A Look At The Kelvin Benjamin Drops From 2013

We will continue on today talking more about Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and whether or not he should be considered as the first round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2014 NFL Draft.

I have already documented Benjamin’s touchdowns from 2013 and it’s only fair that we have a look now at the balls he dropped last season.

I went through each and every play by play sheet of the Florida State games from 2013 and pulled out the incomplete passes scored as going to Benjamin. After that, I viewed every one of those plays and made gifs of the ones that I thought could possibly be scored as drops or passes he should have caught. This resulted in the 17 plays you see below.

If you would, please go through all 17 of these plays and let me know in the comments how many you view as being drops. Also, let me know if this changes your opinion of Benjamin having awful hands.

As I have previously noted, in my opinion, Benjamin needs to work on coming back to the football at the NFL level and this should be able to be coached into him. Second, I think you will see that a few of these drops are a result of Benjamin not watching the football all the way into his hands before turning up the field. This is another area that I believe good coaching can come into play.

If you think I missed any plays, please let me know and I will go find it and add a gif to these below.

  • This is perhaps Benjamin’s first drop of the 2013 season in the third game against Bethune-Cookman. It would have been a tough catch, but one he probably wishes he had over.

  • This second play against Bethune-Cookman is real hard to judge based on this angle as it appears as though the ball is thrown behind Benjamin. It was close, so I will let you folks decide if should be charged as a drop or not.

  • This is another one that is tough to see thanks to the angle, but the announcers said it went off Benjamin’s chest. There was no replay to judge.

  • This is a high throw and a tough catch to make against Boston College, but I can see how a few might score it as a drop.

  • This is another tough one to score as a drop and I am sorry I cut the gif short here.

  • Here is a low pass that Benjamin should ave had against North Carolina State.

  • I can see how this deep pass against Idaho could possibly be scored as a drop. He appears to misjudge it and it goes right through his hands.

  • This is certainly not a drop in my book, but being as it is close, I will let you be the judge.

  • Against Florida, Benjamin caught nine passes for 212 yards and three touvhdowns. However, there were the four plays below. The second clip is tough to score as a drop and there was no penalty for defensive holding on the play as well. The other three need no explanations.

  • I will let you be the judge of these first two incomplete passes below against Duke. The third is obviously a drop.

  • In my opinion, this drop below was the worst one that Benjamin had all season. It just so happened to come in the National Championship Game against Auburn when the entire universe was watching.

  • Really tough to score this as a drop, but you be the judge.

  • P – squared

    A lot of those where either under thrown or thrown behind him… There were also some very bad ones…like the one in the championship game….although to be an elite level WR he has to make some of those in traffic…I would still take him at 15

  • dkoy85

    Some of the drops were flat out drops that looked like concentration problems- which can be worked on. 2 or 3 of the wide open passes he dropped were because of him turning his head to run- can be fixed. Some were just tough catches to make by anyone’s standard.

    I don’t see bad hands. What I see is a beast of a player who goes up after the ball like nobody else in the draft, that has fundamental issues from time to time, that can be coached.

    Look at the 3rd from last clip. That to me, that is his biggest drop. But more times than not he makes that catch. It is unstoppable- Very few players in the NFL bring that type of fear and ability.

  • Axe Skot

    Thanks for posting this. Most of these are contested. I don’t see bad hands as the culprit. Receivers are going to drop balls. I would be fine with Benjamin at 1:15.

  • Steelers12328882

    The NC St. drop, a few in the Florida game and definitely the Auburn drop were easy catches that he should have made. Maybe the last one against Duke, but he sure looks great high pointing the ball. The way he laid out trying to catch that pass against Florida. Awesome. I definitely don’t think you can hold his hands against him.

  • moderatelysane

    You have changed my opinion, Dave, for the worse. A lot of these could be argued as drops or not drops. In many cases, however, KB waits for the ball rather than attacking it. He also lets it come to his body rather than going after it with his hands. An elite receiver will win these battles by attacking the ball earlier than the defender with his hands. The comparison to Mike Evans is night and day. Benjamin clearly has mad physical gifts, but he’s not yet an elite receiver and not worthy of 1.15. If we somehow trade down to 1.25 ish, that’s a different story.

  • dkoy85

    Are you saying he uses his body to catch the ball? Like body catching?

  • Steelers12328882

    Really? I mean go ahead and say he’s not yet elite, or may never be elite, but I’m totally confused by you saying he waits for the ball to come to his body. To me it seems like he does just the opposite.

  • dkoy85

    He will need to work on coming back to the ball more at the next level but if you are calling him a body catcher I think you need to change your name to competelyinsane or entirelydelusional. Please re-watch the gif’s above.

  • Callentown

    Dave, nice work!

    #’s 2 and 3 are too tough to tell with the quickness of the gif and the angle.
    #5 is pass interference in the end zone.
    #10 pass interference
    #13 is just good defense
    #14 is hard to tell but looks like an under thrown ball
    #17 is close. Good defense, but I guess in the NFL, a TE of his size should use his size to shield and could catch that pass.

    The drops are mostly just . . . drops. I do not like him for the 15th pick.
    I’ll take Eric Green from Liberty University instead, sans the large amount of pot in his trunk.

  • Johnny Loose

    idk, seems like a lot of people have their “big bodied” receiver shades on when watching this guy. I agree he is definitely a specimen at WR. Looks to me like he has trouble making the catches you would expect a big guy to make. Some of the ones he couldn’t hold onto in traffic are ones that remind me of Hines and the way he always seemed to come up w/ contested catches. Some of these are just flat-out terrible to be honest. I mean, a guy is going to have some drops, but there are enough 100%, without a doubt, inexcusable, now way you should have dropped that plays here to raise a question about his hands and concentration. Concentration is something that can be worked on I’ll admit. Also, in these GIFs, it doesn’t seem so much like he wants to be physical and use his size and length to his advantage. In the GIF that got accidentally cut short, he is looking for the ball to land in the cradle and not high pointing, which is something a guy who is 6-5 should be doing every time he goes up in the end-zone, he is 6-5!!! Personally, i don’t think the Steelers will value a guy like this at 1-15. But if somehow, they pick him there, or trade down and grab him, I suppose I’ll be a good fan and act excited about what he may be able to offer us. Don’t think we’ll end up with this guy.

  • Sack Master

    Some of you guys sure have low standards and enjoy making excuses. Larry Fitzgerald hasn’t dropped that many wide open passes in his entire career. Being able to catch the football is the most basic requirement for being a wide receiver. I don’t care how tall a receiver is, if he can’t catch the ball he isn’t worth a damn. We need a good wide receiver, not just a tall one.

  • I’ve looked at all of them several times now, and here’s what I come up with:

    — 5 legitimate drops (6, 9, 12, 15, 17)
    — 2 misjudges (1, 7)
    — 2 unknowns (2, 3 — just not enough to go on)

    From what I’ve seen here and elsewhere, I think it’s fair to conclude that he’s incredibly talented but still really raw. In a couple of cases in these GIFs, he just seems to misjudge the flight of the ball and/or how to position his body (1, 7). It’s not like he makes drops because he can’t catch. He obviously can. He just needs a bit more self-control, and that should come with more experience and maturing as a receiver.

    Furthermore, in a few cases (9, 12, 15), his problem seems to be that he turns away from the ball before he catches it. But this, too, shouldn’t be a problem as he learns the position further and understands that patience is a virtue, that he needs actually to have the ball in his hands before exploding off the catch.

    If there’s any serious concern here, it’s that his play comes across as somewhat lackadaisical at times, as if the effort isn’t quite there (1, 6, 7, 9, 12, maybe 2). Some of this may have to do with misjudging and poor positioning, but he clearly needs to use his strength better to shake off defenders and, if I can put it this way, to impose himself on the ball, particularly when it’s not quite on target and he needs to adjust. And again, he needs the patience not to get ahead of himself by stating his YAC before he even has the ball secured.

    But I still really like the guy, and if the Steelers think they can work with him to iron out the wrinkles, and if they really think he has the potential to mature into an elite receiver, they should certainly consider him seriously at 1-15. Just think how he’s look lining up opposite Antonio one day. And just think of the chemistry he could have with Ben.

  • Johnny Loose

    I just went back and looked at the his draft profile posted on this site. He is definitely an intriguing prospect, but definitely a big gamble at 1-15. I’d be all over this guy in the mid 2nd round. When he is on is game, he is a terror. That is, when he is on his game. WR in the NFL pretty much ALWAYS need to be on their game. It only takes one big drop to make a whole fan base wonder how good you really are. Love his size, but IMO he is definitely a toss up.

  • moderatelysane

    Color me stunned if he’s the pick at 1.15. I think Ebron would be a more likely choice. 1.15 is for “special players” in the Colbert vernacular. KB is raw, perhaps maybe will be elite. I wouldn’t say he’s one of the few “special players” in this draft. You gotta watch some of Evans to see the real difference. Evans hands are just so much more beautiful, and he attacks the football.

  • Matt Manzo

    What I’m looking for is his athletic ability? If he can twist his body and scoop up those low balls then all he need is some coaching.
    If he’s stiff and lumbering, that might be a bad sign!

  • I counted at least 8 sure fire drops! “8”

  • Alex Kozora

    1. Definitely a drop. Tough catch, sure, but when you’re labeled as the 6’5 guy who can be a red zone threat, play that has to be made.

    2. I don’t think I’d blame him here though it’s tough to judge on the GIF. With the pass thrown behind and the defender trailing, tough to reach back for the ball. Wouldn’t pin it on him.

    3. Impossible to tell but I’ll trust the announcers on this one and give him a drop.

    4. Count me in that group that calls this a drop. Again, a tough play, but for a guy whose strength is his catch radius, play I’d like to see.

    5. Tough to tell, too. Have to give the DB a lot of credit for playing the pocket of the receiver. Makes it really tough for Benjamin.

    6. Drop, no question.

    7. Another drop. Hand/eye coordination, ability to track the ball over your shoulder and make the catch. Doesn’t.

    8. Yeah, wouldn’t call this a drop. Ball throw behind on a crossing route. Benjamin’s supreme length is the only reason why he gets a hand on it. Most won’t.

    9-12. Obviously, three of the four are drops. Don’t consider the second one in the Florida game to be a drop. He’s getting held and the DB makes a good play on the ball, never really lets Benjamin attack the ball.

    One side note on the third GIF. Love Benjamin winning off the line. Stem to the outside, run through the DB, and get separation.

    13-15. Wouldn’t count the first as a drop. Tight coverage with the DB into his pads.

    Next two are drops though tough to judge the second one.

    16. Drop.

    17. Don’t see this as a drop either with the defender impacting him as soon as the ball gets there.

    By my total, that’s 11 drops for Benjamin.

  • joed32

    I think Eric may have lost a step or two.

  • Doug Sawyer

    he is not that bad…but the nay sayers will never stop …last year was arguably his first starting year with a great coaching staff he would be an incredible asset to the Steelers

  • Doug Sawyer

    he has all that

  • Doug Sawyer

    Ebron had way more drops and can’t block to save his life…so nope

  • Jason Brant

    I like this guy, I’m just not that sure that the Steelers will take him so high.

  • Doug Sawyer

    bottom line is most of these drops are contested or highly acrobatic attempts at catches…that’s not bad hands…that is a young receiver

  • Doug Sawyer

    lets be honest Larry has some freaking great hands at the pro level…so not exactly fair to compare

  • dkoy85

    It’s maddening waiting for the draft. Most excited I’ve been in a long time.

  • Doug Sawyer


  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I’m surprised nobody talk about his routes, he ran out of his routes many time which mean a quarterback have to pick new location to throw to. Yes accuracy were the issue but it wasn’t because of the QB. Kelvin Benjamin IS not the next Plaxico Burress but he’s somewhere in between Burress and Limas Sweed. At this point I can only see him as a 3rd down receiver, perhaps goal line situations too. Benjamin WILL, I mean will NOT start any game this season. He’s Jarvis Jones of offense.

    Very average athlete that relied on his size and athleticism throughout college and produced touchdowns but nobody talk about the situations where its not redzone. No thanks, 2nd round sure but not in 1st, nuh-nay. We have Blount and Bell to grind it out in redzone, we will be fine.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Guys, you have to start paying attention. He obviously has great hands. He can make the catches, he can lay out, he can jump, he can high point it, he is trying his damnedest! On the tough catches you must concentrate to have a chance and he does all the way into his hands.

    Please note the obvious drops are always when he is wide open, so he loses concentration. He is thinking about turning up the field and thus does not LOOK the ball all the way into his hands. It has nothing to do with his supposedly bad hands, guys. He has GREAT hands, so stop saying otherwise. It’s concentration. He just needs to learn that. I would tell him this:

    “Hey, buddy, you’re doing nothing for yourself or the team unless you FIRST catch the ball! You have to stare it it until it hits your hands. Then you can worry about getting up the field.” If he learns this, he will be great. End of story, in my eyes.

    Will they pick him in the first round? I still say they wait until the 3rd, just like usual, in the deepest WR draft ever.

  • Callentown

    It sounds like you like him. I dunno though. I counted 8 drops and Alex has 11. That’s a LOT in any season. Many were uncontested, hit him in the hands. A few, I’d like to see him use his size to shield off the defender better.

    Wouldn’t be my first choice as a ‘big’ WR/TE option although clearly an athlete.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    He does have some points. Larry always were a better catcher because he ran proper routes where QB’s timing and accuracy are better. Ask Kurt Warner. This Kelvin is a beast athlete but relies on his average athleticism so much that I don’t even want to think about how he’s supposed to transform into next level? Kelvin PROBABLY already have reached his ceiling.

  • Doug Sawyer

    Watkins drop %4.49… Evans%4.29…Benjamin%9.68… Lee%12.31….Ebron% 11.43

    now looking at this film a first hand judging what counted as drops against him
    Benjamin is better than the stats suggest

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Ebron CAN block, he’s just very inconsistent. But his blocking is there- watch the gametape against Gamecocks, he held his own against Clowney. As for drops- AT least Ebron attacked the ball and try to catch (don’t get me start on UNC’s quarterbacks, the fact they can’t keep a starting QB a permanent one tell you something). Kelvin IS not the prospect that Ebron is, nor an athlete that athleticism Ebron has.

  • dkoy85

    1- you can’t call somebody a beast athlete and then say they’re and average athlete in the same sentance. 2- I’m having a hard time seeing where he breaks out of his routes? 3- Benjamin is FAR from his ceiling- He’s considered to be RAW so he’ll be able to work on the things he needs to next year and be ready to start 2015.

  • Callentown

    I see him using his hands. He just doesn’t seem to have very good hands, or eye-hand coordination, on the drops.

    Doesn’t seem like a first round pick to me either, although he’ll most likely be drafted there.

  • Doug Sawyer

    what is also more telling to that stat is that Watkins had 70% of his passes thrown as screens and less than 5 yards….Evans had 40% of his passes in the screen to 5 yard range….that is what makes up the huge difference in catch percentages between them and Benjamin…who in turn had only 25% of his passes throw from 5 yards out or less…

    Benjamin had even distribution of passes in the 6-10 yard range 25%
    the 11-20 yard range 25% and the over 20 yard range 25%

  • Doug Sawyer

    54 catches 1,011 yards 15 TD’s in largely his first starting year at WR…I’m sorry Benjamin is a monster in the making

  • dkoy85

    It’s hard to tell, but I think it’s more a concentration issue more than anything. He makes some very difficult catches, but the easier ones he drops- that’s usually concentration issues.

  • Doug Sawyer

    take him #1 …have a monster receiver for years…last years was his first starting years at WR he will only get better with Ben feeding him the ball

  • Callentown

    He still seems pretty raw. Feels like it will take some time for him to make an impact, IMO.

    He wasn’t there in the championship game until the easy catch towards the end – from what I recall.

  • Doug Sawyer

    uh not Sweed and not Plex

  • dkoy85

    I’m on the Benjamin bandwagon. A lot of the naysayers are saying we have our blinders on, but I think it’s the other way around. Generally the naysayers would rather see Evans or Ebron drafted- I for one would rather see Benjamin as a Steeler because I have compared him to Evans and Ebron(both of whom are beasts in their own way).

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Hey, Bryan. I guess you really are becoming obsessed with this Benjamin guy, just as your title from yesterday’s article suggests. “I can’t stop thinking about Benjamin.” I certainly hope it is not cutting into your sleep. LOL! Actually, I would guess you don;t sleep much anyway. Thanks for all the insight.

  • Doug Sawyer

    won’t matter we can get the Jerseys first…LOL

  • Jay Jaber

    He’s tuning his head on most of these before he even makes the catch which leads to drops the one agains Utah is probably the worst in my opinion I hate to say this but he kinda remindes me of Greg little

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I never understood the too high or too low in regards to drafting i mean if he can’t catch (not saying he can’t) at 1-15 why would he be good at 1/20-25 range (if he can’t catch HE CAN’T CATCH) no matter where you take this guy in the draft sounds like we have that on our team dhb and he was drafted 7th over all

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I agree. In the later rounds, people always think about, “Can this guy help us?” Earlier, they are a little too concerned about value.

  • Doug Sawyer

    Bryan happy to see you got your head on right about this guy and are doing your diligence in actually looking at him with an honest breakdown…Benjamin is a great player in the making

  • John

    The highlights tend to say it all. Many of the “drops” are on plays that are well defended, where he is interfered with (see Clemson endzone), where poor throws are made, and/or where they are playing what either already is or soon will be a lopsided game and every ounce of concentration is likely not there (see 28-0 NCST game). I would think that catching the ball better is something coaching can improve anyway. The same goes with route running — although Plax would never be listed in my view as a good route runner and he was more than fine.
    All that being said, my understanding is he has off-field issues that may prevent the pick from being made. The Steelers will likely find some way to go in another direction and get a backup DL or LB or a fourth corner that in two years we are still hoping can play. I hope not but some of the recent picks (Jones, Heyward, Hood) would fall in that category.

  • Doug Sawyer

    thanks for the honest assessment…I’m worried about another Hood as well….Jones I think will be fine

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    I would give him a solid 10 drops after watching these

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Exactly… hence “in between”.

  • SumnerYoung

    Point #1 is frickin’ hilarious!

  • Ike Evans

    10 drops for my money…which would have put him tied for 2nd most in the NFL. That’s not good BUT first in the NFL is Brandon Marshall with 12 and he would be tied with Wes welker for second place lol there are a few guys that come later I that are better receivers but you can’t deny this kids talent. Even though it took him 5 years to get there(he’s 23)

  • Burress was not as dominant as he should have been here.

  • Doug Sawyer

    or not anything at all alike

  • Weiss Chad

    What’s his drop rate compared to Evans ,lee and becham?

  • dkoy85

    Look up at one of Doug Sawyer’s post

  • There’s such a gray area on many of these. As much as we try to be neutral and fair, I wonder how much of our preconceptions and hopes are going into our analysis on a “drop”-by-“drop” basis. Personally, I gave him the benefit of the doubt (see my long comment below), finding just 5 legitimate drops to go along with 2 misjudges (which I didn’t count as drops) and 2 unknowns (based on lack of clarity in the GIFs). But maybe that’s partly because I like the guy and think he’d be a solid (if still risky) pick. But a lot of you are making the case for more drops, and you’re not necessarily wrong.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Not sure what you are saying man. Sound like you are saying he won’t be as good as plaxico but.. won’t be bad as sweed? That’s kind of what I’m saying you know?

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    His size is beasting in comparsion to norm size of receivers in NFL , where he should be already producing for at leasy 2 years or more, he haven’t. This season he showed he can be hard to bring down but would that even matter if he’s not going to catch? Yes you can talk about two things at same althought I should have clarified on that one.

    I have seen him in four games this season, I have seen where he’s last guy to break off the line of scrimmage.

    Ready to start in 2015? Why… why are we drafting him then? We are sitting 8-8 in consecutive years and missed playoff again. No way Colbert draft a project to start next year and that’s a big IF he can pick it up…

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Agree, and to say… Kelvin aren’t the caliber of Plaxico, should he still be our 15th pick? I sure hope not.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Benjamin had 9.68 drops percentage in a running offense. Which mean he wasn’t even the main focus. Other players you listed are THE main feature of their offenses.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    You do understand that literally all the catches Kelvin made was on sideline or outside. Its where he’s either sitting open like a duck or having a mismatch on jumpballs.

  • Doug Sawyer

    17 drops…as listed in article above…much of what seen is questionable to lay on him… his stats are true his domination is unquestioned …yet here you are trying to misrepresent what he is worth

  • SteelersDepot

    Running offense? North Carolina rushed only 15 less times than FSU did last season. Don’t take this the wrong way, but you are really full of shit.

  • LTSnaples

    I would charge him with 7 drops from these GIFs. As far as not coming back for the ball, Mike Wallace never learned it… That is a heart problem, and if he has that tendency then I don’t want him in Pittsburgh. In the NFL you have to fight for the ball.

  • SteelersDepot

    … and the problem with that is? Man, your bias knows no limits. Do us all a favor and just say you don’t like KB and move on.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    So wait im confused; people are allowed to support their causes and assessments, while I’m not? Also on other note- bias? What bias? Like Jarvis Jones I do like him as a player. I do like for what they both can offer- just NOT where we are picking. Its all my observation, I was high on Kelvin earlier until I did more and more research and saw some gametape (I had the BCS champion on DVR) and.. well I just don’t like the value.

    If I had known you’d get upset with my assessment i’d have leave your website alone lol

  • harding36

    I can see how reasonable people can disagree on Benjamin. And he certainly has concentration lapses, thus leading to the drops. But, IMO, he’s the best receiver in the draft. I like him better than Evans and better than the perpetually overrated Sammy “the screen pass” Watkins. I mean that. KB makes NFL catches. He gives his QB huge completion windows, even more so than Evans. His functional leaping ability (and I’m not talking about combine stuff here) is absurd. He’s more unstoppable in the redzone than any college WR I can recall seeing. In my opinion, he should be the pick at 1.15, even if Dennard and Gilbert are there.

  • Not sure I’d take him over Dennard or Gilbert, but as for possibly being the best WR in the draft — yes, yes, yes! He’s not quite as polished as some of the others, but you’re absolutely right about him making NFL-level catches. He just looks and acts the part. That really stands out on film.

  • Johnny Loose

    I understand what you’re saying. I guess when I think of a first round WR. I’m thinking of someone a bit more polished who has hands like spiderman. Maybe wishful thinking idk. I don’t think he flat-out cannot catch the ball, those drops are pretty sour though and can’t be ignored when you’re talking 15th overall selection in the draft. So i said mid 2nd round when the best of the best are off the board already. Always a few surprises though.

  • HardPunkKore

    i think you shut them up doug, good work.

  • Paul Barracliffe

    Idk this guy feels Mediocre. There re a lot of options. There’s no need to reach for him. He’s a 2nd round guy. As a lifelong Steelers fan I am beating the table to pieces for AAron Donald to fulfill our 2 biggest needs: Gamechanger/5 tech defensive end. Will someone give me a good reason why we shouldn’t?

  • steelster

    This .all comes down to risk with Benjamin. Yes, he may have some drops in the nfl, but what wr coming out has his red zone production. Only adams had .more td’s but against weaker competition. I think the florida game says it all for Benjamin. He had 3 drops in that game but also went for 3 tds and over 200 yards receiving. I mean who cares about the 3 drops with that kind of production. I mean in the nfl if he has a game with 3 drops and 2 td’s wouldn’t you take that. All players come with risk. You don’t think Big Ben was a risk? He played college ball for Miami of Ohio, he was a risk. Benjamin has great upside so take a chance on him.

  • harding36

    Because he’s not a 5 tech player at all.

  • steelster

    good answer.

  • Paul Barracliffe

    um i don’t ‘ think his gem is crammed in a box like Hood”s was. Did you know he played 5 tech in his sophomore year and got 11 sack? He’s a game changer. He would bring a pass rush that could help make our corners great.

  • gene mann

    i thought between 7-8 drops were his fault

  • harding36

    You’re talking about a 5 tech in a four man line; i.e. a 4-3 DE. Not a 5 tech in a 3-4.

  • Alan Felicia

    Please don’t compare Benjamin to Evans. The difference between the two, Evans absolutely tears it up in big games! Case in point, against 2 of the best teams in College Football this past season:
    * 9/14 vs Alabama: 7 Receptions, 279 yards, TD
    * 10/19 vs Auburn: 11 Receptions, 287 yards, 4 TDs

  • Hard Row

    Donald is a 1 gap penetrator. He wins with quickness. If he had to play a 2 gap in a 3-4 he’d be totally wasted.
    Ziggy Hood was the same way. He could have been great as a 3 tech in a 4-3 in a Warren Sapp role as a pass rusher. That is where Donald belongs.
    If the Steelers drafted him, he’d just be OK like Ziggy was just OK.

  • Hard Row

    Drop. I’d say 7
    Should have caught, I’d say 9 or 10. There were a few where he let a smaller DB get to the ball and break it up. He’s a big body WR. He needs to learn to use his body to box out the DB, like Anquan Bolden.
    If the steelers picked him at 15, I’d be real nervous that they picked another guy who is decent but not great in the first round. That’s the steelers big problem now. Their high picks have not been impact players.

  • mrallnite111 .

    Some of these drops were the results of pass interference…

    But the proper questions is, does his pro’s out weigh his con’s?

  • Ben Anderson

    I count 11 balls that an NFL receiver has to catch. If he does this vs. ACC competition, he will drop double that vs. NFL CBs. And now we hear that he blew off a workout with a coach who had made a special trip to see him because “he was tired.” Who does this kid think he is? Can anyone really believe that he has an attitude that will help him be successful at the next level?

  • 1stepforward

    I don’t think it’s fair to the kid to just post his low-lights.

  • Kevin Reich

    5, 10, 12, and 16 not drops but could have caught. He didn’t come back for it or fight, A big receiver that doesn’t fight for the ball and doesn’t use his height to his advantage. No thanks in rd 1.

  • Kevin Reich

    Mike Williams Det.pick 10. USC