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The WRs: Ducks' Huff 'Wins the Week'

Mon, Feb 17, 2014

By Phil Savage

Reese’s Senior Bowl Wide Receivers

Fourteen wide receivers descended on Mobile for the Reese’s Senior Bowl with all hoping to impress the 32 clubs with their hands, speed and quickness. The most important factors for pro success include size/strength at the line-of-scrimmage, separation suddenness in the route and playmaking ability to move the chains and score touchdowns. Here is our breakdown of the top 10 performances during the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday practices.

1. #1 Josh Huff/Oregon         North      5110/201      30 1-2” Arm/9 1-8” Hand

Josh had an impressive set of practices because he was able to display his “juice” in the short passing game and down the field. He is very athletic, has body control at the LOS, plays bigger than his listed size and catches the ball well. The North corners had issues keeping up with him in the slot or when he took off deep on the outside.

1-on-1 PASS ROUTES:          Wins: 7           Losses: 6

SENIOR BOWL SCOOP: Josh started three-plus years for the Ducks and closed out his senior year with 62 receptions for 1140 yards (18.2avg) and 12 touchdowns. He caught six of his touchdowns in the last four games and continued his momentum in Mobile.

NFL CAREER FORECAST: Potential Starter/Contributing Backup

2. #3 Ryan Grant/Tulane         South      6002/197      30 7-8” Arm/9 5-8” Hand

Ryan has an excellent combination of quick feet, eyes and hands. He is very savvy on the shorter, underneath routes, yet has enough burst to extend downfield on the long ball. The QB’s have a sense of reliability in knowing where he will be and that he will catch the football.

1-on-1 PASS ROUTES:      Wins: 6           Losses: 5

SENIOR BOWL SCOOP: Ryan garnered first team All-Conference USA recognition in 2012 and 2013 after grabbing 153 passes over the past two seasons.

NFL CAREER FORECAST: Potential Starter/Contributing Backup

3. #88 Robert Herron/Wyoming       North       5087/193     29 7-8” Arm/9 5-8” Hand

Robert confirmed the rumors that “he can run” with his display at the Reese’s Senior Bowl. He can separate as a slot receiver with his quickness or get over the top with his legit speed. He has an interesting set of tools that can be developed at the pro level.

1-on-1 PASS ROUTES:      Wins: 9           Losses: 5

SENIOR BOWL SCOOP: Robert ran a personal best 10.5 in the 100M during his days at Dorsey HS, Los Angeles. Finished his senior year as a Cowboy with 72 receptions for 937 yards (13.0avg) and 9 touchdowns.

NFL CAREER FORECAST: Potential Starter/Contributing Backup

4. #84 Jared Abbrederis/Wisconsin      North       6007/189      30 3-4” Arm/9 5-8” Hand

Jared really understands the game and setting up his routes. He has confident hands and surprises his competition with his better than average athletic ability and playing speed. Somewhat reminiscent of Brian Hartline/Ohio State and current Dolphins WR.

1-on-1 PASS ROUTES:     Wins: 6           Losses: 4

SENIOR BOWL SCOOP: Jared played QB in high school before walking on at Wisconsin. He ended his Badgers’ career tied for 1st in total receptions with 202 catches for 3140 yards (15.5avg) and 23 touchdowns.

NFL CAREER FORECAST: Contributing Backup/Potential Starter

5. #83 Kevin Norwood/Alabama      South      6020/197     31 3-8” Arm/10 1-8” Hand

Kevin is a crafty receiver that uses his 10 1-8” hands to consistently grab the football out of the air even when defenders are close. He does not have the most compelling speed or quickness, but has a knack for getting himself open and making the contested catch.

1-on-1 PASS ROUTES:   Wins: 7           Losses: 5

SENIOR BOWL SCOOP: Kevin concluded the 2013 season with 38 receptions for 568 yards (14.9avg) and 7 touchdowns. He was selected as the South Most Outstanding Player after grabbing 4 passes for 53 yards and a score in the game.

NFL CAREER FORECAST: Contributing Backup/Potential Starter

Best of the Rest:

#87 Jordan Matthews/Vanderbilt      South      6025/209      32 5-8” Arm/10 1-2” Hand

Jordan approached Senior Bowl week like a business trip and began each day at 6:00am watching practice videos with his teammates. He has a taller body type with length and will compete for the football in traffic. His 40-yard dash time will be huge in determining his draft value.

#2 Cody Hoffman/BYU        South      6037/218      33” Arm/9 7-8” Hand 

Cody was the biggest WR in the game and plays to that size with a physical approach at the LOS and down the field in terms of trying to gain position on the defender. He has strong hands and will make the contested catch.

#80 Shaq Evans/UCLA         North      6006/210      31 7-8” Arm/9 3-8” Hand

Shaq certainly looks the part and flashed run-after-catch skills and the ability to get deep during the practices. Has to show more quickness when separating on the intermediate routes.

#22 Kain Colter/Northwestern      North      5106/199            30 3-4” Arm/10” Hand

Fully made the transition to WR in Mobile and displayed the athletic potential needed to be a slot receiver in terms of body control, overall quickness and hands.

#16 Mike Campanaro/Wake Forest      North      5093/191      28 5-8” Arm/9 3-4” Hand

Mike lacks great measurables, but he was consistent and a steady target for his QB’s, especially when he can operate underneath vs. Man or Zone.

Phil Savage Phil Savage is the Executive Director of the Senior Bowl. He worked 20 years in the NFL as a coach, scout and executive, including two years as the Director of Player Personnel for the Baltimore Ravens and four years as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns.