WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Texas*

6’4” – 210 lbs. – 4.75
Appeared in ten games as a freshman, then started six of twelve games the following year, going 37-431-1. Broke out in a junior campaign prior to declaring for the draft, a year in which he caught 86-1,176-9. Big receiver who often lined up in the slot rather than at the split end position. Faced a lot of off-coverage and zones at the college level, so ability to use his quickness to release at the line against press is difficult to evaluate. Ran a lot of different routes, including many further down the field (flags, posts, etc.); volume option at the college level who was also fed the ball on screens, shallow crosses, and other plays designed to get the ball in his hands. Patterns need some work, although he does use head-fakes and double-moves effectively. Doesn’t always sink his hips and there’s not a lot of snap to his routes; more of a glider. Consequently, a lot of his production comes against zone coverages, where he does a good job of identifying and settling into soft spots for first-downs at the intermediate level. As a player with adequate but not excellent speed, struggled to separate at the college level against man coverage, forcing a lot of trust-based throws. Ability to win jump-balls is one of his greatest strengths as a prospect. Knows how to use his size and length to go up and pluck balls away from his frame over the top of opposing defenders, bailing out his quarterback by winning 50-50 lobs down the field. Makes solid adjustments to poorly-thrown balls with effective body control. However, would like to see him use his size to shield defenders from the ball more effectively; makes a lot of catches over the defender’s head instead of boxing them out. Waits for the ball to come to him instead of working back. As a stalk blocker, does a good job of reaching and engaging with opposing defensive backs, using his length effectively and positioning himself on the inside to wall off his assignment. Good impact on contact. Also returned kicks for the Longhorns. Has just one year of high-level production but as a smooth mover with excellent size and impressive vertical ability, is an intriguing prospect, albeit one who requires some projection in that he was essentially a slot receiver at the college level and will have to improve his route-running to gain separation at the pro level. Very pedestrian speed at the Combine may limit him to mid-to-late-round consideration.

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