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#155 - 5th Round - Tampa Bay through St. Louis, Larry Brackins WR

Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. Hostile

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    Rams select...Larry Brackins
    WR | (6'4", 205, 4.66)
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    Strengths: Possesses excellent height, shows outstanding leaping ability and is capable of winning jump balls in the red zone as well as downfield. Shows great body control and does a nice job of adjusting to the ball while it's in the air. Moves extremely well for size, has the elusiveness to make defenders miss in the open field and is a tough runner after the catch. Can catch balls thrown outside frame and flashes the ability to make the spectacular catch. Uses wide frame to shield defenders from the ball, he's well-built and should develop into an excellent red zone target.

    Weaknesses: Has below average top-end speed. Footwork is inconsistent and doesn't run sharp short-to-intermediate routes though certainly has the athletic ability to improve in this area. Appears to lose focus at times and drops some passes that should catch. While he can drive defenders off the ball as a blocker, he doesn't play with a mean streak and frequently fails to sustain blocks. Doesn't always find the soft spot in zone coverage and there are questions about ability to read defenses. While productive, played at the junior college level and how well he performs going up against a significantly higher level of competition remains to be seen. There are rumors that he declared for the draft because of academic problems. Intelligence is questioned.

    Overall: Brackins signed a letter of intent with Troy State coming out of high school. However, he didn't receive his diploma in time to enroll so he enrolled at Feather River Community College in 2002 where he played basketball for a year. Brackins enrolled at Pearl River Community College in 2003 and he caught 45 passes for 772 yards and nine touchdowns that year. He caught 55 passes for 1,117 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2004. Brackins, who had been expected to enroll at Florida State, would have benefited from another year of school  particularly at that high of a level. Not only would it have given him the opportunity to refine his technique, it also would have made it easier to evaluate compared to much more talented competition. That said, Brackins has the size, athletic ability and hands to develop into a contributor at the wide receiver position in the NFL. He is never going to be a No. 1 starter because he lacks the speed. However, if the team that drafts him is patient in developing him, Brackins has a chance to develop into a No. 2 or No. 3 possession receiver in the NFL. All things considered, Brackins is a good value in the fourth round but would be too much of a risk as a Day 1 selection.
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    Larry Brackins, WR, Pearl River CC
    Height: 6:04.3 Weight: 205

    Overview: Very few junior college players have ever attempted to bypass the major college ranks for a chance to play pro football, but scouting experts are in consensus when they cite the playing ability of Larry Brackins. A standout receiver for the Wildcats, Larry also saw action as a free safety and excelled on the school's basketball team. Praise also come from his coaches at Pearl River. "He's an NFL-type player," said Pearl River football coach Tim Hatten during the 2004 season. "He keeps his head on straight. He'll be a good one at the next level. He made us a really good football team again." The Wildcats went on to win the junior college national championship. Asked about Brackins' ability on the hardcourt, PRCC basketball coach Richard Mathis said, "He made plays not many guys in our league can make." Brackins was an All State player in basketball and football at Dothan (Ala.) High School. During his senior season of football, he caught 32 passes for 643 yards and six touchdowns, ran for four scores, averaged 31.0 yards on kickoff returns, made 57 tackles and returned an interception for a score. On the basketball court, he averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks per game and led his team to the Class 6A state title game. Apparently, the only thing that could hold him back was academics. A number of big schools backed off as a result of the weak academics and Brackins signed a football letter-of-intent with Troy State, but ultimately was ineligible. He then enrolled at Feather River (Cal.) Community College, where he played on the basketball team in 2001. Brackins then transferred to Pearl City College, where he lettered in football and basketball during the 2003-04 school year. He hauled in 45 passes for 772 yards (17.2 average) and nine touchdowns, earning All-Mississippi Athletic Conference-Junior College honors. Larry also was an All-MACJC and All-Region 23 forward for the MACJC state champion Wildcat basketball team. He averaged a team-best 15.5 points a game while hauling in seven rebounds a game. He hit an impressive 54.5 percent (156-of-286) of his shots, including an even more impressive 43.9 percent (36-of-82) from three-point range. Brackins also snatched 38 steals -- second-best on the squad. Larry earned first-team NJCAA All-American his sophomore season at PRCC, as well as being selected as All-MACJC and All-Region 23 accolades. He caught 56 passes for 1,114 yards (19.9 average) and 11 touchdowns. Brackins added 386 yards and three scores on 22 punt returns (17.5 average) and also saw time on defense as a free safety, returning an interception 38 yards while leading the team to the national title. In 23 games with the Wildcats, he caught 101 passes for 1,886 yards (18.7 average) and 20 touchdowns.

    Analysis: Positives... Aggressive, tough and competitive player who needs to be accounted for on the field... Plays with high effort and is a good up field blocker... Not sudden off the line of scrimmage, but shows the foot quickness to stutter-step and avoid the jam... Has the long arms and strength to separate and the quick hands to swim and slap off the line of scrimmage... Has good field awareness and above average body control to keep balance and knows where the markers are, showing the awareness to uncover vs. the zone... Uses his big body effectively to post up defenders... He is tough to guard in the red zone because of his height and leaping ability... Shows adequate sink in routes and the ability to stop and start instantly... Big target over the middle who does a good job of settling in the zone... Has outstanding hand/eye coordination and is a natural hands catcher who will snatch most passes thrown to him... Has the leaping ability to win most jump ball opportunities... Not an elusive runner, but runs hard with good second and third effort... Uses his long arms and strength in his hands to be efficient delivering the stiff-arm... Shows good effort and willingness as a blocker, using his upper body strength to lock on and mirror.

    Negatives... Needs room in order to build up his speed and is not the type that is going to separate with an instant burst... Needs to work on "getting small" past the defender in his line release... Braces some getting into his patterns, showing adequate body lean and burst into and out of his cuts... Needs to show better awareness on backside routes... Sometimes has trouble dropping his hips, causing him to wobble and gather before cutting... Tough catcher in a crowd, but still learning how to use his body to have an advantage... More of a one-speed type of runner, with little or no big gear to get deep, but has enough shake and bake to elude.

    Agility tests: 4.63 in the 40-yard dash... 2.73 20-yard dash... 1.66 10-yard dash... 35-inch vertical jump... 9'4" broad jump... 4.44 20-yard shuttle... 11.77 60-yard shuttle... 7.13 three-cone drill... 33 -inch arm length... 8-inch hands... 17 Wonderlic score.

    High school: Attended Dothan (Ala.) High School... All-State player in basketball and football... During his senior season of football, he caught 32 passes for 643 yards and six touchdowns, ran for four scores, averaged 31.0 yards on kickoff returns, made 57 tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown... On the basketball court, he averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots and led his team to the Class 6A state title game.

    Personal: Physical Education major... Resides in Dothan, Alabama.

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