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 Post subject: Kris Durham, WR, Georgia
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:02 pm 
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KRIS DURHAM
6-5/214
Georgia Senior
40: 4.46

PROS:

Has good size and length. Uses it well to get position and can make the grab in traffic. Goes up for ball over the middle and shows soft, reliable hands. Can make plays downfield because of his length. Hard to jam at the line because of his size. Can locate soft spots in the zone and sit to make grab. Tough and shows ability to fight for extra yards after the catch. Is a willing blocker, able to use his size to get position on the edge and downfield.

CONS:

Lacks ideal speed and takes a while to get up to speed off the line. Doesn't have burst in and out of his breaks to really separate from man coverage at the next level. Lacks burst after the catch to be a significant factor there.

OVERVIEW:

He's a big target that can compete at the next level because of his length, hands, and ability to make plays on third downs and in the redzone. But he's limited and probably won't be as effective against bigger, stronger, and quicker NFL corners as he was against collegiate ones. Durham's emergence came this year when Georgia was without A.J. Green early in the season. His size and hands allowed him to make some big plays, particularly down the field. He finished year with 32 catches for 659 yards (20.6 avg) and 3 scores, after combining for less than that: 32-450-14.1-1 during his first three years at UGA. Had issues with injuries during his career, missing all of the 2009 season with a torn labrum, and missing time as a sophomore with a broken hand and ankle injuries. He also missed a few games this past year with a neck stinger and a bruised lung. Hails from Calhoun, GA.

NFL FORECAST:

Durham certainly can add depth to a roster. Particularly if he can prove himself capable on special teams. THat will likely be his primary role in the league early on. As a receiver, he can contribute, but he lacks the burst and speed to really separate from NFL corners effectively. With his size, that isn't as big a problem as it would be for someone a lot smaller, but he's still not going to be a reliable option. It's easy to compare Durham to Brian Finneran, and the comparison is very apt. Like Finneran, Durham can help move the chains on third downs and make plays in the redzone. But he won't consistently separate from man coverage, and unless he has an accurate QB and builds a strong rapport, he's not going to do a ton outside those situations. In the right kind of offense, he can contribute 20-30 receptions, but he'll be primarily a role player at the next level. The durability is concerning and you wonder if he's going to hold up to the punishment that he's likely to receive in the NFL. Ultimately, I think Durham can stick in the league and be a decent No. 3 option, but a much better No. 4 option.

ATL FORECAST:

Again, Durham compares favorably to Brian Finneran which should allow him to slide in relatively quickly into the No. 4 role in the Falcons lineup. But like Finneran, Durham won't be as much of a playmaker and he's more like the elder Finneran than the younger one. If he can perform on special teams, he'll be able to contribute somewhat early in his Falcon career. Becuase of his size, he's a good option to potentially have in the slot, but he's not going to be a guy that catches more than 30 passes at his peak in Atlanta and lacks the upside to really be anything more than a No. 4 wideout long-term.

VALUE:

Durham can add depth to most rosters, but because of his limited upside one should wait until the seventh round to snag him.

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

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

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