Mario Manningham Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'0 - 178 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan
Mario Manningham has put together his second straight stellar season. The Junior had 72 catches for 1174 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games this season. Manningham is always good for a big play, as he is averaging 16.3 yards per catch this season. He has put up a 77 receiving yards per game average for his 30 game Michigan career and finished the regular season this year averaging 97.8 yards per game. Manningham also rushed for 119 yards on 19 carries this season, including 53 yards in the Wolverines victory over Florida. Manningham has excellent speed and will likely run a 4.4 or better 40 at the combine. He isn't a big receiver, so he'll need to show NFL teams that he won't get manhandled at the line of scrimmage by big, physical corners at the next level. There are some receivers that will be available this year that are faster, bigger, and a select few may have slightly better hands. Manningham however, is arguably the best receiver in the country at adjusting his body to the ball while it's in the air and accelerating to the ball if it's been overthrown. ESPN Classic analyst Bill Curry said "The thing you see on tape is Manningham's acceleration. He exploded when he saw the ball was beyond him. Great receivers do that". On the right team Manningham can be a dangerous weapon, stretching the field and catching the ball in space and making people miss. Manningham should go in the late first or early second round. Mario Manningham's disappointing NFL Combine performance was surprising. Manningham ran a 4.59 in the 40 yard dash (much, much slower than expected). Manningham is seen as a receiver that can stretch the field for a team and this 40 time will worry some scouts. Like teammate Mike Hart, Manningham is better in pads than on the track. His 40 time, unless he can improve it at Michigan's March 16 pro day, these times will likely keep him out of the first round. Mario Manningham managed to salvage his draft stock during Michigan's pro day. Manningham lowered his dismal 40 time from the combine by running a much more respectable 4.43 second 40 in Ann Arbor. He also got a chance to show off his ability to go up and get the ball at its highest point with his 35 inch vertical leap. Manningham's pro day performance, coupled with his on field play the last two years, should land him in the high-to-mid second round range.
Last Updated Apr-02-2008 by Randall Weida
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