Scouting Report: Eric Decker

Written by Rob Engle on April 24, 2010




Eric Decker


Position: WR School: Minnesota
Height: 6’3 1/8 Weight: 217 lbs
Class: RS-Senior 40 time: -.–

Overall Grade:

6.25

Draft Projection:

2nd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5.5
Speed 8 5.5
Quickness/Agility 10 8.5
Strength/Explosion 10 7
Athletic Ability 8 6
Durability 8 5
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 5
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 5


Wide Receiver Specific Categories

Category

Max. Value

Grade

Route Running 10 9
Hands 10 9.5
Blocking 4 3.5
Short Routes 8 7.5
Deep Routes 8 6
Elusiveness/YAC 8 5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Great size, bulk, and muscle definition. Precise route runner. Very strong and can drag people after the catch. Extremely smart and had the highest Wonderlic score at the combine with a 43. Really fights for the ball in the air. Great possession player. Uses his body well to shield defenders. Made a lot of big plays in college. Very good blocker. Tough and will go over the middle.


Weaknesses

Ended his senior year with a foot injury, but he should be healthy in time for training camp. Doesn’t have great speed and isn’t sudden at all, but he gets open. May have reached his potential and doesn’t have a ton of upside. Didn’t always get consistent separation and he may struggle to do so in the NFL. Is he athletic enough to play in the slot?


Analysis

You know what you’re getting with Eric Decker. He’s a great possession receiver with good character who made a lot of big plays. He’ll contribute immediately and could potentially turn in to a solid 40-50 catch a year type player.

Experience

Three year starter at Minnesota.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: 1st team All-Big 10. Academic All-Big 10.
2007: n/a
2006: n/a

Academics

Business marketing education major at Minnesota.

Injuries

Misses 1 game in 2008 with ankle injury. Has knee surgery at the end of 2008 season. Misses majority of the 2009 season with torn ligaments in his right foot, which required surgery. Has screws from his surgery removed in March of 2010.


Receiving Stats
Year Rec Yards Avg Long TD Rush Yards TD
2009 50 758 15.2 53 5 0 0 0
2008 84 1074 12.8 75 7 11 87 1
2007 67 909 13.6 59 9 3 22 0
2006 26 378 14.5 39 3 1 5 0



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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.