Mike Hass  WR  Oregon St

Strengths

Mike has good size and speed for his position.  He has excellent hands and will catch anything thrown his way.  He runs the most precise routes I’ve seen run by a WR coming out of college in a long time.  In fact, he runs better routes than most of the WR’s in the NFL now.  He’s smart and helps out his QB when he’s in trouble.  He can read defenses on the fly and is not intimidated at the line of scrimmage.  Mike is going to be a top #1 WR at the next level because of his quickness in and out of breaks, his Velcro-like hands, his intelligence and his heart.  He has the heart of a warrior.

 

Needs to Improve

At this point, Mike lacks the blazing speed to impress the scouts and pull himself into the 1st round.  As Julia Roberts said in the movie Pretty Woman, “Big mistake. Big mistake – huge.”  He is, and will be, a money player.  The lack of pure blazing speed will have nothing to do with it.  He does need to add a little more bulk, but that shouldn’t be a problem.

 

Talent Board Round   2

When I watch Mike on film, what jumps out at me is his quickness, his hands and his desire for the ball in all the big situations.  He really wants to be one of the best WR’s in the game.  He reminds me a lot of Hines Ward -- only quicker.  He needs about 15 lbs of muscle and I believe that won’t be a problem for him at all.  He is so quick in and out of his breaks that you can’t cover the kid with a fishing net.  Mike catches the ball with his hands, turns and powers himself for extra yardage.  You had better be a good tackling CB or he will knock your jock strap right up to your nose. Mike doesn’t have blazing speed, but because he runs his routes so well and uses good techniques, he can get deep on anybody. He knows how to set up a corner for the big play and this alone makes him a very dangerous WR.  I don’t know where Mike will be picked in this draft, but I feel that he has first round talent and will help the team that drafts him the minute he steps onto the field.  For the record, Hines Ward, Ed McCaffrey, Terrell Owens, Antonio Freeman all got picked in the third round because they didn’t have blazing speed.  My point is, blazing speed is not necessary to be an impact WR in the NFL.  Mike has what these players have -- heart and the need to be the best.

by Drew Boylhart

THR

December 2005