Rookie WR Andre Roberts Shows Big Potential

Matt Waldman of the New York Times NFL Blog is apparently very big on WR Andre Roberts from the Citadel.  He seems to think  that Roberts shows as much promise as any WR in this year’s draft.  He even compared the small school talent to Green Bay WR Greg Jennings.  Here’s the full story:

The Cardinals have a feel for picking productive receivers who have the physical mind-set to make catches in traffic, the skill to break tackles and the versatility to make plays anywhere on the field. Roberts is a fine addition to a team that dealt Anquan Boldin to the Ravens. Roberts has the hands, speed, balance and skill after the catch to be an immediate slot receiver and punt return specialist.

What sets him apart is his refinement as a route runner. Roberts is one of the few receivers in this class who demonstrated the skill to defeat press coverage with techniques involving his feet to set up the defender and his hands to get into his routes off the line. Third-year receiver Early Doucet is as physically gifted as Roberts, but he lacks his hands.

Roberts reminds me a lot of Packers receiver Greg Jennings. If he were paired with a productive N.F.L. quarterback, he would be my dark-horse pick as a rookie of the year candidate. But his success depends too heavily on Matt Leinart, Derek Anderson or the development of the rookie John Skelton.”


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