PFF scouting report: Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan
Here is the PFF draft profile for Western Michigan’s Daniel Braverman, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.
Slot receiver. Spent all but 34 of his 873 snaps in 2015 in the slot
Stat to know:
3.27 yards per route run from the slot was the best mark of any wide receiver in this class
What he does best:
• Works well against zone. Finds passing lanes. Moves the chains
• Shifty in and out of breaks, especially when given a two-way go from the slot
• Works against defender’s leverage well to create separation
• Just 11 drops from 198 catchable passes thrown his way in 2014 and 2015
• Has a good feel for defenders after he catches the ball, helping him force 24 missed tackles on 106 receptions
• Has good vision with the ball in his hands, particularly on screens
• Very much a slot receiver only. Limited work outside at college level
• Small frame and catch radius makes for small margin of error for quarterback
• Doesn’t appear to have great acceleration, so while he’s good with the ball in his hands, not particularly explosive
• Does he have enough speed to burn in the NFL, or will he be a short area specialist
Pro style comparison:
Michael Campanaro, Baltimore Ravens. We’ve seen a lot of slot receivers make their way into the NFL in the last few years, and Campanaro has looked impressive when he’s been on the field. Before going down injured in Week 4 he had ran 22 of his 32 routes from the slot, and that’s the type of usage we would expect for Braverman.
Like Oklahoma’s Sterling Shepard, Braverman has the opportunity to come into the NFL and create matchup problems out of the slot. Five years ago he would have been considered a late round draft pick, but in today’s NFL and the number of teams who look to the slot, he could go much higher.