With the NFL season beginning to wind down, we here at the Grill are going to start breaking down the prospects that will be in this year’s NFL draft. For more information on how are grading works, please visit the prospects Page linked here. This will be one of many scouting reports to come. We will begin by profiling the major prospects in the draft and over time we will expand to cover some small school prospects and hopefully, come draft time, we will have about 100 profiles on prospects.
Name: Jaelen Strong
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 212 Pounds
College: Arizona State University
Class: Redshirt Junior
2015 Stats: 82 Receptions, 1165 Yards, 10 Touchdowns
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Jaelen Strong’s pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Strong.
Pros: Strong has a great frame and body control, which makes him a phenomenal weapon in the redzone. He uses his hands well and locates the ball at its highest point and is very physical. He is explosive and dangerous after the catch. He runs very good routes and understands the game of football very well and makes a ton of first down catches on third down. He is a good blocker and very durable and tough. He is very quick. Has a great work ethic and is ready to play immediately.
Cons: His one main weakness is that he does not have elite speed. Other than that, he could stand to increase his consistency in both his route running and his blocking ability.
Our Take: Strong is a very polished wide receiver who should be able to come in and make an impact from day one. While he might never be an elite, game-changing wide receiver, he should be a consistently productive number two wide receiver for a long time. He is a great locker room guy and will work hard to improve at his craft and this should make him a high floor pick with low bust potential.
Final Grade: 91 Out of 100
Strong gets a first round grade due to his consistency, production, and ability to score touchdowns. While he probably will never be a number one wide receiver, he is going to be a productive player in the NFL for a long time. He would fit very well in some of the offenses drafting in the later end of the first round.
Possible Draft Spots: I believe that Strong will go in the later portion of the first round, probably to either the Ravens at 26, Colts at 29, Seahawks at 31, or Patriots at 32, all of whom need another playmaker at wide receiver, but whose offenses do not necessarily require a dominant number one wide out.
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