Could Donnie Avery be a Steve Smith type WR.

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by hendog, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. hendog

    hendog Well-Known Member

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    I know he's fast but I've not seen him much. He looks pretty strong to me.
  2. HardHittingRoy31

    HardHittingRoy31 New Member

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    I like him and what to keep an eye on him.
  3. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    He is very fast.......good hands
  4. marchetta

    marchetta Well-Known Member

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    Sounds pretty weak too me.

    Donnie Avery
    5-11 190 4.35

    Excellent timed speed...Has a burst and can separate...Adequate height...Smooth athlete...Good ball skills and body control...A deep threat who will stretch the field vertically...Has soft hands...A hard worker with good intangibles...Productive...Has a lot of experience...Great special teamer who has returned both kicks and punts.

    Does not have the ideal bulk that you look for...Is not a great route runner...Isn't very strong or physical...Struggles when jammed at the line...Won't do much after the catch...Doesn't work the middle of the field much...He is not much of a blocker.

    Played in a pass-happy system in college...Is somewhat one-dimensional...He is a long way away from being a polished and well-rounded receiver and will need to be developed but you just can't teach the type of pure speed he has...Will light it up in workouts but might never be more than a #3 or #4 option and a return guy.



    Now, this guy is strong, and he's lighting up the Senior Bowl practices. Haven't seen him this year, so I can't give you my opinion.

    Eddie Royal
    5-10 181 4.40

    A terrific athlete...Great timed speed and has a burst...Very strong and extremely tough...Elusive and is difficult to tackle...Runs well after the catch...Vertical threat who can stretch the field...Good vision and balance...Also an excellent return man.

    Doesn't have ideal size or bulk...Has a ways to go as a route runner..Will struggle to beat the jam in the NFL...Trys hard but will never be a great blocker...Durability is an issue...Was not overly productive...Was never "the guy" in college...Upside?

    Similar to former Hokie David Clowney, who was selected in the fifth round a year ago...Reportedly bench presses 390-pounds...He's a threat to score every time he touches the ball...Needs to show that he can stay healthy...Could see action as a backup wideout but he'll likely earn his paycheck as a return specialist in the pros.

  5. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Eddie Royal appears to be earning himself some cash at the Senior Bowl.
  6. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    Royal is the guy who was on NFLN last night burning Tribble, right?

    It was just a few highlights, and in one-on-one drills to boot. But he did look kind of like Santana Moss with the speed he showed.
  7. IronCowboy

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    Eddie Royal made Tribble look like Allen Rossum. Actually, Tribble looked horrific from what I saw of him this morning. He got burned by every receiver.

    And Adarius Bowman may have the worst hands in the entire class. The kid dropped like 10 balls.
  8. jterrell

    jterrell Penguinite

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    like Duane Goodrich:)
  9. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    I think Bowman and Tribble are clearly the "biggest losers" of the Senior Bowl right now.
  10. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    Tribble is just a workout warrior

    he's another Antonio Bryant, thinks he's better than he actually is
  11. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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  12. AmishCowboy

    AmishCowboy if you ain't first, you're last

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    Andre Caldwell is looking real good in Mobile.
  13. Nors

    Nors Benched

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    Tribble is not 100% coming off injury. Watch the game - he makes plays.
  14. ThreeSportStar80

    ThreeSportStar80 Benched

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    Eddie Royal is the real deal, good hands! Speed is a non issue because this guy can flat out fly! I wouldn't mind picking him up later on...
  15. Tyronosaurus77

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    Would LOVE Eddie Royal! Ive seen a lot from him the last few years at Tech. Great speed and route running. Good return man and can make a move and burn you with YAC. The combine/proday will tell how high this mans stock goes.

    Bowman dropped like 11 balls and fumbled one of the only ones he caught?! Confidence issues?? I cant imagine what his gauntlet drill would look like.
  16. Goldenrichards83

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    Eddie Royal has burn Tribble for the last 2 days. The guy can fly and gets off the jam really good.

    Andre Caldwell, has displayed a mixture of speed with good route running and his hands are pretty good.

    Donnie Avery - I admit I didn't know alot about this guy but man can he fly. Noone in practice can keep up with him when he does the fly route.
  17. hendog

    hendog Well-Known Member

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    I haven't seen alot of avery but on the clips I've seen on youtube he is impressive.
  18. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    if Speed is what we want.......2 guys out of Houston can definitely give us that...WR Donnie Avery and RB Anthony Alridge

    Both of these guys can fly and both are versatile. Avery is a WR/KR and Alridge is a RB/WR/KR.

    Avery may be a bit small, but all it takes is one or two years of the NFL conditioning and he can be built like Steve Smith. The same can be said for Alridge.
  19. Bob Sacamano

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    Caldwell is one of those guys that does everything well

    only knock on him is that he looks like a droopy, Miles Austin lol
  20. Goldenrichards83

    Goldenrichards83 Active Member

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    Thats the guy I am hoping we nab in the 2nd if we chose to not take a WR in the 1st.

    Avery reminds me of a faster Wes Welker.

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