Hello fellow Skins fan!!!
I'm going to make it goal from now until draft to evaluate at least twenty draft eligible prospects. My preference varies between big school, small school (Alfred Morris Division) or very small school. I usually only want to highlight prospects that would actually fill a need and if a prospect is interesting enough (at least in my opinion) then I'll highlight him as well. Since we don't have a 1st rd pick, this disqualifies more of the notable and talked about prospects from my list. I'll try not to examine the same prospects with other bloggers here (double dip) so the fanbase will have a vast knowledge of many college prospects (and yet we can only choose six). Prospects do have a tend to rise and fall (Remember Julio Jones & Brian Quick...wooo) so there are 1st round prospects that WILL fall into the 2nd round (this always happens). I may not cover everyone (who will?) but I'll do the best a college student can. So let's bring on the tape, the draft reports, pro days, and countless times of hearing "Remember the Name" ni the player highlights (as if the video editor could think of another song). Let's do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For those who do or don't know me, I have a affinity towards receivers preferably taller ones. Call it trauma but I have always been disappointed in our receiving core since we started Santana Moss and Anthony Armstrong. Those were............troubling times. So I and our current head coach both like tall receivers in our offense. I prefer our team not to host the "Six feet and under club" whether you are a receiver or a cornerback. If you happen to be under six feet, you better ball because the league is getting taller, bigger and is throwing more and deeper. That being said, this is a trend that we should should and possibly will be following and it's for the best. We have a QB with a cannon for a arm and a habit to chuck it deep a few times per game. Why not satisfy his urge to do that with quality receivers who could do that? For those who will eventually upset if we lose the Eric Decker sweepstakes, I found a similar replacement.
Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw State University Div.-II(Michigan), Sr. (#82)
Ht: 6'2 1/4" Wt: 212 (Senior Bowl measurements)
Career (According to nfldraftscout.com):
2012: 106 rec, 1,635 yards, 16 TDs (GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year)
2013: 83 rec, 1,572 yards, 14 rec TDs, 2 rushing TDs (GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year, AP Little All-American Team)
Highlight videos: 2012(http://youtu.be/Kx3iUkmS8bU), 2013(http://youtu.be/7dNdDnMNvi4)
-Able to get decent seperation no matter which route he runs.
-Catches well in traffic.
-Good ability to get YAC(yards after catch)
-Runs fast (projected 4.3-4.45s 40 time) and is good at running a variety of routes
-Willing to go across the middle and take hits(Ooo.. the hits he's taken).
-Competition. His play in the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine and Pro Day(?) will determine if he is seen as a potential draft sleeper or a 7th rd-undrafted project. Most if not all the players Janis has competed with will compare to the competition in the Senior Bowl workouts nor NFL-caliber players. We'll see how much of hindrance this is.
-Routes needs to be more refined. Maybe it's just the highlight tapes but I haven't seen Janis make many sharp cuts on his routes. This will definitely help him gain more separation.
-He needs to catch more with his hands and away from the body. Even considering this point, he was able to surpass 100 receptions in 2012. Then again, lighter competition.
Here is update of Janis practice at the Senior Bowl according to Eric Galko from Sporting News:
— Jeff Janis (Saginaw Valley State) won a fair amount of individual battles, using his physical frame and footwork off the line to work through press coverage. He doesn't create a ton of separation and isn't a consistent catcher with his hands, but he reacts well to contact downfield and competes very well as a blocker. He needs to clean up his drops.
- Saginaw Valley State wide receiver Jeff Janis (6-2¼, 212) appeared to fit in with mostly FBS players on the North team and ran as a gunner on punt coverage. Janis drew the most attention when he suffered a big hit from a defensive back, though he popped right up. (From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140120/SPORTS0101/301200078#ixzz2rBuA1sCo)
-Update by Steve Shoup of Hogshaven/Fanspeak: "Janis is a small school guy and you can see at times he not the most fluid coming out of his breaks, but he's really opened some eyes this week. He's got great size and nice speed and has shown that he can win battles on contested throws. While he does catch the ball pretty well, he was late getting his hands up at times and that led to body catches. He's a late round prospect, but the potential is there going forward." (1/23)
This is a guy who can ball and has but not against the best in college. He is catching some eyebrows for his physical traits and ability to recover from tough hits. But in order for Janis to start making some noise, he needs to standout from here on out. He has speed, size, physicality, blocking, YAC, okay hands, just performance. He will be my "Brian Quick" of the draft season.
Comparison: Jordy Nelson(Real GM)
Projected Rds: 4th - 6th
Got any other prospects in mind? Thought?