Every year it seems gobs of people do mock drafts and evaluations ad nauseum. Nobody had last year’s draft right because of all the trades. This year I don’t think there will be quite the activity there because of the depth of talent. Countless people – myself included – try and forecast who will go where.
Here, however, I thought we’d take a look at the offensive talent that might be around when the Panthers pick in the second round, at number 44 overall.
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford – 6’5″ 249 lbs
4.76 40-yard dash
111″ broad jump
7.08 3-cone drill
4.47 short shuttle
Ertz and Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert are very similar players.
Strengths: Good athlete with good speed and ability to line up anywhere – in the slot, H-back, receiver or tight end. Smart player that should be ahead of most rookies in learning an NFL offense. Day-one starter.
Weaknesses: Drops easy passes, rounds routes off sometimes. Strength is inadequate in run-blocking and he needs to add some bulk for strength for that phase to become a complete tight end.
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee – 6’4″ 196 lbs
4.44 40-yard dash
136-inch broad jump
4.33 short shuttle
Strengths: Can play any WR position, including the slot, to use his height advantage inside. Great leaper and plays even taller than his 6’4″ height. Has very good hands. Long-strider with good straight-line speed means he’s difficult to catch from behind.
Weaknesses: lacks bulk and may be easily rerouted at the NFL level. Not physical or particularly effective in run-blocking outside. Has durability concerns and should probably add a little bulk.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson – 6’1″ 214 lbs.
4.57 40-yard dash
15 bench reps
115″ broad jump
4.50 short shuttle
Strengths: Uses intelligence, fakes, and various moves and tricks to get open. Inventive, intuitive, and improvisational player. Good upper and lower body strength. Agile enough to make the first defender miss after the catch. Actually is a nasty run-blocker at times.
Weaknesses: Only average in size for WRs these days. A bit raw in his technique in run-blocking and lacks elite speed. Good, not great, athlete.
Robert Woods, WR, Southern Cal – 6’0″ 201 lbs.
4.51 40-yard dash
14 bench reps
117″ broad jump
7.15 3-cone drill
4.47 short shuttle
Strengths: Has good speed and arm technique to battle defenders for the ball. Very good run-blocker for a receiver. Can make the catch in traffic. Has fluid hips, runs good routes, Isn’t afraid to go over the middle.
Weaknesses: Average size for NFL wideout. Can be pushed out of his routes by physical NFL corners.
Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech – 6’0″ 204 lbs.
4.53 40-yard dash
8 bench reps
33″ vertical leap
118 broad jump
6.91 3-cone drill
4.01 short shuttle
Strengths: Average size, once again, but has long arms and large hands. Has good enough speed, but also has outstanding change of direction skills and agility, which showed up in his 3-cone and short shuttle times. Tracks the ball well in flight. Known to fake-out defenders when he’s not the primary receiver to clear more room for the primary. Crafty player. Tough runner for his size.
Weaknesses: Quicker than fast, he lacks ideal downfield speed to lose defenders when they don’t go for fakes. Hands are inconsistent.