2012 NFL Draft | Chris Givens Scouting Report
Player Name: Chris Givens
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Wake Forest
Weight: 198 lbs.
Givens had a breakout season in 2011 as the Demon Deacons’ top receiver, with 83 catches for 1,330 yards and nine touchdowns as he earned First Team All-ACC honors. He was also a productive return man in college, averaging 19.3 yards per kickoff return and 12.5 yards per punt return. Givens got a lot of attention at the NFL Combine with a good showing that included unofficial 40 times of 4.37 and 4.40 seconds and 19 bench press reps. His stock has risen even more as noted draft evaluators Greg Cosell and Gil Brandt have been singing his praises recently. His excellent junior season led to his foregoing his final season of eligibility to enter the draft, but it’s fair to wonder if one more season in college would have done him a lot of good.
-Is very quick and elusive, showing excellent change of direction and acceleration as a route runner and in the open field
-Is a crisp route runner; makes sharp and explosive cuts
-Tracks the ball very well and is able to adjust to the ball in the air
-Shows excellent field awareness
-Is smart, hard-working and well respected by teammates
-Has experience lining up in multiple spots on the field
-Has small hands and allows too many passes to get into his body; struggles with consistency
-Is not overly physical, can be jammed easily at the line of scrimmage by bigger cornerbacks
-May have some injury concerns, as he tore both ACLs in high school
-Is small-framed, causing him to be underpowered as a blocker despite solid effort and technique
Givens projects best as a slot receiver at the next level, where his strengths in terms of route-running and speed can be maximized and create mismatches. He could be selected sometime in the second round, but given how deep this year’s class of wide receivers is it would not be surprising to see Givens fall to the third round to a team that waits to address it’s need at the position. How productive he ultimately is as an NFL receiver will depend a lot on what team he lands on and if he is able to continue his development in order to correct his biggest weaknesses.
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