Chris Givens was incredibly productive his junior season, catching 83 passes for 1,330 yards. Givens' production put him on the map, which improved his draft stock.
Despite his production, though, Givens isn't an elite prospect. The Wake Forest star racked up the catches in college, but that didn't translate to a first-round selection.
At the Combine, Givens was solid, but he did not blow anybody way. Givens caught 83 passes for 1,330 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011. It was his first season of big production after modest years in 2010 and 2009. He probably should have stayed in school to have another big year before going pro. That could have moved him higher, perhaps even into second-day consideration.
Though he comes in at around 6'0" and 195 pounds, Givens plays like a bigger wideout. And, like many small players, Givens is fast and explosive.
In the NFL, he projects best as a slot receiver. Givens struggles with physical coverage, and the slot will help him avoid that.
Because he is already a good route-runner, Givens should be able to contribute as a rookie. Don't expect huge numbers, but Givens will be on the field.
The Rams add wide receiver depth to a corps that already includes Austin Pettis and Steve Smith.