Scouting Report: USC's Robert Woods

Robert Woods
USC Wide Receiver
6-foot-1, 180 lbs.

Possesses soft, natural hands to pluck ball. Can make acrobatic catches look routine. Can adjust to both low and high throws. Ability to catch and turn upfield quickly. Rarely drops a ball.

Run Ability
Very dangerous with ball in hands. Can catch a short throw and turn it into a long gainer. Elusive and fast in the open field. Has home run speed. Also a very good kick returner.

Route Running
Excellent quickness in/out of breaks. Doesn't break stride and knows how to gear down quickly. Can cut on a dime. Difficult to cover one on one. Knows how to find soft spots versus zone defense.

Deep Threat
Has a second gear burst to blow by defenders and make big plays downfield. Very good in traffic and will pluck the ball out of the air at its highest point.

Ball React
Will adjust route and come back strong for poorly thrown balls. Very good body control in traffic. Can out-maneuver defenders in jump ball situations. Very athletic and fluid in movement.

Wants the ball in his hands. Always plays at full speed. Can make big plays with the game on the line. True game changer. Plays hard for four quarters.

This sophomore sensation is a difference maker as both a receiver and kick returner. He has size, speed and outstanding hands. Can get open anywhere on the field. He is both a deep threat and a possession type who is not afraid to catch balls over the middle in traffic. He has some of the best hands I have seen on tape. Uncanny ability to pluck the ball quickly and burst upfield. He is a semi long stride runner with a definite second gear burst in the open. A young talent with unlimited potential. Has future NFL star written all over him.

Photo courtesy: Mike Ferrara


Dave Razzano is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).

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