2016 NFL Draft – Paul McRoberts Scouting Report

Joe Malfa with a scouting report on Southeast Missouri State WR Paul McRoberts

The 2016 draft class has a respectable amount of WRs that could become solid playmakers in the NFL. The Jets could be in the market for a WR in the mid-rounds. Could Paul McRoberts be the guy? Make sure to follow on Twitter for further analysis and check here for further scouting reports!

Name: Paul McRoberts  Position: WR School: Southeast Missouri St.  Height: 6’3″  Weight: 200

BACKGROUND: Paul McRoberts began his collegiate athletic career as a basketball player, but made the switch over to football ahead of his sophomore season. He recorded 2,435 yards (3rd in school history) and 29 TDs (1st in school history) in his three seasons at Southeast Missouri St. As a senior, he made 76 catches for 940 yards and nine touchdowns, which earned him All-Ohio Valley Conference First-Team honor for the second year in a row. He ranked 13th in the Football Championship Subdivision receiving touchdowns and 17th in receiving yards. He also made key contributions on special teams as a punt returner. His play earned him a spot in the Senior Bowl after Josh Doctson (stay tuned for a later breakdown of Doctson) as forced to withdraw due to an injury. In the game, he caught four passes for 46 yards and a TD, and he returned a punt for 27 yards.

STRENGTHS: Big, strong receiver that does a great job of high-pointing the ball. Uses his basketball background to his advantage by going up for passes as if they were rebounds. Long arms + big hands = tremendous catch radius. Can run crisp routes and make big catches in traffic, but needs to do so more consistently. Versatile player that will help in the return game as well. Hard worker according to the SEMO coaching staff. Gifted athlete and strong character (team captain). Major red-zone threat.

Here are a few clips that showcase McRoberts’s red-zone abilities

And his ability down the field

WEAKNESSES: The lack of consistency that I previously mentioned. He is a hard worker and a freak athlete, but he is still rather raw (which can be seen as a strength because he has the tools to develop into a stud). Lacks the speed to create separation down the field. Despite his label as a hard worker, he can appear lazy on the field at times in the sense that he does not work back to the ball on a consistent basis, and he does not always get down to catch the low throws.

NFL COMPARISONS: When I watch McRoberts play, the one name that sticks out in my mind is Alshon Jeffery. They have similar builds, similar strengths, and play the game the same way.

PROJECTION: Mid 4th – early 5th round pick. I personally believe that he is a 2nd-3rd round talent. When McRoberts is at his best, he is comparable to a player like Jeffery, but his lack of consistency and the stigma of coming out of a small school will drop him a bit. One of the other knocks on McRoberts is his lack of explosive speed, but a strong showing at the combine can solidify his position as a 4th rounder and potentially slide him into the back end of the 3rd round. With his frame, freakish athletic abilities, and skill set, he has the potential to develop into an offense’s number one receiver in my opinion, but he definitely needs refining.

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