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.
Michigan, Wide Receiver
Height: 6' 4 1/4"
Weight: 232 pounds
Hands: 9 3/4"
Arms: 33 1/2"
Wing Span: 82 5/8"
Bench Press Reps: 17
Vertical Jump: 38 1/2"
Broad Jump: 10' 2"
Positives: Imposing size combined with surprising short-area quickness and open-field speed. Big, long physique but doesn’t telegraph routes. Aggressiveness to go over the top of defenders and pluck the ball out of the air. Flashes exceptional hands. Dense frame and height makes him a huge target for a quarterback, providing a nice bailout option.
Negatives: His well-rounded nature prevents him from jumping out in any one area. With a 4.70 40-time, Funchess is not exactly a fast downfield threat, and might not be the best at any one thing, whether it’s route running or high pointing. Slight concern about separating in the NFL. Not the most consistent hands in the class.
49ers Insider Matt Maiocco's Take: He lacks quickness, so he’s not real good underneath. He has build-up speed, which might not be what the 49ers want from a wideout in this draft class.
Raiders Insider Scott Bair's Take: Funchess is proof that this is a deep WR draft class. He’s projected to be a second-round pick, where the Raiders could end up choosing a receiver. They could go with defense in the first round and turn to a big, powerful wideout in the second.
NFL comparison: Michael Floyd (Cardinals WR)
Stats courtesy NFL media services
Positives/negatives courtesy NFL.com