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2014 Senior Bowl

- Jalen Saunders (Oklahoma WR) is the smallest player here. He showed a lot of wiggle in his routes and at the line. Saunders caught everything that was thrown to him with his hands. He is also a very good return guy.

http://www.baysportsnet.com/senior-bowl-day-two-south-practice-notes/
Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
- Jalen Saunders (Oklahoma WR) is the smallest player here. He showed a lot of wiggle in his routes and at the line. Saunders caught everything that was thrown to him with his hands. He is also a very good return guy.

http://www.baysportsnet.com/senior-bowl-day-two-south-practice-notes/

He could be a TY Hilton type player

Small WRs have value in todays NFL
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Saginaw Valley State wide receiver Jeff Janis

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver is just one of a handful of non-Division I players invited to participate in college football's premier all-star game. But it's no secret why Janis was selected.

Over the past two seasons, he's caught a staggering 189 passes for 3,207 yards and 31 touchdowns. Leading up the NFL draft, the Senior Bowl offers a unique opportunity for Janis to show scouts that his talent and production translates against NFL-bound defensive backs from BCS conferences.

Through the first three days of practice, Janis believes he's holding up well against the increased level of competition.

"These are some of the best players in country," he said. "Obviously, coming from D-II, I don't see that all the time. I've gone against some good corners in my career, but it hasn't been as consistent. It's just competition, just showing coaches you can compete no matter what."

In Saturday's game, Janis will also return kicks, something he did sparingly with the Cardinals. He views special teams as an area he can make an impression on potential employers.

Janis calls his top-end speed his strength. He's been electronically timed under 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash on three occasions and expects to do it again at the NFL combine next month.

He's currently projected as a mid-round selection, but running the 40 in the 4.3s will garner significant attention, especially at his size. Last season, five receivers cracked 4.4 seconds, but none were taller than 6-feet.

As for areas of improvement, because of the increased level of competition, Janis is adjusting to the smaller windows of space he has to make a reception. That means he's focusing on refining his technique in a number of areas, from his explosiveness off the line of scrimmage, to relying more on his hands to make grabs.

"Working on my explosiveness off the line and getting past DBs, that's huge," he said. "Usually, if I can beat them in the first couple steps, it's good for me. That's something I'm going to keep working on."

Whatever Janis is doing, it's working. His coach at the Senior Bowl, Atlanta Falcons' Mike Smith, told reporters after Wednesday's practice the receiver has caught the attention of his staff.

But it's not just the coaches Janis has been directly working with this week. He said he's had conversations with almost every NFL team in Mobile, except two, including his hometown Detroit Lions.


http://www.mlive.com/cardinals/index.ssf/2014/01/speedy_svsu_receiver_jeff_jani.html
Think Janis will ultimately go higher than a lot of people expect. His measurables are nice, and he was extremely productive, although against lesser comp. There is a lot to like there.
Originally posted by SunDevilNiner79:
Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
- Jalen Saunders (Oklahoma WR) is the smallest player here. He showed a lot of wiggle in his routes and at the line. Saunders caught everything that was thrown to him with his hands. He is also a very good return guy.

http://www.baysportsnet.com/senior-bowl-day-two-south-practice-notes/

He could be a TY Hilton type player

Small WRs have value in todays NFL

Definitely one of my sleepers, Im much higher on him than most around here it seems. He may be small but he is durable, catches everything, and has the ability to take it to the house from anywhere on the field. Also has more top end see than people give him credit for.

Also adds great ST value as a PR/KR specialist.
[ Edited by IdahoNiner on Jan 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM ]
Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
Originally posted by SunDevilNiner79:
Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
- Jalen Saunders (Oklahoma WR) is the smallest player here. He showed a lot of wiggle in his routes and at the line. Saunders caught everything that was thrown to him with his hands. He is also a very good return guy.

http://www.baysportsnet.com/senior-bowl-day-two-south-practice-notes/

He could be a TY Hilton type player

Small WRs have value in todays NFL

Definitely one of my sleepers, Im much higher on him than most around here it seems. He may be small but he is durable, catches everything, and has the ability to take it to the house from anywhere on the field. Also has more top end see than people give him credit for.

Also adds great ST value as a PR/KR specialist.

I like MIchael Campanaro as a small WR, but the dude can't stay healthy. Injured Junior and Senior year.
Originally posted by SunDevilNiner79:
Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
Originally posted by SunDevilNiner79:
Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
- Jalen Saunders (Oklahoma WR) is the smallest player here. He showed a lot of wiggle in his routes and at the line. Saunders caught everything that was thrown to him with his hands. He is also a very good return guy.

http://www.baysportsnet.com/senior-bowl-day-two-south-practice-notes/

He could be a TY Hilton type player

Small WRs have value in todays NFL

Definitely one of my sleepers, Im much higher on him than most around here it seems. He may be small but he is durable, catches everything, and has the ability to take it to the house from anywhere on the field. Also has more top end see than people give him credit for.

Also adds great ST value as a PR/KR specialist.

I like MIchael Campanaro as a small WR, but the dude can't stay healthy. Injured Junior and Senior year.

Like i said, a lot of people talk about Saunders size but you cant deny he has been durable his whole career thus far.
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Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
Think Janis will ultimately go higher than a lot of people expect. His measurables are nice, and he was extremely productive, although against lesser comp. There is a lot to like there.

Right now, I think he will go in the 3rd round, maybe the 4th round.

I think he is going to be very fast at the combine.
Originally posted by communist:
We will go for Abbrederis in the 2nd. read it here first

I hope so
Originally posted by NC49erfan82:
Originally posted by communist:
We will go for Abbrederis in the 2nd. read it here first

I hope so



I don't get the love for Abbrederis at all, I have him at #22 on my WR list, which puts him at about as a 6th rounder.
I'm seeing Cody Hoffman getting some love finally, I see him as a 4th rounder, possible 3rd
Originally posted by SunDevilNiner79:
I'm seeing Cody Hoffman getting some love finally, I see him as a 4th rounder, possible 3rd

He's not a burner but I think her really knows how to beat press coverage and run nice routes. Good redzone target

Do you know where Jaylen Watkins is being projected? He's been looking real nice at the Senior Bowl practices
[ Edited by lamontb on Jan 24, 2014 at 11:53 AM ]
Originally posted by SunDevilNiner79:
I'm seeing Cody Hoffman getting some love finally, I see him as a 4th rounder, possible 3rd

Haven't been impressed by him very much. I don't know what happened, he's been off all season long. After an amazing junior year, he kind of fell off, struggled to get separation consistently, don't have a good feeling about him atm.
49ers have supposedly met with all these cats. Bolded some of my favorites.



Xavius Boyd, LB, Western Kentucky (EW) Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT, McGill (EW) C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa (SR) Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota (SR) Gator Hoskins, TE, Marshall (SR) Stanley Jean-Baptiste, DB, Nebraska (SR) Cassius Marsh, DL, UCLA (EW) Jeff Mathews, QB, Cornell (EW) Demonte McAllister, DL, Florida State (EW) Jack Mewhort, OL, Ohio State (SR) Trent Murphy, DL, Stanford (VINT) Matt Patchan, OL, Boston College (SR) Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona (EW) Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia (SR) Marcus Smith, LB, Louisville (SR)




Out of everyone they drafted last year, I think they only met with Patton, Luke Marquardt and Quinton Dial.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Jan 24, 2014 at 11:58 AM ]
Originally posted by SunDevilNiner79:
I'm seeing Cody Hoffman getting some love finally, I see him as a 4th rounder, possible 3rd

not a fan of his. i actually feel like he'll be a 5th round selection.


Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
49ers have supposedly met with all these cats. Bolded some of my favorites.



Xavius Boyd, LB, Western Kentucky (EW) Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT, McGill (EW) C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa (SR) Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota (SR) Gator Hoskins, TE, Marshall (SR) Stanley Jean-Baptiste, DB, Nebraska (SR) Cassius Marsh, DL, UCLA (EW) Jeff Mathews, QB, Cornell (EW) Demonte McAllister, DL, Florida State (EW) Jack Mewhort, OL, Ohio State (SR) Trent Murphy, DL, Stanford (VINT) Matt Patchan, OL, Boston College (SR) Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona (EW) Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia (SR) Marcus Smith, LB, Louisville (SR)




Out of everyone they drafted last year, I think they only met with Patton, Luke Marquardt and Quinton Dial.

i'm enamored with Jean-Baptiste and Fiedorowicz