Drew Boylhart April 2008

Mario Urrutia   WR   Louisville  

 

STRENGTHS

Mario has very good size and talent to play at the next level.  He shows strong hands and is one of those players that runs faster on the field than he does in his workouts.  He knows how to get deep and is a smart WR who shows up in the big games.  His natural talent to play the game is enormous and before he got hurt, he was considered to be a very high draft choice.  So the question is, what happened to Mario from one year to the next to make him disappear in most ratings?    

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Mario has slipped in the ratings because "It takes more than talent to play in the NFL".  It's just that simple.  Mario has the talent of a first round pick, but not the mental make-up.  Add to this the fact that he is not thrilled about making a tough catch over the middle, he has not improved in any aspect of his game, he plays very good in big games but disappears in the less televised games and you have a kid who has dropped from being considered a top player to a free agent in some people's minds.  Additionally, teams are considering his injuries and a bad junior year along with him coming out too early.  In my opinion, this is a kid who is not ready to make the jump mentally to the next level.        

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND 5

I'm going to suggest to you that Mario would be a good late round draft pick, but he has to work harder at improving all of his WR skills or he will not be picked at all in this draft.  Most free agent kids who are not drafted work hard to reach the goal of playing in the NFL and most of them do not have near the natural talent that Mario has.  One of the members suggested to me that Mario would be a good pick up late in the draft and, at that time, I agreed with him.  My fear of drafting Mario has nothing to do with his talent.  To me Mario is not an underachiever.  He strikes me as the type of player who does not want the responsibility that his natural talent suggests that he should have.  By that I mean he has the talent of a #1 WR, but the personality of a #2 WR.  This causes him conflict when he has a good game.  It makes it hard for him to be consistent game after game.  It also makes it hard for him to demand the ball and take on more responsibilities.  It's not about confidence -- it's about accountability.  Mario would prefer to surprise you with a good catch every once in a while instead of being the main cog in an offense because he just doesn't want that kind of responsibility.  I know this is confusing, so the best way to describe what I am tying to tell you is that Mario reminds me a lot of T J Houshmandzadeh (WR Bengals).  If you are drafting him thinking that he should be a good complimentary WR to your main guy, then that should work out just fine.  But if you are thinking that this kid is a sleeper and could be a #1 WR for you down the road, this kid will fold like your clothes right out of the dryer.  Mario wants the money and he wants the fame, but he does not want the responsibilities that come along with all those things.  At least that's what I see on the film I have of this kid.  Remember the square peg in a round hole theory?  There is good reasoning for that theory and its existence.