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Will A Cardinal Become A Chief?


One aspect of draft season that I really enjoy is fans finding favorites among the mid-late round prospects. In the spirit of that, let me introduce you to mine, Jeff Janis, Wide Receiver from Saginaw Valley State. Who? From where? Exactly. Saginaw Valley State is a Division II school in Michigan. Jeff Janis is a highly decorated prospect earning multiple All-American team designations at that level.

What does he bring to the table? Size and speed. Jeff stands just a shade under 6′ 3” and has speed to burn. What is his 40 yard dash time? Who really cares. That’s the biggest joke measurement at the Combine. His was fast, very fast in fact. What I am more interested in is his 10 yard split. I want to see how fast someone can get up to speed. His 10 yard split was 1.47 seconds. Feel free to look over the Combine results for wide receivers looking for someone faster. You will not find anyone. That’s right, he was faster over 10 yards than all the top speed burners at the Combine. How agile is he? Well, his 3-code drill placed him 3rd among Wide Receivers. He was 7th in the shuttle drill. Suffice it to say that he has NFL level athletic skills. He was a three year starter and was durable as well as being a hard worker. Jeff works well against zone coverage and has very good body control. So, why isn’t this guy a first round prospect? It can’t be just the level of competition. No, it isn’t. I have talked about some of the good, let’s talk about the bad.

There is concern that he is more track fast than game fast. Physically, he only has nine inch hands. That’s on the small side for a wide receiver. At times, he has trouble hanging onto the ball. He will make a circus catch, then follow it up with a drop. Cue the Dwayne Bowe flashback. He showed well at the Senior Bowl, but did struggle with press coverage. Finally, there is the level of competition concern. He is the kind of kid you draft and let him incubate for a year or two. He will need time to adjust to the NFL level. It’s a quantum leap from Saginaw Valley State.

Let me take a moment to talk about the kinds of wide receivers the Chiefs are looking at. Fans look at the smaller, fast receivers that Andy Reid had with the Eagles and think the Chiefs will go that route. It’s logical and understandable. However, I think it may be incorrect. Consider this. At the Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl the Chiefs scouts were all over every big bodied Wide Receiver. Does that make you think they are going small? I believe the Chiefs are looking for big, strong receivers that can get off of press coverage. So, where does that leave Jeff Janis?

Is he a perfect prospect? Of course not. You can’t teach speed, but you also can’t grow his hands either. What would you pay to draft a kid like that? I am thinking anywhere from Round Five on down. If he slips out of the draft, I would be at his door with a contract in hand.

Thanks my take Addicts. What do you think? Is he worth a draft pick?

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  • berttheclock

    One quick note about the NFL being a copy cat league. Yes, I have read that the Chiefs were looking at the taller wide outs. Strange thing. Seattle started two wide outs who were both five foot ten. Julio Jones, Megatron, A J Green and a few other tall wide outs were not in any SB. Now, DeMaryius Thomas is six three and he caught 13 passes for the Broncos, but, he only scored once on a gimme near the end of the game against a six one CB.

    However, one thing bothers me about your above pick. His very fast 10 yard time juxtaposed with the note he struggled against press defenses. Now, such as Abbrederis of Wisconsin is not very fast, but, he uses a quick stutter step which separates him from press coverages. Perhaps, it comes down to proper coaching.

    • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict


      I would submit that although the NFL is a copy-cat league, no one is rushing out to copy Seattle’s offense.

      I really like Abbrederis as a prospect. There is a reason why he is a round 3 guy and Janis is a round 5+ guy. Yes, Janis did struggle in the Senior Bowl with press coverage. Coming from D2, I expect some rough patches. To me, he is the kind of guy that could be coached up and emerge after a year or two. In round 5 or later, I think he is worth a flyer.

      • berttheclock

        Thanks. Funny that in a pass happy league, the Seahawks pounded the ball on the ground. I noticed that the worst part of the offensive season for the Niners was when they down played Gore and tried to win with Kap. After they re-established Gore as an attack weapon, it opened the game for Kap.

        • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

          The NFL goes around and around. However, the facts don’t change. A strong defense and a balanced offense is the best way to win, regardless of era.

  • berttheclock

    Mike Mayock at the combines did mention why several GMs are looking for taller wide outs. It has to do with the new fad by QBs to throw fades to the off shoulder away from defensive backs. He said in the old days QBs seeing coverage coming over to help out would not make a throw to the receiver. However, with the use of the fade, they will not look off that route. But, the West Coast favors wide outs running very sharp and precise short routes, especially, on crossing patterns. Tall receivers who need ten or more yards to get into full stride and get up to top speed, such as Jonathan Baldwin do not fit that system.

  • calciomoti

    UDFA or 7th

  • tm1946

    Would not know this young man from Adam but if he does not have hands, do not care about the rest. We are stuck with Bowe, why another ?

  • Josh Landers

    I don’t think his hands are the problem. Concentration is the big thing, in my eyes. It seems that most dropped balls occur when receivers start running before looking the ball in or when they hear footsteps and get alligator arms. If he’s making circus catches, his hand size is not the problem. Making those catches requires you to concentrate completely on making the catch and only making the catch. Hand size may be the single most ridiculous measurement for nfl readiness. Bigger hands are nice but far from necessary. Drops happen when guys are more concerned with hitting the home run more than moving the chains. It would seem that that can be corrected. That said, I wouldn’t mind seeing Janis in red. GO CHIEFS!!!

  • berttheclock

    One former Texan who will not become a Chiefs player is Manning who just inked with the Bengals.

  • Stan Colbert

    The biggest concern is what round we take a WR or how many you draft. If immediate contribution 1st round development 3 or 4. I think most people would say we need immediate impact and can’t see chiefs drafting 2 that early! I do love his talent though!

  • Daniel Mayfield

    He might be an impact on the team. (I think Baldwin could have been if we had a better QB back then) I don’t know about WRs in the 1st round unless you know they are somebody like Jerry Rice or Randy Moss….but you never know. College and NFL are so completely different now, not just by the players either.
    I just hope they can find somebody on the other side so the teams don’t focus Bowe all the time.