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PFF scouting report: Speedy Noil, WR, Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 12: Speedy Noil #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs with the ball against the Mississippi Rebels at Kyle Field on November 12, 2016 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Name: Speedy Noil

School: Texas A&M

Position fit: Outside receiver

Stats to know: Forced a missed tackle every four receptions throughout his career (22 forced on 88 career receptions).

What he does best:

  • Very good athlete. Showcased a ridiculous 43.5-inch vertical jump, a 133.0-inch broad jump and 18 bench press reps at the combine, all top-three marks among receivers.
  • Had the ability to blow past defenders on straight-line speed. Once the ball was in his hands he could pull away from defenders running downfield. Ran around a 4.44 at his pro day.
  • Quick footwork off his release. Was able to beat press coverage more often than not using his feet.
  • Good use of hands both off his release to gain separation of press coverage and during his routes to help gain separation.
  • Tough player. No issues taking big hits and popping right back up.
  • Doesn’t let the ball get into his body, when he catches it he does so away from his body.
  • Good after the catch, has the ability to make players miss tackles.

Biggest concern:

  • Hands are consistently an issue. Dropped three passes on just 24 targets last year, and had other plays that better hands could’ve caught.
  • Not physical at all during routes. Almost never won any contested catch situations because defenders had no problems bodying him.
  • Can be re-routed if he doesn’t beat press coverage immediately. Struggles to get off defenders once they get a hand on him.
  • Limited route-running. Wasn’t asked to run many and when he did run any with breaks they were slow and telegraphed.
  • Doesn’t track the bell well on deep throws, even if he has beaten defender.

Bottom line: Noil is the very definition of a project player. His athleticism is through the roof and has been since high school but he struggles as a receiver. His hands aren’t good enough, he’s not physical enough and he doesn’t have experience running routes that he’ll need to know in the NFL. A team may fall in love with his speed and power and raw potential, but ultimately Noil didn’t show nearly enough in college to make the case that he’ll become a viable NFL receiver. Off the field issues may be the icing on the cake for his lack of draftability.

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