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Chris Givens: The Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses of 2012 NFL Draft Prospect

David LevinSenior Writer IIJanuary 8, 2017

Chris Givens: The Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses of 2012 NFL Draft Prospect

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    Here is a case of the combine really helping to raise someone's draft stock.

    Chris Givens has made a name for himself, and not only that, helped himself by running and going through all the rigors of testing in Indianapolis.

    The 5'11", 198-pounder from Wake Forest amazed scouts with his speed and quickness at 4.35 seconds in the running drills, and then followed up with strength and endurance by doing 19 reps of 225 pounds each.

    Those kinds of stats will get you noticed and drafted, and now Givens is firmly entrenched as a second-round selection and should hear his name called early on Friday evening.

    According to Frank Cooney of the Sports Xchange, "Givens seems to be a candidate for the slot position, where his speed should be a matchup issue for defenses. However, while his speed and ability to get open are not a concern, he is not consistent as a receiver."

    The reports from cbssportsline.com were used to help with this slider.

Makes the Diffcult Catch Look Easy

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    That is a good thing. He does not possess the height or ideal weight some teams look for when they go drafting, but Givens is all over the field and can make a great catch when it looks like there is no possibility of it happening.

    That will bode well for him when he uses his speed to try and flash by bigger and stronger defenders.

He Has Great Acceleration

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    Great acceleration helps Givens get off the line and establish his route early.

    Because he is a bit short, he can use his change of direction to make defenders play him instead of him playing to their skill.

    If he can freeze the defensive back on the first step off the line, it will help him get past the defense and make the catch.

Great Route Running

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    Givens is sharp and crisp and can stop on a dime.

    He gives you maximum effort on every play.

    He will also be used in the slot as well as on the outside and can play on special teams.

Needs to Work on Catching the Ball

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    Givens's hands are good but not great. He does drop passes.

    Those are things receivers can work on. Because of his speed and his intensity, it should not be a problem for him to be able to learn to catch the ball with his hands not his body.

Needs to Be Better Against Tough Competition

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    Everyone needs this.

    But I have said it before and I will say it again: the best players who come out of  college play the best in the biggest games and on the biggest stage.

    Some players just do that and some have to learn to do that.

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