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POSITION REVIEW

Savage: Jones, Kupp stand out among WRs

Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Here is the analysis of the wide receivers based on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday practices with some assistance from our partners at Pro Football Focus. Remember, we are trying to build out our mythical All-Senior Bowl team, so we have highlighted four receivers here that had impressive weeks. 

Wide Receivers

#7 ZAY JONES/East Carolina (NORTH)     
6017/202 | 32 1/4" Arm-9” Hand
This two-time first team All-American Athletic Conference selection had a sensational set of practices and capped off the week with a big showing in the RSB game. He releases with speed, can separate with quickness and has sticky hands as both an outside and slotted receiver. Zay gained a ton of momentum in Mobile, which should carry over into the Combine and, ultimately, draft day. According to PFF, his 71% Win rate was the highest of any receiver in the practices.

1-on-1 Routes vs. DB’s-                    Wins: 5           Losses: 3
1-on-1 Routes in Red Zone-             Wins: 4           Losses: 2

Reese’s Senior Bowl Pieces: Zay became the all-time FBS leader in receptions for a single season (158) and career (399) as he was amazingly productive during his four years as a starter for the Pirates.

#10 COOPER KUPP/Eastern Washington (NORTH)
6014/198 | 31 1/4” Arm-9 1/2" Hand
One of the most decorated players in college football history, Cooper set 15 FCS records during his illustrious career at EWU. In Mobile, he showed route savvy, separation quickness, long speed and super capable hands as he won underneath, at the intermediate level and downfield, too. In the 7-on-7 drills, Cooper led all receivers with 6 total catches. A very reliable performer, he should be able to get on the field as an NFL rookie in 2016. 

1-on-1 Routes vs. DB’s-                    Wins: 6           Losses: 3
1-on-1 Routes in Red Zone-             Wins: 1           Losses: 4 

Reese’s Senior Bowl Pieces: Named to 30 different All-American teams during his four seasons as a starter, he set FCS records in career receptions (428), yardage (6,464) and touchdowns (73), while earning Academic All-American distinction as a sophomore, junior and senior. 

#81 JOSH REYNOLDS/Texas A&M (SOUTH)           
6026/187 | 31 1/2" Arm-8 7/8” Hand
Josh provides a forgiving target with his length and catch radius. A classic outside, vertical type receiver, he hauled in 6 passes for 96 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown strike from QB Davis Webb during the RSB game.

1-on-1 Routes vs. DB’s-                    Wins: 7           Losses: 4
1-on-1 Routes in Red Zone-             Wins: 2           Losses: 2

Reese’s Senior Bowl Pieces: After transferring from Tyler Junior College (TX), Josh became a three-year starter for the Aggies and latched on to 164 passes for 2788 yards (17.0avg) and 30 touchdowns.

#82 AMARA DARBOH/Michigan (NORTH) 
6016/215 | 32 5/8” Arm-9 7/8” Hand
Amara demonstrated the ability to use his size, strength and quickness to advantage as an inside and outside receiver in Mobile. He has a noticeable “how-to” aspect to his overall game that should translate well to the NFL.

1-on-1 Routes vs. DB’s-                    Wins: 4           Losses: 3
1-on-1 Routes in Red Zone-             Wins: 4           Losses: 2

Reese’s Senior Bowl Pieces: This three-year starter and second team All-Big Ten selection in 2016 closed out his senior season with 57 catches for 862 yards (15.1avg) and 7 touchdowns.