Welcome again to another post of "True Diamond in the Rough" Last time we covered the hard hitting Safety from California University of Pennsylvania known as Rontez Miles. While looking through the comments, I got quite a bit of requests for a Wide Receiver. Lucky for all you guys I had Three on my list, it was hard for me to choose which one to talk about so I decided to do all of them starting with the most productive. Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls, I present to you.
Brandon Kaufman, WR, Eastern Washington
Height 6'5, Weight: 215
Arm Length:32 1/4"
40 Yd Dash: 4.57
10 Yd Dash: 1.58
Bench Press: 9
3-cone drill: 6.96
Vertical Jump: 35 1/2
Broad Jump: 9'07
42 Games Played
Draft Projection: late6-7
This guy is a complete monster, standing at a towering 6 feet and 5 inches and with a speed of 4.57 and a vertical of over 35 he can easily out play any corner. Coming out of High School, he was a top prospect being recruited by a lot of BCS schools, but, in his senior year in High School, he tore his ACL and all BCS offers were dropped, the only school who kept their offer on the table was Eastern Washington, who offered him a full football scholarship. In his first year as a freshman, coaches didn't want to risk an ACL injury and so only started him 5 games. He totaled 23 receptions for 294 yds and 1 TD.
In 2010, he was finally healthy and was able to showcase his talents to the rest of the world. In 2010 he put on show! he had 76 reception for 1214 yds and 15 TDs and helped lead Eastern Washington to NCAA Division 1 FCS National Championship. Kaufman was named to the First Team All-Big Sky Conference, and named to the"Sweet 63" All-America Team.
In 2011, He looked to add to his sophmore season, before the season began, he was listed as one of the top ten WRs in the FCS and was listed as the 38th best WR in college football. in the beginning of the 2011 season, he was having a good year where he demolished potential first round pick Desmond Trufant for 10 Receptions and 140 yds. However, that was not to last, However, four games into the season he broke a metacarpel in his left hand against Montana St.
In 2012, he was fighting a lot of critics who questioned if he could bounce back from in jury. despite these reports, he was still chosen as the # 6 FCS wide receiver. in the 2012 season, he did a lot more than silence his critics, Kaufman set the FCS single-season receiving yards record, recording 93 receptions for 1,850 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Here is what Nfl.com has to say about Brandon Kaufman:
"Kaufman is a very tall receiver, who is a dangerous vertical threat, he is tall with long arms. Uses his size to shield defenders, and his length to catch passes off his frame. Reliable hands. Tracks the football well and attacks the ball at the highest point. Red zone and vertical weapon. Possesses good vision after the catch. However, he hasn't dealt with great competition, or run a myriad of different routes. Doesn't explode off the line, and has build up speed."
While I agree with his positives, the lack of speed being a problem is what I disagree with. He is just as fast as Deandre Hopkins (actually posted a faster 40 than Hopkins), Stedman Bailey, Terrence Williams, and Robert Woods all posted 4.5+ 40 times but none of those guys are knocked for their speed. I'm not saying that the scouts are being racist because Kaufman is white but its just doesn't make sense and with a frame of 6 foot 5 , running a 4.5 anything is a freak of nature.
One more thing I would like to note about Kaufman is that he has the height to play TE, and if he were to bulk up 20-30 pounds, he would be the best catching TE in the draft and would probably be looked as a day 2 draftee. He catches well in traffic and is a very good straight- line runner. Most of his strength is in his legs so if you wrap him up, its very likely his trucking ability will take you for a ride. He is very smart, being All FCS academics in 2010 and plays the game with passion. He plays a lot like Jordy Nelson
(couldn't get the video to work so here is a link:)