Texas Christian Senior
A dangerous runner after the catch. Makes the quick move and shows good shiftiness and elusiveness in the open field. He's a natural runner that has good balance, and looks comfortable with the ball in his hands. Shows ability to adjust to throws behind him. Does a good job on the shorter routes such as screens and slants. Good on reverses, sweeps, and end-arounds, and does a nice job on the direct snap. Works as a returner. Has good speed and burst as a kickoff return, able to accelerate quickly and hit the seam. Does a nice job making the first guy miss on punts and can then make the quick upfield move to get the big play.
Lacks elite burner speed. Body catches at times. Gives minimal effort as a blocker at the point of attack. At times will look for the big play and dance a bit too much. Goes a bit too much east and west on punts and can lose yardage there or after the catch.
Kerley is a very good fit for the slot at the next level. He has been TCU's top threat the past two years and he had a good rapport with Andy Dalton. He was essentially their poor man's version of Percy Harvin. Combined for 100 receptions, 1107 yards (11.1 avg) and 12 touchdowns. Also rushed for 306 yards (4.9 avg) and 8 touchdowns during his career. Averaged 13.8 yards on 94 career punt returns with 2 touchdowns, and 27.2 yards on 37 career kickoff returns. He also completed 5 of 7 passes for 135 yards, 1 touchdown and an interception.
Kerley is going to be limited at the next level. He can be a versatile weapon and a dangerous player in the slot. But he's not as natural a receiver as you want, and has benefited from playing in TCU's spread system. His lack of size and polish as a receiver will limit him more in most pro systems. He can be a decent No. 3 option, but probably not as dynamic as he was in college. Instead, his true value at the next level will be as a returner. He can be one of the premier returners there, and I think ultimately his value is comparable to someone like Josh Cribbs. He can give you around 30 catches a year, get some work in wildcat formations, and be a dangerous return man.
Kerley could push Douglas as the NO. 3 slot receiver because he has comparable versality and quickness. He's a bit bigger than Douglas, but I don't think he's as natural a receiver. But if the Falcons focus on his ability to work the short field and get yards after the catch, he can be a valuable No. 3 or No. 4 guy. But his real value is as a returner, and he is good enough to push Weems right away for that gig. Like Weems, he's not a burner that is going to score a bunch of touchdowns, but similarly can be a reliable guy that can consistently get you 25+ yards on kickoffs and 10+ yards on punt returns. Ultimately he adds quality depth for the Falcons, but proabbly long-term is more valuable as a No. 4/return threat than anything more.
Kerley as a pure receiver is probably a fifth round pick at best. But his abilities as a returner pushes him up to the fourth round, and it wouldn't be crazy for a team that is really needy in the return game to target him late in the third round to fill that role.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
After Catch: 4.0
Body Control: 3.0
Scouting reports of the wide receivers in the 2011 Draft.
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