Chris Givens   WR   Wake Forest       

TALENT BOARD

 Round 5


STRENGTHS

Chris has been a very productive receiver at the college level.  He is of average size, but has decent speed and seems to do well catching the ball.  He shows some "run after the catch" ability and runs very good routes.  Chris can play in the slot or as a wide out and seems to be  "go to" receiver for his college team when they need a big play or have to move the chains.  He has been used a few times to return punts, but because of his production as a starter, this was not a priority.  Chris is the type of receiver, with the right QB and in the right system, that could become an important part of an offense for the team that drafts him. 

 

CONCERNS

It's hard to tell how good Chris can be on tape because he is not quick and he is not fast; however, he does know how to get open.  That part of his game is the most intriguing.  I suspect for the next level that Chris should be a good zone receiver. 

 

BOTTOM LINE

It's real simple -- on film, Chris has average talent for the next level.  The contradiction is to his average talent is his production.  It is very impressive and that alone makes him draftable.  He is the type of receiver that should work well against zone defense.  On film against zones, Chris seems to find a way to get behind the zone for deep passes.  I don't understand how he does it, but he does it!  Safeties will look right at him as he goes by.  They seem to be stunned that he continues on his routes and makes them look foolish.  I have never seen a receiver look like he is playing in slow motion, just go by as many people as this kid seems to go by.  He does not have an extra gear to pull away from them after he catches the ball, but he seems to get behind the zone defenses anyway.  Even if you're in a two deep zone as a safety and you have a guy coming up the slot, and a deep crossing route from the wide out, the safety should back pedal (or turns and runs) until the ball is in the air and than go to the ball.  You don't let either of them get deeper than you!  But time after time, game after game, there was Chris behind the two deep zone, most of the time waiting for the ball, making the catch and then getting tackled.  He does seem to work better against the safeties than corners and for that reason, if you think he can add something to your special teams it would seem to me drafting Chris would be a pretty good idea just to see if he can produce like he did in college.  The problem with players like Chris is they don't show anything in practice to beat anyone else out and make the team, but get them in a game and they become very productive.

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