Pros: He has good size and is faster than he times. Has nice body control and does a good job in traffic using his size. Attacks ball in air. Capable on short, quick routes and intermediate ones. Capable after the catch because of his physical running style. Shows nice potential as a route runner.
Cons: Has inconsistent hands and lapses in concentration. Will body catch too often. Lacks top speed and won't be able to stretch the field. Doesn't have quickness or burst, and may have issues getting separation.
Overview: He's a guy that is really going to have to polish up his route
running skills in order to stick at the next level. Has size you like, but
lacks ideal hands or speed. Had consistent production over his last
three years at Purdue, but never really was the go-to threat.
NFL Forecast: He's a player that is probably destined to work on special teams for most of his career. If he polishes up his route running, he could be a decent third or fourth option for a team because of his size. But due to his lacking speed and burst, you don't see him being a playmaker. And his questionable hands make him unreliable as a go-to option as well. If he can stick on special teams, he can stick around for a few years. If he doesn't, then he'll be out of the league within three years.
ATL Forecast: Orton has some ability to replace finneran if he can show a knack for playing on special teams coverage. If not, then he'll just be another body. Won't ever be more than a decent fourth option in Atlanta that could get some reps in the redzone. But won't be a significant factor on offense.
Value: Orton's lack of upside makes him a seventh round pick.
Scouting Reports of wide receivers in the 2009 NFL draft.
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