Player, Pos, Team Height Weight Draft Grade
11 Josh Huff WR, Oregon 5'11" 205 A 6.6 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Josh Huff – Receiver

Huff is a fourth year senior and a three year starter at wide receiver. He also is used to return kickoffs. Even though he didn’t start as a true freshman, he got significant play time and accumulated over 1000 yards in total offense. This year, he is the Ducks leading receiver to date with 38 catches for 703 yards and six TDs. He has returned eight kickoffs for a 26 yard average.

Huff has good size at 5’11- 205. He looks and plays taller because of his long arms. He has very good play speed to go along with excellent athleticism and body control. His play speed is in the 4.45 – 4.48 area. In the Oregon offense, he is not asked to run a number of different types of routes. He will run outs, slants, comebacks, and bubble screens with an occasional deep route thrown in. I would not say he is a precise route runner, but with his body control and quickness, he can get in and out of cuts very quickly to gain separation. Often, he is wide open. Opponents usually play a soft zone against Oregon, and they give up a lot of short throws. I don’t remember seeing Huff have to uncover versus man coverage.

Huff has very good hands, showing the ability to snatch the ball. He always catches the ball away from his body. After the catch he is a very good runner, showing a burst, elusiveness, and strength. Many of his longer gains are short passes that he turned into a big gain with his run skills. On the tape viewed, I did not have an opportunity to see Huff have to compete for the ball in traffic. He was always open. He is a willing blocker and will look for a downfield block to help a back or receiver.

This is a talented player. He has speed, hands, run after skills, and toughness. He can and will double as a returner, as his return skills are very good. He needs to develop his route running, but he will play early as a rookie and eventually be a starter in the league. I see him as becoming a solid number two receiver.

12 Bruce Ellington WR, South Carolina 5'9" 196 A 6.6 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Bruce Ellington – Wide Receiver – South Carolina

Size – 5093 – 197 – 4.45

Strong Points – Speed, athlete, body control, hands, run after catch, returns kickoffs, production, also plays college basketball for USC, outstanding combine workout, has already graduated

Weak Points – Size, only played two years of college football, still needs to develop his route running skills

2014 Stats: 49 catches – 779 yards – eight TD’s, 18 kickoff returns for 22.6 yard average

Summation – Ellington is a rare two-sport star in that he excels in both sports. He enrolled at South Carolina in 2010 and did not play football, as he was on a basketball scholarship. He was the starting point guard and averaged 12.8 points per game.

He was a running quarterback in high school and decided to also play football at USC, joining the team for the 2011 season. He played in a rotation with some starts in 2011 and played very well. He returned to basketball when the football season was over. Despite playing two time-consuming college sports, he graduated in three-and-a-half years!

In 2013, he decided that football was his best oppotunity on the professional level, and devoted himself full-time to football. It was a smart decision, as he had his best season with 49 catches for 779 yards and seven touchdowns. He also returned 17 kickoffs for a 22.6 yard average. He only played in three basketball games this year after the football season was over. He left the basketball team to get ready for the Combine.

Ellington lacks great size at 5093 – 197, but he is an excellent athlete. He may have had the best overall receiver workout at the Combine, running 4.45, with jumps of 39.5 and 10’ and a 6.69 three-cone. He also did 15 reps of 225.

While not tall, he has long arms and is well built. His lower body is thick and muscular. He looks more like a running back than a receiver.

Ellington is very quick off the line. He easily avoids or fights through jams and gets into his routes quickly. He is still raw as a route runner, but with his great body control and quickness, he is able to get separation on short and long routes. He has very good hands and shows top ability to adjust to the ball. He is effective as both a short and long receiver, and with his top run skills, he can consistently turn a short reception into a long gain. As a kick returner, he shows top instincts and doesn’t dance.

When you factor in that Ellington has only played two years of college football and never really devoted all his time to the sport, you have to say he has unlimited potential. He still has to develop his route running skills, but he can be a special player in time. I see him more as a role player his rookie year who will gain playtime as he learns. He should be a starter in the slot by year two. He will also be a very effective return man. I see him going anywhere from the late second to early third round in this year’s draft.

Grade B 6.6

13 Jarvis Landry WR, LSU 6'1" 195 B 6.6 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Jarvis Landry – Receiver

Landry is a third-year junior. He played as a backup his freshman year in 2011. In 2012 while he only started one game, he was LSU’s leading receiver with 56 catches. He is a starter this year and has caught 75 passes for 1172 yards and 10 TDs. While he is used some deep, he is really the “possession” receiver in the LSU offense.

Listed at 6’1 – 195, Landry looks bigger because of his build and long arms. He is a physical receiver, but is also athletic, with speed. As an athlete, he has smooth change of direction and excellent overall body control. He consistently shows his top flexibility with the way he adjusts to poorly thrown passes. Like Beckham, I would not call Landry a “burner”, but he is fast enough. His play speed is in the 4.55 area.
Landry is a very good route runner who gets off the ball quickly and can make the sharp cuts necessary to get separation. While he isn’t a speed guy, he has a quick burst to the ball. Like Beckham, he does a very good job finishing routes. He has great hands and consistently “snatches” the ball. His ability to adjust to the ball and make the acrobatic catch is rare. After the catch, he is a strong runner with a burst and the ability to make the first man miss. 

Landry will play early in his career and will probably be a starter before his rookie year is over. Like I said above, regarding Beckham, where he ends up getting drafted will be a direct result of how he times. There is no questioning his talent, there are some questions on his overall top-end speed.

14 Donte Moncrief WR, Ole Miss 6'5" 226 B 6.6 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Donte Moncrief – Wide Receiver – Mississippi

Size –
6023 – 219 – 4.40

Strong Points – Excellent size, good athlete, consistent blocker, run after catch, hands

Weak Points – Limited route tree, often body catches, doesn’t have a big receiving radius,

2013 Stats – 59 receptions, 938 yards, six touchdowns, 156 career receptions, 2527 yards, 20 touchdowns

Summation – Donte is a third-year junior entering the draft as an underclassman. He has been a three-year starter at Ole Miss and been very productive for them.

He has excellent size and overall athleticism. At 6023-219 with 4.40 speed, he fits the mold of the big receivers that have come in vogue in the NFL. At the combine, he had a vertical jump of 39.5" and a standing long jump of 11’, showing his excellent explosiveness.

Ole Miss plays from a spread offense and they don’t have Moncrief run a very sophisticated route tree. His main route is the bubble screen, but he will run some hitches and comebacks as well as some go routes. You don’t see a lot of slants and crossing routes.

Moncrief shows he can catch the ball in his hands, but he will body catch some and doesn’t have a really big receiving radius. His ability to adjust to the ball is good but not great. He will have some concentration drops.

What Moncrief does well is run after the catch. He is fast with a quick burst and runs with power. He shows good run instincts and is a consistent threat to turn a short pass into a long gain. Moncrief is very willing and effective as a blocker.

Moncrief is still raw, but he has a tremendous amount of upside. You are drafting him based on what he can become, not what he is. He is not ready to step in and be more than a rotational contributor at this time. He is going to need to learn how to read coverages to make sight adjustments and will also need to develop his overall route running skills. He should be ready to be an every down player sometime in his second year. I think he is a solid third round pick but his natural physical traits may get him drafted higher.

Grade B 6.6

15 Jared Abbrederis WR, Wisconsin 6'2" 188 B 6.6 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Jared Abbrederis – Wide Receiver – Wisconsin

Size –
6010 – 195 – 4.49

Strong Points – Very productive, release, hands, pass routes, run after catch, catch in traffic, has been used to return punts

Weak Points – Not explosive (30.5 LJ, 9’9” VJ), lacks upper body strength (4 reps of 225), average receiving radius

2013 Stats: 78 catches – 1081 yards – 13.9 avg. – seven TD’s. 11 punt returns for 94 yards

Summation – Abbrederis is a fifth-year senior and a three-year starter. He is a former walk-on who earned his scholarship. He is a very productive guy who got better every year culminating in a breakout year in 2013 with 78 catches for 1081 yards.

Abbrederis has good size at 6010 – 195 with good overall speed and athleticism. He is more fast than quick, but he has quick feet and very good overall body control. He is not the most explosive guy, as shown by his very average jumps of 30.5 and 9’9”, but he makes up for that with his body control

He has a good release and is able to fight through jams. He gets into his routes quickly and can break down and get in and out of cuts quickly to gain separation. He is very good with double moves and multi-cut routes.

Abbrederis is consistent as both a short and deep receiver. He catches the ball in his hands and shows he can adjust to make the difficult catch. On longer routes, he shows deceptive speed and has a burst to the ball. After the catch, he is a good runner with instincts but lacks top power. He is very willing as a blocker and can be effective.

There is a lot to like about Abbrederis game. He has size and speed and is very competitive. He should be able to play either X or Z at the next level. I see him coming into the league and being a third or fourth receiver who will develop into a starter by his second year. Though he does some punt returning at Wisconsin, I don’t see him as more than a backup returner at the next level. He is not a special player but a good one.

Grade B 6.6

16 Cody Latimer WR, Indiana 6'2" 215 B 6.5 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Cody Latimer – Wide Receiver – Indiana

Size – 6025 – 215 – 4.46

Strong Points – Size, speed, top production, hands, ability to adjust to the ball

Weak Points – Coming off a broken bone in his foot, limited route tree, average blocker, has some tightness in his hips, not used inside that much

2013 Stats – 72 receptions, 1096 yards, 9 touchdowns, 135 career receptions, 2012 yards, 17 touchdowns

Summation – Cody is a third-year junior entering the draft as an underclassman. He played as a reserve his first year at Indiana and has been a starter the last two season.

He has excellent size at 6025 – 215. Though still recovering from a broken bone in his foot, he still ran 4.47 in the 40 and had a 39” vertical jump at a limited pro day a few weeks ago.

On tape, he has some athletic limitations. He does not play to that timed speed and also has some tightness in his hips that hurts his ability to get in and out of cuts really quickly. He does not show a quick burst, but he has long speed once under way. He can be effective as a deep receiver.

Indiana plays from a spread offense, and like many spread offenses, Latimer has a limited route tree. He usually lines up outside and runs hitches, comebacks, some bubble screens, and go routes. I have seen him run some inside routes, but the majority are outside the numbers.

Latimer has very good hands and a large receiving radius. He can adjust to the ball, almost always catches the ball in his hands, and can high-point it. After the catch, he tucks the ball away quickly. As a runner, he gets what is there and has strength to get extra yards, but he is not a really elusive runner. As a blocker, Latimer is willing but not consistently effective. He isn’t a really physical player.

With Latimer running and jumping as good as he did, teams are going back for another look. The Indiana scheme does limit him some. An NFL offense will be more suitable to his traits. He will need to improve his route running. Part of that will be learning to sink his hips and get in and out of cuts more quickly. There is no question that he has upside.

Latimer has talent, and while he will need time to develop, I see him as an eventual starter in the league. I have not seen anything on tape that shows me that he would be a good special teams' player while he is developing. With his size and leaping ability, he may be used right away as a red zone receiver.

I see Cody as a good fourth-to-fifth round receiver, but the speed he showed in a limited workout may get him drafted higher (third round).

Grade – B 6.5

17 Robert Herron WR, Wyoming 5'10" 187 B 6.5 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:
Size - 5087 - 193 - 4.48
Strong Points - Athlete, speed, hands, adjust to ball, pass routes, run after catch, compete in traffic, had a strong senior bowl week
Weak Points - Size, can only be a slot at the next level
2013 Stats: 72 catches for 937 yards and nine touchdowns
Summation - Herron is a fourth-year senior and a three-year starter. As a freshman, he played both wide receiver and running back. He has only recently become a receiver (2011 season). In high school, Herron was not only a very good football player, but was also a top track athlete with personal bests of 10.5 in the 100 meters and 20.99 in the 200 meters.
Herron plays both inside and out at Wyoming. He is used on a variety of routes including bubble screens, outs, slants, and crossing routes. With his speed, he is also used deep.
Herron may be short, but he is not small, he has a solid build to go along with very good strength (18 reps of 225 at the Combine). He is quick off the ball and does a very good job of both working through and avoiding jams. He is quick into his routes and has the flexibility to drop his hips and get in and out of a cut quickly. With his body control and quick feet, he is effective with multi-cut routes. He consistently gets open on both short and deep routes.
He has good hands and can track the ball and make the difficult catch. He shows the courage to compete for the ball in traffic. After the catch, he is an instinctive and strong runner who has the ability to make people miss in space. His run skills allow him to turn a short pass into a long gain.
If Herron were two inches taller, we would be talking about him as a premium round draft pick. His height will likely limit him to being a slot receiver, but he can be very effective in that role. I can see him being used as a club's primary slot very early in his career. While he has not been a returner in college, he has the traits to be a good NFL return man. Herron should be a solid third round pick, fourth round at worst.

18 Brandon Coleman WR, Rutgers 6'6" 220 B 6.5 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Brandon Coleman – Wide Receiver – Rutgers

Size – 6060 – 225 – 4.56

Strong Points – Size, good athlete, speed for his size, makes some big plays

Weak Points – Production dropped off in 2013, has some drops, average run after catch, has some tightness in his hips

2014 Stats – 34 receptions – 358 yards – four touchdowns

Summation – Coleman is a big, athletic receiver who many thought after the 2012 season would be one of the elite receivers in the country. His play fell off in 2013, but in fairness, he was playing with a knee injury.

In 2012, he caught 43 passes for 718 yards and 10 touchdowns. His production in 2013 fell to 34 catches for 358 yards and four touchdowns.

He has good quickness off the line, and the strength to fight through a jam. For a big guy, he has good route quickness, especially if the route is of the one-cut variety. He has some tightness in his hips, which limits his ability to break down and get in and out of multiple cuts quickly.

He showed a larger receiving radius in 2012 than in 2013. Still, he can pluck the ball, but he will have some concentration drops. He is better coming back to the ball than he is with over-the-shoulder-type catches. He is best on outs, slants, and go-type routes. He can be inconsistent inside. After the catch, he is a strong runner but not elusive. Though his 40 time is average, he plays faster when he is in space. He is adequate as a blocker.

With his size, Coleman can create matchup problems. He has to become a more consistent player. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt and basing my grade more off of 2012 tape when he was 100% healthy. If he reverts back to 2012 form, he has a chance to become an eventual starter after a period of development. He is going to be a hit or miss.

Grade B 6.5

19 Martavis Bryant WR, Clemson 6'5" 200 B 6.5 Stats
20 T.J. Jones WR, Notre Dame 5'11" 190 B 6.4 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

T.J. Jones – Wide Receiver

Jones is a fourth-year senior and has been a starter since midway through his freshman year. Jones is a player who has shown improvement every year and has become Notre Dame’s most consistent receiver this year. Going into this week’s Bowl game, Jones has 65 catches for 1042 yards and nine TDs. For his career, he has 176 catches and 19 TDs. He is the primary punt returner, averaging just under nine yards per return.

Jones doesn’t have great size. He will measure about 5114 – 195. He is athletic with deceptive speed. While not a burner, he will time in the 4.48 – 4.50 area. He has quick feet, a burst, and good overall body control allowing him to run good routes and make quick cuts to get separation. I like that he has become a much more consistent player this year. He is productive as both a short and deep receiver and has shown the toughness to compete for the ball in traffic. He has good hands and shows the body flexibility to adjust to poorly thrown balls. After the catch, he is a quick, elusive runner who can consistently get extra yards.
Overall, I see Jones as good “B” level prospect (third – fourth round). Early in his career, I questioned his toughness, but he has matured as a player and become very consistent. Jones will probably end up as a good slot receiver in the NFL. He can play outside, but with his size, he is not ideal for that position. He will need a year to develop but should become an eventual starter. He has the toughness to play on special teams cover units while he is developing. I don’t see him as having the return skills to be a club’s top returner, but he can be a quality backup in that position.

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