Mario Urrutia Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'6 - 220 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Mario Urrutia, WR, Louisville
After two impressive seasons, it looked like Mario Urrutia was primed to have a monster junior year and rocket up the draft boards. However, he missed four total games with injuries and was not at his best for the most part, catching only 35 passes for 501 yards and three touchdowns. Despite the disappointing year, Urrutia is going to skip his senior season and enter the draft, because of his injury issues. "It's by far the toughest decision I've ever made," Urrutia said, according to the report on CBS Sportsline (12/14). "Unfortunately, with missing time this season and playing injured I got to see football from a different perspective. You only have so much time to play this sport, and the 2008 draft is my opportunity." Despite the fact that staying in school for his senior year would have been his best bet for his draft prospects, his decision is understandable. But, in a class that's expected to be full of receivers, where does he fit in? He's not blazing fast by any means, but he has great big-play ability (just like his teammate Harry Douglas, who's expected to go in the first couple of rounds). He started his collegiate career with 519 yards in the first four games, during which he caught passes of 69, 66, 76, and 73 yards. In his three-year career, he has averaged 17.5 yards per catch (130 for 2,271) and scored 16 touchdowns. While Douglas is the faster of the two, Urrutia is the big man, with his size giving him a height advantage over almost everyone on the field, not just the defensive backs. On the next level, he has to use that advantage to the fullest. While the injuries are going to be a concern for teams, consistency may be as well, as he hasn't strung together back to back 100-yard games since his freshman year and has also struggled mightily with drops throughout his career. He also received not one, but two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a game against Syracuse this season. How fast he runs at the combine shouldn't make a difference, because his penchant for making the big play should say it all. The biggest thing for him at the combine might be showing he can hold onto the ball and if he can do that, that should help him tremendously. He has first-round size and first-round talent and could be a big-time receiver in the NFL, if he can overcome his present issues. The negatives may knock him into the middle rounds; he has far too much potential to pass up for too long and if his decision to enter early does indeed prove to be the right one (and if he can stay healthy and consistently showcase the talent that he showed at times at Louisville years down the line), it won't matter where he was drafted. Update (3/12/08): At last month's combine in Indianapolis, Urrutia (who came in at 6'5, 232 pounds) ran a best of 4.58 in the 40-yard dash. Right now, Urrutia is projected as a late-round pick by NFL Draft Scout, but he has one more chance to boost his standing with Louisville's Pro Day on the 24th.
Last Updated Mar-12-2008 by Eddie Griffin
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