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Old 04-30-2006, 09:49 AM   #1
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Default santonio holmes scouting report and grades

him and w. reid are the same height and weight with the same speed. they could be clones on the field. its hard not to look at next year and not expect ben to throw for 3500 yds.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/2006/holmes_santonio

Holmes is a junior who came out early for the Draft, and with the lack of elite receivers available in this year's draftm he made the right decision. He is a very good athlete with the quickness and elusiveness to avoid the jam and get into routes quickly -- he closes the cushion fast to get on top of the cornerback. He runs very good routes and consistently can turn the cornerback around and has the burst to get separation consistently. He has outstanding hands, and when he stays focused, he has consistently shown the ability to make great catches on off-target passes. He is a very quick-footed receiver with the instincts, elusiveness and explosiveness to make big plays running after the catch and as a returner. He does not tuck the ball away and tends to carry it loosely which will lead to him having fumlbing problems in the NFL. He needs to make better decisions fielding punts and must catch kickoffs more consistently. Overall, Holmes is going to be a good starting receiver who can make big plays and clutch catches consistently. He will be a legitimate big-play threat who is a real touchdown threat every time he touches the ball because of his running ability in the open field.

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Holmes is a very good athlete with the playing speed, elusiveness and explosiveness to make big plays running with the ball in the open field. He has very good vision and instincts running with the ball, follows blockers well and has an explosive burst through the hole and the speed to take plays the distance. He runs very smooth routes and has a good burst out of cuts to get separatiuon and uses his body well to shield cornerbacks from the ball. He has the hands, body control and coordination to reach out and catch the ball away from his body and can adjust to make the tough catch easily.
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