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 Post subject: Lyle Leong, WR, Texas Tech
PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:07 pm 
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LYLE LEONG
6-0/179
Texas Tech Senior
40: 4.45

PROS:

Has good, reliable hands with the ball skills to snatch the ball out of the air on the quick slant. Adjusts to errant throw and can make the diving grab. Shows decent burst after the catch, able to make the first defender miss. Gets a nice release and can get up to speed quickly. Willing blocker down the field.

CONS:

Undersized with a thin build. Limits what he can do against press coverage or in traffic. And he's more of a guy that gets in the way as a blocker rather than being effective there. Lacks burner speed to challenge down the field. And doesn't have the burst to reliably separate from defenders. Doesn't have the really quick first step after the catch to really make many plays there.

OVERVIEW:

Leong is a capable possession receiver that is productive in the spread offense, but it may not easily translate to the next level. He was a high school teammate of Taylor Potts, and due to his strong rapport with him, began to emerge these past two seasons as a receiver. Had a breakout senior campaign, leading the team with 19 touchdowns on 74 catches for 926 yards (12.5 avg), which pretty much his production from the three previous years combined: 78 catches, 951 yards (12.2 avg), and 13 touchdowns.

NFL FORECAST:

Leong isn't the biggest or fastest receiver, but he has a chance of making it in the pros because he's reliable. The big question is whether his success is heavily reliant upon the rapport he has with Potts and whether he can build that elsewhere in the pros. He shows you the sort of ball skills and instincts you like to see in a receiver, but again how much of that is based on his rapport with Potts. He's a guy that projects fairly well as a slot option in the pros. And while he's a nice receiver, he is not going to be as capable of making plays in the pros due to his size and speed limitations as he was in college. And because of that, early on he is going to have to contribute on special teams. He probably doesn't have the skillset to be a returner, so he'll have to prove himself in coverage. All this said, Leong probably doesn't stick at the pro level on a roster due to limitations offensively, but he is good enough to be a decent journeyman depth guy. Probably at his best he's a No. 4 guy that is a decent depth option, but never a reliable enough target to be a significant part of the offense.

ATL FORECAST:

Leong can compete for a role in Atlanta as the Falcons are looking for reliable hands in the slot. He's not as explosive as Douglas, and again it remains to be seen how quickly he'll build a rapport with a passer not named Taylor Potts since they've been playing together since high school. But if he can, then Leong stands a chance for at least a practice squad role in Atlanta. If he can perform on specail teams, then he can add depth and develop somewhat as a No. 4 receiver. But he's not a guy that will ever catch more than 20-25 passes in the Falcons offense. He can help move the chains like Finneran did, but won't provide many explosive splash plays, just like Finneran in his latter years.

VALUE:

Leong is good enough to get looks late in the seventh round if the team that targets him is one that is looking for depth and likes to spread the field. But his limited upside and special teams ability probably makes him a much better value undrafted.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 3.0
Hands: 3.5
After Catch: 2.5
Body Control: 3.0
Range: 2.0

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