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UDFA Profile: Jaydon Mickens, WR, Washington

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Washington wide receiver Jaydon Mickens says he has accepted an invitation to Raiders rookie minicamp.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Measurables

5'11", 170 lbs

40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds

Vertical: 35 1/2 inches

Broad jump: 10 feet, 1 inch

Short shuttle: 3.87 seconds

3-cone: 6.58 seconds

Bench: 15 reps of 225 pounds

Stats

2015: 58 REC, 692 YDS, 11.9 AVG, 2 TD

2014: 60 REC, 617 YDS, 10.3 AVG, 4 TD

2013: 65 REC, 688 YDS, 10.6 AVG, 5 TD

2012: 20 REC, 190 YDS, 9.5 AVG, 1 TD

No. 2 on UW's career receptions list (203)

No. 5 on UW's career receiving yards list (2,187)

Awards

None

Summary

After the 2016 NFL Draft, the Raiders quickly began signing undrafted free agents. While many of these players fail to make the team, there are a handful that can develop into stars. One of the more intriguing signing this offseason for the Raiders is Washington wide receiver Jaydon Mickens.

Mickens will battle with a few receivers to sign with the Raiders in 2016 as undrafted free agents, but he may have a very good shot of the bunch to make the roster because of his upside. As Washington's leading receiver, Mickens accumulated 2,187 receiving yards and 12 touchdown catches in his four-year career with the Huskies.

At Washington's Pro Day, Mickens posted a 4.51 40-yard dash and a 35" vertical jump. His time of 6.58 seconds in the 3-cone drill would have placed second among the receivers that participated in the 2016 NFL Combine. Mickens jumps out on tape because of his game speed as he plays faster than his 40-yard dash time would suggest. As his size (5'11", 170 lbs) implies, Mickens' game is built on quickness and agility.

The primary reason the Washington receiver went undrafted is because he is currently a better athlete than a football player. While he has shown a knack for catching the football reliably, he runs poor routes and lacks playing strength to break tackles. The good news for Mickens is that these traits can be coached and improved.

Because of his athleticism and elusiveness, Mickens will have a legitimate chance to make it in the NFL if he can gain strength and improve his route running. While his size may limit him to playing the slot, Mickens has the athletic ability to become a threat in the NFL.