2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Robert Woods, WR, USC

by Cory J. Bonini on April 3, 2013 @ 16:30:21 PDT

 


USC wide receiver Robert Woods enjoyed much success in his three years with the Trojans, and now he will test his fortunes in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The underclassman produced 76 receptions for 846 yards and scored 11 times as a junior in 2012. Woods racked up a school- and conference-record 111 receptions in 2011. He finished his sophomore year with 15 touchdowns, giving him 32 offensive scores in his career.

Robert Woods, WR, USC
Excellent production

Strengths

  • Great initial burst after the catch
  • Precise footwork out of his breaks - really can stick a foot and go
  • Understands a pro-style offense's route tree - polished route runner
  • Above-average size (6-foot-1, 201 pounds) and speed (4.42-second 40-yard dash) combination
  • Hard worker - never content with his level of play
  • Makes difficult catches look easy
  • Despite the occasional concentration lapse, Woods has fantastic hands
  • Understands the nuances of creating separation
  • Isn't shy over the middle
  • Finds soft spots in zone coverage - understands what defenses throw at him
  • Extremely competitive - wears his emotions on his sleeve
  • Willing blocker
  • Highly productive - several team and conference records
  • Somewhat experienced special teams return man

Weaknesses

  • Battled a nagging right ankle injury throughout his career - eventually led to surgery before the 2012 season
  • Blamed his coaching staff for not getting him the ball enough as a senior - could have diva qualities in the NFL
  • Will draw a lot of offensive pass interference calls in the NFL if he doesn't remodel his hand work downfield
  • Can be outmuscled by large cornerbacks - an NFL-caliber jam can stifle him off the line
  • Unnecessarily opens himself up to big hits and could be susceptible to injury

Expected draft placement

Woods reportedly was given a second-round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee, which is a fair place to slot him. There is enough to work with to consider him a possible No. 1 receiver in the NFL, so a first-round selection is possible.

In Round 1, the New England Patriots (No. 29) seem like a very likely landing place, and it is worth considering that he could go the Houston Texans (No. 26) a few picks earlier. Woods should be off the board by the 44th overall pick in the second round, which is owned by the Carolina Panthers.

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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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