Eddie Royal Scouting Report
|School:||Virginia Tech Hokies|
|Height & Weight:||5'10 - 180 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Eddie Royal, WR, Virginia Tech
At 5-10 and 180 pounds, Eddie Royal is not your typical NFL wide receiver. In fact, he was only the third leading receiver at Virginia Tech his senior season, catching 33 passes for 496 yards. He does not run great routes and will continually get knocked off his routes by stronger defensive backs. Yet, he is a projected third round pick. We will thank the Devin Hester effect for Royal's buzz heading into the NFL Draft. Royal is a superb return man, especially on punts. The Herndon, Virginia native averaged 14.7 yards per punt return, easily the best in the ACC among players who returned over five punts on the season. Royal returned two punts for touchdowns and added four more receiving touchdowns. All in all, Royal is a playmaker; anytime he touches the ball he is a threat to take it all the way to the end zone. Finding creative ways to get a player like Royal the ball in open space was the challenge at Virginia Tech and will be a bigger challenge in the NFL. Using a third round pick on a return man may be a bit of a stretch, but Royal can be taught to run better routes and develop into a decent slot receiver in the right offense. 2/27 Update: Not surprisingly, Eddie Royal found himself on the top of the bench press list for wide receivers at the Combine. He also ran one of the fastest 40 times and that will certainly boost his stock. Many teams need a return man and getting a guy after the first day who can also be a solid slot receiver is very appealing. 4/4 Update: After an impressive Combine, Eddie Royal used the Virginia Tech Pro Day as another chance to interview. With his stock soaring as much as it is, Royal would not have been able to do anything on the field or in the workout room that he has not already done. Royal is now considered a possible second round pick by some pundits and he will certainly (at least) hear his name early in day two if things keep going as they have been.
Last Updated Apr-04-2008 by Joel Welser
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