2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State

by Cory J. Bonini on April 18, 2011 @ 16:32:38 PDT

 


Boise State senior wide receiver Austin Pettis is a safe prospect in the 2011 NFL Draft class because of his experience, size, hands and low probability for failure.

Pettis tallied a career-high 71 receptions for 951 yards last year. He scored 10 times. In 2009, as a junior, he racked up 63 grabs for 855 yards and 14 touchdowns. Pettis caught at least 46 passes in each of his four seasons with the Broncos. 

Strengths

  • Size (6-foot-2 5/8, 209 pounds)
  • Red zone target - fantastic jump-ball threat
  • Shows good body control while fighting for the ball
  • Austin Pettis, draft prospect
    Reliable possession receiver
    Above-average hands
  • Good effort - willing to sacrifice his body to make the play
  • Plays with confidence over the middle
  • Understands how to exploit zone coverage

Weaknesses

  • Lack of elite athleticism - possession receiver with little upside
  • Sloppy route runner - fails to create separation
  • OK speed (official 4.56-second 40-yard dash)
  • Not elusive in the open field

Expected draft placement

Pettis' steady hands and reliable nature as a possession receiver will likely earn him a fourth-round selection in the draft. 

The Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers have shown interest in Pettis.

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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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