PFF scouting report: Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois

The PFF analysis team breaks down the prospects of Northern Illinois' Kenny Golladay ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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PFF scouting report: Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois


Name: Kenny Golladay

School: Northern Illinois

Position fit: Wide receiver

Stats to know: Dropped only five of 165 catchable passes over the past two seasons.

What he does best:

  • Sure-handed wide receiver who dropped only five of the 165 catchable passes going his way over the past two seasons.
  • Has a large catch radius and can make athletic – even one-handed – receptions on slightly inaccurate passes when he is not closely covered.
  • Very elusive with the ball in his hands, which he used to break tackles on designed runs on jet sweep plays.
  • Tracks the ball well in the air on deep passes and can adjust and get under it to make big plays downfield.
  • Good blocker who is not afraid to use cut blocks to get his man to the ground.

Biggest concern:

  • Not as physical as his size would suggest and can be pushed around by defenders at the catch point and therefore struggles to make contested receptions.
  • Does not run sharp enough routes to take advantage of his straight-line speed and struggles to separate.
  • Does not use his hands well against press coverage, which prevents him from separating early in the play.

Bottom line: While Golladay has good hands and can make spectacular circus catches, he lacks the necessary separation skills to earn significant playing time early in his NFL career. In addition, he struggles to use his physical tools both during separation and at the catch point. However, since he already possesses these tools, he can be considered a player with a high ceiling and the question remains whether one day he can develop into a player that takes full advantage of his tangible skills.

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