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

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Jeff Janis NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Green Bay Packers WR
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Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State (HT: 6'2⅞" WT: 219 lbs.)

Green Bay Packers

Seventh Round: 236th Pick

Combine Weigh In
Height Weight Arms Hands
6027 219 32 1/2" 9"

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Combine Workout
40-Yd Dash 10-Yd Split Vertical Broad Jump Three-Cone Drill Shuttle
4.42 1.47 37.5" 10'3" 6.64 3.98

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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
Year School Rec Yards Yds/Rec TD
2010 Saginaw Valley State 9 130 14.4 1
2011 Saginaw Valley State 48 968 20.2 14
2012 Saginaw Valley State 106 1,635 15.4 17
2013 Saginaw Valley State 83 1,572 18.9 14

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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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