Clemson has produced some very talented wide receivers over the past few years such as Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins and Martavis Bryant. The New York Jets are hoping the tradition continues with this year’s 7th round draft pick Charone Peake…
- Name: Charone Peake
- School: Clemson
- Position: WR
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 209
- Career Stats: 99 REC, 1172 YDS, 10 TD
- 40 Yard Dash: 4.45 seconds
- 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.46 seconds
- 3 Cone Drill: 6.96 seconds
- Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches
- Broad Jump: 122.0 inches
- Bench Press: 12 reps of 225lbs
Background: Was considered one of the top wide receiver prospects coming out of highschool and was labeled as a four star recruit. Committed to Clemson after his senior season. Started two games in 2013 before tearing his ACL and struggled with injuries again during the 2014 season. Finally showcased his talent as a fifth-year senior and had his most productive year finishing with 50 catches for 716 yards and five touchdowns.
Strengths: Possess the highly sought after size + speed combination. Can straight up out run many defenders with his speed. Has great balance for his size and is an excellent route runner. Due to his size and strength, he has a large catch radius and can pluck the ball out of the air at its highest point. Does a decent job of getting off the LOS against press coverage. Dangerous while running after the catch with his elite acceleration. Shows potential dominance as a run blocking receiver. Experience playing in the slot, backfield, and out-wide from playing in Clemson’s complex offense. Potential to be a #1 receiving threat in the NFL with his size, speed, and ability.
Weaknesses: History of drops. Has a habit of taking his eyes off the ball and looking upfield before securing the catch. Doesn’t have ideal ball skills for a deep threat and seems to lose the ball in the air causing him to slow down to relocate it. Needs to improve his ability to catch in traffic while running in the middle of the field. Many question his production as he should’ve had far more success in college with his ability. Had two major knee injuries, one being a torn ACL, while at Clemson
Final Words: Charone Peake seems to have all the ability needed to be successful in the National Football League, but like many other rookies, he faces an uphill battle for a spot on the final roster. Peake may have an early opportunity to shine with reports that second year receiver Devin Smith may miss the majority of training camp, leaving the Jets offense without a true deep threat. I also really like the idea of Peake being a special team player. His effort on plays where he knows he isn’t getting the ball and while run blocking shows he will do whatever it takes to win. I think that with his effort and athleticism, he will have a lot of success on special teams. If Peake can take advantage of the absence of Devin Smith and work hard on special teams, he will find himself on the opening day roster.
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