Hank Baskett   WR   New Mexico

Strengths

Hank is a tall, long-legged WR with good overall strength.  He has been a "go to" WR for his team.  He runs decent routes and is strong enough not to get bumped off his routes.  Hank has good hands and likes the attention that a #1 WR receives for a team.  The overall upside potential for Hank is very good and this alone makes him an intriguing prospect. 

 

Needs to Improve

Hank is not consistent in all phases of his game.  He needs to improve on his concentration in running his routes and catching the ball. 

 

Talent Board Round   2

I watch this kid play and you can see the potential, but I swear in the middle of him running a route or catching a ball, he will fog out and lose his concentration, thus blowing the play.  You can see players and coaches on the sideline shaking their heads after Baskett drops a pass or screws up a route.  I would have to guess that they are shaking their heads in shock because Hank did something that in practice they didn't see.  One question I have for Hank is this:  Have you been tested and do you need glasses?  Hank plays like a kid does when he needs glasses.  At times, he seems to be shocked when the ball hits his hands.  And when he runs his routes, he loses where he is on the field in the middle of the route.  I also noticed that the ball hits Hank's hands and then he grasps it.  That, to me, is a sign that his depth perception might be off because he's ready to catch the ball but acts shocked when it hits his hands.  If this is not his problem, then I donít know what else it could be because he seems to have the talent and the heart.  He shows good overall toughness, although he's not a fan of going over the middle.  If Hank gets some good coaching and starts to concentrate better, he should be a good # 2 WR for the team that drafts him.  If he is tested and someone finds out that all he needs is glasses, then he just might be a #1 WR for the team that drafts him.  Hank, do yourself a favor before the combine have yourself checked for glasses.
by Drew Boylhart

THR

January 2006