by Drew Boylhart
SR Staff Writer
November 2004
J.R. Russell   WR   Louisville

J.R. has very good size, strength and speed for the WR position. I love the way he fights for the ball when itís in the air. He has good hands and is able to adjust to the ball when it is in the air. J.R. is a mentally tough player and has the potential to be a #1 WR in the NFL. He is an excellent teammate and likes to lead by example.

Needs to Improve

J.R. will have to improve his route running. He has to learn how to read the defense while he is on the run to help his QB out when plays break down. Iím being a little picky here because all WRís have to learn this better in the NFL. Really, he just needs reps in the NFL to get better.

Talent Board Round  2

This kid will take time to reach his potential in the NFL as a WR, but could impact right away on special teams in the return game. He reminds me a lot of Eric Moulds of the Buffalo Bills. He has the same style of play. He can get deep, but is more of a possession receiver with the potential to break tackles and make some very acrobatic catches. I think that as he gets experience, he will become a core player for his team and a fan favorite. J.R. has to learn to relax when he plays. It looks like he wants to do so well that he starts to think too much and it affects his play. He just needs reps and experience and he should become the player that I think he will become. If your team drafts him, give him time and he will produce. J.R. has 1st round talent -- remember that