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Following the scouting process, NFL analyst Bucky Brooks would liken Robert Woods to three-time All-Pro and Super Bowl champion receiver Reggie Wayne of the Indianapolis Colts.
At 6’1”, 190 pounds with 4.51 speed, Woods matches the six-time Pro Bowler’s physical dimensions and explosiveness…With Woods displaying a similar game at the collegiate level, I believe he can rival Wayne’s impact as a pro in a few seasons.
This is high praise from one of the more diligent scouting minds in the business.
At the USC Pro Day, Minnesota Vikings receivers coach George Stewart visited with Woods and also relayed his admiration (h/t Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times):
We’re a character organization from ownership on down. I had a chance to visit with [Woods’] mom and dad, and they’re character people. Those are the type of people who will turn an organization, character people. That’s a premium for us…We’re very interested in guys who can make plays. But character first and foremost is what we’re interested in, and [Woods] has that.
After losing Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks via trade (h/t ESPN), the Vikings could be on the lookout for a plug-in receiver with natural ability like Woods. This is an organization that is looking to build around its backfield in 2013, and Woods could be the next component.
However, if the Vikes are dead-set on acquiring him, they might have to compete with several other teams.
While 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh usually takes the highroad when it comes to naming names, he did not shy away from commenting on Woods at the NFL combine. In a chat with Scott Kegley of TV49, Harbaugh knocked the receiver for turning down his offer to attend Stanford:
I'm still mad at him, I'm still mad at him. I'm like an elephant, I never forget. And I might have mentioned that to Robert. He's really done a wonderful job, and he came out of the school Serra in Southern California and they had five phenomenal players that we wanted to get to Stanford, and not a one of them came to Stanford.
And it's neat to see him, following him; he's doing so well. And sometimes paths cross again, sometimes life is that way. It was great to see him last night and watch him compete this weekend.
Harbaugh may just be blowing smoke here, but this is evidence that Woods is on the radar of several of ball clubs.
Although, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk suggests that NFC West teams should be looking to acquire Woods. During his explosive 2010 debut at USC, the receiver finished with 12 catches for 224 yards and three touchdowns on then-Cardinal defenseman Richard Sherman.
This occurred when Woods was a true freshman and Sherman a senior.
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