Monday, March 20, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: KD Cannon

KD Cannon, Baylor
5-11, 182
Cannon was a three year player for the Bears, starting all three. As a freshman, he finished second on the team in receiving with a line of 58-1030-8, and averaged 17.76 yards per reception. He finished second on the team in receiving again as a sophomore, posting a reduced overall number with a line of 50-868-6, but he still managed to average 17.36 yards per reception. Cannon became the receiving leader for the Bears as a junior, posting 87-1215-13, and averaged a career low 13.97 yards per reception.
The Good
Extremely athletically talented football player, with first rate leaping ability.
Speed is first rate, as he recorded a 4.41 40 at the combine.
Has several gears, and uses them all.
Knows how to play corners off the ball on deep throws.
Excellent tracker on deep balls.
The Bad
Lacks strength to muscle through traffic.
He is more of a vertical receiver than a route runner. Speed guy mainly.
Played in a college system that does not translate to the NFL game.
Terrible pad level, always runs upright even in traffic.
His overall body control is all over the place, and he can be downright sloppy.
Does not have great hands, and is mostly a body catcher. Will not snatch balls away from his frame with regularity. Has drop issues because of this.
Will rarely come back to the ball.
Will get jammed and muscled around the field, and will never be an outside receiver. He best fits in a slot role, but he is going to have to unlearn some bad habits, and relearn how to become a standard slot receiver.
Final Overview
I understand how some teams will fall for Cannon's speed game, but he has a long way to go before he will be a viable NFL receiver. He is a system guy who really has limited understanding of routes, and is dependent on his speed game above all else right now. Someone will get him in the middle rounds based on his speed, but he is a developmental project at this stage for the next level.

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