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Raiders draft pick 2015: In-depth look at Andre DeBose, what he brings to Raiders

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The Raiders took DeBose in the seventh to bolster their return game, but what else can the receiver out of Florida bring to the table?

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6'0", 190 lbs

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.38

Vertical leap: 37 inches


Career receiving totals: 29 receptions for 543 yards, 4 TD.

Career kick return totals: 79 returns, 2111 yards, 4 TD.

Career punt return totals: 34 returns, 420 yards, 1 TD.


Andre DeBose is a guy who came to Florida as a five-star recruit, a top-ten guy in the nation out of Sanford High in Miami. He chose Florida over all the other top schools in the southeast. However, his career as a Gator did not go as planned, and DeBose suffered an ACL injury going into the 2013 season and missed the entire year. Prior to that he had an old track-and-field injury from high school that flared up and required surgery before he had even begun his career at Florida. DeBose redshirted twice and is now 23 years old. However, he shows all the signs of being completely healthy and ready to compete as a pro.

DeBose was woefully underutilized as a receiver at Florida, but was the team's main weapon on special teams. He holds the school's all-time kick return touchdown record with four, and that also stands as tied for the SEC record, which he shares with former Raider star Willie Gault.

While DeBose isn't a big guy at only 6 foot, he is incredibly athletic with a huge vertical leap and legit 4.3 speed. This would make him ideal as a slot receiver. He absolutely needs to work on his route running, but when he has the ball in the open field DeBose is nearly impossible to catch from behind.

How he fits with the Raiders

Oakland has been searching for that explosive and reliable kick/punt returner for some time now. DeBose would seem to be that guy. He has excellent vision in the return game and makes quick cuts and smart decisions. The Raiders had a private workout with him before the draft and he kept in contact with Raiders special teams coach Brad Seely.

Kick returns and kick coverage has been a trouble spot for Oakland and they addressed that in the draft with a number of guys who can contribute in that area, but DeBose might be the most important of all. With his explosive skillset he is a guy who has the potential to score every time he touches the ball or at least get the Raiders into good field position. Do not be surprised if he has an impact on Oakland like De'Anthony Thomas had for the Chiefs last year and Dante Hall some years ago.

Frankly, any help as a wide receiver DeBose can provide would be a bonus, but he does have a lot of potential to grow in that area as well and be the threat we all wish Jacoby Ford had consistently become.