Has good straight-llne speed and can challenge downfield. He shows a good release off the line and accelerates quickly into his routes. Has the burst to separate from defender. Has nice, reliable hands and can adjust to the throw. Does a good job on screens because of his straight-line speed. Shows a quick first step after the catch on comebacks and curls. Is a willing blocker that is able to get position on the edge or downfield.
Undersized and has a thin build that probably won't be able to beat press coverage. Will body catch at times, particularly in traffic. Doesn't have the size to hold his blocks. Doesn't have the burst after the catch to be a threat to score every time. Dances a bit too much at times. Doesn't have the speed to pull away from other speed.
Maehl is a good receiver that has good hands, good speed and burst. He's not a great fit at the next level, but is a nice slot option that can use his speed to contribute in a variety of ways. Had his best year as a senior with 77 catches for 1076 yards (14.0 avg) and 12 touchdowns. Was a starter the previous two years before that, and showed steady progress each year. Combined for 92 catches for 1117 yards (12.1 avg) and 11 scores in those seasons. He was a return threat in high school, but never got that opportunity at Oregon.
Maehl can be a valuable depth guy, particularly for a team with a wide-open vertical offense that will get him in the slot. His expeirence as a return threat should mean he can contribute there and thus fill a role on special teams. He's a willing blocker, but he won't be as good at the next level. Because of the speed of his teammates at Oregon means he doesn't have to hold his blocks that long for them to be effective. That won't be quite the case at the next level, but you like his willingness so he has potential to improve and become better there. He plays faster than he times, but he probably has speed around 4.45-4.5 range. He can challenge downfield, but most starting NFL corners won't have problem keeping up with him. So the key for him being successful on offense is whether or not he can improve his route-running to a degree that he can separate better instead of relying on his straight-line speed. Ultimately, I think he can be a nice 20-catch receiver in most offenses. But his value on offense is probably on par with most No. 4 receivers. You can get bigger and potentially faster guys that won't struggle as much as him in terms of beating press coverage and making catches in traffic as No. 3 options. If he can contribute as a returner, he should be able to stick on most teams in the league, but he's more of a depth guy.
Maehl can add some speed to the Falcons lineup, but because of his lack of ideal size, lack of true burner speed, and inability to reliably make grabs in traffic, he's not going to be much of a vertical threat. He's more like Harry Douglas in terms of his ability to make plays, and more like Douglas on the days when he's average. That sort of production is valuable in a No. 4 role, but not great when it's your third best option outside. Maehl could challenge for the return gig and be a nice backup option, but I haven't seen enough to think he'll beat Weems out. He could push Meier as the No. 4 or 5 guy, but probably doesn't have the upside to be much more than that down the road.
Maehl is good enough to get looks in the sixth or seventh round for a team looking for depth and a special teams player.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
After Catch: 3.5
Body Control: 2.5
Scouting reports of the wide receivers in the 2011 Draft.
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