Player Analysis: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

**Due to time constraints I will merely be reprinting my work from the CHTV Draft Guide for WRs and QBs. I wish I had more time to write up all my notes but such is the life of a part time freelancer. Thanks for your understanding.**

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Name: Allen Robinson

School: Penn State

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 220

40-Yard Dash: 4.60

In a nutshell: Robinson shows some real fluidity and acceleration for a big guy, and his deception burst makes him tough to cover going in and out of breaks. That said, his overall routes need work and sometimes tips defenders off to his direction. Robinson can lack focus at times as well.

Vs. Indiana: Robinson had one of his best games of the year against the Hoosiers, catching a dozen balls for 173 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Robinson’s first touchdown tied the game on a 46-yard touchdown pass. His second, early in the third quarter, gave Penn State its only lead of the day.

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Player Analysis: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

**Due to time constraints I will merely be reprinting my work from the CHTV Draft Guide for WRs and QBs. I wish I had more time to write up all my notes but such is the life of a part time freelancer. Thanks for your understanding.**

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Name: Jarvis Landry

School: LSU

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 205

40-Yard Dash: 4.77

In a nutshell: Landry needs to add some weight to his frame or he’ll get overpowered at the line in the NFL, especially since he lacks the explosion he needs to get past press coverage. Runs a very crisp route, and is willing to go across the middle. Landry also makes some spectacular catches.

Vs. #12 Texas A&M: Landry didn’t catch a ton of passes but when he did, he carved up the Aggie defense and was the target of both of quarterback Zach Mettenberger’s touchdown passes. Both were in the second quarter, the first a short 10-yard play and the second a longer 40-yard touchdown reception.

Player Analysis: Davante Adams, Fresno State

**Due to time constraints I will merely be reprinting my work from the CHTV Draft Guide for WRs and QBs. I wish I had more time to write up all my notes but such is the life of a part time freelancer. Thanks for your understanding.**

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Name: Davante Adams

School: Fresno State

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 212

40-Yard Dash: 4.56

In a nutshell: Adams has a lengthy build which allows him to extend over defenders to make catches. He has good leaping ability and fantastic hands to make tough grabs. Adams gets hung up at the line too often and is too slow out of his breaks. Has a lot of upside, but raw.

Vs. #25 USC: Fresno State was overmatched, but Adams managed to have a great game anyway. He was most effective on shorter routes, though he managed to score on a 23-yard pass early in the third quarter. Overall, Adams was able to use his length and leaping ability to overcome the tough USC defense.

Player Analysis: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

**Due to time constraints I will merely be reprinting my work from the CHTV Draft Guide for WRs and QBs. I wish I had more time to write up all my notes but such is the life of a part time freelancer. Thanks for your understanding.**

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Name: Kelvin Benjamin

School: Florida State

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 240

40-Yard Dash: 4.61

In a nutshell: Benjamin is a giant-sized receiver who will loom over many defensive backs. A long strider, he gets up to speed quickly, though he lacks top-end speed. His strides allow him to gain separation he otherwise couldn’t because of his speed. His size and strength make him able to win the ball against defenders.

BCS National Championship: Benjamin performs when it counts, such as with his game-winning touchdown catch against Auburn. With 13 seconds left, Benjamin got into the end zone and forced his body between the ball and the defender. His quarterback threw it high and Benjamin extended to snatch it out of the air to win the game.

Player Analysis: Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU

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Name: Odell Beckham Jr

Class: Junior
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 198 lbs.
School: LSU

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Strengths: Beckham is fast, but not just in a straight line. He can use his speed to gain separation, yes, but his routes are quick as well and he can accelerate through his breaks, making it easy for defensive backs to fall behind and stumble. Beckham is able to change gears both during routes as well as after the catch, making him a slippery guy to cover and contain. He’s worked to improve his hands as well (though he still has work to do), and does a good job going up and getting the ball in the air. Beckham has a nice, big catch radius as well, despite not having above-average height and adjusts well to the ball in the air and can catch it in stride without losing speed. He can also contribute on kickoff and punt returns, but was much less effective on the latter.

Weakness: Beckham has average height and not a ton of strength, but he does seem to have the frame to get bigger/stronger. The 4.43 speed at the combine was nice, but it doesn’t always translate on the field and he could get caught from behind by NFL-level defensive backs. While Beckham has improved hands, he still struggles with some drops and can’t be relied on across the middle where he sometimes seems to hear footsteps. Beckham doesn’t always come down with balls he needs to fight for and I’d like to see more toughness in that area of his game—a little more “my ball” mentality. He’s not great at blocking and needs to improve that aspect of his game. Struggled against top teams like Alabama and Florida as well as Texas A&M though he did well against a No. 9 ranked Georgia. And while he can shag punts and kicks, his work on punt returns leaves something to be desired. Rarely found the end zone before this year, scoring just 12 touchdowns on 143 receptions.

Intangibles: By all accounts, Beckham is a very dedicated, very hard-working receiver. He also certainly shows a passion for the game, which translates into more focus on both of the above traits..

Notes: If he were more consistent or fought harder for the ball, Beckham would probably be higher on the list, but that, his height and lack of elite game speed drag his value down. It will be interesting to see how the acceleration and extra gears he shows on film are enough to get past faster corners in the NFL. I could see him out of the slot or maybe as the “Z” if he can show that the speed he flashed at the combine—and what he showed on tape—combine to work at the pro level.

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Player Analysis: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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Name: Brandin Cooks

Class: Junior
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 189 lbs.
School: Oregon State

Strengths: Cooks nearly beat Chris Johnson’s 40-yard dash record time at the combine, running a 4.33. Cooks isn’t just fast going in a straight line though—he shows explosiveness off the line, great ability to start and stop when

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cutting during a route and smooth action when running. He has an extra gear to escape pursuit after the catch as well and is a threat to turn a short catch into a long gain on every pass. Aside from speed, he brings great route running as well, using nice footwork and shoulder jukes to confuse defenders to gain separation. This is something you see build over his time at OSU, and a clear sign that not only will he work, he can be—and is will to be— taught. Cooks also has great hands, fantastic body control and great concentration. Cooks does an equally good job tracking the ball and adjusting to a throw. Cooks will not shy away from bigger defenders and is very competitive, though at times he will avoid contact. That may be why he was so productive (setting Pac-12 and school records for catches, receiving yards while also setting an OSU record for touchdown receptions) and missed no games while in college. That’s not to say he isn’t tough—he is, very much so—just that he will ditch out of bounds rather than lower his shoulder. At his stature, I mark that down as a plus, to be honest. Cooks can return punts, so he brings an added bonus to a team though he isn’t extraordinary at it.

Weakness: He’s a bit small, so he can be knocked around a bit on routes and may get consumed in man coverage at the NFL level. Cooks’ size and build also limit him as a blocker and he needs to improve in that area. Doesn’t have a huge catch radius due to size and arm-length (just 30 ¾ while the similarly sized Odell Beckham has 32 ¾ length arms). His hand size is also a concern, as they are on the small size (9 5/8) and he has had some issues securing the ball with them. At his size, there are bound to be durability concerns, despite the fact that he has always been healthy in his college career.

Intangibles: The one thing you hear about Cooks over and over again is how tough and competitive he is. At his

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size, he’d need to be to have the measure of success he’s had. As mentioned in an earlier section, Cooks improved his technique going into and coming out of breaks, as well as running his routes in general. That willingness and ability to improve is a big deal and shows he is coachable, something teams like to see.

Notes: The only thing which could hold Cooks back is that size. He’s got natural ability and athleticism and is dangerous after the catch, but he has to prove he can hold up physically at the pro level where defenders are bigger, faster and nastier. I’m not terribly concerned, and don’t think a wise team will use him in a role where he is going to take a pounding. His size does make him much more of a complimentary receiver though, rather than a No. 1, as he could struggle to get off a No. 1 cornerback and get free. Then again, there are plenty of teams who get by without a “classic” No.1. Cooks would be a great addition to any of the teams in the draft in need of a playmaking wide receiver.

 

Player Analysis: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

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Name: Marqise Lee

Class: Junior
Height: 6′
Weight: 192 lbs.
School: USC

Strengths: Lee is overlooked a little due to a down season with USC, though it’s in part because the departure of Robert Woods allowed defenses to key on him alone. Having sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler replace Matt Barkley was an issue as well.

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While he lacks elite speed, Lee has great acceleration, getting up to top his speed quickly. His explosiveness, along with savvy route running, and his ability to read coverages make him able to find open space to make a catch or navigate through traffic afterwards. Those same skills allow him to create separation even without blinding speed. Lee will attack the ball in the air and does a great job snagging a pass at a high point. Lee is also a good kick returner and adds something to special teams.

 

Weakness: While part of his down junior year came because defenses had only him to key on. Much of it was because of constant injuries and inconsistency. The injuries, in particular, will bother scouts as Lee isn’t incredibly big, which was certainly a factor in his knee issues this year. It’s going to make some ding him for durability. He also doesn’t show a ton of strength, and won’t break many tackles. Along with the injuries come the consistency issues and he had some real problems with drops and, at times, ball security. The drops weren’t merely an issue in 2013 either—even in his fantastic 2012 season, Lee had too many drops, many of which seem to be focus drops. He needs to change that at the next level, especially as he will see an increase in contested catches. We also see that Lee has a tendency to run backwards and give ground at times to try and get around defenders which might cost his team valuable yards at the NFL level. Overall, while he’s definitely got ability, Lee isn’t a polished, finished product.

Intangibles: By all accounts, Lee is a very motivated, hard-working player. His background shows someone willing to fight for what he wants and overcome obstacles. Lee’s home life wasn’t particularly stable—he moved between his grandparents and mother’s house, ending up in foster care and his older brothers were both in gangs and had trouble with the law (one dying in a gang-related shooting).

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Despite all that, Lee made his way through the world, taking help from family and friends and worked hard to achieve his dreams. Lee doesn’t appear to be the type of person who will allow a setback to destroy him—either on the field or off of it.

Notes: The durability concerns are certainly valid after last year, though he never missed a game during the previous two seasons at USC. A lot of people dropped him significantly in their rankings because of it, and in a class as tightly knit as this one, I can’t blame them. We’re all looking for reasons to separate one player from another. Ultimately though, I believe the drop issues will be overcome and the durability issues not as big a deal as people believe. The fact that his knee might have been acting up during the draft analysis process gives me pause, but ultimately I still feel confident that 2-3 years down the road, we’ll be talking about a very good—and healthy—wide receiver.