Pros: Has good speed and decent long speed. Has good size and hands and does a nice job making catch in trafﬁc. Has nice body control, adjusting to the ball in the air and making the catch despite contact. Is a capable runner after the catch due to his toughness and physical running style. Is an effective blocker because of his size. Works on screens and reverses, and is a nice route runner on the short and intermediate plays.
Cons: Lacks burner speed and burst. May have some issues getting separation on the next level because of it. Takes some steps and time to build up speed. Will body catch at times and doesn't consistently attack the ball in the air.
Overview: You like his size and toughness, but still needs some reﬁning. Primarily as a route runner and needs to be more aggressive going after the ball. He also works on hail marys on defenses and will show aggressiveness to deliver hit to defender to break up the pass, which you like to see. Is also probably going to be a guy that is going to be a big ﬂashy celebrator when he scores touchdowns, but didn't see him drawing any ﬂags in college.
NFL Forecast: If he can improve as a route-runner to make up for subpar burst and be more aggressive attacking the ball in the air, which would make him nearly unstoppable making catches in trafﬁc, then he has the makings of being a No. 1 and go-to receiver. He's been labeled a bit of a prima donna by some scouts, which you see at times. But that makes him no different than the vast majority of receivers in the NFL, so I can't expect he'll be any more a headache than most in that regard. Right now, he'll make a solid No. 2, but unless he improves in those two previously mentioned areas, probably won't be reliable enough to really be a go-to guy. But at worst, he'll likely fall into an area somewhere between Michael Jenkins and Plaxico Burress when he played in Pittsburgh. But has the potential to be like Burress when he was in New York, in that he can draw double teams and come down with almost every jump ball.
ATL Forecast: If he and Ryan could work as well as Manning and Burress did in New York, then Britt would be a very good addition to the Falcons passing game. He's basically the same style of player as Jenkins, but has greater upside because he's much more physical than Jenkins. He'd be an asset in the redzone. He's not as quick or fast as Jenkins, but he's not that far a drop. The key would be him falling in line quickly with Ryan and Roddy. If he learns quickly from Roddy that he needs to work in order to earn playing time, rather than expecting it from the start, then he'll work well in Atlanta, and have a short length to impact. But even still, he'd probably make a capable third wideout at the least.
Value: Britt is a solid mid-to-late second round pick because he still needs some polish and some concerns about his work ethic.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
AFTER CATCH: 4.0
BODY CONTROL: 4.0
Scouting Reports of wide receivers in the 2009 NFL draft.
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