Maurice Stovall  WR  Notre Dame

Strengths

Maurice is a big, strong, long-legged receiver thatís just starting to scratch the surface of his talent and potential.  He has very strong hands and loves to step up and make the big play when itís needed.  He is a former QB that changed to the WR position, which will help him as he grows into this new position at the next level.  His strong hands, big body, long arms and intelligence all make him a potential top player at the next level.

 

Needs to Improve

Maurice still has a lot to learn as a WR.  He has to learn better techniques, such as how to change speeds to get deep, how to set up a CB, more consistency in running his routes and also how to use his God-given talents to his advantage.  Charlie Weis is teaching him a lot, but Maurice will have to continue the learning process at the next level and I have no doubt that he will.

 

Talent Board Round   2

Maurice has the work ethic and now, the coaching, to jump the learning curve.  By the end of this year, he might squeeze himself into the first round. It will come down to how fast he is in the forty. If he is under 4.6, then I think he will make it into the first round.  If not, look for him to be picked sometime in the first day.  To be honest, as far as Iím concerned, it doesnít matter because in a couple of years, he will be considered one of the best WRís in the NFL.  It will help him if a team with a strong-armed QB drafts him for the early portion of his career, because a strong-armed QB can get the ball to him quicker; therefore, separating from a CB will be less of an issue.  As he grows in talent and experience, all of this will not matter.  He will be one of the best WRís at the pro level. Most of the time, profile writers will not go out on a limb halfway through a college season to tell you that a player who might just be a first day pick is going to be a Pro Bowl player, core player and a future star in the NFL, but I will because this is a very, very, strong limb.  Maurice (barring injuries) is as guaranteed as it gets in a draft.

by Drew Boylhart

THR

November 2005