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Scouting The Draft: Jake Kumerow, WR, Wisconsin-Whitewater

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We've been focusing heavily on QB's this week, so I'm going to mix it up today with one of my favorite small school prospects.

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Introduction

When you're a division 3 player, making an NFL roster is tough, the odds are stacked against you. You don't get the exposure and with no exposure you may not get the invite to showcase your talent, it's a harsh reality. Even FBS talent that gets drafted isn't safe from the chop when NFL teams are forced to cut their rosters down to 53. However as a D3 player, just getting an invite to camp is an uphill struggle.

However for this D3 prospect, earning a camp invite isn't going to be very difficult at all, at least if NFL scouts are doing their job. Rumour has it that at least 20 teams have scouted Jake Kumerow this year. After all, a receiver who is 6'5, 208lb's and runs a 4.5 forty is someone you're going to want to take a look at. When you consider that the receiver in question boasted a stat line of 77 receptions, 1331 yards and 19 touchdowns, he's definitely someone your scouts should be aware of.

Jake is after all a football player by blood. His dad Eric was a first round selection of the Dolphins in 1988. His uncle John Bosa was a first round selection of the Dolphins in 1987 and his cousin Joey is currently an All-American defensive end for the college football champion Ohio State Buckeyes.

From redshirting at Illinois as a walk-on, Kumerow has consistently flashed Division 1 talent at Wisconsin-Whitewater as the Warhawks navigated the season without a single loss culminating in their 2nd consecutive D3 title win against Mount Union.

I've been lucky enough to have been given some tape on Kumerow and I was extremely impressed.

Measurables

Height: 6'5

Weight: 208lb's

Class: Senior

Projected 40: 4.5

Statistics

Year Receptions Yards Touchdowns
2014 66 1116 14
2013 77 1331 19
2012 15 201 3

Positives

  • Elite blend of size, strength and speed that will attract many teams.
  • Physical aspect to his game, plays physical after the catch.
  • Has excellent hands, catches away from his body and doesn't snatch at the ball.
  • Good awareness on patterns to sit down in zone coverage.
  • Excellent red-zone threat who knows how to use his body to box out.
  • Above average release from the line, gets off quickly and into stride.
  • Production, missed 4 games this year and still put up over 1,000 yards and 14 TD's.
  • Bulked up to over 200lb's, only just revealing true potential.

Negatives

  • Competition, there is no way to get around it, he was facing D3 competition.
  • Routes - rounds off a lot, doesn't get in and out very sharply.
  • Technique - He is taller, stronger, faster than D3, hasn't had to work on technique.
  • Needs to make the most of his height, sometimes waits for the ball to come to him.

Conclusion

I'm really pleased that Kumerow is getting a little attention from the scouting circles, because frankly he deserves it. He has a lot of talent and he's grown into his frame over the course of the last two years. He really wants this and that shows up on tape. He's big, he's fast and he's a fighter. You have to like a guy who has those traits and if he isn't worth a flyer later in the draft, I don't know who is. I think he'll get drafted without a shadow of a doubt, where he gets drafted will depend on how he showcases himself in the lead-up to the NFL draft. He was very much a big fish in a very small pond, however he was playing at an elite school in D3 competition in Wisconsin-Whitewater.

I would 100% take a serious look at this man, and for a team who's desperate to unearth that big, fast, talented receiver, we need to be at the front of the line, and there will be a line.

Draft Grade: 60

90-100 = Exceptional Talent

80-90 = Impact Player

70-80 = NFL Starter

60-70 = Solid NFL Potential

50-60 = Draftable - Lot of work needed

>50 = Undraftable - Long Shot To Stick