NFL Draft Profile: Saginaw Valley State WR Jeff Janis

NFL Draft Profile: Saginaw Valley State WR Jeff Janis
April 16, 2014, 6:15 pm
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Jeff Janis (WR), Saginaw Valley State

6'3" | 219 lbs.

2013 stats:

83 REC, 1,572 YDS, 14 TDS

Projection:

3rd-4th Round

What the scouts are saying:

"Terrific production — carves up lesser competition and creates chunk plays. Good red-zone target. Exceptional work ethic. Outstanding football character. Very passionate about the game." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)

"Looks the part with a tall, muscular body type. Has worked hard to fill out his frame. Fleet of foot with very good build up speed to accelerate away from defenders. Controlled routes and shifts his momentum well with smooth footwork in/out of his breaks. Good hesitation to sell patterns. Good tracking skills and judgment on deep throws. Solid functional strength for the position, making it a chore for tacklers to finish him off." (Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com)

"It isn't easy for small-school players to get invites to the Senior Bowl, especially at the skill positions. Offensive and defensive linemen have more luck getting invited to Mobile, Alabama, but the skill position players are less likely to get invites. Janis was able to buck the trend and participated in the most high-profile all-star game. At the Senior Bowl, he was solid but unimpressive." (WalterFootball.com)

"Janis' measurables and combine performance are hard to ignore, but he's far from a finished product. He wasn't tested at the DII level, and it showed during his week at the Senior Bowl. His physical tools give him a high ceiling, but he is very much a developmental prospect and will struggle to get on the field early in his career." (Ryan McCrystal, Bleacher Report)

Fit for the Bears:

There’s no question Janis has the physical tools to succeed, but it’s hard to judge how he will play when he makes the transition from Division II football to the NFL. Some scouts believe he could be a Day 2 selection while others see him as potentially going undrafted. The Bears are in good shape at the outside receiver positions with Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, but they could use another receiver to give last year’s draft pick Marquess Wilson some competition in camp to be the No. 3 receiver. If Janis is still on the board late in the draft, he might be worth a selection simply because of his production and physical skills.  

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