STRENGTHS - Already a polished receiver, Woods looks like a veteran NFL receiver running routes. Despite lacking premier speed, he accelerates quickly off the ball to close cushion on cornerback, which makes it easy for him to get separation from defender. He disquises his routes well, can turn defender with fake and has a burst out of cuts/breaks to consistently gain separation. Instinctive and aware, Woods easily is able to find open space in "zone" and will sit down in it. Woods is aggressive going after ball to make catch and combined with his strong hands, he consistently is able to make the catch. Not only does he make the routine catches, but he can adjust to catch off-target passes, can go up and catch high throws and shows no fear catching passes right before being hit. Quick turning and getting started up the field after the catch, Woods is able to get away from initial defender. Able to change directions quickly, Woods can make tacklers miss consistently and has deceptively good strength and balance to run through arm/grab tackles to gain yards after contact. His experience as a punt returner adds value - Quick getting started up the field and able to avoid first tackler. With good size, strength and competitiveness Woods has been a consistently productive blocker - Gets after man quickly, stays after block and keeps man eliminated from the play.
WEAKNESSES - Woods lacks the elite explosiveness and playing speed get separation on deep routes and to out-run angles to turn short passes into long TD's at the NFL level. He has been banged up at points during his career.
SUMMARY - Woods was am impact player from the day he arrived at USC and although Marquise Lee supplanted him as their best receiver, he is still one of the most polished and NFL ready receivers in this year's Draft. Quick footed with smooth athleticism and body control, Woods makes it look easy to run sharp routes and get open versus any type of coverage. Although he actually looks smaller on film because he runs with such good body lean, Woods has good size at over 6'0 and combined with his strength and competitiveness, he has consistently shown the ability to run through arm/grab tackles to gain yards after contact and to effectively block his man out of the play. Overall, Woods is not likely to be a high draft pick, but somewhere between the 20th and 50th picks he will be selected. I am confident in Woods ability to be a good starting number two receiver and punt returner in the NFL for many years.