2017 NFL Draft
Prospect: Speedy Noil
Prospect: Speedy Noil
School: Texas A&M
Ht: 5'-11" Wt: 200
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As a freshman, Noil had many excited about the potential three years he could have in the system at Texas A&M. He was a player that made an impact with his ability as a deep threat and in the return game. Unfortunately, nagging injuries and off-the-field issues dominated Noil's sophomore campaign. On a team full of top wide receiver prospects, that has put his role in the offense in a state of flux. Noil will sit out of the season-opener against UCLA after being suspended by Coach Kevin Sumlin for two games before last year's bowl game.
When on the field, Noil has special abilities. He has the kind of speed that makes him a threat from anywhere on the field. He was often used on deep routes as a freshman, where the combination of his speed and his incredible leaping ability made for some special moments. Noil uses his terrific vertical jump to consistently high-point balls thrown deep to him. It also makes him a possibility in the red zone, despite being just under 6'0".
He tends to extend his hands to the ball, and even though the route-tree at Texas A&M is a bit elementary, he displays the abilities to get in out of his breaks that should make him a solid route-runner. He also has added value in the return game where his speed and elusiveness can really be dangerous.
Unfortunately, that is where the positive attributes end for Noil. As mentioned earlier, he has had a number of hiccups away from the field, and that worries me. I also worry about his effort level when he doesn't get involved early. He is a completely different player when he is not involved, often losing interest. This is not uncommon among receivers with his ability but there is only one ball in the NFL, and it has to be shared.
His size is a bit of an issue as well, but with his movement skills, he doesn't take a lot of solid shots. Still, he has been known to have some nagging injuries in college, and the game only gets more violent at the professional level. I also wonder if he has the mentality to be a number one target. I don't see the same confidence when he runs slants or crossing routes. Some players just don't like going into traffic, and that seems to be the case here. If so, he is a tough player to put in the game on third downs. He also doesn't seem to complete much as a blocker.
Overall, I see a guy who has Odell Beckham's kind of abilities but Nelson Agholor's bust potential. If he can stay out of trouble and get that extra competitive gear in him, we may be talking about one of the best skilled-position prospects in the country. It will be quite a task in his current situation in College Station, but he is capable of making it happen if he wants to. That impact could be the difference between being picked in the top two rounds, or on day three.
Compares to (Current NFL Player): Sammy Watkins (Buffalo Bills) or Jeremy Macklin (Kansas City Chiefs)
- Outstanding speed
- Good hands
- Fast in and out of his breaks
- Elite leaping ability
- Dangerous return man
- A lot of issues away from the field
- Less than desirable size
- Can get disinterested
- Not a physical player over the middle or in the run game
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