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2010 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Eric Decker



  • Eric Decker, 6-2/215

  • Wide Receiver

  • Minnesota


  • Eric Decker Scouting Report
    By Matt McGuire

    Strengths:
  • Imposing size for his position
  • Very strong; shows power to get off jam
  • Adept to reading coverages and settling into zone
  • Aggressive runner off the catch; can break some tackles
  • Great hands and ball skills
  • Shows ability to adjust to poorly thrown ball
  • Elite concentration when ball is in air; good body control
  • Tough and will hang onto ball after big hit
  • Red-zone weapon
  • Knows how to take advantage of his size; plays as big as he is
  • Will go over the middle
  • Very good blocker
  • Does a good job of selling routes
  • Dips his hips and changes speeds in routes
  • Great character and work ethic



    Weaknesses:
  • Doesn't show much upside after the catch
  • Lacks some agility
  • Doesn't have a second gear or explosive speed
  • Not much of a deep threat
  • Might struggle with bump coverage in NFL
  • Limited upside

    Summary: Decker is the prototypical possession, No. 2 receiver in the NFL. Teams will know exactly what they will get with Decker because he will work hard on and off the field. He will never be a stat monster in the NFL, but he will draw away double teams and he is a major threat in the red zone to score with his size, body control and hands. Decker will probably go off the board in the late first to early second round.

    Player Comparison: Kevin Walter. Walter is a very reliable possession receiver for the Texans, but doesn't have much upside.



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