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DeVier Posey is not exactly an elite receiver who can be compared to Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd or Alshon Jeffery. However, he does have the ability to make an impact in the future.
Posey was one of four players suspended by Ohio State in the beginning of the college football season for accepting improper benefits after selling championship and general game memorabilia. You may also remember his participation in the college football skills competition with players like Quinton Coples, Melvin Ingram, Michael Floyd and Dont'a Hightower.
CBS Sports believed Posey could have been a first-round pick if he had played out the whole year. He has good size and downfield playmaking ability, which can help him become a very good receiver.
Posey only played in the Buckeyes' last three games of the season and averaged four receptions per game, along with two scores (one against Michigan, and one against Florida). He made his presence known when he was reinstated to the team by grabbing four balls for 66 yards against Penn State, three for 58 yards and a touchdown against Michigan, and five for 38 yards against Florida.
CBS Sports outlines Posey's positives and negatives:
Positives: Good quickness off the line. Has size and quickness to get off NFL press. Generally reliable receiver capable of making difficult catches in traffic over the middle or one on one down the sideline. Adjusts to poor throws in any direction. Finds his way through traffic on crossing routes. Comes back to the ball to help his scrambling quarterback. Gives effort as a blocker on run plays.
Negatives: Inconsistent high-pointing passes. Allows too many throws into his body when facing the quarterback. Does not own elite speed. Freezes at times when trying to juke defenders in space. Walls off his man as a blocker, allowing them to shed and make the play outside.
NFL.com sees Posey's strengths and weaknesses as follows:
Strengths: Posey can struggle off the line but understands, for the most part, how to stem his routes to set up a defender and then use his suddenness to change directions. He can burst and stick his foot in the ground at the top of routes to gain separation. Except when going across the middle and facing a big hit, he is superb at adjusting his body once the ball is thrown to secure the catch. He is effective after the catch with the ball in his hands and can make a small move to get up field. He is a very polished as a route runner and overall receiver.
Weaknesses: Posey will get caught peeking at incoming safeties when going across the middle. He shows toughness when blocking, but not here. He sometimes will seem uninvolved in the physical aspect of the game or when the ball and play are not coming toward him.
Posey was able to run a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. He also had 14 reps on the bench, a 36.5" vertical, a 123" broad jump, a 7.03-second 3-cone drill, and a 4.15-second 20-yard shuttle.
The Texans have been desperately looking for a receiving option opposite Andre Johnson and hope they've found that in Posey. There are certainly some big question marks surrounding the former Buckeye, but he has the talent to be a significant contributor in year one.