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Jeff Janis NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Green Bay Packers WR

Saginaw Valley wide receiver Jeff Janis (82) is pursued by Wayne State safety David Churchwell during the fourth quarter of their Division II NCAA football game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Detroit. Janis scored two touchdowns in Saginaw Valley's 14-10 win over Wayne State. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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Ryan McCrystalFeatured Columnist IIIJanuary 8, 2017

Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State (HT: 6'2⅞" WT: 219 lbs.)

Green Bay Packers

Seventh Round: 236th Pick

Combine Weigh In
HeightWeightArmsHands
602721932 1/2"9"
NFL.com
Combine Workout
40-Yd Dash10-Yd SplitVerticalBroad JumpThree-Cone DrillShuttle
4.421.4737.5"10'3"6.643.98
NFL.com

 

Positives

  • Prototypical height and overall size for the position. 
  • Blend of size and speed ranks among the best in this draft class. 
  • Workout numbers at the combine were among the top at his position across the board. 
  • Does a nice job working against the zone and finding the soft spot to show himself to his quarterback. 
  • Shows great body control when adjusting to poorly placed balls and has shown a knack for coming down with the acrobatic catch. 
  • Extremely productive college career—over 3,000 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns in his junior and senior years.
  • Three-year starter who has remained durable throughout his career. 
  • Has a reputation as a hard worker and was respected by coaches and teammates. 

 

 

Negatives

  • More track fast than game fast. 
  • Tested well at the combine in terms of speed and acceleration, but it doesn't show up on the field.
  • Despite his speed, he plays more like a possession receiver due to his struggles to separate, which really showed at the Senior Bowl. 
  • More fast than he is quick, and he doesn't move in and out of his breaks as well as you'd expect from a receiver with his speed. 
  • Didn't face a ton of press coverage against lower-level competition and struggled to disengage and fight through it during Senior Bowl practices. 
  • Nine-inch hands are on the small side, especially for a receiver with his height. 
  • Makes the difficult catches but will let some easy ones bounce of his hands. 
  • Wasn't forced to make a ton of contested catches in college. 
  • Didn't faced many defensive backs capable of challenging him on 50/50 balls, and he'll need to learn how to position himself and use his size against cornerbacks and safeties who can match his physical play and leaping ability. 
  • Suffered an ankle injury during the Senior Bowl.
Collegiate Statistics
YearSchoolRecYardsYds/RecTD
2010Saginaw Valley State913014.41
2011Saginaw Valley State4896820.214
2012Saginaw Valley State1061,63515.417
2013Saginaw Valley State831,57218.914
NCAA.org

  

Personal Notes

  • Three-year starter. 
  • Two-time AP Little All-American. 
  • Two-time GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year. 
  • Played both receiver and running back in high school.
  • Also played basketball in high school. 

 

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Janis' measurables and combine performance are hard to ignore, but he's far from a finished product. He wasn't tested at the DII level, and it showed during his week at the Senior Bowl. His physical tools give him a high ceiling, but he is very much a developmental prospect and will struggle to get on the field early in his career. 

 

Draft Projection: 7th Round-UDFA

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