Malcolm Kelly Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'4 - 217 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma
Kelly is part of a trio of big, athletic Big 12 receivers that could go in the first round, along with Texas' Limas Sweed and Oklahoma State's Adarius Bowman. He has sure hands and can make the catches he's supposed to and more. Once he gets the ball in his grasp, he's got the quickness to go the distance. As a sophomore, he caught 62 passes for 993 yards and 10 touchdowns and he got off to a monster start this season, with 16 catches for 301 yards and seven touchdowns in the first three games of the season. Since then, his production has tailed off (45 catches, 749 yards, 9 TD in '07), but he forms a dynamic duo with fellow junior Juaquin Iglesias. Where Kelly will fall in the draft is up in the air, if he chooses to enter early. He could fall anywhere from the middle of the first round or go somewhere in the second. If he does decide to return for his senior season, it could only benefit his status, as he could solidify a place as the #1 receiver in his class with a strong senior season. With several receivers these days seemingly repulsed by the ball coming at them or being slightly out of their reach (or having to tussle with a defensive back for the ball), a sure-handed receiver who isn't afraid to go the extra mile to make the grab is certainly an attractive prospect. It might end up that the NFL has to wait another year to get their hands on him, but when he does make the leap, he'll provide an immediate impact if he joins up with an offense in need of a little punch. Update (1/4/08): Kelly did not start Wednesday night's Fiesta Bowl against West Virginia due to a deep thigh bruise and did not see any action past the first quarter in Oklahoma's 48-28 loss. In his place, junior Quentin Chaney caught four passes for 129 yards and a touchdown. It was the second straight season that Kelly exited the Fiesta Bowl early because of injury, after leaving last season's Fiesta Bowl against Boise St. due to a first-quarter knee injury. As a result, Kelly has zero catches in two Fiesta Bowl appearances. Despite the disappointment, Kelly finishes a solid junior campaign with 49 catches, 821 yards, and nine touchdowns. Update (2/28/08): Kelly did not participate in the scouting combine in Indianapolis, with reports saying that a strained quad might have been the reason for his decision to sit out. Oklahoma's Pro Day is on March 11 and Kelly should be able to go by that time. If he does take part and has a great showing, he could potentially cement himself as the top receiver to be taken in April, given that Cal's DeSean Jackson may have slipped in the eyes of some thanks to measuring in at only 5'9, 169 at the combine. Update (3/14/08): Oklahoma held its Pro Day on Tuesday, but Kelly (who is still recovering from a quad injury) did not participate. This news doesn't hurt his chances of being the first receiver taken in the draft, which could mean he goes as high as 11th to Buffalo. Both he and CB/S Reggie Smith will hold individual workouts on April 9th and if all goes well there, three weeks later he could be a Bill. Update (4/12/08): At Kelly's long-awaited workout on Wednesday, he looked solid in the pass-catching drills and had respectable times of 4.24 and 7.00 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drill. However, it ended up being a bitter day for Kelly, who ran 40 times of 4.75 and 4.68 seconds and subsequently blamed the times on not informing him that he wouldn't be running on the surface that he wanted. The 40 times may not have made a huge difference, though they didn't do him any good either. But, his post-workout rant may have, considering that the scouts in attendance are responsible for deciding which surface they want the players to run on. Kelly's chances of being the first receiver taken may be finished now and while he should still go in the first round, it won't be a surprise if he doesn't.
Last Updated Apr-12-2008 by Eddie Griffin
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