Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series in which we will highlight a collection of prospects in advance of the 2015 NFL Draft, beginning April 30.
Arizona State, Wide Receiver
Height: 6' 2 3/8"
Weight: 217 pounds
Arms: 32 1/2"
Wing Span: 76 3/4"
Bench Press Reps: N/A (right AC sprain)
Vertical Jump: 42"
Broad Jump: 10' 3"
Positives: Flashes impressive overall skills needed for the position. Capable of making spectacular grabs in coverage. Possesses dynamic physical traits to help an offense vertically, as well as in the red zone. Out-leaps defenders and shows great arm extension. Well-built receiver that can use his dimensions to box defenders out. Good acceleration in the open field, demonstrating long, powerful strides to pull away from defenders.
Negatives: Unpolished hands. Shaky balance before and after the catch. Doesn’t play up to his size. Can be outmuscled by physically inferior corners. Appears to lack aggressiveness or confidence at times. Clearly has a high ceiling due to the combination of his height, hands, acceleration and arm length, but big plays come in flashes. Bit of a bulky route runner that doesn’t show elite speed.
49ers Insider Matt Maiocco's Take: He is spending his time before the draft working out in Arizona with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. You can be sure the 49ers will talk to Kaepernick about Strong, who ran faster at the combine than he looked on film.
Raiders Insider Scott Bair's Take: If the Raiders trade into the bottom of the first round, Strong could be an option.
NFL comparison: Jordan Matthews (Eagles WR)
Stats courtesy NFL media services
Positives/negatives courtesy NFL.com