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NFL Combine Analysis: Jeremy Maclin

Charles PennContributor IJanuary 29, 2009

Jeremy Maclin has been well-known for his blazing speed, playmaking ability, and game-changing plays. In two years at Missouri, he broke the NCAA all-purpose yards record at Missouri and the all-time total career yards record previously held by Brad Smith. He is projected to be the second wide receiver taken in this year's 2009 NFL Draft.

Strengths

Maclin is going to be the fastest wide receiver in the combine. At 6'1" and 200 lbs, he currently runs a 4.32 and has the potential to break a 4.29 during the combine. He is a deep threat with his incredible speed and can run any route you ask him to.

He is a threat every time he touches the ball whether it is playing wide receiver, running back, or a kick and punt return specialist. His leaping ability is a little above average, but good enough to catch the ball away from defenders. He has great toughness to bounce back from any injury.

Weaknesses

Maclin suffered a torn ACL in 2006 during 7-on-7 drills in spring practice, but has bounced back from the injury to be one of the best wide receivers in college football. There's one problem, he still gets banged up from time to time especially when he lands wrong after getting hit or trying to make a tough catch.

He could have a rough time getting open against physical corners who like to press at the line of scrimmage. He also needs to add a little more muscle to increase his strength.

Draft Stock

Jeremy Maclin's talent overall is worthy of a top 10 pick in this year's draft. He can make a serious impact for any team that needs a spark in their passing and return game. The top 5 teams that will be looking at him are the Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Seattle Seahawks.

The best fit for Maclin is to get drafted by Jacksonville. David Garrard had a down year, but he is still a legit QB with a good arm and playmaking ability to get Maclin the football in his hands. Unfortunately, I could see Maclin being the No. 7 pick in Oakland unless Al Davis continues to have brain farts in the office. Oakland desperately needs a wide receiver to open up their horrendous offense and Maclin is the right guy to turn their offense around.

Good luck trying to get JaMarcus Russell to throw him the ball.

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