Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota

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Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota

Postby Pudge » Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:02 pm

Eric Decker
Minnesota Senior

Pros: Has good hands and nice body control. Knows how to use his body to make the catch in traffic. Does a good job on the jump balls and attacks the ball in the air. Tracks ball well, can make the deep catch, and has some deceptive deep speed. Will be tough to jam because of his size.

Cons: Will body catch at times. Not explosive off the line and doesn't have the speed to outrun NFL corners. Lacks quickness and burst and struggles to get separation. Uses his hands, arms, and a lot of nudges and push-offs to create the necessary space to get open.

Overview: Decker is your classic possession receiver that is a big target that usually comes down with the ball making him reliable. His size will be an asset on many teams and he'll tend to win most battles against smaller corners. The problem is his lack of quickness and he really doesn't separate well from college corners, so you know he won't do much better in the pros.

NFL Forecast: It's easy to compare Decker with Brian Finneran. They have similar size, build, and playing styles. And I think that's about what type of player you'd be looking for in Decker. I think Decker would be best coming off the bench and will be one of those guys that can move the chains because he's reliable weapon on third down. But he's not going to be a playmaker, and unless he builds a strong rapport with his quarterback (which is a definite possibility) he's not going to be a go-to threat. So while I'd say his NFL career compares favorably with Finneran in his prime, I don't think he'll be that much more effective than Michael Jenkins is as a starter. I'm just not sure that a player of Michael Irvin's mold (who has to push off a lot to get open) can thrive in today's NFL.

ATL Forecast: Decker would be a nice player to replace Finneran on the roster. He has size and if he can contribute on special teams, then he can add immediate depth to the Falcons roster. In time, he could supplant Jenkins as the starter on the outside, but he probably wouldn't be much of an upgrade, although he might be a bit more consistent catching those wide open passes in the endzone that Jenks has a tendency to drop. At best, he could be a more reliable No. 2 option, but no more capable of making defenses pay. And at worst, he'd be a good option off the bench on third downs and in the redzone. Either way, Decker would be a valuable contributor to the Falcons, just probably not an impact player.

Value: For a team looking for a big possession wideout, Decker wouldn't be a reach in the latter part of round two. But he's probably best served to be picked in the third round since he has limited upside as a starter.

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

SPEED: 2.5
HANDS: 4.0
RANGE: 2.0

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