WR Hunter Renfrow, Clemson

5’10” – 184 lbs. – 4.59
Has been a contributor at Clemson for the past four years, with escalating production over the first three: posted 33-492-5 in 2015, 44-495-6 in 2016, and 60-602-3 in 2017 before seeing that output dip to 49-544-1 last year. On the small side for a slot receiver, with tiny hands which measured less than 8” at the Combine and arms which measured just over 29”. Although he plays inside on the bulk of his snaps, will also line up outside on occasion. Production was just average but quarterbacks often looked for him on third downs. Pretty much runs the types of routes you’d expect from an undersized slot receiver, mostly screens and patterns underneath the defense – quick outs, quick routes, digs, and so on. Surprisingly not as much over the middle of the field as you’d think. Has very good footwork on his releases, as well as the ability to stop and go quickly and create windows for his quarterback as a route-runner. Can freeze opposing defensive backs and challenge down the seam on occasion, although his top-end speed is nothing special. Sinks his hips, works in head fakes, and demonstrates snap at the route stem. Would like to see more improvisation when opposing corners sit on his routes; put a lot of whips on tape where he was essentially blanketed and eliminated from the play. Will require an accurate quarterback because he presents a small target, but has reliable hands within that radius. Also demonstrates impressive body control, with the ability to pirouette and come down with throws on balls placed behind him; posted a solid 35” vertical at the Combine. Demonstrates good elusiveness in space, with the vision and short-area quickness to identify lanes and make defenders miss in the open field; works to finish his runs by falling forward for additional yardage. Gives good effort as a blocker; was often asked to stalk opponents in the screen game. Obviously lacks the type of size, length, and power to dominate opposing corners and some balance issues crop up when attempting to sustain, but does about as well as could be expected. A very undersized slot receiver prospect, but who combines very good footwork with reliable hands and elusiveness in the open field. Will probably end up as a mid-to-late-round pick who could end up carving out a role for himself at the pro level, hoping to follow in the footsteps of players like 49ers target Trent Taylor.

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