Arizona wide receiver Juron Criner offers plenty of size and leaping ability for teams looking for a possession receiver in the 2012 NFL Draft.
As a senior, he hauled in 75 passes for 956 yards and scored 11 times in 2011. His best year was as a junior when he caught 82 balls for 1,233 yards and found the end zone on 11 occasions.
Good hands and great size
- Size (6-foot-2 1/2, 224 pounds) and wingspan (32-inch arms with 10 1/2-inch hands)
- Red zone ability - 38-inch vertical jump
- Potential to be a great blocker
- Physical in the open field - tough to bring down
- Shows above-average body control and adjustment skills
- Natural hands
- Can play out of the slot to take advantage of a mismatch
- Plays faster than he times
- Tracks the deep ball well over both shoulders
- Slow straight-line speed with no second gear (4.68 seconds in the 40-yard dash)
- Lacks separation ability without using his size
- Average route-running skills
- Technique as a blocker needs work
- Possible medical concerns after a hospital stay for a neurological scare in 2011
Expected draft placement
Criner is likely to come off the board in the third round. His average athleticism will pigeonhole him as a possession receiver, but he is tough to catch if he has a step on the defender.
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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