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2009 NFL Draft Prospects: <br> Jeremy Maclin Profile



Strengths: Great build with solid height and decent bulk ... Highly productive in the Mizzou spread ... Outstanding speed and is a game-breaker ... Explosive threat after the catch ... Elusive in the open field and has elite agility ... Excellent return man with punts and kicks ... Above average body control on jump balls ... Versatile on WR screens and reverses ... Extremely high upside.

Weaknesses: Very raw receiver ... Immature route runner and does not understand how to sell a corner ... Does not show an awareness to set up defensive backs ... Cannot identify various coverages at this point in this career ... Lacks focus when catching the football ... Occasionally fights the football ... Does not give 100 percent when going over the middle ... Blocking leaves much to be desired ... Will take multiple years to develop ... Played in an offense that does not translate well to the NFL ... Boom or bust.

Summary: Ever since I put on the Missouri tape in mid-December, I am just not sold on Jeremy Maclin being an instant impact threat in the NFL. For this, I downgrade him to a fringe first-rounder on my personal draft board and I think he is a high-risk prospect. I am a true believer that route running translates to immediate NFL production, and he simply does not have it. One of the more overrated players in this draft class.

Player Comparison: Ted Ginn, Jr. Maclin is slightly more polished than Ginn, but he is a beloved prospect because of what he can do with the ball in his hands. Like Ginn, it will take Maclin 2-plus years to develop into a capable NFL starter.





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