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The annual NFL Draft kicks of in two days on Thursday evening. Two Houston Cougars are possible candidates to be drafted: junior wide receiver Deontay Greenberry and senior defensive tackle Joey Mbu. This post will feature what some scouts are saying about Greenberry.
Partial quote below via CollegeFootballNews.com:
26. Deontay Greenberry, Houston 6-3, 198
– With great size and 4.5 speed, he’s an intriguing target who looks the part. He can get deep and he can get physical – there’s enough to work with to think that he could turn into a nice late round find.
– A bit too inconsistent, he’s not polished and he needs some refining, but when he’s on, he can light it up. It’s just a question of whether or not he can do all the little things right in a camp.
Partial quote below from CBSSports.com:
STRENGTHS: Tall body type with long arms to extend and pluck. Has the frame to add bulk and continue to develop physically. Balanced athlete with good speed off the line of scrimmage and in/out of his breaks.
Physical after the catch with the tough mentality to break tackles, using his stiff arm to never go down easy. Fearless over the middle and did most of his damage at Houston working inside zones. Athletic ballskills to make tough grabs look easy, including a number of one-handed catches or opposite shoulder receptions that most cannot finish.
Natural acceleration after the catch to get up to top speed quickly and look to create as a ballcarrier. Flexible lower body to make sharp cuts and not slow down when changing directions. Lined up inside and outside in Houston’s spread offense, but moved almost exclusively to the slot as a sophomore. Productive college career as a three-year starter with over 200 catches and eight 100-yard receiving performances.
WEAKNESSES: Leaner than ideal right now with skinny arms and little muscle definition. Indecisive and lackluster route-running and needs to show better urgency and movements.
Sluggish in his breaks and doesn’t consistently use burst in his patterns, allowing defenders to dictate his path and not doing enough to fool defenders or create separation. Mostly free release at Houston and rarely challenged at the line of scrimmage – physicality at the line by NFL defenders will be a tough adjustment.
Will make highlight grabs, but drops too many easy ones and his streaky focus is a red flag. Needs to improve his recognition skills to read coverages and help out his quarterback, especially on blitzes and hot routes.
Underwhelming blocker and struggles to sustain with poor technique and awareness, often appearing disinterested in this area. Lack of aggressiveness and intensity shows up too much on tape and in several areas. Durability not a large concern, but did miss a game in 2013 with an ankle injury.
Bonus: The SB Nation blog Underdog Dynasty has also profiled Greenberry here.