The Full Breakdown of Wide Receiver Quincy Enunwa

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The Jets selected their third wide receiver of the draft with the 209th selection – Nebraska’s single season touchdown reception leader, Quincy Enunwa.

Enunwa was a team captain for the Cornhuskers and a focal point of their passing game. While he is certainly a project at this point, he is a skillful player with a chance to crack the Jets roster if he can impress in training camp. Let’s dig in.

To re-visit our post-draft write up on Enunwa from Mike O’Connor, here are his measurables and combine numbers:

  • Height- 6’2″
  • Weight- 225 lbs
  • Arms- 32 5/8 in
  • Hands- 9 1/2 in
  • 40- 4.45 seconds
  • Bench- 19 reps

Enunwa is clearly a physical specimen. His build has been compared to Terrell Owens, but how does he play?

Pros

As I previously mentioned, Enunwa was a team captain at Nebraska and set the single season touchdown reception record with 12 as a senior. He was the focal point of the Cornhusker’s passing attack, but they were a running team (they averaged under 200 yards passing per game and over 200 yards rushing per game).

Quincy averaged 14.8 yards per catch and led the team with 753 receiving yards.

He is a vicious blocker and also displayed quite the hitting ability, as seen below. (special teams candidate!)

In the second GIF, Enunwa locks onto a defensive back, setting a perfect lead block on a screen. These are the intangibles he brings to a team that most college wide receivers do not. He is physical, aggressive, and an on-field leader.

As for his receiving game (the most important part), there is certainly a need of refinement. A lot of his film from college instantly reminds me of a young Braylon Edwards, in both a good and bad way.

As for the good, he is as strong as they come. When he beats defenders, they latch on to his back and he has the power to drag them while fighting for the ball. Exhibit A:

As you can see, Enunwa’s hands are a concern, but I will touch on that later. The more important aspects to note here are how he smokes the top of the Georgia defense and draws a vital pass interference call off pure strength.

While the last play did not demonstrate excellent ability at the catch point, this next one is the exact opposite. Enunwa fights off a corner in coverage and rips the ball out of the air between the cornerback and the safety:

Finally, Enunwa was one of the best red zone receiving threats in the country. When he is asked to keep his routes simple, he thrives:

Enunwa tracks the ball perfectly here on a corner route. He draws the defensive back inside and uses his big frame to bring in the ball over the top. He leaves his feet to go up and get the ball, but also displays awareness while dragging them back down before going out of bounds.

As for after the catch ability, Enunwa does not possess top end elusiveness, but he loves to stiff arm defenders for extra yards. Most defensive backs struggle to bring him down one on one, as seen on his 99 yard touchdown:

Cons

Enunwa is a body catcher, which is a monumental flaw that jumps out at scouts. This seems to lead to frustrating drops:

When he is asked to do a lot (which he was at Nebraska), there seems to be a struggle with concentration. He is also very inconsistent at the catch point. Sometimes he goes up and rips the ball out of the air, while other times he lets it fall into his hips as seen below (Stephen Hill, anyone?)

In the redzone he seems to elevate his play to the next level. It is mastering the in between the 20s game where Enunwa needs work. His feet are a little slow in complicated routes, allowing defensive backs to read the play before it develops.

 

As you can see, the corner stays with him here after his move. He needs to be lighter on his feet and not always rely on strength to beat the defensive back, especially in the NFL where they are much stronger.

Where does he fit with the Jets?:

I have not seen anyone expecting Enunwa to make the 53 man roster, but I would not be surprised if he impresses in training camp and preseason.

He is the perfect sixth wide receiver candidate because of the various roles he can hold with the team. He has the ability to cover kicks and block on returns, while he can also be a red zone wide out in heavy wide out packages.

Outside of Eric Decker, the Jets need targets that can produce from the outside. Enunwa will be given an opportunity to prove his worth and it would not shock me if he turns heads.

If the Jets opt to place him on the practice squad, he will most likely be signed to another team’s 53 man roster that are willing to take on a project with a very high ceiling.

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  • Jeremiah Johnson

    If Quincy can polish up his routes & catch the ball with his hands more consistently, he seems destined to become a fan favorite.

    I can definitely see him making the 53 roster based on his potential as a reciever if he shows he can contribute this year on STs.

    Nice block by Quincy here: http://youtu.be/cVaJ4T7vv38

    Enunwa might be able to help reduce turnovers as well: http://youtu.be/1ut8iv_dLMw

  • Joe Caporoso

    Very intriguing prospect. Hard for me to see how he is any worse of a prospect coming out of college than Hill. Both probably should have been 4th-5th round picks. Great measurables. Suspect hands/Inconsistent route running, run heavy college Os, although Enunwa produced much more in college than Hill did.

  • glegly

    That was my first reaction, too – good blocker, played in a run-heavy offense, stone hands…it’s Stephen Hill 2.0.

  • KAsh

    Except Hill’s measurables were elite and several ranks better than Enunwa’s. For his college career, Hill had nine touchdowns and 1,248 receiving yards on forty-nine receptions, which averages out to 25.5 yards per catch and a touchdown on almost every five catches. Enunwa had fifteen touchdowns and 1,526 receiving yards, but did it in 115 receptions. The only area Enunwa’s stats look similar to Hill’s is in his touchdown percentage last year (where Enunwa had a touchdown on almost every four receptions) but that was more or less a one-year deal. The year before, Enunwa was just as prominent in his offense (42 receptions) but scored only once. Most scouting reports/draft boards had Hill as a late-first to mid-second round prospect, while many of those same people had Enunwa going undrafted. As an example, nfldraftscout.com had Hill rated as their fourth-best wide receiver and 29th-best prospect in 2012, while they rated Enunwa as the 34th-best wide receiver and 259th-best prospect this year. So saying the two are similar is like saying a tiger and a tabby resemble each other.

  • Connor Rogers

    KAsh, if you want to follow other people’s evaluations feel free to. I have no gripe with that.

    The point of this breakdown is to show what Enunwa can do for this team and where he struggles. Thanks for the read.

  • Joe Caporoso

    NFLDraftScout.com is one site of many when it comes to evaluations. Hill is 6’4, 215, 4.36 forty. Enunwa is 6’2, 225, 4.4 forty. They also have roughly the same arm length and hand size. You can also chop up the stats however you want but it comes down to this when discussing production: Enunwa caught more passes in his final year (51) than Hill did in all 3 years at GT combined (49). Enunwa also had 12 TDs in his last year, Hill had 9 in 3 years. Part of Hill’s problem and struggles into developing into a full time player come from the fact that over his final 9 college games, he had 3 or less receptions in every single one, including three games with 1 catch and a fourth game with zero catches. As simplistic as it sounds, he just hasn’t caught that many passes in a game situation and isn’t accustomed to handling many targets.

  • KAsh

    @Joe

    I mentioned just one set of stats, but said that all of Hill’s stats are several degrees better than Enunwa’s. We think taller receivers are better (Mike Evans just became a top-ten pick almost solely on his height); Hill is two inches taller than Enunwa. We think long arms gives a receiver a bigger catch radius; Hill’s arms are almost two inches longer. We think faster receivers are better receivers; Hill ran a 4.36s forty with a 1.46s ten-yard split, while Enunwa ran a 4.45s forty with a 1.56s ten-yard split. We think bigger hands mean a more reliable catcher; Hill’s hands and Enunwa’s hands differ by 1/8th of an inch, so I am wrong: Enunwa has an area where he is on par with Hill. On every other measurable, Hill is several degrees better.

    In the end, Enunwa never participated in any other field drills at his combine or his pro day, but Hill’s results were eye-popping. He had a 11′ 1″ broad jump. My mother can clone herself, lie down end-to-end, and Hill can stand at one’s toes and clear the other’s head. For reference, the world record for the standing long jump is 11′ 4.5″. Hill had a 39.5″ vertical jump. Had he participated in this year’s NBA combine, he would have tied for the seventh best vertical jump. And his 6.88s cone drill was also awesome for a man of his height.

    Finally, Enunwa may have had more catches than Hill in his last year, almost twice as many, in fact, but Hill still had more yardage. In fact, compare three sets of stats:

    51 receptions, 753 yards, 14.8 yards/catch average, twelve touchdowns
    47 receptions, 709 yards, 15.1 yards/catch average, nine touchdowns
    28 receptions, 820 yards, 29.3 yards/catch average, five touchdowns

    Which two players are similar to one another? The first is Enunwa’s last college season. The last is Hill’s last college season. The one in the middle is Shaq Evans. Enunwa and Hill are labeled the height-weight-speed prospects and Evans is labeled the reliable, possession receiver. Both Evans and Enunwa had speed concerns in college, had successful combines in that they ran the forty in something close to 4.5s, had similar college production, and similar YPC averages. Being raw does not make Enunwa a prototype for Hill. Enunwa droppes passes, rounds routes, catches with his body, and is generally unrefined, but he needs to promise something to develop. Enunwa offers everything Evans offers, but without the dependability.

    You interviewed a former Jets’s scout that called Hill a four-year project. Yet, two years after his selection, you think Hill is comparable to a guy that was an afterthought in terms of the draft. Enunwa has some talent. But you are biased against Hill if you think Enunwa has as much promise as a developmental player as Hill. Evans is also a developmental player in that he will not stick on the roster without furthering his craft and contending for a starting spot in the future. The question is how much can he benefit the team this year. Evans can, Enunwa’s benefit is questionable, so why make room for him on the roster?

    @Connor

    I have no problem with your breakdown. I challenge you to find me one list on which Enunwa is listed as one of the top fifteen receivers in this draft. I do not think your evaluation contradicts prognostications of Enunwa being at best a late-round draft pick. Enunwa has little that he can threaten NFL defenses with, so he was not thought of highly as a prospect. He needs a guaranteed weapon instead of once-in-a-while playmaking ability.

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  • Jeremiah Johnson

    No doubt Hill has great measurables, but measurables don’t help win football games & after 2 years in the NFL, Hill still looks uncomfortable with the ball in his hands and resembles a lengthy track star on the field instead of a football player. Its very telling that despite his great measurables, he has not proved capable of contributing on STs. A player with his speed & athleticism should be able to contribute on kick returns, at the very least.

    Enunwa seems very capable of making plays with the ball in his hands & most certainly resembles a football player in his college film. He should be able to contribute on STs (coverage &/or blocking on returns) as a rookie. I’m not sure its completely out of the question that he can contribute on offense as a blocker, in the red zone, &/or on short, simple routes where he can utilize his ability to run with the ball this year.

    Hill may have a higher ceiling than Enunwa, but his floor is much lower & is a player that is not capable of being a contributor to a winning NFL team. After 2 seasons with little to no visible improvement in his weaknesses (route running, hands, making plays after the catch, reading coverages), it seems VERY fair to the discount original rankings of Hill as a prospect.

    P.S. According to NFL.com. Hill’s arms are less than an inch longer than Enunwa’s (33 3/8″ vs 32 5/8″) & Enunwa’s hands are slightly bigger (9 3/8″ vs 9 1/2″). I’m not going to bother double-checking any other stats KAsh posted as looking at college production on its own can be VERY misleading.

  • http://twitter.com/budhalen Bud Halen (@budhalen)

    Reciting Hill’s workout numbers are about as valuable as Vern Gholston’s combine numbers serving as “evidence” of his athletic ability.

    The presumed myth of Hill’s “athletic upside” is highly exaggerated. He’s choppy & unnatural and doesn’t show even the slightest sign of the efficient physical craftiness that a true athlete possesses. He’s a day at the beach for any competent NFL CB.

    Remains to be seen if Enunwa can develop enough overall skill-set to even be worthy of a roster spot, but at least he has actual upside. That’s the benefit of being an unknown. Hill’s alleged football athleticism is longer an unknown.

  • http://gravatar.com/theelidman Lidman

    He’s a 6th round pick, if you manage your expectations by that, there is nothing but upside. He would appear to have all the physical traits you want. When you add that he was a team captain, it would suggest he’s a hard worker and good team leader, so I think we can assume he’ll do all that is necessary to be the best player he possibly can.

    I don’t see the Stephen Hill comparison. Hill is a bust, because he was a 2nd round pick, that’s not his fault. Saying Hill should have been a 5th/6th round draft pick, today, is with the benefit of hindsight. What was the evaluation on the day of the draft?

    Still boggles my mind, that in what was considered the deepest WR draft in years, that the NYJ decided to go with ‘quantity over quality’, at the WR position. I guess it could be argued Amaro is a hybrid WR though.

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  • Jeremiah Johnson

    I’m not sure if anyone will see this, but Enunwa was a 58″ box jump.

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