Minnesota WR Decker won't run at Combine
Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen isn’t the only player who will miss the workouts in Indianapolis due to a foot injury.
Minnesota wide receiver Eric Decker won’t run at next week’s NFL Combine due to season-ending foot surgery he underwent back in November, according to ESPN.com.
Decker caught 50 passes for 758 yards with five touchdowns in eight games for the Golden Gophers in 2009 before injuring his foot. In his four-year career at Minnesota, Decker caught 227 passes for 3,119 yards with 24 touchdowns.
Let’s turn to NFP Director of College Scouting Wes Bunting for the scouting report on Decker:
Eric Decker: No. 7, WR, 6-3, 215
A natural wideout, Decker showcases good body control and coordination when asked to go up and get the football. Finds the ball quickly out of his breaks and does a great job adjusting his body to the pass. Showcases natural instincts in the pass game, knows how to find soft spots in coverage and consistently works his way back toward the quarterback. Decker exhibits an above-average first step off the line for his size, but he isn’t a guy who can run by defensive backs vertically. He isn’t real quick or sudden off the line against press coverage, but he uses his jab step to create space.
Possesses the strength to work himself free into routes and has good game speed once he beats the press. Is a bit of a strider who takes a couple of steps to get up to full speed vertically. Displays good balance as a route runner, demonstrating the body control to drop his hips and get out of his breaks cleanly. He isn’t real explosive when asked to change directions, but he changes speeds well. Does a nice job setting up defenders, sharply snapping off his routes. Extends his arms well away from his frame and consistently plucks the ball with his hands. Isn’t a guy who will run away from defenders with the ball in his hands or make anyone miss in the open field.
But he does a good job getting north/south quickly after the catch and fighting for yards through contact. Is a coordinated receiver who showcases the ability to run the route tree. Decker isn’t the most gifted of athletes, but he has more than enough speed to separate over the middle and make a living on the outside as an NFL team’s No. 2 wideout. Coming back from a foot injury that cost him the last four games of the 2009 regular season, he will have a lot of question marks medically.