NFL Draft’s Justifiable Jets: Robert Woods
Brian Bassett , TheJetsBlog.com
With the 2013 NFL Draft less than a month away, TJB will offer some daily insight on players in this year’s draft class. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Jets to make a selection.
Consensus All-American (2011)
All-Pac-12 First Team (2011)
All-Pac-12 Second Team (2012)
USA Today high school All-American (2009)
Where the Jets could get him: Round 2. Woods will likely be an early second rounder and if the Jets feel they need to address the passing game earlier again in the draft, then Woods might still be on the board when they pick at No. 39.
Explaining his game: Woods is not necessarily explosive, but certainly considered a quick athlete. Woods has only has fair size, but even so, he is considered one of the draft’s most well-rounded talents at the receiver spot due to his tireless work ethic, sure hands and his crispness in and out of cuts and overall route-running. Woods has a little bit of injury concern that could determine his landing spot in the draft.
Woods is an elite route runner, knows how to set up his defenders and changes his tendencies in patterns over the course of the game to keep them off balance. Woods is great when used with bubble screens and has the ability to create yards due to his excellent vision when he has the ball. This might come from his special teams work, so Woods might be an option as a returner in the NFL. Woods is deceptively strong with his upper body and is a willing blocker as well.
Note: Santonio Holmes will be back in 2013, but it’s hard to say what happens after this season. Woods would be a versatile player, able to contribute early on special teams as a returner, and in his first year could get worked into an offense as a backup. His skills would allow him to be used not only as a route-runner, but also on reverses, bubble screens and quick routes across the middle of the field based on his vision of the field. In time, he could take on a larger role.
The Jets have used two draft picks in the last two drafts on receivers, but they still need to find an all-around receiver and receivers never are all that productive in their first year. I’ve liked what I’ve seen from both Kerley and then Hill as well and expect they will project into more productive players in coming years, but there’s still need for one more all-around receiver to augment the offense. Woods is known as an excellent worker, would already come in with some excellent route-running skills learned while at USC and would be a natural fit into a West Coast with his excellent route-running skills and ability to create yards after the catch with his setting up of defenders and field vision.
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Video: A compilation of Robert Wood’s highlights during his career as a Trojan.