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Charone Peake Scouting Report, WR, Clemson, 2016 NFL Draft

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A receiver who has all the tools but suffers through the dropsies.

Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Introduction

High School: Dorman

Recruitment: 4 Star Recruit by Rivals, 4 Star Recruit by ESPN

Injuries/Discipline: Torn ACL in 2013. Had minor knee surgery in 2014

Measurables:

Height: 6'3

Weight: 215lb

Class: Redshirt Graduate

Bench Press: 12

Vertical: 35.5"

Broad: 122"

40 Yard Dash: 4.45

3 Cone: 6.96

Stats

2015: 50 receptions, 716 yards, 14.3 yard average, 5 TD's

2014: 12 receptions, 129 yards, 10.8 yard average, 2 TD's

2013: 8 receptions, 84 yards, 10.5 yard average, 1 TD

2012: 25 receptions, 172 yards, 6.9 yard average, 2 TD's

2011: 4 receptions, 71 yards, 17.8 yard average

Positives

  • Good size, speed and length.
  • Sells his routes well.
  • Dangerous on short and intermediate routes.
  • Has that 2nd gear on deep routes
  • Shows good acceleration off the line.
  • Came back from adversity of knee surgery well.
  • High character guy.
  • Can physically dominate corners.
  • Makes difficult catches look easy

Negative

  • Suffers through quite a few drops.
  • Has two knee surgeries on his CV.
  • Has small hands for the wide receiver position.
  • Doesn't track the long ball that well.
  • Doesn't always show up in run blocking.
  • Despite depth, disappointing college career.

Conclusion

I remember Peake coming into college ball, he was an exciting prospect that many people expected to contribute straight away. For one reason or another that didn't happen at Clemson. He was buried on a depth chart that had plenty of receiving talent, but he never really looked to be climbing it. At the end of the day the ACL injury derailed him for some time and he did well to produce in 2015, but you can't classify his college career as anything but disappointing.

I'm really up in the air with Peake. Sometimes when I watch him, I think he has all the tools to be a legitimate #1. He has that size, he has that length and he has that speed. Then I'll see him drop a straight forward ball and disappear, and that just can't happen at the college level. As a result I have no confidence in him making the jump to the next level.

I'm sure someone will get enamoured with Peake's potential. Although I do think there is a lot of work needed and his unreliable hands will drive coaches and fans absolutely crazy. In the end, I think he'll settle in to be a decent #3 target but I just don't see him fulfilling that #1 potential that he so clearly has.

Draft Grade: 63

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