Aaron Kelly, WR, Clemson

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Aaron Kelly, WR, Clemson

Postby Pudge » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:32 am

Aaron Kelly
6-5/202 Clemson
4.53 Senior

Pros: A big, tall target with good hands. He goes up to get the ball high in the air and plays the deep ball well. Has nice body control. Does a nice job in traffic, using his size to his advantage. Secures ball before turning upfield, and shows some shiftiness and power as a runner after the catch. Effective on screens. Does a good job on the short and intermediate routes, and does well on quick slants. He's a capable blocker that does well downfield when he tries.

Cons: Body catches too many passes. Not as physical as you'd like for a player his size. Probably could stand to put on some muscle. Only seems to go through the motions as a blocker. Doesn't get a good release off the line and will have trouble beating the jam at times. Not quick or explosive, and may have trouble getting separation. Lacks speed to stretch the field.

Overview: He's a big target that was productive at Clemson. You see flashes of his ability, but he projects as a possession guy at the next level. Production dropped as a senior. From Marietta, GA.

NFL Forecast: I think if he can add another 10-15 pounds of muscle, he'll be a nice player in the NFL. Is too much of a finesse player, and I want him to be more physical considering his size. Because of the lack of speed and quickness, probably not going to be a starter. But could be a nice option in the red zone and could be a valuable reserve. The type of player that could consistently catch 30 passes a year in the right offense, but is not a playmaker. Doesn't give you a reliable option in the passing game. A big factor in his NFL success will be if he can contribute on special teams coverage, since he lacks a starter's upside.

ATL Forecast: Kelly reminds you a bit of finneran. He's probably faster than finneran, but not as strong or physical as finneran was when he first came to Atlanta years ago. If he can get stronger, he'd be a nice fourth option in the Falcons passing game, taking over for finneran. He could eventually develop into a nice third option for the Falcons that will be a factor in the redzone, but isn't a starter. He's just a guy that adds size off the bench.

Value: Kelly would be a solid fifth round pick.
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