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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco1981 View Post
    Not like Washington how? Not being smart, truly don't know...Bigger/ Smaller/ Faster/ Slower/ shiftier, less shifty...Quicker, Better hands/ worse...I really don't know
    Hes got Washington by 3 inches or better... and can take the top off of defenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernie View Post
    Hes got Washington by 3 inches or better... and can take the top off of defenses.
    Exactly what we need then...2 wide bodies...with good speed...And a tall speedster!

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    At this point - If he's there in the 4th round why not??
    Guy with his size probably will move up the ladder into the 3rd round by draft day. Maybe 2nd
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    Jennings is a sleeper, IMO. Simms and Sills got much of the press for the past 2 seasons (for good reasons), but Jennings produced always. He rarely dropped a pass (think Hines Ward drops), and always seemed to find a way to get open in crucial situations. He's bigger than AB, not near as shifty, but plays with that physicality you see from Ju Ju.

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    So looking at a small amount of tape on Jennings here are some good n not so good:

    Good …...Shows long speed.
    Hands catcher.
    Physical, makes yack after contact.
    Made some combat catches.
    Has some shiftiness. Some TD's run off arrow route (change of direction good for a large receiver)
    Moved all over on the field including the slot so has real good experience outside just the X or Z.

    Not so good.....
    Level of competition not great ,Youngstown State, K State, Iowa St to name a few.
    Did not show the ability to beat press coverage. Mostly played against off man. Don't mean he cant just didn't see it.
    Will Grier is the Q. He's likely a top 40 pick so he had a "next level" player tossing him the rock. Could make him look better then he is.

    So if he tests well at Indi and he tests well on his Pro day he will likely be a early day 3 pick. If he tests great he could go higher it only takes 1 team to like him but he has size , speed solid hands and is versatile so he has a lot to like. Lets do a follow up after his testing and get some added dialog going at that time.

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    Gary Jennings

    WR

    College: West Virginia

    Hometown: Stafford, Va.

    Senior

    6' 1"

    214 lbs


    Player Bio

    Jennings' role with the Mountaineers has grown throughout his career in Morgantown. He played in 13 games as a reserve receiver (7-116-16.6, one TD) and served as the team's top punt returner (13-69-5.3; also 5-117-23.4 kick returns) his freshman year. Jennings started once at receiver in 2016 (10-165-16.5, two TD in 13 games) but was still primarily a punt returner (21-39-1.9). A spot opened up as a starting receiver in 2017, and Jennings took full advantage, earning second-team All-Big 12 honors and winning the team's Offensive Player of the Year award. He ranked fourth in the country with 97 receptions, which covered 1,096 yards, and scored once. Jennings' numbers were down in 2018 (54-917-17.0, 13 TD in 11 games, eight starts), partially because he fought a high ankle sprain the second half of the season. He was still productive enough to earn honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades. Jennings sat out the team's bowl game to rest his ankle and prepare for the draft.


    By Lance Zierlein
    NFL Analyst


    Overview

    Possession slot target with below-average quickness and speed, but impressive toughness and focus when battling for contested catches. Jennings' weaknesses might dictate a more limited role as a short-yardage target unless his routes become faster and sharper. He has a shot at making it as a back-end-of-the-roster type.


    Strengths

    •Reliable as possession target
    •Presentable target as zone-beater in space
    •Supple and sudden hands with good catch strength
    •Shields defenders from the ball
    •Above-average focus and play strength to finish contested catches
    •Able to play through physical coverage
    •Runs with toughness to pull drag-down tacklers with him


    Weaknesses

    •Early speed into routes is non-threatening
    •Unable to accelerate past press on outside release
    •Gradual into turns and breaks with below-average burst coming out
    •Lacking suddenness to uncover in tight quarters
    •Runs into uncatchable positions rather than adjusting route
    •Lacks wiggle and burst to elude and bolt after catch
    •Chunk plays created by scheme

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron City Inc. View Post
    So looking at a small amount of tape on Jennings here are some good n not so good:

    Good …...Shows long speed.
    Hands catcher.
    Physical, makes yack after contact.
    Made some combat catches.
    Has some shiftiness. Some TD's run off arrow route (change of direction good for a large receiver)
    Moved all over on the field including the slot so has real good experience outside just the X or Z.

    Not so good.....
    Level of competition not great ,Youngstown State, K State, Iowa St to name a few.
    Did not show the ability to beat press coverage. Mostly played against off man. Don't mean he cant just didn't see it.
    Will Grier is the Q. He's likely a top 40 pick so he had a "next level" player tossing him the rock. Could make him look better then he is.

    So if he tests well at Indi and he tests well on his Pro day he will likely be a early day 3 pick. If he tests great he could go higher it only takes 1 team to like him but he has size , speed solid hands and is versatile so he has a lot to like. Lets do a follow up after his testing and get some added dialog going at that time.
    IC.. i respect your opinion...and theres alot there that i agree with. As a wvu fan thats watched darned near every game hes played in in college... i believe he would be an immediate contributor to our offense..
    Last edited by Ernie; 02-08-2019 at 06:13 PM.

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    Excellent research Iron; Thanks for sharing.
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    I would take Gary, all day, every day. He would be the first WVU WR I would take. Great hands, surprising speed. He has always been a great possession receiver. 2 years ago he went over 1000 yards with only 1 TD because he would extend plays on third down and then Sills would score in the red zone. This past season he got into the red zone. Also note that he had a high ankle sprain for the second half of the season and play sparingly. The TD against Texas was actually one of the few plays he was in for during the game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernie View Post
    IC.. i respect your opinion...and theres alot there that i agree with. As a wvu fan thats watched darned near every game hes played in in college... i believe he would be an immediate contributor to our offense..
    Ty. He's going to play on Sundays imho. Now what type of career he'll have until he tests it's still the unknown. One area we've been good at perhaps really good at is wr evaluation. Zierlien said he lacks suddenness but on tape he ran some arrow routes and scored in tight quarters so I'm not buying he doesn't have short area quickness. Indi should prove this out ( 3 cone drill is exactly that). He's got a chance to be more then just a guy. We'll kick the tires again after the March 4 end of combine testing.

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