WR James Proche, Southern Methodist

5’11” – 201 lbs.

Has been a major contributor since his freshman season, when he went 57-709-6 (12.4). Followed that up with 40-816-6 (20.4) the following year. One of college football’s most productive receivers over the past two years, he caught 93-1,199-12 (12.9) and 111-1,225-115 (11.0) in his junior and senior campaigns, respectively. Has adequate height and a pretty strong build for a pro receiver. Lined up both inside and outside for the Mustangs, but from a size standpoint, may be more of a slot receiver at the pro level. Doesn’t look like he has elite speed, but overall athleticism looks pretty impressive; has impressive quickness and accelerates to top speed in a hurry. Releases at the line of scrimmage look very good; able to get off the line against press coverage with clean, quick footwork. Pretty good hand-fighter who can get by bump-and-run coverage. Was asked to run patterns to different levels of the field; overall tree is pretty diverse. Although he did produce a fair share of his output on screens, slants, drags, and hitches/curls, also ran out routes from the slot, go routes down the sidelines, curls, and so on. Works in head fakes and doesn’t need to down-shift too much at the stem when running the intermediate out route, one of his bread-and-butter patterns. While he isn’t a major deep threat, was able to challenge defenses down the seam from the slot, and tracks the ball well over his shoulder down the sideline from the outside.  However, can get knocked off of his routes by physical defensive backs. Reliable hands-catcher who demonstrates sound fundamentals and good concentration, although his radius is relatively limited by his lack of length. Awareness and footwork near the sidelines are impressive. Flashes the ability to make contested catches, although he isn’t big enough to shield defenders from the ball too much. Adequate runner after the catch who has some shake and also returned some punts. Effort as a stalk blocker is generally pretty good. Engages from his feet and with his arms extended. Also works to sell fakes in the run game. May not be the biggest or fastest option at the position, but was a highly productive receiver who played both outside and inside, being one of the best route-runners in the class and offering a reliable pair of hands. Currently being projected to come off the board in the mid-rounds, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he outperformed that draft position; looks like a sleeper candidate.

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