Breaking Down WR's Chris Brown, Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall

Chris Brown – WR – Notre Dame Size – 6012 – 190 – 4.50 (All estimates) Strong Points – Two year starter, has gotten better every year. Improved as a route runner. Good hands. Tracks the ball well. Adequate runner after the catch. Willing blocker. Good athlete with better than average speed. Weak Points – Narrow frame, needs to add strength. Not a burner. Has a small receiving radius. Not much of a deep threat. Summation – A fourth year senior and a two year starter for Notre Dame. While he has shown vast improvement in his game over the last two seasons, he has always been a complimentary receiver. He run good routes, can make quick cuts and gets some separation. Has good hands abut not a real big receiving radius. Gets what is there after the catch. More of a developmental type player who may need a year on the practice squad.   Michael Thomas – WR – Ohio State Size – 6026 – 210 – 4.50 (All Estimates) Strong Points – Excellent size. Has been Ohio State’s leading receiver the last two years. Has a good release and is a fairly good route runner. Can be physical. Good hands. Strong runner after the catch. Adequate route runner. Flashes good blocking ability. Weak Points – Don’t see an extra gear going after the ball. When he is not the first or second option he sometimes gets lazy with his routes. Can be inconsistent getting separation. Will have some concentration drops and some body catches. Summation – Third year junior entering the Draft. Went to prep school for a year out of high school. Has great size, and flashes big time ability but he is not consistent. More of a possession receiver but will sneak deep at times. Strong runner after the catch. Makes some nice catches but also has some drops on very catchable throws. Has the talent to be an eventual # 2 receiver but will need a period of development. Has upside, just not there yet. Should have stayed in school.   Jalin Marshall – WR – Ohio State Size – 5112 – 203 – 4.47 (All Estimates) Strong Points – Adequate size but long arms allowing him to play taller than he measures. Very good athlete with body control, quickness and speed. Explosive! Getting better as a route runner. Very good hands who tracks the ball and makes tough catches. Very good runner after the catch. Weak Points – Converted QB who has only played receiver for 3 years. One year starter. Still raw. Lacks ideal height. Summation – A third year sophomore entering the Draft. Redshirted as a freshman so that he could learn to be a receiver. Was a QB in high school. He is raw but very talented with a lot of upside. Very good athlete with speed and body control. Becoming a good route runner, can snatch the ball and is very good after the catch. Will compete for the ball in traffic. Though he isn’t as productive as teammate Michael Thomas, he has more upside. Looks like he could be a good returner. Will need some developement but he is an eventual starter in the league. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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