Armon Binns, WR, Cincinnati

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Armon Binns, WR, Cincinnati

Postby Pudge » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:45 am

Cincinnati Senior
40: 4.55 (estimated)


Has strong hands and is able to snatch the ball out of the air. Has good leaping ability on the fade route and does a good job extending for the ball. Does a good job looking the ball in before trying to turn upfield. Does his best on routes like outs and comebacks that can use his body to shield away defender. Flashes some route-running potential. Tracks the deep ball well. Shows some shiftiness after the catch and a decent runner when he's in space, working on bubble screens.


Has marginal speed and gets a slow release off the line. Can get knocked off his route by press coverage and has trouble beating the jam despite his size. Lacks the speed and burst to separate from corners and won't be able to run by any at the next level on the deep throws. Is limited after the catch because of his lack of burst and he's too easy to bring down and runs with limited balance. Can mistime his jumps on the fade or deep throw and doesn't always do his best job attacking the ball in the air. Not as physical as his size merits and it shows when he's in traffic at times. Will drop some throws and has lapses in concentration. Doesn't bring a ton to the table as a blocker.


He has good size and hands, enough that he has a chance to overcome his lack of speed and burst. Binns shined as a complement to Mardy Gilyard as a junior, catching 61 passes for 1191 yards (19.5 avg) and 11 touchdowns. He became their go-to guy as a senior, continuing good production with 75 catches for 1101 yards (14.7 avg) and 10 scores.


Binns is going to have to work his way up the depth chart, but because of his size and hands, he can stick as a reserve. He'll have to prove himself on special teams early on, and if he can get time to develop and polish up his route-running, he might make a nice No. 3 guy down the road. But more likely, he'll have a hard time moving up past the No. 4 or No. 5 spot because of his limited potential on offense. Teams will like his size and hands, but he'll have difficulty beating man coverage and separating from top level corners. More than likely he'll never be someone what catches more than 20 passes in a season. His best hope for NFL survival is proving himself as a gunner on special teams, and going to a team that plays in a wide open attack and has an accurate QB that will know how to put the ball in the right spot for Binns to be able to go up and get it on the short and intermediate routes.


Binns could compete for a role as a reserve, but probably doesn't really have the ability to be more than a practice squad guy in Atlanta. Unless he's a brilliant cover guy on special teams or really impresses as a blocker, he'll be the type of player that can make the practice squad, but is unlikely to do much the following year.


Binns really isn't worth more than a seventh round pick because of his limited potential and the fact that he may not be able to carve out a niche immediately on special teams.

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

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