Position: Wide Receiver.
Combine measurables: 6-foot-1, 197 pounds.
Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds. Bench press: 11 reps. Vertical jump: 34 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 11 inches. 3-cone drill: 6.90 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.35 seconds.
Career stats: 38 games, 254 catches, 3,361 yards, 21 touchdowns.
Draft projection: Second-third round.
Lowdown: A three-year starter who enters the draft as a junior, he is Pitt’s all-time leading receiver and a three-time All-ACC selection. … Ideal height and tremendous athleticism. … Great body control, will make acrobatic catches. … Shows tremendous versatility by working effectively outside or from the slot, along with lining up at running back and handling kick returns. … Can make an impact on deep and short routes. … Willing to operate over the middle and isn’t afraid of contact. … Superb route-runner who quickly gets in and out of cuts. … Tracks the ball extremely well and has outstanding hands, although he has shown occasional concentration lapses on drops. … Not a speed burner, but displays very good run-after-catch ability. … Doesn’t show a great deal of strength, which could give him problems when being jammed at the line of scrimmage or when defensive backs try rerouting him. … Arrested on a DUI charge last June, resulting in his sitting out the Panthers’ season-opener.
They said it: “He has the size (to be a first-round pick). It’s the speed, separation ability and quickness” that will likely cause him to be drafted lower. – ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
– Vic Carucci
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