Jeff has the size, strength and hands to be a dominating wide receiver for the team that drafts him. He shows quick feet to make his cuts and gain separation and has good enough speed to get deep when defensive backs make mistakes. Jeff shows a good burst in and out of breaks, which will serve him well at the next level. That quick burst off the line and in and out of breaks is the key to being successful for most receivers in the NFL and Jeff is so good at it, that when he is open, he is very, very open. Jeff knows how to use his big body to gain advantage against smaller defensive backs and because Jeff is almost 6'4", he is bigger and taller than most defensive backs he will play against in the NFL. Jeff looks like he is an excellent teammate and, as I said before, has all the talent, size and skills to be a dominant receiver in the NFL.
Jeff struggles with "playing like he doesn't want to get hurt" syndrome. He has also lost his confidence and this year was inconsistent catching the ball. Before the change in QB, Jeff was dominant, but after the change, he seemed to go into a bit of a shell. I think with the right team at the next level re-working his confidence, Jeff will once again show the ability to dominate. Jeff also has to play smarter. He seems to not get down and distance situations when the ball is snapped, adjusting his routes accordingly. If you get physical with Jeff off the line, he can disappear.
We all say football is a tough game, but it's the truth. It is not only tough, but it can be downright scary at times. It is very tough to catch the ball across the middle when another player is coming ten yards off the ball, full steam, ready to take your head off. It's even scary for the fans to see a player flipping in the air and landing on his head with the possibility that the player might have a neck or back injury after landing. We all hold our breath while the player is on the ground and the media keeps playing that play over and over until we all find out the player is alright. Once you get hurt in a situation like that, it is very hard not to re-live it every time you go to catch the ball. Jeff had a problem with this and a problem trusting a new QB after the QB he was working with, and being successful with, got injured. Ryan Tannehill and Jeff Fuller never seem to connect physically or emotionally on the field. I think they liked each other and I have no doubt that they worked hard with each other, but just never seem to be on the same page. Most of it could be because Ryan had not had enough experience at the QB position and maybe too much experience as a receiver! Jeff just did not have the trust that Ryan was looking out for him when throwing to him. Consequently, the trust was never attained and Jeff started to lose confidence in himself and Ryan and the coaches started to throw more to other receivers at big times in a game. Sometimes these things happen to good players, but the reality is it can't happen at the next level or Jeff will not make it in the NFL. It's up to him to become mentally tougher and to adjust and become more instinctive and not worry so much about getting injured. If he can do it, then the team that drafts Jeff will have a dominating receiver. No amount of coaching is going to make Jeff better. It will be all up to him. Draft him late in the draft and see what you got, I believe it's worth it.
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Drew Boylhart April/12