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Josh Huff NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Philadelphia Eagles WR

Oregon receiver Josh Huff is shown during an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Eugene, Ore., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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Ryan McCrystalFeatured Columnist IIIDecember 17, 2016

Josh Huff, WR, Oregon (HT: 5'11¼", WT: 206 lbs)

Philadelphia Eagles

Third Round: 86th Pick 

NFL Comparison: Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Combine Weigh-In
HeightWeightArmHand
511220631 1/4"9 3/8"
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Combine Workout
40-Yd Dash10-Yd SplitVerticalBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.511.5335.5"9'8"DNPDNP
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Positives

  • Played a versatile role in Oregon's offense, lining up wide, in the slot and even in the backfield. 
  • Used most frequently in the slot where he will likely see the most playing time in the NFL.
  • Prototypical build for a slot receiver—height limits his ability downfield, but he's strong enough to handle himself against most nickel cornerbacks in the slot.
  • Willing to work across the middle and has shown the ability to hang on to the ball after a hit.
  • Can be extremely dangerous after the catch—he's quick enough to make guys miss, has the speed to take it the distance and has the tough, sturdy build to break tackles.
  • Flashes the ability to put together double moves to break free over the top. 
  • His agility and speed give him the potential to continue to develop his route running.
  • Acceleration is impressive, which forces defensive backs to respect his ability to beat them off the line of scrimmage.
  • Combination of strength, agility and pure speed gives him the tools to excel against press coverage, although he has limited experience facing it.
  • Elite blocking skills for his size.
  • Has experience returning kicks and also blocking on the punt return unit. 

Negatives

  • Limited experience competing for balls in traffic—due to Oregon's spread offense, he was rarely forced to fight for position to come down with the ball.
  • Flashes the ability to be explosive in his cuts, but the effort is very inconsistent.
  • Routes are often sloppy and rounded off, but he got away with it in college because Oregon's offense spreads the defense so wide open.
  • Lets the ball get into his pads too often and got away with a lot of double catches due to the fact that so few of his targets were contested.
  • Tends to turn his head upfield before securing the ball too often. 
  • Focus is an obvious issue due to the number of uncontested drops, contrasted with a number of impressive catches downfield.
  • Ball security may become more of an issue at the next level—he tends to get caught up in making plays with his feet and extends the ball away from his body as he runs.
  • Faced very little press coverage in college.
Collegiate Stats
YearSchoolRecYardsYds/RecTD
2010Oregon1930315.93
2011Oregon3143013.92
2012Oregon3249315.47
2013Oregon62114018.412
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Personal Notes

  • Played quarterback, running back and receiver in high school.
  • Four-star recruit and seventh overall all-purpose running back on Rivals.
  • Honorable mention All-Pac 12 in 2012 and 2013.
  • Only true freshman to play in all 13 games for Oregon in 2010.

 

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Huff has the tools to be an effective slot receiver at the next level, but some development is still needed. He relied heavily on pure speed and benefitted greatly from Oregon's spread offense in college. To succeed in the NFL, Huff will need to refine his route running technique and demonstrate a more consistent focus to cut down on the number of drops and double catches. In the right offense, he can be immediately productive, but his ceiling will probably be limited to a third option in the slot.

 

Draft projection: 4th round

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