NFL Draft Spotlight: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame

by Cory J. Bonini on April 21, 2010 @ 02:50:30 PDT

 


Jimmy Clausen's favorite target, wide receiver Golden Tate, declared for the 2010 NFL Draft as a junior. He is among the best wideouts in the draft. The former Irish standout logged 157 receptions for 2,707 yards and 26 aerial scores in his career at Notre Dame. His 2009 campaign being his best, Tate scored 17 offensive touchdowns (15 receiving). He caught 93 balls for 1,496 yards. 

Strengths

  • Dynamic, game-breaking playmaker
  • Open-field prowess matched by few others
  • Extremely athletic and versatile
  • Tough to tackle, stronger than he looks
  • Surprising speed: 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash
  • Quality vision
  • Intelligent and instinctual
  • A competitive, fiery leader
  • Pro-style experience (West Coast offense)
  • Capable returner, if need be (one career punt return TD)
  • Plays bigger than he is
    Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
    First-round grade?
  • Excels on comeback, in and drag routes
  • Above-average hands

Weaknesses

  • Size: 5-foot-10 1/4, 199 pounds translates to the slot in the NFL
  • Tate's atrocious route-running ability is the worst of this year's top receivers. Some NFL coaching staff will have its work cut out.
  • May struggle with press coverage in the NFL
  • Blocking skills greatly in question

Expected draft placement

With Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant's lackluster workout and character concerns, Tate may be the best receiver in the draft. However, that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be the first one chosen. In the right system (read as, West Coast), he should be a dangerous weapon after NFL coaches teach him how to properly make a break. All things considered, his upside is enough to make it worth taking a low-end first-round gamble on him, but don't be surprised if he falls into the top of the second stanza.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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