Three Late-Round Receivers The Houston Texans Should Target In The NFL Draft
Dec 31, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver Darren Waller (88) makes a touchdown catch as Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Jamerson Love (5) defends during the first quarter in the 2014 Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Darren Waller – Georgia Tech
Height: 6-6 Weight: 238
2014: 26 receptions, 442 yards, 6 TD
In an NFL that is turning into a passing league, teams need to find wideouts with both size and speed. Darren Waller has the size part down. He’s six and a half feet tall, and a receiver with his size would be a welcome addition to any team’s roster. He also ran the 40 in 4.46 seconds, so he has the speed down as well.
Waller’s biggest asset is obviously his size, as he can out-jump just about every corner in the NFL. He dominates in contested catches and has great hands. In fact, his hands are so good that he was one of only two receivers in the NCAA to not drop a single pass all season. His huge body also helps him withstand hits and keep on moving, as a guy that big can be hard to take down.
The problem with Waller is a simple number: 51. That’s the total number of receptions Darren Waller made throughout his entire career at Georgia Tech, mainly because they run an option offense. He is a raw as a prospect can be, and will need a lot of time to develop.
With Darren Waller, it’s a toss-up between his size-speed combination, and his rawness and low statistics. Depending on who is willing to pull the trigger, Waller could go anywhere from the 4th round to the 6th round.