Sidney Rice   WR   South Carolina 

STRENGTHS 

Sidney is a tall, gangly WR that has good speed and quickness for his position.  He runs solid routes and has strong hands to snatch the ball out of the air.  He shows balanced body control to adjust to the ball in the air and is a very smart WR.  Sidney has the speed and quickness to go deep and knows how to sit down against a zone defense and help his QB out.  He looks like Randy Moss out on the field, but plays like Andre’ Reed.  Sidney is a complete WR.  He is tall with speed and quickness, runs good routes with a burst out of his cuts, is a strong blocker and is smart.  Sidney is one of the top WR’s in a draft that is loaded with good WR’s. 

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Sidney has that pipe-cleaner type body that might have trouble holding up to the pounding that a WR takes at the next level.  He is strong, but lacks the bulk to protect his body from injuries when going over the middle on crossing routes. 

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND: 1

I had to nit-pick a bit on Sidney because he is such a complete WR and should be able to help the team that drafts him right away.  But, I do worry about a player with his body type being able to handle the pounding at the next level that a franchise WR has to take.  This would not stop me from drafting Sidney in the first round and out of all the WR’s in this draft coming out, he is the most complete.  There is not much that this kid does not do on the field; he caught on to Steve Spurrier’s offensive system very quickly, which is a hard system for many WR’s to grasp.  Sidney is an excellent WR and if he can take the pounding, he should be an excellent WR for the team that drafts him.

Drew Boylhart

January/2007