th round of a rookie draft.  At that point he’s worth a flyer based on sheer speed.

 


 

Burb


DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Aaron Burbridge


WR Aaron Burbridge – Senior / 6-0 / 206 – MICHIGAN STATE

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
201585125814.87
20142935812.31
2013221948.80
20122936412.62
Career1652,17413.210
  • Experienced in a Pro-style offense and in that sense is more NFL-ready than some
  • Displays very good ball skills with the body control and hands to make spectacular catches
  • Has good instincts to high-point passes and has a strong “my ball” mentality but Burbridge lacks ideas receiver height at 6’0” and doesn’t have long arms
  • Not afraid to make tough catches over the middles and has shown he can absorb a hit and maintain possession
  • More sudden than fast, Burbridge makes crisp cuts and is at his best on timing routes
  • Sells double-moves effectively, opening up the possibility for long plays
  • Willing to match physicality with CBs throughout his route
  • Excels in the run game as a willing blocker
  • Lacks elite athletic ability, drawing Jason Avant comparisons (nearly exactly the same size)
  • Just 10 career TDs in college, one every 16.5 receptions
  • Despite solid quickness, Burbridge doesn’t possess breakaway speed, limiting his big play potential
  • Has good hands, but will lose contested catches too often
  • Has shown the inability to separate against press coverage against quicker CBs
  • Only had one season of upper-echelon production
  • Named Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2015 after setting the Michigan State record for catches in a season (85)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Burbridge’s results in the athletic events at the NFL Combine can best be described as “pedestrian” as he finished well behind the other WRs in every category with the exception of the Bench Press (20 reps, tied for tops among WRs).  Burbridge was a bottom five receiver in the Vertical Jump, tied fort 7th-worst in the Broad Jump, low in the Three=Cone and tied for dead-last in the 60-Yard Shuttle. While not necessarily surprising, the results may push Burbridge deeper into the Draft than originally projected. Perhaps the biggest takeaway from Burbridge’s Combine is his size 8 ¼ hands, smallest among those who attended. Burbridge appears to be best suited for a slot receiver role in the NFL according to one NFL scout, saying, “I like the competitor but I’m not crazy about the athlete. I think he’ll have to move inside and be a slot but he will benefit from more accurate quarterbacking.”
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 6th Round (6.38), San Francisco 49ers
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: Undrafted
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: It could be argued San Francisco is an ideal spot for a rookie WR to make an impact as the biggest name at the position is Torrey Smith.  Burbridge was the only WR the 49ers drafted, so that gives him a slight leg up on the UDFAs signed following the draft.  Burbridge may work his way into a rotation or see some time in four-wide sets, but it’s hard to envision him making a contribution for fantasy purposes in 2016.  Burbridge’s skill set doesn’t look like it will translate to NFL success, so dynasty owners can move on.

 


 

Cajuste


DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Devon Cajuste


WR Devon Cajuste – Senior / 6-4 / 234 – STANFORD

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20152738314.23
20143455716.46
20132864222.95
2012177.00
Career901,58917.714
  • Great size and length, versatile
  • Cajuste is a potential “tweener” as he is perhaps too small to be a tight end and too slow for receiver, but some believe that he may be asked to move from receiver to an offline TE or a move TE at the next level
  • His strong 10 and 3/4 inch hands have been know to make some Odell Beckham like catches balls (his 33” arms help has well), but he also has inconsistent hands
  • Holds his ground well and can outwork smaller DBs with frame and 36” vertical
  • Very large catch radius
  • Able to stop and start swiftly, although Cajuste lacks elite speed
  • High points with supreme concentration and never gives up on balls
  • Always seems to make the big play and Cajuste averaged a blistering 17.7 yards per catch at Stanford
  • A scoring option with his size length, Cajuste scored 14 TDs on just 90 receptions (a TD one out of every 6.4 receptions)
  • Very aggressive blocker, will also fight for position
  • Mostly lined up in the slot in college but Cajuste can be use as the motion WR and he posts up well as the X WR
  • Will need to use more than his height to consistently beat NFL defenders
  • Not an explosive athlete and Cajuste lacks burst and as a result he could struggle with separation against NFL CBs
  • Not fast enough to outrun coverages or breakaway after the catch
  • Will need to be coached up at the next level on nuances of running routes, like finding and settling into zones
  • Not highly utilized in college (just 90 receptions in four seasons) but played on a run-first offense at Stanford
  • Will draw Devin Funchess comparisons both in terms of size and a WR/TE tweener option coming out of college
  • COMBINE UPDATE: For a player in Cajuste’s position of being projected as a sixth or seventh rounder, a solid Combine workout could vault him up and he likely did that. In particular, Cajuste crushed it in the Three-Cone Drill with a 6.49 second time, an astonishing achievement given his size. It was certainly head-turning when you remember his size and it was the best among receivers at this year’s Combine and the 5th-best time in this drill among receivers over the past decade. A time like makes one think he could perform in traffic or across the middle. His 4.62 Forty-time was very indicative of an athlete with his frame, but he does deceive with a very quick thigh charge prior the break in his route and that makes him appear faster than his 40-time. His 12 Bench Reps were disappointing but his long arms will still swat press coverage away. His 36” Vertical Jump was 9h amongst WR but that event does not display grace or his solid jump ball skills. Still between his size and his vertical skills, 5’10” DBs should be wary. His 10’3″ Broad Jump represents a powerful leg charge that could translate to space opening in the NFL. Cajuste is an ultra sleeper for the draft but he will need time to develop and for a team to figure out what kind of role he can play in the NFL.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: Undrafted
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 5th-7th round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: The good news for Cajuste is that the Niner WR depth chart scares no one. Loads of unproven/limited talent and a bland deep threat named Torrey Smith. The bad news that TE depth chart is pretty full of guys with valuable experience. As we see it Cajuste’s real competition for snaps is DeAndre Smelter who is the kind of back cracking blocker that Chip Kelly loves. Cajuste has size and ball skills but he lacks burst and straight line speed. He isn’t a lock to make final 53-man roster but he is a smart and crafty player. If he gets in good favor the scheme and his 6.49 three-cone time will find him taking advantage of space. He can be mismatch versus smaller DBs. Don’t expect much from as a rookie but you should certainly pay attention to his snap percentage.

 


 

Leonte Carroo


DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Leonte Carroo


WR Leonte Carroo – Senior / 6-0 / 211 – RUTGERS

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20153980920.710
2014551,08619.710
20132847817.19
2012000.00
Career1222,37319.529
  • Consistently-productive player who improved statistically every year at Rutgers (3 rec., 53 yds, 1 TD per game as a Sophomore; 4 rec., 84 yds, 0.8 TD per game as a Junior; and 5 rec., 101 yds, 1.25 TD per game as a Senior)
  • Solid build with good muscle definition
  • Versatile player who has experience lining up wide left, right, and in the slot
  • Experience with a complete route tree; highest percent of routes run were slants and nine routes
  • Natural hands catcher who will extend for balls
  • Shows excellent hands and concentration with a low 4% drop rate in 2015
  • Big frame to absorb contact and shield defenders
  • Above average start/stop allows him to create separation
  • Very good in space and frequently makes the first man miss after the catch
  • Quickly gets up the field with the ball in his hands
  • Impressive career average of 19.5 yards per reception
  • Capable of huge games (albeit against below-average pass defenses; in 2015: 7 rec., 134 yds, 3 TDs against Michigan State and 7 rec., 157 yds, 3 TDs against Indiana)
  • Adequate run blocker and has the size/strength to improve
  • Relatively healthy throughout his career; missed two games with high ankle sprain in 2015 and attempted to play through injury
  • Character concerns — suspended two games for an assault charge and held out of the first half of a game for missing curfew
  • Rutgers all-time receiving touchdowns leader (29 receiving touchdowns)
  • Highly-ranked high school prospect (four star recruit) and played on the top-ranked high school team in the country
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Carroo participated in some, but not all, of the Combine drills due an ankle injury that he aggravated during Senior Bowl practice. Despite his injury, he still performed well with a 4.50 second in the Forty, a 35.5” Vertical Jump, and a 120” Broad Jump. Some question Carroo’s long speed, but his 4.5 time suggests he might be faster than was thought. He was not able to participate in Rutgers’ March 9th pro-day due to his injury, but plans to hold a workout for teams on March 31st. Two things to look for when Carroo hosts his private workout will include the Three-Cone (a good drill will confirm what his tape shows, which is a very good player in space) and another Forty time (Carroo’s time at the Combine suggests he might have more juice than anticipated — if he improves on his 4.5 second time, it will further improve his draft stock).
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 3rd round (3.23), Miami Dolphins
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 2nd Round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Carroo joins a crowded WR corps in Miami, entering training camp behind Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills.  However, Dolphins’ QB Ryan Tannehill has improved each year since taking over the starting duties as a rookie in 2012 and should be in line for another 4,000-25 type season this year.  Assuming Carroo steps in for the departed Rishard Matthews (43-662-4 in 2015), he should see playing time when the Dolphins spread the field with 3+ WRs.  Add in the fact the rushing duties appear to be placed in the hands of Jay Ajayi, he of a grand total of 49 carries to his credit as a pro, and the Dolphins may lean more heavily on the passing game than in years past.  That could bump Carroo up some when comparing him to some of the other rookie WRs.  He’s a solid fantasy WR4 for 2015 and could blossom into a very good WR2.

 


 

 

CoreyColeman


DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Corey Coleman


WR Corey Coleman – Redshirt Junior / 5-11 / 194 – BAYLOR

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
2015741,36318.420
2014641,11917.511
20133552715.12
Career1733,00917.433
  • Insane collegiate production (scored a ridiculous 20 receiving TDs on just 74 receptions in 2015 — his 20 TDS led the NCAA in 2015)
  • Lightning in a bottle — Coleman possesses elite game speed (and his speed often left college DBs afraid to backpedal)
  • Very fluid in space with the ability to make ankle-breaking cuts
  • Shows good leg charge after the catch
  • Great body control and he accelerates into open space with a break neck burst and Coleman is very effective in the open field
  • Tremendous vertically and he high points with exceptional success
  • Lives outside the hashes and often only uses middle of the field on quick red zone slants
  • Could contribute on kickoff returns (if teams choose to use him there) — Coleman averaged 28.4 yards per return as a freshman in 2013
  • Has quality deep speed but struggles to bring down contested balls
  • Arguably is somewhat one-dimensional (heavy on deep ball routes)
  • Limited route tree will be a huge gray area for those considering his services (really only ran three or four routes in college)
  • Dropped a reported 11.9 percent of passes a junior
  • Shorter than ideal (5’11”) and does not possess large hands (9”) or large arms
  • Very lackadaisical on running plays or on any plays he does not get the ball
  • Won the Biletnikoff Award and was named a first-team All American in 2015
  • Coleman has drawn comparisons of being somewhere between Steve Smith Sr and John Brown
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Coleman was limited at the Combine as he was still recovering from sports hernia surgery. He still recorded the 7th-best overall Vertical Jump (3rd amongst WRs) at 40.50”. He has been rumored to be able to jump around the 45” mark when full healthy. His 10.9” Broad Jump ranked 13th overall (3rd amongst WR) in Indy — both are products of his incredible explosion. His 17 Bench Press reps were just three off the leader and that was with Coleman about 80% of the way back from the hernia injury. Coleman reportedly clocked a 4.37 time at the Baylor Pro Day.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 1st round (15 overall) Browns
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 1.02-1.04
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Coleman will see more targets than a motivate/adventurous 10-year old on Halloween sees candy. Granted it is Cleveland but Coleman is immediately option number one. Sorry Duke Johnson owners. Coleman could push 1,000 yards this season and yes we know it’s Cleveland. The great thing about Coleman’s landing is that the Browns will need to throw that ball 35-40 times a game. So not matter who there QB is Coleman should be a lock for 6-10 targets per contest. Talent supersedes surrounding and Coleman was top four player in your dynasty draft for a reason.

 


 

 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Pharoh Cooper


WR Pharoh Cooper – Junior / 5-11 / 203 – SOUTH CAROLINA

2RECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20156697314.78
2014691,13616.59
201335418.01
Career1382,16315.718
  • Viewed by some as a poor man’s Randall Cobb, especially in size and how Cooper was used at South Carolina in terms of his versatility
  • Has home run capability who is electric in the open field with the ball in his hands
  • Short, compact and strong and is generally fearless over the middle
  • Contributed heavily on end-around plays and other select rushing opportunities, averaging 24 rushing attempts per season (a little over two per game)
  • Probably a slot receiver at the next level although Cooper played all over the field at South Carolina
  • Cooper is said to have good discipline and workout habits (Cooper grew up in a military family as his grandfather and father were both Marines, as is his brother)
  • Came up big in big games — Cooper averaged 15 yards per catch and had 7 TDs against AP-ranked teams in his career, including and 7-105-1 at LSU in 2015 and 9-170-1 in the 2014 Duck Commander Independence Bowl
  • Needs to expand his route tree and ran a lot of simple, over-the-middle dump offs at college where Cooper then turned into a running back essentially with the ball in his hands
  • Lacks ideal size and catch radius
  • Started his college career as a defensive back before switching to receiver in his freshman season
  • Cooper did not have huge numbers in college but played in a struggling offense though the final days of former head coach Steve Spurrier and then through the team’s transition after his sudden retirement
  • Named first-team All-SEC in 2015
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Due to a strained quad, Cooper was not able to run in the Forty at the Combine although he did compete in the 3-Cone Drill, Broad Jump and Vertical Jump. Perhaps he wasn’t at full strength but Cooper had a rough outing at the Combine. Cooper was 4th –worst among receivers in the Vertical Jump (just 31”) and he was 4th-worst in both the Broad Jump and 3-Cone Drill. Regardless, Cooper is considered a solid prospect and will likely garner a 3rd to 4th-round grade. His Forty time in the March 30th South Carolina Pro Day will be one to watch after having not run at the Combine, and there is some talk that Cooper can run in the 4.3s.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 4th Round (4.19), Los Angeles Rams
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 3rd Round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Like in Cleveland, the Rams brought in a collection of new receivers (drafting Cooper, Mike Thomas, and then signing Marquez North and Paul McRoberts as undrafted free agents). Cooper could be a busy man in this offense, most likely operating out of the slot. Tavin Austin actually played a lot more on the hashes last year than you might think and as such Cooper should see slot time immediately for the Rams, and Cooper has a chance to develop alongside fellow rookie QB Jared Goff.

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Cody Core


WR Cody Core – Senior / 6-3 / 205 – MISSISSIPPI

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20153764417.44
20144155813.66
201349122.80
2012144.00
Career831,29715.610
  • Played second-fiddle to Laquan Treadwell at Ole Miss, but Core averaged 39 receptions per season over his junior and senior seasons with 10 TDs (one every 7.8 receptions) and averaged a healthy 15.6 YPC average his college career (and often against tough SEC defenses)
  • Ranked 5th in the SEC at 17.4 YPC in 2015
  • Some of Core’s best games came in some of Ole Miss’ biggest contests
  • Good height at 6’3” although core lacks ideal bulk
  • Played on the outside but also some in the slot at Ole Miss
  • Will be able to contribute on special teams at the next level helping to increase his roster likelihood (18 special team tackles at Ole Miss)
  • Core shows a tendency to body catch too often, sometimes even when uncontested
  • Has below average acceleration and could struggle with separation at the next level
  • Will need to improve his route running and needs coaching up in this area
  • Draws some Jermaine Kearse comparisons as a type of a prospect, likely needing time to stick and develop at the next level
  • Could be a better pro than college player and Core was often buried a bit in the Ole Miss offense behind bigger stars (first Donte Moncrief and then Laquan Treadwell)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Core had a very solid Combine performance, notching a 4.47 time in the Forty-Yard Dash, good enough for 7th-best among the 37 receivers who ran the Forty at the Combine. Core also had a quick 1.55 10-Yard-Split and with some questioning his acceleration and ability to separate that score goes in the plus column as well. Core weakness at the Combine was a poor 31.5” jump in the Vertical Jump, but he spiked that by six inches at the Ole Miss Pro Day. Core also reportedly impressed in pass-catching drills at the Pro Day and Core is generating a lot of interest, and he’s had several private workouts as well. More of a deeper sleeper coming into the draft process, it’s possible Core could see his stock rise to the 4th round of the NFL Draft.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 6th Round (6.24), Cincinnati Bengals
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 5th Round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: The Bengals need a makeover at receiver with Marvin Jones and Mohammad Sanu gone so there will be opportunities. Core could push for the WR4 role in 2016 and has a chance to developed into a starter in the NFL as a complement receiver long-term.

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Josh Doctson


WR Josh Doctson – Redshirt Senior / 6-2 / 202 – TCU

YEARSCHOOLRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
2015TCU781,32617.014
2014TCU651,01815.711
2013TCU3644012.24
2011Wyoming3539311.25
Career2143,17714.834
  • Can create a mismatch with his size (long and rangy) and his tremendous/elite jumping ability
  • Has great body control and extraordinary hands (rarely drops balls), often drawing young Cris Carter comparisons in this area
  • Can makes difficult catches look easy and will draw Odell Beckham Jr. comparisons with the type of catches he can make (including one-handed snags) and how pretty Doctson catches the ball in general
  • Exceptional catch radius between his good height and exceptional vertical
  • Has good short-area quickness
  • Tracks the deep ball exceptionally well
  • Shows a strong stiff arm and runs both tough and with creativity with the ball in his hands
  • Played very well against top competition, including a statline of 52/749/6 in limited games against AP-ranked teams in college
  • Played in a spread offence (the up-tempo “air raid” offense that TCU often ran) and Doctson may need time to adjust to a Pro style offense
  • Doctson didn’t run many double moves or routes from the slot in college
  • Struggles some in press coverage
  • Will need to make more sudden breaks at the next level, Doctson will round off routes sometimes
  • A little leaner than ideal
  • 2015 Consensus All-America
  • Note — broke left wrist in November 2015 (Doctson missed the final two games of the 2015 season and TCU’s bowl game after having wrist surgery which required pins)
  • Slightly-aged as Doctson (23) spent five years in college
  • Doctson started his college at Wyoming and then transferred back to his home state (and having to sit / red-shirt in 2012)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: First and perhaps foremost, Doctson said he would return from his broken wrist to compete at the Combine and do every drill and that he did. Doctson absolutely crushed the Combine. He caught everything in drills and showed no ill effects from the broken wrist. He ran an extremely solid 4.5 in the Forty while his lower-body explosion numbers were simply tremendous with a 41” Vertical Jump and a 10’11” Broad Jump (where he was first- and second-best among receivers at this year’s Combine). It is pretty hard to see Doctson not being a fairly high 1st round selection in this year’s NFL draft.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 1st round 22nd overall by the Washington Redskins
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: Early 1st round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: There isn’t a much better landing spot for Josh Doctson than Washington. With the ‘Skins in serious need of a true #1 receiver, Doctson projects to be just that. He probably starts the season as the WR3 working out of the slot, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see him pass Pierre Garcon and possibly DeSean Jackson on the depth chart. Doctson should be heavily targeted in the Red Zone as well.

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR D.J. Foster


WR D.J. Foster– Senior / 5-10 / 196 – ARIZONA STATE

YEARRUSHING ATTEMPTSRUSHING YARDSAVERAGERUSHING TDSRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSRECEIVING TDS
2015552805.11595843
20141941,0815.69626883
2013935015.46636534
20121024934.82385334
Total4442,3555.3182222,45814
  • Foster is a decorated athlete, being named a two-time All Pac athlete and a freshman All-American in 2012
  • A former running back, Foster switched to slot wide receiver for his senior season in 2015 (which some draft pundits says back-fired a bit and he may have been better-served to come out as a junior in 2014 as a receiving scat-back)
  • Super versatile and can contribute in many facets — can contribute as both a pass catcher and a rusher
  • Grabbed at least one reception in every game he played (53), a conference record
  • Is quicker than he is fast, not showing great straight-line speed, but has enough quickness to get off the line of scrimmage and create space for himself
  • Shows good lateral agility and Foster is smooth in movements
  • Productive player at Arizona State, totaling 222 receptions with 589 rushing yards and 615 receiving yards per season (4,813 total yards from scrimmage in college)
  • Foster is just the fifth player in FBS history to 2,000 career rushing and receiving yards
  • Though still productive in his final year at ASU, his production did drop slightly with his move to the slot, garnering a career-low in both receptions and total yards
  • Undersized, Foster was too often knocked off his routes and struggled against press coverage in college
  • Shows the potential to be a dynamic playmaker at the next level, but may be better suited to move back to his natural runningback position
  • Foster’s best chance at success in the NFL could be as a situational back, brought in on third-down to move the chains, be it on the ground or through the air — he doesn’t have the skill-set to be an every-down back, nor one to be a full-time receiver
  • May have to make a significant contribution on special teams to stick with a team in the beginning of his career
  • Has drawn Dexter McCluster/Danny Woodhead comparisons
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Foster was tied as the top performer at the NFL Combine for wide receivers in the 20-Yard Shuttle, and was 4th at the position in the 3-cone drill, showcasing great quickness and agility. His Forty-time was nothing special at 4.57 seconds. Foster is likely no more than a late-round selection in the upcoming draft, being drafted on a team banking on him being able to turn his dynamic traits into solid production.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: UNDRAFTED, Signed by New England Patriots
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 6th Round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Foster was signed by the always WR needy New England Patriots which could be a good thing.  On that team it’s anyone’s guess who will develop into a favorite target at any point.  Still, I’m not a fan of converted position players and Foster played RB for 3 years before converting to WR as a senior.  He’s got a lot of developing to do before Brady is going to reliably sling him the rock and is a long shot as a fantasy asset.

 


 

 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Will Fuller


WR Will Fuller – Junior / 6-0 / 186 – NOTRE DAME

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
2015621,25820.314
2014761,09414.415
2013616026.71
Career1442,51217.430
  • Lean, fast, lethal big-play wide receiver (will draw DeSean Jackson and Ted Ginn Jr. comparisons)
  • Possesses elite acceleration with tremendous speed and gets to top speed quickly
  • Can tap into an extra gear to pull away from defenders when the ball is in the air and he is outstanding at tracking deep balls
  • Runs crisp routes with sharp cuts in his breaks
  • Shows solid change-of-direction skills with the ball in his hands and is effective running bubble screen plays
  • Big-time vertical deep threat (over 27 percent of Fuller’s catches went for 25-plus yards in 2015 and Fuller averaged 17.4 yards per catch over his collegiate career)
  • Prolific scorer at Notre Dame with 29 receiving TDs in the past two seasons
  • Not the best of hands (and small), drops too many passes and too often will let balls into his body
  • Not a receiver that will win contested balls
  • Fuller went to the same high school as Marvin Harrison
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Fuller came into the Combine with most projecting his draft-day grade to be in the 2nd round but he may have pushed into the 1st round after blazing a 4.32 in the 40-Yard Dash. The time was easily the fastest time among the 37 receivers who participated and it was the sixth-fastest time by a receiver at the NFL Combine since 2006. Additionally, Fuller showed truly elite acceleration with a 1.52 second time in the 10-yard split plus explosion in his legs with a 10’6” mark in the Broad Jump. Perhaps as important, Fuller showed steady hands and was drop-free in drills. “That’s a big thing I’ve been working on, is attacking the ball and not letting it eat me up,” said Fuller at the Combine. Fuller isn’t one to win contested passes and that showed up in his short arms (under 31”) and his hands are very small (measuring eight-and-a-quarter inches, tied for smallest among receivers at this year’s Combine). Fuller isn’t an overly-strong receiver and posted just 10 Bench Press reps.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 1st Round (1.21), Houston Texans
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: Late 1st / early 2nd
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: In terms of 1st round receivers being drafted, Fuller is likely to drop some in dynasty drafts. His path to playing time however in Houston is pretty clear. That said, Fuller isn’t likely to be a high-volume of targets receivers, but rather someone who Brock Osweiler will target on deep balls (to which Fuller will need doubt hit on with his elite speed). For redraft leagues in 2016, don’t over-draft Fuller — he isn’t anything more than a later round bench addition for this year.

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Keyarris Garrett


WR Keyarris Garrett – Redshirt Senior / 6-3 / 220 – TULSA

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
2015961,58816.58
20144769814.95
20137689.70
20126784512.69
20112105.00
Career2193,20914.722
  • Measuring in at 6’3” and 220lbs, Garrett possesses great size for teams looking for a bigger, possession receiver
  • Long-framed receiver with extremely long arms (34”), which gives Garrett an outstanding catch radius
  • Led the NCAA in receiving yards his senior season at Tulane, amassing 1,588 yards on 96 receptions, while adding in 8 touchdowns
  • Fluid in movements and doesn’t waste a lot of motion
  • Has good body control
  • Garrett possesses deceptive speed and is able to make the occasional big play — Garrett tallied an impressive 28 receptions of 20 yards or more in 2015 averaged a serviceable 7 yards per catch average over his career at Tulsa
  • Held his own against top competition as Garrett went for 32/528/4 against AP-Ranked teams in 2015 (with a 5 yards per catch average) leaving scouts comfortable that his strong stats weren’t merely a product of playing in the American Athletic Conference
  • Shows strong desire — Garrett was not highly recruited out of high school and has added 50 lbs since entering college and he is coachable with good work ethic
  • Does not explode off the ball and could have issues creating separation with the defensive back at the next level
  • Doesn’t offer much make-you-miss ability after the catch
  • Despite his size, Garrett was not used often as a red-zone threat in the Tulsa offense, being targeted only 12 times in the red-zone, with only 4 receptions and zero touchdowns
  • Garrett reportedly lined up nearly 98% on the right side (and only 2% of the time in the slot) in his senior season
  • Will need to improve his route tree — a highly disproportionate amount of his routes in college were slants
  • Has small hands for a receiver, especially one of his size
  • Has durability issues — missed all but two games in 2013, and an additional two games in 2014 (although Garrett played 97% of his team’s snaps in 2015)
  • Note — Garrett suffered a gruesome compound left leg (is tibia and his fibula) fracture in 2013 (and was given a medical redshirt clearance to play a 5th year)
  • Two-time all-Conference USA player
  • Wrapped up his college career with a 8/137/1 game against Virginia Tech in the Independence Bowl
  • COMBINE UPDATE: There were concerns about Garrett’s perceived lack of speed  and he was getting minimal looks heading into the Combine as a top option and despite leading the NCAA in receiving in 2015. So give that, a respectable 4.53 in the Forty-Yard-Dash was a big-time performance for Garrett and faster than anyone expected, certainly faster than any receiver who approaches is size and weight at this year’s Combine. Garrett also posted a strong score in the Broad Jump. Garett worked with speed trainer Tony Villani and receiving guru Bill Welle prior to the Combine, both showing his strong work ethic but also his ability to improve. Garrett is moving up draft boards, and could move into Day 2 consideration (and if not, certainly shouldn’t fall outside the 4th round).
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: UNDRAFTED, Signed by Carolina Panthers
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 4th Round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: This pre-NFL draft fantasy darling went undrafted which was a disappointment to many of his supporters.  Still, by signing with the WR needy Carolina Panthers he lands in a pretty good spot to grow into a productive role.  He’s a big boy at 6’3/220 and is athletically talented so he’s one to take a flyer on in a later round of your rookie draft.  Those that watch him develop on their roster have a shot at big time rewards.

 


 

 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Cayleb Jones


WR Cayleb Jones – Redshirt Junior / 6-3 / 209 – ARIZONA

YEARSCHOOLRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
2015ARIZ5590416.45
2014ARIZ731,01914.09
2012TEXAS23517.50
Career1301,95815.114
  • Displays great body control and he has under appreciated ball skills
  • Shows great anticipation after the catch and often gets to the outside the hip of the defender
  • Displays good balance and twitches hip well
  • Long strides help him create good separation especially in the intermediate passing game
  • Sticks with blocks downfield and engages defenders without fear
  • More of compliment receiver at the next level
  • Solid but not great hands
  • Long speed is not robust although he fights off press coverage at the line of scrimmage with technical savvy
  • Forced himself out of the University of Texas after breaking the jaw of another student athlete and was sent to anger management classes
  • His father Robert Jones played 10 seasons in the NFL most notably with Dallas where he won three Super Bowls as their MLB  — also Jones is the nephew to former NFL QB Jeff Blake
  • COMBINE UPDATE: His 4.65 40-time really speaks to his average deep speed (although people criticized Alshon Jeffery after his similar 40-time and labeled him with average speed). Jones’ 4.14 time in the Shuttle drill was right in-line with Ohio State’s Michael Thomas and mini Oregon Duck 5-foot-9 Bralon Addison and a highlight for Jones at the Combine. Jones also showed well in the 3-Cone finishing right behind Charone Peake (Clemson) and a smidge in front of “the golden boy” slot WR Sterling Shepard. His 33.5” vertical was disappointing for a receiver his size but it was better than Laquon Treadwell’s (33.0”). Jones was also one of just five receivers who did ten or less reps on the Bench Press. Jones is currently hovering in the 6th to 7th round range but his size could a very good tipping point for those taking him under consideration.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION:Undrafted (Eagles)
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION:7th Round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: With many bodies in front of him the undrafted Jones is going to need to grind to make the final roster. Making things a little harder for him is fellow UDFA WR Hunter Sharp
    who could be an end of the roster guy as a return specialist. Jones has size and that will keep him on somebody’s practice squad should the Eagles cut him. Barring a major injury rash we do not see

    Jones doing anything as a rookie. He will need to keep his nose clean and in a playbook to remain a roster worthy player.

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Kenny Lawler


WR Kenny Lawler – Junior / 6-2 / 203 – CALIFORNIA

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20155265812.713
20145470113.09
2013373479.45
Career1431,70611.927
  • Lawler is an excellent route-runner who Is able to carry his speed well through his breaks and able to adjust his routes depending on corner coverage
  • An intelligent player with the ability to read coverages well and develop a good chemistry with his quarterback (he and Jared Goff were synced with one another particularly around the red zone, and Lawler is adept at running the fade route)
  • Has long arms for his size, giving him a large catch radius
  • Is quick rather than fast, showing a great burst off the line of scrimmage and solid short-area quickness to start and stop quickly to beat DBs
  • Very solid around the red zone with his precise route-running, long arms and big hands — Lawler was a major scoring threat in college with 27 receiving TDs in three seasons
  • Good leaping ability to high-point the ball (numerous impressive high-point catches in college), and Lawler will go get balls thrown over his head or thrown to the boundary or back shoulder to make the spectacular catch
  • Does well in contested battles for the ball
  • Not a very physical receiver, especially for his size, with the ball in his hands — Lawler can too frequently be brought down with arm tackles
  • With his lack of physicality comes struggling when it comes to blocking (will allow himself to be pushed around by more physical DBs)
  • Does not do well against physical, press coverages and can be knocked off his routes fairly often, disrupting his flow and timing
  • Does not have the speed to scare DBs as a deep threat (and Lawler averaged just 11.9 YPC in college)
  • Struggled against elite competition, with his YPC dropping from 11.9 overall to 8.3 against AP-Ranked teams
  • May find success at the next level as a slot receiver with his quickness off the line of scrimmage and subtle body movement
  • After playing in the Cal “Air Raid” offense Lawler will need to convince teams he can produce in a more traditional NFL offense (plus not only succeed with one of the best quarterbacks with Jared Goff as his quarterback in college)
  • Ranked in the top-10 nationally in his final season with 13 touchdowns
  • Voted to first-team all-conference team after a very productive final season at Cal in 2015
  • Was a full-time starter for two seasons while at Texas Tech
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Likely a mid-round selection, Lawler likely lost a round of pay with a weak Combine performance. Lawler checked in at 6-foot-2, 203 pounds, which is about 10 pounds heavier than his playing weight at California and 18 pounds heavier than his college listed weight. Lawler didn’t demonstrate even average athleticism at his new weight. His game though is precise route-running, good hands and great length, but there will be concerns if he is athletic enough and if he can handle tough, press corners. Lawler final tally was a slow 4.64 Forty-time, just 31” in the Vertical Jump and a brutal 9’3” in the Broad Jump. The two positives were Lawler measured in as expected with some of the longest arms among receivers (33-3/8) and big 10.5” hands.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 7th round 243rd overall by the Seattle Seahawks
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 6th/7th round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Apparently Lawler lost more than one round of pay with his poor Combine performance. Fortunately for him, he was drafted by the Seahawks who don’t have the next Randy Moss or Jerry Rice on their roster. Lawler likely won’t make an impact in 2016, but he could stick around with a team that is lacking consistent wide receiver production.

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Roger Lewis


WR Roger Lewis – Sophomore / 6-0 / 201 – BOWLING GREEN

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
2015851,54418.216
2014731,09315.07
Career1582,63716.723
  • Talented — but Lewis carries a mountain of off-the-filed baggage (charged with two counts of rape before in 2012 which saw him missing all of the 2012 season and playing 2013 in a prep school — Lewis was found not guilty on the first count of rape and took a plea bargain on the other count)
  • A (very rare) 22-year-old sophomore eligible to enter the NFL Draft
  • Extremely prolific — Lewis piled up 2,637 yards receiving in two seasons of MAC conference play
  • Averaged a ridiculous 18.2 yards per catch on 85 receptions in 2015 with 16 TDs in 14 games
  • Capable of making Odell Beckham like one-handed catches
  • Very good burst on deep throws
  • Creative and tough to catch in the open field, especially 1:1
  • Put up several 200+ yard games in college and caught a pass in all 28 college games
  • Doesn’t have command of a full route tree (and just ran it deep and beat defenders on many plays in college), and Lewis likely doesn’t have anywhere near the subtle nuances needed to succeed at the next level initially
  • Nick-named “Prime Time Lewis”
  • 2015 Biletnikoff Award semifinalist
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Lewis drew some so-so reviews from his Combine performance. It’s not that Lewis did anything wrong or performed poorly but he didn’t wow. Given his off-the-field issues he needed to overwhelm scouts more than he did to move up much in the draft, but he will hear his named called for sure. Lewis is likely more of a 5th or 6th round type of prospect in this up-coming draft but he offers a lot of raw upside.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: UNDRAFTED, signed by the N.Y. Giants
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: UNDRAFTED/5th Round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Lewis is a deep flyer but the Giants have hit before with undrafted receivers (Victor Cruz) so that track record should make dynasty GMs look a little closer, especially with the raw upside that Lewis has. Lewis will work to make the team in 2016 but if Cruz isn’t able to go, the path toward WR4 duties becomes a little easier for Lewis.

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Kolby Listenbee


WR Kolby Listenbee – Senior / 6-0 / 197 – TCU

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20153059719.95
20144175318.44
201322311.50
201215959.00
Career741,43219.49
  • Has elite speed and honed this skill by participating in track and field at the NCAA level (Listenbee is a four-time All-American in the 100-meter dash, where he had the fastest 100-time in the nation in 2015)
  • Quick bursts of energy are his calling card off the line of scrimmage
  • Utilizes a quick double move on deep routes to freeze defenders and his speed has to be respected
  • If he splits the safety and cornerback, you might as well put 6 points on the board
  • Gains separation from defenders with premier ball tracking ability and able to accelerate into a blazing second gear
  • Maximizes his running stride which allows him to maintain balance through his routes and maintains top level speed through the play as he transitions through the route, the catch and the run
  • Averaged 4 yards per catch over his college career
  • Although he isn’t very tall, Listenbee utilizes the height he does have very well by not shrinking his body when catching the ball and he positions his body well at different angles to shield defenders from the ball on deep routes
  • Not afraid of jumping with safeties to snag a 50/50 ball
  • Somewhat limited in the moves he uses to get open, which could be a problem at the NFL level against elite defenders
  • Doesn’t appear to have totally mastered the ability to up-shift and downshift his speed to create cutback opportunities after the catch
  • Due to a lack of size, there is an over-reliance on speed to attack the ball opposed to establishing position (apparent on shorter routes and in crowds)
  • A below-average blocker, Listenbee isn’t a receiver that is going to help a team any in the run game
  • Hasn’t run a full route tree in college and will likely start his career as more of a deep-ball specialist (which he can do very well)
  • Shows good hands but too often catches the ball with his body, which can be problematic at the NFL level where his catch radius will be challenged on each and every play
  • Goes down too easily once contacted and has a thin frame that may not be able to add much strength
  • Small 8-1/4” hands
  • Some soft-tissue concerns Listenbee injured his groin in 2015, then injured his other groin forcing him to miss the Senior Bowl and limit his Combine prep; Listenbee then underwent sports hernia surgery in mid March soon after returning from the Combine
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Listenbee ran a blistering 4.39 in the Forty-Yard-Dash as well as scoring an impressive 10’9″ in the Broad Jump. Listenbee has reportedly ran a 4.29 Forty in the past and his goal was to challenge Chris Johnson’s record of 4.24 in 2008. Listenbee has little time to prep for the Combine as he was returning from a groin injury and didn’t start running until 10 days before the Combine. He might be more of a one-trick pony (especially initially), but the type of speed he will bring to a team to stretch defenses and scare defenders will draw some premium in the middle rounds.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: TBD
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: TBD
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Ricardo Louis


WR Ricardo Louis – Senior/ 6-2 / 215 – AUBURN

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20154671615.63
20142126112.43
20132832511.62
201233612.00
Career981,33813.78
  • Height/ Weight/ Speed specimen – Louis possesses prototypical size for WR with a thickly built frame
  • Has good strength with a big frame to absorb contact and shield defenders
  • Possesses excellent explosion and long speed – Louis’ speed/athleticism allows him to win in space; capable of outrunning angles
  • Natural hands catcher who will extend for balls
  • Good sideline awareness
  • Has some incredible jump ball catches on his resume (full extension and high pointing ball)
  • Known for making a last second Hail Mary reception to beat Georgia in 2013 (“The Miracle Switch”)
  • All purpose contributor with experience on special teams, at running back, and wide receiver
  • Improved statistically every year at Auburn; struggled to make a major impact due to depth at position (Sammie Coates and Duke Williams) until 2015 plus Louis played in a run-dominant scheme at Auburn (66% run/ 34 % pass in 2015)
  • Mixed game log throughout 2015; big swings in production but Louis accounted for 32% of team passing yards in 2015 (Laquon Treadwell accounted for 26% of Ole Miss passing yards for comparison)
  • Receiving production in 2015 was very similar to Sammie Coates’ from the previous year, but overall scrimmage yards were better (Sammie Coates, 2014: 34 rec., 741 yards, 4 TD; Louis, 2015: 46 rec., 716 yards, 3 TD (874 scrimmage yards)
  • Leaves Auburn with just 96 career receptions in four seasons
  • Route running is extremely raw
  • Stays high in and out of his breaks which tips his routes
  • Ability to play at the next level will be dependent on him learning the playbook and refining his route running
  • Likely capped as a WR2 at the next level and note that one team discussed his willingness to switch to defensive back
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Louis tore up the Combine. He literally finished every event as a top-five performer with the following measurables: 40-Yard Dash of 4.43 seconds; Bench Press of 18 reps; Vertical Jump of 38 inches; Broad Jump of 132 inches. The list of comparable players that fit his athletic profile is quite impressive although one comp worth noting is Cordarrelle Patterson, who had a very similar raw, but athletic resume as he entered the NFL.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: TBD
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: TBD
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Byron Marshall


WR Byron Marshall – Senior / 5-9 / 201 – OREGON

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
2015912113.42
2014741,00313.66
20131315511.90
201211414.00
Career971,29313.38
  • Versatile, hybrid RB/WR player and will give an NFL team a versatile weapon to use (Marshall made the switch from 1,000-yard running back in 2013, to 1,000-yard receiver in 2014)
  • Needs to recover from a brutal ankle injury, which caused him to miss most of 2015
  • Shows good burst off the line of scrimmage
  • Gets to top speed quickly creating separation
  • Exceptional open-field runner with the ball in his hands
  • Shows good body control and mid-air adjustments to fight for balls
  • Has some kickoff returning ability (has 19 attempts in college, averaging 23.7 yards per return)
  • Has running back skills with the ball in his hand (as a former running back), and instinctively fights for yardage
  • Has a thick build with strong legs (Marshall once squatted 470 lbs in high school)
  • Only player in Pac-12 history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (2013) and compile 1,000 yards receiving in a season (2014)
  • Leaves college with an impressive 6.1 YPC average (on 307 attempts) and with 19 career rushing TDs
  • Could be difficult to nail down position for him — is Marshall a 3rd-down back or a slot receiver?
  • Lacks polish on his route running, does not sink well into zone coverage and does not run a full route tree (ran many dump-offs and screens in college as former running back)
  • Hands are inconsistent and somewhat unreliable
  • Despite the elite speed, Marshall can be slow to track deep balls
  • He will need to have a clean bill of health on medical checks (so far, so good), and Marshall opted not to return to Oregon for another year with a medical redshirt exemption which he surely would have received — note that Marshall had no other major injuries before this in high school or college
  • A former high school track-star with elite deep speed, Marshall once ran the 100-Meter dash in 10.67 seconds (best among all high school sophomores in the state of California)
  • Was on the 2015 Biletnikoff Award Watch List and Paul Honung Award Watch List
  • COMBINE UPDATE: With recovering from his ankle injury, Marshall only was able to do the Bench Press at the Combine and completed 17 reps. At his Pro-Day, however, Marshall ran the Forty-Yard-Dash in 4.57 and 4.59 seconds (good, not great, but you likely have to take the ankle injury he is recovering from into context). Marshall also participated in the 20-yard Short Shuttle with a 4.28 second time (an average score) and a Three-Cone time at 6.95 (also average), but he posted a Broad Jump of only 9’3” and also had a poor Vertical Jump as well (29.5”). Marshall showed precise route running and good hands while catching balls from Vernon Adams Jr. All in all, the fact that he is back participating from a rough injury helps his draft chances immensely and Marshall was successful in highlighting his versatility at the Oregon Pro Day.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: TBD
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: TBD
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Jalin Marshall


WR Jalin Marshall – Redshirt Sophomore / 5-10 / 200 – OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20153647713.35
20143849913.16
Career7497613.211
  • Ohio State recruited Marshall as a quarterback who then red-shirted in 2013 due to multiple injuries (concussion, meniscal tear) before switching to receiver
  • A converted receiver, Marshall found his niche as special teams punt and kickoff returner (Marshall was one of the top punt returners in the nation)
  • Exceptional raw athlete
  • Tremendous agility and Marshall possesses quick feet
  • Has great body control which contributes to his shiftiness after catching the ball with some space (runs like a running back with the ball in his hands)
  • Shows good quickness in his routes
  • Showed a nose for the end-zone in college with 11 receiving TDs on just 74 receptions (plus one rushing)
  • Packaging his QB experience with his RB-style frame will make Marshall a good candidate for duties in the slot or jet sweeps
  • Special teams is his bread butter with 34.6% punt returns being 15 or more yards and Marshall boasts 662 career punt return yards
  • Limited stats, but Ohio State also had stars Ezekiel Elliott, Braxton Miller and Michael Thomas with only one ball to go around
  • Overall raw receiver who lacks in route running and catching contested passes
  • Solid speed by Marshall but he lacks elite burst getting to the next gear
  • Some questions about Marshall’s decision to enter the NFL Draft despite two more years of eligibility left
  • Marshall was a 5-star dual threat quarterback coming out of high school (Marshall was the state of Ohio’s top ranked prospect in the class of 2013)
  • Like the Lions’ Theo Riddick, it’s possible Marshall could eventually be converted to running back in the NFL
  • Marshall will also draw Julian Edelman comparisons (similar size, converted quarterbacks, punt return skills) Experienced in a Pro-style offense and in that sense is more NFL-ready than some
  • COMBINE UPDATE: A slower time in the Forty (4.60) punctuated a somewhat pedestrian overall performance at the Combine. Marshall also measured with relatively short arms (31.5”). All wasn’t lost, however, as Marshall turned a fairly impressive Vertical Jump for a 5’10” receiver at 37.5”. Marshall also had a solid time in the Short Shuttle at 4.13 seconds (tied for 4th-best among receivers). Marshall’s draft slot will be a bit of a wild card but he should be one of three Ohio State University receivers to hear their name called in this year’s draft.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: TBD
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: TBD
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Mitch Mathews


WR Mitch Mathews – Senior / 6-6 / 222 – BYU

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20155473713.611
20147392212.69
20132339717.34
201222713.50
Career1522,08313.724
  • At 6’6”, Mathews is a giant outside of the hash marks
  • Has big hands and catches the ball very well — Mathews naturally catches the ball with his hands and not his body
  • He high-points the ball very well despite not being freakishly athletic, and was effective in the red zone with 20 receiving touchdowns over his junior and senior seasons
  • Has the ability to make a big play due to his massive catch radius
  • Uses his size well to his advantage against smaller players
  • Relatively fluid for a player his size
  • Despite his elite height, he doesn’t have the weight to post up or pin defenders against their will — this is somewhat of a perquisite for bigger NFL receivers
  • Still has much work to do when it comes to using his big frame to keep defenders between him and the ball
  • Not afraid of contact, but doesn’t have the strength and coordination to break more than one tackle
  • Uses a jittery and choppy double/triple move to gain separation on inside routes — this move is basically his single go to move when looking to run an inside route (at the NFL level, Mathews will need to develop a more polished set of moves if he wants to play the X receiver role)
  • In somewhat limited play, Mathews struggled against elite competition – Mathews YPC-average dropped from 13.6 in 2015 overall to 7.8 against AP-Ranked teams (on 16 receptions)
  • Although Mathews seems to catch mostly everything thrown his way, he seems to take an extra half second to process information before he makes his transition into yards after catch and as a long-strider it takes him time to get to his top speed
  • Note — missed half of the 2013 season with a shoulder injury
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Mathews wasn’t invited to the Combine, but he “turned some heads” with a solid Pro Day and could have done enough to get his name called on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. Mathews blazed a very respectable 4.41 in the Forty-Yard-Dash (much better than most scouts were expecting), as well as leaping 10’9” in the Broad Jump. Mathews also scored a 6.96 second three-cone drill (a good time given his size).
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: TBD
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: TBD
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Mekale McKay


WR Mekale McKay – Senior / 6-4 / 207 – CINCINNATI

YEARSCHOOLRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
2015Cincinnati2750718.82
2014Cincinnati4472516.58
2013Cincinnati1648530.37
2012Arkansas2131715.12
Career1082,03418.819
  • Tall, lanky basketball athlete, McKay uses his long frame to snatch balls out of the air
  • Knows how to “box out” defenders and position himself to make a catch
  • Has a knack for using his hands at the top of routes to create separation
  • Does a good job of coming back to the ball on receptions
  • Athletic and McKay accelerates in a hurry when beating press coverage
  • Willing blocker and has good hand placement and technique
  • Long strider with deceptive speed
  • Utilized as a runner frequently and is a threat with the ball in his hands
  • Big-play potential, averaging over 7 yards per catch in his three years at Cincinnati
  • Huge red-zone threat, scoring 19 TDs in his collegiate career on 108 receptions, a touchdown every 5.7 receptions
  • Production dropped his senior season despite being healthy
  • Needs to refine his route running
  • Not a very crisp route-runner who doesn’t sell deep fakes, allowing defenders to jump his routes too often
  • Struggles to make an impact on a play if he doesn’t get a clean release
  • Drops way too many passes (dropped 11% of passes during collegiate career)
  • Lacks ideal strength and can be pushed around and jammed at the line of scrimmage
  • Recruited by Louisville and Kentucky, among others, to play basketball
  • Transferred from Arkansas to Cincinnati following his freshman year to be closer to his ailing grandmother (NCAA waived transfer year)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: McKay did nothing of note at the NFL Combine, though his Forty-time (4.55 seconds) was somewhat disappointing and likely pushes him down draft boards some. He looked natural catching passes in the Gauntlet and had no issues during the route running portion. McKay really struggled in the Bench Press (just 12 reps) and extremely slow time in the Short Shuttle — not only the slowest time, but the slowest by a wide margin. McKay looks like a late-round pick, but could slip out of the draft entirely.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: Undrafted. Signed by the Indianapolis Colts
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 7th round/Undrafted
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Well, the good new is McKay went to team that throws a ton. The bad news? He has a lot of work to crack to see the active roster, let alone the any sort of playing time. There are plenty of better options to stash at the end of your bench.

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Braxton Miller


WR Braxton Miller – Redshirt Senior / 6-1 / 201 – OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

YEARRUSHING ATTEMPTSRUSHING YARDSAVERAGERUSHING TDSRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSRECEIVING TDS
2015432616.11253403
2014000.00000
20131711,0686.212000
20122271,2715.613000
20111597154.57000
Total6003,3155.533253403
  • Only one season as a full-time WR and only compiled 26 receptions (has three years of experience as a collegiate quarterback, potentially providing additional value in the NFL)
  • After missing the 2014 season with a shoulder injury, Miller switched to receiver for his (redshirt) senior season
  • Possesses a great combination of height, weight and speed
  • Has excellent top-end speed and elite acceleration
  • Displays elite body control and has the athleticism to make difficult catches seem routine
  • Elusive in space and is difficult to tackle due to his ability to make immediate cuts )Miller rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2012 and 2013 as a quarterback)
  • NFL scouts reportedly voted Miller as the top Senior Bowl standout
  • Has decent hands but makes up for that inconsistency with very good concentration
  • Relies on speed and athleticism too often, sacrificing technique
  • Not a polished route runner
  • Struggles with ball security, amassing 30 fumbles during his collegiate career (three in 2015)
  • Tends to get “alligator arms” when attacking the middle of the field due to a concern of taking a big hit
  • Doesn’t “sell” fakes, causing a lack of separation from defenders
  • Legitimate injury concerns based on history (sprained knee in Sept. 2013 that resulted in two missed games; surgery on right shoulder in Feb. 2014 and re-injured in Aug. 2014; labrum surgery caused a lost 2014 season; suffered a concussion in Nov. 2015)
  • Owns Ohio State record for most TDs responsible for (88)
  • Named Big Ten and National Freshman of the Year in 2011, Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and Big Ten QB of the Year in 2012 and 2013NFL scouts reportedly voted Miller as the top Senior Bowl standout
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Miller had a very good Combine, posting a top three time among QBs in the Three-Cone Drill (6.65 seconds) and the top time in the 20-Yard and 60-Yard Shuttle (4.07 seconds and 10.84 seconds, respectively). Miller also had a good Bench Press, pushing up 225 lbs. 17 times. His Forty time (4.50 seconds) was  a tad disappointing, but he shaved more than a tenth of a second off that time at Ohio State’s Pro Day (4.36 seconds). Miller seems destined to be a mid-round selection in the April NFL Draft (and possibly could hear his name called on Day 2 of the draft) and Miller needs some time to develop his skills as a WR but certainly offers a ton of upside with his size and athleticism.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 3rd Round (3.22), Houston Texans
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 3rd Round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Miller knew his best chance at reaching the NFL would mean learning a new position his final year at Ohio State.  Moving to WR from QB, Miller had an average season but generated a ton of pre-draft buzz because of his athletic ability and performance at the NFL Combine.  Miller is going to a team that has an offense nearly completely different from last season with Brock Osweiler at QB and Lamar Miller at RB.  Houston also drafted Will Fuller in the first round of the draft.  Expectations should be tempered for Miller in 2016, but once he has a firm grasp of the WR position, his athletic ability and explosiveness should make him a viable weapon in the passing game.

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Malcolm Mitchell


WR Malcolm Mitchell – Redshirt Senior / 6-0 / 198 – GEORGIA

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
201520155886514.95
201420143124883
201320130000
201220124057214.34
201120114566514.84
Career1742,35013.516
  • Very reliable player with a safe floor
  • Could be a better pro player than college performer as injuries derailed his progression some in college (and he bounced between receiver and defensive back in college)
  • Good character prospect who gets great marks for work ethic (Mitchell has been public about his struggles with literacy and has done an impressive amount of charitable work in this area, was invited to share his journey on The Steve Harvey Show) — in 2015, Mitchell was named National Captain of the Allstate Good Works Team
  • Named Offensive Team Captain at the Bulldogs’ post-season awards gala
  • Consistent scorer with 16 TDs on 174 receptions, a touchdown every 10.9 receptions
  • Despite being 6-0, Mitchell has a tremendous catch radius with near 33” arms and large 5” hands
  • Tremendous hands — Mitchell dropped just three of the 61 catchable balls thrown his way in 2015
  • Shifty, with quick movements, Mitchell runs polished routes (Mitchell played as a true freshman and then as a sophomore a ton out of the slot with Georgia)
  • Comes from a Pro-Style offense at Georgia
  • Explosive and quick with the ball in his hands
  • Played well in big games and against AP-Ranked teams and consistently well in the SEC conference throughout his collegiate career, and came up with many clutch plays
  • Super versatile, Mitchell played wide receiver, cornerback, kick returner and punt returner at Georgia
  • Health will be the major focus — Mitchell tore his ACL in 2013 (and, embarrassingly, it was while celebrating a Todd Gurley touchdown) — and knee issues lingered into 2014 where he re-injured the knee (missing another four games); Mitchell though was able to return and play every game in his senior season
  • Mitchell also battled (minor) ankle and hamstring injuries earlier in his college career
  • Doesn’t have the plus size to consistently threaten outside cornerbacks and Mitchell can be knocked off schedule by physical cornerbacks
  • Wrapped up college career with a monster 5-catch, 114-yard game with a touchdown and a 24-17 win over Penn State in the Taxslayer Bowl, including a 44-yard TD catch
  • Note: at the Georgia Pro Day, Mitchell also worked out at cornerback as one team had asked (Mitchell was recruited as one of the top corner recruits in the country coming out of high school)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: The Combine couldn’t go much better than it did for Mitchell. He is a safe prospect who absolutely crushed it in Indianapolis. Mitchell had a 4.45 time in the Forty-Yard-Dash, including a super quick 1.55 10-Yard Split, tied for 3rd-best among receivers. Mitchell was also one of the best in the Broad Jump with a mighty impressive 10’9” jump. Mitchell was solid in every single athletic test. He’s a safe pick and it’s only a matter of how high someone decides to jump on him (which could be as early as the 2nd round potentially, but likely on Day 2 before the close of round three).
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: TBD
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: TBD
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Marquez North


WR Marquez North – Junior / 6-2 / 223 – TENNESSEE

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20156589.70
20143032010.74
20133849613.11
Career7487411.85
  • Physical specimen who looks the part
  • Ranked in the Top 10 of wide receivers coming out of high school
  • Small sampling size before declaring for the draft with 26 collegiate games played due to knee and back injuries
  • Surprised many by declaring himself eligible for the NFL Draft after missing most of the 2015 and 2014 seasons
  • Large catch radius and soft hands allows him to catch balls away from his body
  • Excellent leaping ability and has a penchant for making acrobatic catches (and one-handed catches)
  • Has shown the ability to run-block
  • His 38-496-1 from 2013 was enough to warrant freshman All-SEC honors
  • Lack of burst and slow acceleration makes for average separation off the line of scrimmage
  • Needs improvement in route running
  • Injury concerns — limited in 2015 due to a nagging back injury and had a torn shoulder labrum in 2014
  • Just 74 career receptions in three seasons with a combined 874 receiving yards
  • Despite posting a 40 time of 48 in the Combine, his film rarely shows that speed
  • North won the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics 110-meter hurdles at the age of 12
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Prior to the Combine, North was projected as a 5th round pick at best and a solid performance may have solidified his chances of getting drafted (because of his injuries and lack of game speed, however, it is possible teams may opt to pass on North in the Draft making him a UDFA candidate to compete at spring camps). Long arms (33 3/8”), big hands (10 ¼) and a very respectable Forty-time (4.48) drew athletic comparisons to a poor man’s Josh Gordon by some.  He’s a deep sleeper with limited college tape but North’s measurables stack up well.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: TBD
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: TBD
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Jordan Payton


WR Jordan Payton – Senior / 6-1 / 207 – UCLA

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
2015781,10514.25
20146795414.27
20133844011.61
20121820211.21
Career2012,70113.414
  • Strong hands and Payton is a natural hands-catcher, will consistently haul in passes thrown his way and shows good concentration
  • Broad-shouldered receiver who sports an NFL build
  • Dependable, and Payton gets exceptional marks for work ethic and effort toward improving his game as well as strong scores on leadership dimensions (team captain in 2015)
  • Polished route-runner and works back to the ball well
  • Physical receiver and Payton uses his body well against smaller cornerbacks
  • Will come down with the ball consistently in contested situations
  • Complete receiver who has a ton of playing experience and used to playing as a go-to receiver (Payton left UCLA as the school’s all-time leader in receptions with 201)
  • Plays very well in big games and some of Payton’s best games throughout his career at UCLA were against AP-ranked teams
  • Willing blocker with the size and strength to contribute as an NFL starter in this area
  • Doesn’t show elite game speed and can be caught from behind
  • Takes time to gear up to top speed
  • Lacks elite athleticism and any true defining characteristic
  • Some reports suggest that Payton struggled some on consistently generating separation during Senior Bowl week practices
  • Partnered to form the Long Awaited Clothing (LAC) line
  • COMBINE UPDATE: It’s been a very positive off-season for Payton who has cemented his middle-round range draft stock. Payton was solid in every Combine drill while coming through strong in the Forty-Yard Dash with a 4.47 time (tied for 7th-best among receiver receivers at this year’s Combine). Payton also showed a strong burst off the line with a 1.58 10-Yard Split in his Forty, which shows added optimism on improving his game speed around getting off the line of scrimmage more quickly (one of the criticisms Payton will tend to get by evaluators). Payton also measured in with large 10-1/8” hands. At the UCLA Pro Day, Payton got good marks for show-casing a full route tree and running smooth routes.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 5th Round (5.15), Cleveland Browns
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 4th Round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Payton was one of four receivers drafted buy Cleveland (five if you include Seth DeValve, but he is being move to tight end), and as such it is a new day in the Browns receiving core. While drafted after Ricardo Louis, Payton seems much more likely to us to win the starting job opposite Corey Coleman. Payton could have a long career as a possession receiver and he is pro ready.

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Charone Peake


WR Charone Peake – Redshirt Senior / 6-2 / 209 – CLEMSON

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20155071614.35
20141212910.82
201388410.51
2012251726.92
201147117.80
Career991,17211.810
  • One of the top 15 players coming out of high school and Peake possess an impressive blend of size and speed
  • Brings medical concerns as a boom or bust prospect — Peake played just two games in 2013 before tearing an ACL and being placed as a medical red shirt and he had two knee surgeries to repair the knee
  • Hard worker on and off the field with many reports of outstanding personal character
  • Reliable in traffic and uses his size to his advantage
  • Elite speed that can stretch the field and Peake also shows varying speed and great route running ability to throw off opposing coverage and with an extra gear and controlled stride to burn up field after the catch
  • Tracks the deep ball well, and his speed and long stride coupled with his size makes for a legit deep ball threat
  • Possesses enough shake underneath despite his WR1 size to create separation when coverage gets tight
  • Physical after-the-catch and runs like a running back with the ball in his hands, able to use size to break tackles
  • Plenty capable of making one-handed “wow” catches
  • Raw route-runner with minimal game experience in college (both with the injuries but also buried behind elite talents Martavis Bryant, DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins)
  • Not overly tight in his breaks on routes
  • The strength of his surgically-repaired knee will be an on-going concern (which basically wiped out two seasons at Clemson)
  • Peake had a rather large drop rate in 2015
  • Draws also former-Clemson Martavis Bryant comparisons and Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney said that Peake was “as talented as any player we’ve had at Clemson”
  • A finalist for Mr. Football in South Carolina as a Senior in 2010
  • COMBINE UPDATE: A victim of circumstance, Peake never got the true chance to show his talents until 2015. He checked out medical-wise at the Combine and then represented in fine fashion with a 4.45 time in the Forty-Yard-Dash. Peake was solid across the board in drills with one exception, his short-area quickness as captured by the Short-Shuttle drill. At the Clemson Pro Day, Peake then dazzled with a blazing 4.37-second time in the Forty-Yard-Dash (and whole forty times can be all over the map at pro day workouts this only helps to strengthen his case). Peake was also thought to have small hands, but he measured in at 9-1/4, and while not large, the measurement will help his stock as well. Peake also measured in with very long arms at 34” (the second-longest among receivers at this year’s Combine). Many NFL GMs are going to have Peake circled as a sleeper on their draft board.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: TBD
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: TBD
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR DeMarcus Robinson


WR DeMarcus Robinson – Junior / 6-1 / 203 – FLORIDA

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20154752011.12
20145381015.37
20135234.60
Career1051,35312.99
  • Red flags abound with Robinson as he had multiple suspensions during his time at Florida (but reports are he has cleared rehab and has talked contritely about learning from his mistakes)
  • Really talented option, but Robinson had four suspensions during his time at Florida (three suspensions his freshman year for marijuana and one in 2015 for violating curfew) — Robinson has been tested for marijuana twice a week during his sophomore year and twice per month in his junior season
  • Amazing athletic ability that jumps off the tape at you, in spite of his limited production (career 106 receptions for 1,355 yards and 9 touchdowns in three seasons)
  • Possesses speed to get over the top of the defense to be a deep threat
  • Has explosive footwork, Robinson is both speedy and quick — which should allow Robinson to have the versatility to be either an outside receiver or succeed in the slot, raising his value to NFL squads
  • Thrives after-the-catch and once Robinson has the ball in the open field, he’s a nightmare for defenses with the speed and agility to avoid close tacklers, then the burst to outrun next-level defenders
  • Does not go down easily to tacklers and will fight for extra yardage at nearly every opportunity
  • Does display quality blocking skills — uses his hands to attach to blockers well, and is quick with his feet to stay with his man and maintain the block
  • Hands are a bit of a concern — Robinson had just over 100 receptions, but managed to tally 11 drops, translating to a nearly 10% drop rate
  • In spite of his propensity to drop the ball, Robinson tends to be a hand-catcher, attacking the ball with his hands rather than letting the ball get into his body
  • Will need to work on some ball security issues to be a productive receiver at the next level (tends to extend the ball away from his body when fighting for extra yardage, giving defenders an opportunity for an easy turnover)
  • Somewhat raw in route running, many routes in college were screens and comebacks
  • Robinson can be a little lazy at times in his route running, often relying on his athletic skills, and very inconsistent
  • Has an NFL pedigree in his family, as he is the nephew of former Chicago Bears (among others) wide receiver Marcus Robinson (who Robinson has lived with during rehab and Robinson talked about how he let his uncle down, wanting to clean up his act)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Athletic skills at the Combine were perhaps secondary for Robinson who had to address his four suspensions while at Florida. Robinson came across humble in interviews, and admitted he made selfish decisions at Florida and talked about his rehab and having not smoked marijuana since his freshman season and working to not let down his uncle former Chicago Bear Marcus Robinson who is like a father to Marcus Robinson (whose father passed away when he was two years old). His curfew suspension, Robinson claims, was a mistake he made and after apologizing, his teammates ultimately allowed him back on the team after a vote. In drills, Robinson has a solid showing, ending up in the middle of the pack and with solid scores in every test.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 4th Round (4.28), Kansas City Chiefs
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 4th Round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Robinson has the size and college production to seem exciting on the surface.  Look deeper into his off-field issues, mediocre combine workout and lack of refinement as a WR and you’re likely to avoid him in your rookie draft.  Getting drafted by the Chiefs in a system with check down king Alex Smith doesn’t help his cause either.  He’s worth a late round flyer but keep expectations fairly low relative to draft position.

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Hunter Sharp


WR Hunter Sharp – Senior / 5-11 / 198 – UTAH STATE

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20157183911.89
20146693914.27
Career1371,77813.016
  • Versatile, could play on the outside running deeper routes and capable of playing in the slot — Sharp was busy at Utah State as he led the team in overall receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in both of his years there
  • Sharp caught 43 percent of his team’s receiving touchdowns in his two seasons at Utah State
  • Capable of running a full route tree
  • Patience runner with ball in hand, displaying great angle visualization
  • Will find coverage holes before and after catch
  • Gritty screen performer and is very good with the ball in his hands gaining yards after the catch
  • Shows good straight line game speed
  • Had continued success with four different Aggie QBs, and productive despite playing in a run-first offense
  • Returned just 13 kickoffs at Utah State but averaged 30.3 yards per return and took one to the house
  • A willing cut blocker in the running game
  • Too often will waits on throws and Sharp sometimes catches with body more than his hands and will drop too many catchable passes
  • Sharp played two years at the junior college level before transferring to Utah State for his junior and senior seasons
  • Suspended two games in 2015 for violating team rules
  • Cousin to Kansas City ILB Derrick Johnson
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Sharp’s 4.58 Forty-time was somewhat of a disappointment as he looks faster in games (competition level could have created a mirage), although close to the 2016 receiver average at this year’s Combine. Sharp, however, really disappointed on some of the other skill tests, with a poor showing in the Vertical Jump (32.5”), just 12 reps in the Bench Press and a very slow 7.12-second time in the 3-Cone Drill. Sharp also struggled at practices for the Shrine Game with several drops. All-in-all Sharp is likely someone fifth WR with potential as a return specialist.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: UNDRAFTED, Signed by Philadelphia Eagles
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 6th Round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: An undersized wideout with sub-par athleticism as displayed at the combine.  Sharp is quicker than fast and could have a chance at holding down a slot position or punt return role.  He’s worth a flyer in the late rounds but his 2016 outlook is nill.  He’s a developmental player in the NFL and on your fantasy squad.

 


 

 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Tajae Sharpe


WR Tajae Sharpe – Senior / 6-2 / 194 – MASSACHUSETTS

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20151111,31911.95
2014851,28115.17
20136168011.14
20122020610.30
Career2773,48612.616
  • Great field awareness, best fit is in the short to intermediate routes (and he runs those extremely well)
  • Top-notch hands and with superior hand-eye coordination (very rarely drop passes)
  • Breaks hard and Sharpe can often split two or three defenders
  • Set his feet and body well to quickly gain positive yardage after the catch
  • Times his jumps well and fights for jump balls
  • Quicker than fast but Sharpe gets to the top of his routes with power and grace
  • Can contribute both in the slot and outside and also had many plays at UMass as a receiver in motion
  • Showed he can be the center-piece of an offense
  • Led the nation in 2015 with 111 receptions (9.3 receptions per game, to go along with his 9 yards receiving per game on average)
  • Finished as the all-time leading receiver in UMass history (3,486 receiving yards)
  • Lacks ideal bulk, thin
  • Not a burner and can be caught from behind — Sharpe averaged just 6 yards per catch over his college career
  • Stats piled up against lower levels of competition in the UMass MAC schedule will be on obvious concern
  • Once drafted, Sharpe will be the first UMass wide receiver drafted since 1974 (Victor Cruz went undrafted out of UMass)
  • Despite big success in College, Sharpe was just a two-star recruit out of high school (and didn’t get a scholarship offer from nearby Rutgers)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Sharpe’s Combine was not great and he could have used a strong Combine coming from a smaller-school program. Sharpe’s 4.55 Forty-time was respectable and he had a good split in the 10-Yard Split. His agility was on display in the Gauntlet and Sharpe didn’t drop a pass, and he even passed a concentration test by pulling in a ball while slipping. His 9’6” Broad Jump though ranked 36th among the 40 WRs participating while Sharpe’s Vertical Jump (33.5”) was on the lower end as was his 11 Bench Press reps (Sharpe may need to improve his strength for NFL press coverage). Sharpe did not participate in the 3-Cone or the Short Shuttle so look to his Pro Day for those results (and those will be important scores for Sharpe). The other negative for Sharpe was he measured in at sub 9” inch hands (just 4 of 44 receivers who had sub 9” hands at this year’s Combine).
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: Round 5 (140 overall) Titans
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 4th Round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Trying to render the fat of Titan WR cluster requires a large pan. Thankfully they drafted a Sharpe tool named Tajae. Sharpe and Dorial Green-Beckham are the future. Guys like Harry Douglas, Justin Hunter and Rishard Matthews are just fast food burgers to suffice the fans until the main course/beefy steaks (Sharpe/DGB) are ready for Sunday dinner. Sharpe is a crisp route runner that will be right where he should be when the pocket breaks down on QB Marcus Mariota. He can give the Titans Kendall Wright-like production at a much cheaper cost. His PPR ceiling is still flux but we are not betting against him. His rookie season may not  amount to much on the stat cheat but if he able to create yards after the caught his role will increase as the season rolls on.

 


 

 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Sterling Shepard


WR Sterling Shepard – Senior/ 5-10 / 194 – OKLAHOMA

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
2015861,28815.011
20145197019.05
20135160311.87
20124562113.83
Career2333,48214.926
  • Small, big play receiver, Shepard draws comparisons as being a cross between Packers’ Randall Cobb and Ravens’ Steve Smith
  • Very capable of gaining separation with his quickness and route-running
  • Shepard understands the nuances of the receiving and is extremely savvy, sets up defenders with head fakes to add to his separation skills, silky-smooth with double moves, and he has very good start/stop skills — many view Shepard as one of the top route-runners in the draft
  • Can run every route on the tree
  • Explosive player and Shepard is tough to defend as he has the quickness to get away from defenders but also the straight-line speeded to blow by defenders
  • Doesn’t shy away from contact and Shepard has the strength to pull through arm tackles for extra yardage
  • Highly-productive with tremendous experience, Shepard leaves Oklahoma with 233 career receptions and 3,482 yards, playing extensively even as a true freshman
  • Gets high marks for character and off-the-field and is considered to humble, grounded and coachable
  • May be a slot receiver at the next level (but many said that of Steve Smith also)
  • Semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award as a senior in 2015 and in 2014
  • Winner of the Disney Sports Spirit Award in 2014
  • Earned the Practice Player of the Week award among wide receivers in t he Senior Bowl week
  • His late father Derrick Shepard played in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints, appearing in 25 games over a three-year stretch, primarily as a returner but also catching 18 passes (Shepard went to Oklahoma and wore number three to honor his late father)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Shepard flat out put on a show at the Combine. He had a very solid 4.48 in the Forty and was solid in the short-area quickness drills, but then crushed it on the Vertical Jump at 41” — the best of all receivers at the Combine — and then put up 20 reps on the Bench Press, tied for most among all receivers and ahead of multiple offensive linemen. Shepard also looked great in the Gauntlet, no doubt leaving NFL talent evaluators picturing him on their team. In the press section, Shepard said “I’ve gotten a lot [of] questions about whether I can play inside or outside — I believe I can do both of them. I did it all throughout college. And I don’t think size played a big factor in it.” Shepard will be an interesting draft day watch, as Carolina (who met with Shepard at the Combine), Atlanta and Houston could all use him on their roster and it’s possible there is some jockeying to move up to get Shepard. The Panthers in particular could see a replacement for Steve Smith in Shepard and he would be in play for sure at pick 1.30 of the draft.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 2nd Round (2.09). N.Y. Giants
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 1st Round
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Shepard should instantly plug into the starting line-up as a rookie opposite Victor Cruz. With Eli Manning coming off a career-high in touchdowns passes (35) and career passing attempts (618) under now head coach Ben McAdoo there is a ton of upside for Shepard. He should be a reasonable fantasy WR3 even as a rookie and is a very solid mid 1st round rookie dynasty selection.

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Michael Thomas


WR Michael Thomas – Redshirt Junior / 6-3 / 212 – OHIO STATE

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20155678113.99
20143038012.74
20121623814.93
Career1021,39913.716
  • Offers an impressive combination of size and speed and has the potential to be a mismatch
  • Has terrific hand-eye coordination and solid body control
  • Natural hands-catcher and rarely dropped passes in college
  • Can out-muscle most defenders with impressive strength
  • Tremendous red zone and scoring threat — one of every 6.4 receptions for Thomas in college results in a touchdown
  • Has drawn some poor-man Demaryius Thomas comparisons
  • Overall numbers not elite in college but in part that was a function of the offense he played in
  • Lacks elite speed and acceleration and doesn’t have elite start/stop athleticism which at times will limit his ability to create separation from defenders
  • Struggles with footwork at times and not overly-smooth in his route-running
  • Not highly recruited out of high school and declined offers from Oregon State, Syracuse and Oklahoma State to attend Fork Union Military Academy (after being passed over by local schools USC and UCLA) in 2011 before transferring to OSU
  • Red-shirted in 2013 in part due to academic reasons
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Thomas had an impressive showing at the Combine and likely solidified a high 2nd-round pick if not a 1st-round pick. Thomas’ hands measured large at 10.5” and he showed very good strength with 18 reps on the Bench Press. His Forty-time was solid for his size (4.57) along with an impressive 1.57 second 10-yard split. Perhaps most impressive was a 4.13 time in the Short Shuttle drill, tied for 4th-best among all receivers in attendance. Most expect Thomas to be locked in as. a top five receiver drafted this year, and there are some reports that he is top one or two among receivers on some draft boards.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: TBD
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: TBD
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Mike Thomas


WR Mike Thomas – Senior / 6-1 / 200 – SOUTHERN MISS

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
2015711,39119.614
20144159214.45
Career1121,98317.719
  • Played at College of DuPage (2012) and Dodge City Community College (2013) before transferring to Southern Miss. in 2014
  • A highly energetic and competitive player who brings enthusiasm to the field
  • Deep-threat receiver who possesses quick release to gain separation allowing him to lineup on the outside as well as bubble screen, slants, post and hook-routes
  • Great body control and natural ball tracking ability down the field even in tight coverage
  • Shows good athleticism and leaping ability
  • Tracks the deep ball very well and attacks the ball in the air before the defender has a chance to get to it
  • Demonstrates a knack for winning contested balls with big, strong hands
  • Despite his Combine snub, Thomas is a fluid accelerator who has a projected Forty-time around in the 4.4-4.5 range
  • Averaged 19.6 YPC in 2015, the highest mark of any FBS player with at least 65 receptions
  • Thomas was 5th in the NCAA in 2015 with 14 receiving TDs and 7th with 1,391 receiving yards
  • Thomas participated in special teams in college and will be able to contribute there in the NFL, a big plus early in his career at the next level
  • Will need to improve route running and run blocking at the next level
  • Lacks separation at the top of his routes and could struggle here. against NFL caliber competition
  • Not a natural hands-catcher and Thomas dropped 10% of his receptions due to focus issues in 2015
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Thomas was not invited to the Combine, arguably receiving the “biggest snub” label of those not invited to the 2015 Combine who arguably should have. Thomas showcased his speed at the Southern Miss Pro Day on March 24th where he blazed a 4.4 time.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: TBD
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: TBD
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD

 


 

 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Laquon Treadwell


WR Laquon Treadwell – Junior / 6-2 / 221 – OLE MISS

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
2015821,15314.111
20144863213.25
2013726088.45
Career2022,39311.821
  • Generally considered a “can’t miss” prospect at receiver in this year’s draft and able to contribute immediately
  • Strong hands and Treadwell is a natural hands-catcher
  • Wide catch radius and Treadwell is outstanding in bringing in contested passes as he is a receiver who attacks the football (and has drawn Alshon Jeffery and DeAndre Hopkins with his skills in this area)
  • Exceptional at tracking deep balls
  • Gets high marks for concentration and his approach toward the game
  • Big, strong receiver who is physical after the catch and runs with tremendous power with the ball in his hands (will draw Dez Bryant comparisons with his size and power)
  • Shows near elite footwork with effective stagger and stutter movements in his routes and runs clean routes displaying the subtle nuance needed to run NFL-level routes
  • Capable of playing both inside and outside which he did at Ole Miss
  • Treadwell is a well above average blocker as a receiver which will bring added value to the team that drafts him
  • Does not possess elite top-end speed (easily the number one criticism of Treadwell) and as such he is possibly more of a (high-end) possession receiver at the next level
  • Suffered a broken fibula and dislocated ankle in 2014 that ended his season (a gruesome-looking injury) but Treadwell was able to successfully return in 2015 and most would say he came back stronger
  • First Ole Miss player to be named a Biletnikoff Award finalist (2015)
  • Treadwell finished his collegiate career in high fashion, catching three touchdowns against Oklahoma State in the Rebels’ Sugar Bowl victory
  • Young dynasty prospect — Treadwell won’t turn 21 years old until June 2016
  • Treadwell was the SEC Freshman of the Year as named by the league coaches, the first player in school history to receive that distinction
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Treadwell switched training facilities midway through his draft training and then said that he didn’t feel as though he had sufficient time to prepare to run in the 40-Yard Dash at the Combine. It sounds a little odd, but many do not believe this decision will affect his draft-day stock much (if any) and Treadwell says he will run at his Pro Day on March 28th. Treadwell’s arms measured a long 33 and 3/8 inches, confirming his large catch radius. Especially for his size, Treadwell’s 12 reps on the Bench Press are somewhat light.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: TBD
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: TBD
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR D’haquille “Duke” Williams


WR D’haquille “Duke” Williams – Senior / 6-2 / 229 – AUBURN (former)

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20151214712.31
20144573016.25
Career5787715.46
  • Came to Auburn as top rated JuCo wide receiver in the country in 2014
  • Character issues on and off the field have led to a suspension from the 2013 Outback Bowl and eventually was dismissed from the team in 2015 without a Senior Bowl invite (after reportedly punching four people in a bar fight)
  • Big bodied, physical receiver who uses his frame to his advantage in keeping defenders at bay to complete catches
  • Soft hands and a natural pass catcher — Williams converted 82% of his catches into first downs in college
  • Certainly showed he can be productive, with four 100-yard receiving games against SEC competition in 15 career games
  • Frequently played inside, creating matchup problems for smaller cornerbacks
  • Capable of extending for balls outside his frame
  • Lacks athleticism and acceleration leaving him to rely on winning contested balls rather than shaking defenders
  • Slow route runner who looked lackluster in the few games he played in 2015
  • Lack of explosion; does not create separation, and was frequently caught from behind
  • Allows passes into his body, which can lead to drops
  • Does not display consistent effort and reports of him being a “bad locker room guy”
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Williams received a Combine invite due to his talent and potential even though he was kept from Auburn’s bowl game as well as the Senior Bowl due to off-field misconduct which led to his termination from the team. Williams had great height (6’2”), weight (229), and arm length (32 ½”) measurables at the Combine. His athletic testing at Combine events, however, were very disappointing, with times that were among the worst at the wide receiver position (including a 4.72 second Forty-Yard-Dash time, which was the second slowest time among receivers). Considering much of Williams’ success came with him lining up inside, and his poor timings versus the wide receiver group, it is possible some consider him as a hybrid tight end where his measurables show modest improvement versus other tight ends in this class. Williams did, however, take responsibility and recognized the mistakes he made during several team interviews.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: Undrafted. Invited to mini camp by the Los Angeles Rams
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 7th round pick/Undrafted
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Duke is lucky he is talented. Even with his off field issues and bad attitude, the receiver-lacking Rams are still willing to bring him in for their mini camp. Even if he is able to make it to preseason games, Williams’ fantasy prospects are virtually nil at this point. Don’t waste the roster spot

 


 

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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR De’Runnya Wilson


WR De’Runnya Wilson – Junior / 6-5 / 224 – MISSISSIPPI STATE

YEARRECEPTIONSRECEIVING YARDSYPC AVERAGERECEIVING TDS
20155990515.310
20144768014.59
20132635113.53
Career1321,93614.722
  • Red zone threat  capable of boxing out smaller defenders with his size and high-end basketball skills
  • Tallest receiver at this year’s Combine
  • Confident with soft hands, Wilson easily uses his height and length creating a large catch radius to pick away balls before they have a chance to become contested
  • Quick off the snap, and tops out quickly with smooth acceleration
  • A would-be legitimate red zone threat with his size, however, Wilson made most of his damage between the 20s with 761 career yards in that area and converted 77% of his catches into a first down
  • Has the frame of a WR1 but not the athleticism
  • Wilson lacks straight-line speed with no breakaway ability, with his long strides Wilson has difficulty in blowing the top off of a defense
  • Too often becomes reliant on his size instead of technique and creativity
  • After the catch, Wilson struggles some in breaking contact
  • Average to below-average blocker as a receiver
  • 2015 All-SEC Second Team honors, in part by averaging 69.6 yards receiving per game (the 6th-best in the SEC in 2015)
  • Finished his Bulldog career with the second most touchdown receptions in school history with 22
  • Particularly raw in route running, in part from two-timing in basketball and football player in high school and in college
  • Tall receiver but Wilson won just 27% of the contested balls thrown his way in 2015
  • Wilson only played one year of high school football as he was a basketball player first
  • Parade All-American in basketball and the 2013 Alabama Mr. Basketball
  • Wilson played on the Mississippi State basketball team as a freshman and sophomore
  • Arrested in March 2015 for suspicion of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Regarded by Pro Football Focus as the worst Combine performance by a WR in recent history, Wilson showed no major athletic abilities what-so-ever. Wilson had a horrible Forty-time (his 4.85 was easily worst among all receivers), just a 28” Vertical Jump (1.5 inches worse than any other receiver at the Combine) and only 9’5” in the Broad Jump. Wilson did improve his original 4.85 in the Forty to more TE-friendly 4.71 during his Pro Day and was able to display his catch ability that can make himself as a potential scoring threat based on his size and catch-radius. Wilson measured in with nearly 34” inch arms, confirming his large catch radius to go along with his just under 6’5” height.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: TBD
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: TBD
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD