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Cosell on Jeffery/Sanu/Randle

April 12, 2012 04:14PM
Cosell:

What about Alshon Jeffery of South Carolina? He will be a polarizing player for many teams. Given his measurements — 6-foot-3, 216 pounds — he fits the Colston profile. Jeffery’s best attributes are his size and his hands. He has very strong hands with a wide catching radius. He has shown the ability to make contested catches both at the intermediate and deeper levels. Jeffery is a great example of a wide receiver whose 40-yard-dash time is irrelevant. He’s not vertically explosive. At his best, he’s a long strider with some build-up speed. He will not tilt coverage (i.e. force a safety to play over the top) or dictate double teams. The question then becomes: How is he best utilized in the NFL? Can he line up outside and win? Is he ultimately a Colston-type inside receiver who can effectively use his big body to maximum advantage against nickel backs, linebackers and safeties? The answer to that question will determine where he is drafted.

Another receiver who fits this conceptual template is Mohamed Sanu. Sanu is 6-1 1/2 and 211 pounds. He often played out of the slot at Rutgers, so he has meaningful experience in that role. He was outstanding between the numbers, consistently making difficult catches in traffic. Sanu’s 40 time is also not important to the evaluation process. He’s a short-to-intermediate route runner who relies more on working in confined areas where subtle moves and change of direction are at a premium. Sanu is a smoother, naturally quicker athlete than Jeffery. If the consensus is Jeffery cannot align outside and win, then Sanu is a more valuable and functional NFL prospect. At this point, Sanu is a more effective slot receiver.

A big wide receiver who I believe can align on the outside and run the complete route tree is LSU’s Rueben Randle (6-3, 210). The more games I watch, the more I like Randle. He is smooth and athletic, with better acceleration off the ball than either Jeffery or Sanu. In some ways, he reminds me of the New York Giants’ Hakeem Nicks, who was not drafted until the 29th pick in the first round in 2009. Nicks was the fifth wide receiver selected that year (after Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin and Percy Harvin), but he’s clearly been the most productive of the bunch. Where Nicks has been very effective — and I project Randle playing a similar role — is at “x iso”, the single receiver to one side of the formation. When you’re aligned at “x,” you must be able to win versus man coverage.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/12/2012 04:15PM by RamBill.
SubjectAuthorViewsPosted

  Mohamed Sanu

BigGame81366April 12, 2012 01:22PM

  Re: Mohamed Sanu

PaulButcher59150April 12, 2012 01:26PM

  Playing with Frosh QB's just an excuse

BigGame81111April 12, 2012 01:44PM

  Re: But Blackmon only had 12 YPC last year as well

NJRAM96April 12, 2012 02:14PM

  Re: But Blackmon only had 12 YPC last year as well

BigGame8188April 12, 2012 02:34PM

  Only four catches of 20-plus yards

RamBill106April 12, 2012 01:28PM

  Re: Only four catches of 20-plus yards

RustyRay90April 12, 2012 01:30PM

  Sounds like Rams WR corp last TWO seasons! nm

Ramgator72April 12, 2012 01:34PM

  Re: Mohamed Sanu

BumRap72April 12, 2012 01:30PM

  Does Justin Blackmon's 12.6 YPC impress you?

Flipper33695April 12, 2012 02:25PM

  Re: Does Justin Blackmon's 12.6 YPC impress you?

BigGame81134April 12, 2012 02:44PM

  Re: He is what I will say about Sanu

NJRAM93April 12, 2012 03:06PM

  Re: No need to oversell Sanu

BumRap90April 12, 2012 11:01PM

  Agreed. I love Sanu but think the real issue is....

SunTzu_vs_Camus69April 13, 2012 09:42PM

  @BigGame- Combine stats, since you brought them up

Flipper336128April 12, 2012 03:19PM

  @Flipper

RustyRay83April 12, 2012 03:27PM

  Kinda

Deadpool77April 12, 2012 03:34PM

  Re: Gosh Sanu is nice and I like him for Rams in 3rd or late 2nd

BumRap68April 12, 2012 11:09PM

  Re: @Flipper

CraigMatson101April 12, 2012 03:40PM

  That's pretty much it

BigGame8175April 12, 2012 03:43PM

  Re: @BigGame- Combine stats, since you brought them up

BigGame8182April 12, 2012 03:37PM

  Re: @BigGame- Combine stats, since you brought them up

reddingram83April 12, 2012 09:40PM

  @Rusty- Sanu vs Pettis

Flipper336105April 12, 2012 03:41PM

  Re: @Rusty- Sanu vs Pettis

BigGame8190April 12, 2012 03:47PM

  Re: @Rusty- Sanu vs Pettis

CraigMatson75April 12, 2012 04:04PM

  @BigGame- I understand the concern but...

Flipper33686April 12, 2012 03:55PM

  Re: @BigGame- I understand the concern but...

BigGame8198April 12, 2012 04:04PM

  Cosell on Jeffery/Sanu/Randle

RamBill144April 12, 2012 04:14PM

  @CraigM- I'm fine with that concern but...

Flipper33693April 12, 2012 04:14PM

  Re: @CraigM- I'm fine with that concern but...

CraigMatson112April 12, 2012 05:15PM

  @BigGame- We all know frustration with this team

Flipper33692April 12, 2012 04:27PM

  Re: @BigGame- We all know frustration with this team

RustyRay71April 12, 2012 05:09PM

  Re: @BigGame- We all know frustration with this team

RustyRay65April 12, 2012 05:13PM

  Re: Who is going to want to trade with us?

BigGame8171April 12, 2012 05:22PM

  2 Possible Targets....

RamBill110April 12, 2012 06:16PM

  Word out of NJ is the Jets love Ingram

PaulButcher59107April 12, 2012 06:31PM

  Re: Word out of NJ is the Jets love Ingram

RustyRay65April 12, 2012 06:38PM

  If Tannehill gets past the Browns at #4

PaulButcher5976April 12, 2012 06:44PM

  Re: If Tannehill gets past the Browns at #4

RustyRay88April 12, 2012 06:51PM

  Re: If Tannehill gets past the Browns at #4

PaulButcher5973April 12, 2012 07:00PM

  Re: If Tannehill gets past the Browns at #4

RustyRay76April 12, 2012 07:21PM

  Re: If Tannehill gets past the Browns at #4

PaulButcher5978April 12, 2012 07:37PM

  I wouldn't believe any rumors about the Jags

Bucky91April 12, 2012 06:47PM

  Re: Word out of NJ is the Jets love Ingram

CraigMatson71April 12, 2012 07:00PM

  Re: Word out of NJ is the Jets love Ingram

NorCalRamsFan62April 13, 2012 08:59PM

  Would Carolina want to move up to #6 for Blackmon?

PaulButcher5965April 12, 2012 10:42PM

  Re: Mohamed Sanu

STL-Rams108April 12, 2012 11:42PM

  Re: Mohamed Sanu

SoCalRAMatic85April 13, 2012 01:55AM

  Re: Alshon Jeffery?

BumRap82April 13, 2012 02:56AM

  Re: Mohamed Sanu vs Jeffery who do you take

BumRap129April 13, 2012 02:45AM

  I would go with Sanu

Deadpool75April 13, 2012 03:57PM

  Mohamed Sanu compared to Kenny Britt

tbone145April 13, 2012 05:40PM

  Re: Good stuff -- Thx

BumRap80April 13, 2012 11:09PM