The next few weeks here on State of the Texans we will be doing some draft profiles of some particular players who could possibly fit into the Texans plans. We are not going to try to piece together scouting reports, but we enlist help of bloggers who actually cover the respective player and their school.
In this segment we look at junior wide receiver from Wake Forest, Chris Givens. The 6'0" 195 lbs. Texas native from Wylie, had 83 receptions for 1,330 yards and 9 touchdowns and proved to be the Deacons go to playmaker. With all of the depth in this draft for wide receivers, Givens will have to prove he is not a product of the system the Deacons ran offensively.
We asked Blogger So Dear, a site dedicated to the Demon Deacons to help us with Givens and give us a better look at this big play wide receiver.
Can you give us a little background on Chris Givens?
Chris Givens was a patented Wake Forest recruit. A track star who was underscouted because of multiple ACL tears, he recovered and had a redshirt year to get ready for college action. Freshman year, he burst on the scene with eight TDs, 45 catches and 629 yards. He slumped a bit his sophomore year (as did the entire Wake Forest team in its three-win season), before taking over in 2011, recording 83 receptions for 1330 yards and nine touchdowns in a much-improved WFU offense.
What do you think Givens excels at?
Givens does not possess superior size for his position, coming in at an average 6'0", 195 lbs., but he runs good routes, has a solid burst and good leaping ability. He's a very complete receiver who does much better in one-on-one coverage than against the zone, and has shown a propensity to take over games and make big time catches.
What are these coming weeks going to mean to Givens as far as his draft stock?
I feel that the combine will be a solid opportunity for CG to shine. Wake players, for the most part, don't have a very big spotlight on them, and the system that the Deacs play in does not do much to maximize players' values. Givens is fast, athletic and strong, and assuming he is inspired and has stayed in good condition, should open some eyes during the week.
Where do see Givens at the next level?
Look for him to scout in the second to third round range, but if he is completely healthy and running well, he has the chance to improve his stock. The NFL Combine could make or break him, and if he scores well, teams will be pleasantly surprised. I don't see him as a #1 in the pros, but he has the potential to be a strong #2 WR, as he can play as a possession receiver who is also a homerun threat.