Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 21, 2005.
Packers select...Craig Bragg
WR | (6'0", 196, 4.45) | UCLA
Strengths: Was a reliable, consistent, productive and proven playmaker at the college level when healthy. Is a hard worker on and off the field. Has developed into a fine route runner. Is at his best vs. man-coverage. Is quick and fluid. Is able to stop and start as quickly as any receiver in this draft class. He shows good burst off the line and out of his breaks. He is as good as any receiver in this class when it comes to dropping his weight and bursting out of his breaks without having to gear down. He does a good job of gaining separation on a consistent basis as a route runner. His hands are outstanding. He has very good focus and concentration. Has consistently shown the ability to pluck on the run and catch over his shoulder. He doesn't have great speed, but he has a second gear when he breaks free after the catch. He is shifty and has some elusiveness in space. He also is a hard-working blocker in the running game.
Weaknesses: Has adequate size and good speed but not great in either area. Is not a huge vertical threat and won't stretch the field much in the NFL. Is not a huge weapon in the red zone or on the fade route. Will have more trouble getting a clean release in the NFL and he needs to work to improve his array of release moves. He still has work to do in terms of his ability to get open versus zone coverage. He doesn't show a great feel for finding soft spots and he has typically been less productive vs. zone coverage. Durability is a minor concern following shoulder injury in 2004.
Overall: Bragg was a fifth-year senior in 2004 who entered his final season already with 157 receptions for 2,362 yards with 15 touchdowns. Bragg missed three games in the middle of the 2004 season with a dislocated shoulder and finished with 36 receptions for 483 yards and four touchdowns. He also has experience returning punts and kickoffs. While Bragg has the quickness, hands, playmaking skills, toughness and confidence to develop into a solid No. 2 starter in the NFL, he lacks exceptional size, speed and athletic ability of a go-to-guy at the next level. Durability also is a minor concern. In our opinion, Bragg is a good value early on Day 2 but could understandably come off the board late on Day 1 if a team has a need and is willing to make a gamble.
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