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