WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty

6’4” – 223 lbs. – 4.60

One of the more productive receivers in this year’s draft class, with reasonably escalating production over the final three years. Played in eleven games as a freshman, going 21-315-3. Stepped into a starting role and went 69-1,066-10 (15.4) as a sophomore, 71-1,037-10 (14.6) as a junior, and 79-1,396-10 (17.7) as a junior. Doesn’t have outstanding length, but height and bulk are basically the prototype of what teams look for in a pro split end. Tended to line up on the right side of the field in college. Patterns are some of the best in the class for a split end prospect. Gets pretty good releases at the line of scrimmage; movements are sudden, without much wasted motion. Looks like an explosive route-runner who gets up to speed quickly and was able to threaten opponents down the field. Runs patterns to different depths, but might be at his best on routes breaking toward the middle of the field, which allow him to use his frame to shield defenders from the ball; often gets inside releases and runs slants or posts. Uses the threat of going deep to create opportunities to work back to the ball and create windows for timing-based throws near the sidelines; snap at the route stem is pretty impressive, especially for a bigger receiver. Looks like he can have trouble winning when making outside releases and running go routes down the sidelines, although he can get inside position on deeper posts toward the middle of the field; however, as a small-school prospect, his pedestrian timed speed at the Combine may affect his draft stock. Has a reliable pair of hands and offers a reasonably wide radius for his quarterback. Looks competitive after the catch, showing some quickness to make defenders miss, as well as a willingness to lower his shoulder and try to pick up a couple of yards after the catch. Works hard to line up, engage, and sustain blocks in the run and screen games, approaching his responsibilities with the same aggressiveness he shows when running routes. A big, productive three-year starter who runs routes with explosiveness and looks faster on tape than he tested at the Combine, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him work his way onto the field at the pro level, although he’ll be making a pretty big jump in terms of the level of competition he faces. Tape looks like a borderline second-day player but might fall into the beginning of the third day.

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