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Oregon football: NFL Draft Profile - WR Bralon Addison

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Does the leading receiver for the Ducks have a spot on an NFL roster?

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After missing the 2014-15 season due to injury, Bralon Addison returned to the field in a big way as he quickly became Vernon Adams Jr's favorite target. In his final season in Eugene, the wide receiver compiled stats of over 800 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. It wouldn't be fair to talk about Addison without mentioning his versatility which was on display last season with his two rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown and one punt return for a touchdown.

Combine Results

Arguably not the combine performance that Addison would have been hoping for. Things started off with him not coming in sizing all that well at just 5’ 9". That could have all been offset with a strong 40 yard dash time but he instead ran a 4.66. That number was even worse back in Eugene at the Pro Day where he ran 4.72 and 4.73 second times. The poor times will hurt the receiver who in game action looked much more electric than the times posted.

Strengths

Addison can be deadly after the catch and in space is a nightmare to tackle. He can make his money in the short term returning kicks where he was excellent at Oregon. He has nice burst off the line which allowed him to be a quick choice for Adams as he found space quickly.

The versatility from Addison is one of his biggest strengths. As mentioned, Addison found a way to score in four different ways this year for Oregon proving that he can do almost anything. There was even a point where many thought he was the best option at quarterback once Adams went down with injury.

Weaknesses

Yet another Oregon player from this year’s crop who is coming in with some form of injury concern. Addison tore his ACL prior to the 2014 season forcing him to miss all of the action from the College Football Playoff championship appearance season. Some NFL scouts don’t think that he fully trusts that knee yet as last year he didn’t show the same cuts or speed as he did prior to the injury.

Fit is yet another problem for Addison as some teams aren’t quite sure where he will fit in. The ideal role for him would be in the slot, but the numbers in the 40 time certainly aren’t what NFL teams would like to see. Another problem for Addison as an NFL slot is that he’s not a great blocker and would have a tough time run blocking safeties and outside linebackers.

Comparison

In the draft process, Addison has drawn comparisons to former Oregon wide receiver Josh Huff. That would appear to be a good thing for Addison as Huff went in the fourth round, which currently looks out of Addison’s range. Both players have the ability to play multiple positions with strong athletic ability and solid hands.

Projection

More recent projections have Addison going in the 7th round to undrafted. It seems that some scouts are worried that like many Oregon players in the past, Addison doesn’t fit the mold of exactly one player and coaches will be afraid to find a role for him.

Oregon Career Stats