Draft analysis on Colston (1 Viewer)

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This was the draft analysis on Colston from the official NFL Draft site. It is still amazing to me how he has come out of nowhere to be one of the top receivers in the league:


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Colston is an interesting prospect because of his size/speed combination. He was first graded on Hofstra film in 2003 and he jumped out and made some big plays, but then he missed the 2004 season due to injury (he redshirted the 2004 season) and then had a very good comeback 2005 season. His measurables make you think he has the speed to be effective playing outside as a receiver, but once you watch a little film it is clear he lacks the burst and speed to get separation from NFL cornerbacks and is best suited to make the switch to tight end. At tight end, he has the speed to get down the seam vs. linebacker coverage and can get separation out of cuts. He has the frame to eventually bulk up to 240-plus pounds, will be able to run strong with the ball and gain yards after contact. He will be a good runner after the catch for a tight end. Overall, Colston is going to be drafted because of his measurables and college production as a receiver, but should only be signed as a free agent because he is a 'Tweener' between receiver and tight end. He can make an NFL team now as a third tight end and special teams player and eventually could develop into a starter if he plays aggressively and raises his level of intensity on every snap.



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Loomis was on the radio last week and Kenny asked about how he was drafted so low. Loomis said that he was an unknown being from Hofstra - what kind of competition was he up against?, etc. He said that lots of teams were looking at him and that the teams that were looking figured they could sign him as an undrafted guy. He said that the Saints looked at picking him in the fifth round, but figured they could wait.
 

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Loomis was on the radio last week and Kenny asked about how he was drafted so low. Loomis said that he was an unknown being from Hofstra - what kind of competition was he up against?, etc. He said that lots of teams were looking at him and that the teams that were looking figured they could sign him as an undrafted guy. He said that the Saints looked at picking him in the fifth round, but figured they could wait.



Ahhhh....I was screaming at the TV on the second day after every pick! I wanted them to pick him in the 4th rd! I am glad the gamble worked out for them and were able to get him in the 7th. I swear once they picked Hass, I thought my hopes and dreams were shattered!

I jumped through my roof when they selected Colston with the last pick, i swear i nearly cried!
 

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You know I think for the most part this breakdown is pretty spot on. The only thing the analysis really underestimated from the get go is his speed/quickness. Because of the assumption that he was slower than he has proven to be, they went on to pencil him in as a TE rather than a wideout, and then the breakdown got off track a little. But when you look at the other discussion of his strengths they seem to be fairly prophetic. They talked about his ability to snag the ball away from his body (catch down the sideline this week, anyone?), his running after the catch and ability to drag tacklers and fight for extra yards (which has been great). Take those attributes given and add them to the ones that they underestimated (or perhaps he just worked really hard to improve them, in which case that gives him even another asset: determination to improve) and you get what he has been thus far for us, one of the best recievers in the game.
 

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Ahhhh....I was screaming at the TV on the second day after every pick! I wanted them to pick him in the 4th rd! I am glad the gamble worked out for them and were able to get him in the 7th. I swear once they picked Hass, I thought my hopes and dreams were shattered!

I jumped through my roof when they selected Colston with the last pick, i swear i nearly cried!


I feel you. I wanted Brandon Marshall more but I also really wanted Colston. After Marshall went early in the 4th round I figured Colston would be right behind him but he stayed up there. I could understand how we didn't pick him in the 4th because there was still so much talent left this year and I really wanted him in the 5th, in the 6th I was angry, then low and behold we get him in the later part of the 7th round. It was a great gamble that paid off but would anyone actually be complaining if we took him in the 5th?

Marshall is going to light it up with Denver and I think Shannahan is starting to realize it but he already has 6 TD's and over 600 yards to catch up to Colston. I can't say how glad I was when we picked him but after my 3rd trip to training camp I knew he was something special. All I kept hearing was the Mike Hass talk and the two young WR's that stood out was Colston and Lyman. The difference was Lyman stood out in drills while Colston stood out everywhere.
 

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the thing about post and pre draft analyst is that when they say a player needs to work on something or isnt good at something, its make you (us the fans) really think he cannot do it simply because it was written on a column about the player..most of the time they contradict themselves saying the player runs good routes then turn around and on there "weakness" column its says they need to work on there routes...so I take those things with a grain of salt.
 

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the thing about post and pre draft analyst is that when they say a player needs to work on something or isnt good at something, its make you (us the fans) really think he cannot do it simply because it was written on a column about the player..most of the time they contradict themselves saying the player runs good routes then turn around and on there "weakness" column its says they need to work on there routes...so I take those things with a grain of salt.

That's a good point. It's too bad that just because some expert decides that a certain player isn't very good at a certain part of his game, we as fans with nothing else to go off of form an immediate bias as to how that player is going to perform. When, in actuality, that expert is usually grasping at straws just as much as anyone else. I'm sure whoever wrote it did plenty of research, and I'm definitely not downing them, it just goes to show what an inexact science trying to predict how a person is going to do his job really is.
 

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What type of injury made him sit out the season in college? Anyone know this?
 

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