WR Gary Jennings, West Virginia

6’1” – 214 lbs. – 4.42
Played sparingly on offense over his first two seasons with the Mountaineers, catching a combined 17-281-3 between 2015 and 2016 while also returning some kicks and punts. Burst onto the scene with 97-1,096-1 as a junior, then went 54-917-13 as a senior, his year ending in late November. Bigger receiver who lined up in the slot for the Mountaineers, playing in an offense which involved a lot of package plays; would frequently be making himself available for screens on run-pass options. Route tree was a little limited; in addition to the aforementioned screens, also ran a lot of routes over the middle of the field, and some other modified seven routes to the corner of the end zone. A lot of his work came underneath the defense; does, however, show pretty good snap at the route stem to create windows for his quarterback. Also flashed the ability to eat up cushions and threaten defenses downfield running vertical patterns from the slot (see long touchdowns against Oklahoma this past season); good target down the seams. Will need to get used to releasing at the line against press-man and to running a more sophisticated route tree. Flashes the ability to track the ball over his shoulder and pluck it away from his frame, with good body control. Can go up and high-point the ball over the top. Did, however, struggle to come down with passes in tight coverage and double-caught a few balls during the games reviewed. Needs to do a better job of working back to the ball. After the catch, is a physical, no-nonsense runner who gets upfield quickly and can bully smaller defensive backs. Wasn’t asked to block all that often because of his role in the offense, but looks to have pretty sound fundamentals, getting in his seat, extending his arms, and being light on his feet to play through the whistle. However, did see some snaps in which his effort was limited; would spectate instead of engaging. With a more consistent level of commitment, has the size to overwhelm most slot cornerbacks and could make this a strength of his game. A big receiver who was able to threaten the seams and run through smaller defenders while working from the slot in college, but who will need to make a big leap at the next level, running a fuller complement of routes and releasing at the line against press coverage, possibly from the outside.

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