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NFL Draft: Player Profile - Andre Caldwell
John Tuvey
April 18, 2008
Wide Receiver - Florida

Combine Height: 6-0
Combine Weight: 204
Combine 40 Time: 4.37

Caught 56 balls for 761 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

Skill Set:
Caldwell has decent size for an NFL wideout, though at 6-0 and 204 pounds he doesn’t stand out in a crowd. What did turn some heads was a 4.37 40 and 38.5-inch vertical jump at the Combine, especially since those measurable came on the heels of a strong showing during Senior Bowl week. Florida receivers have historically struggled in the NFL, and Caldwell’s durability issues—a broken leg in 2005, ankle and knee problems last season—is another red flag. But his hands, ability to get open and straight-line speed provide pro teams with enough upside to go back to the Gator receiver well and take another shot.

Coming out of a spread offense, Caldwell will have some catching up to do when it comes to learning the full complement of NFL routes. In the interim, however, he has the open-field ability to contribute as a return man and the speed to get on the field as a deep threat

Possible Destinations:
Caldwell should go off the board before the end of Day One, as his speed firmly plants him in the second tier of wideouts. Depending on who used a first-round pick on a pass-catcher, Caldwell could hear his name called as early as 46th overall to Cincinnati or three picks later to the Eagles. The Buccaneers (52nd), Titans (54th), and Cowboys (61st) might also be shopping for wide receiver help before the league calls it a day.

Fantasy Impact:
Nothing on Caldwell’s resume screams “monster rookie season,” so there’s little to suggest he’ll buck the trend of rookie wideouts putting in pine time before becoming a fantasy factor. He might get some burn in the return game or as a slot receiver; while the prospect of a 4.37 guy in the open field conjures images of long touchdowns, neither of those roles are overly conducive to an immediate shot in the fantasy arm. And as you might imagine, a Florida wideout with durability issues doesn’t get a triple-A-plus investment rating in dynasty leagues, either. We’ll need to see a healthy Caldwell land in a promising situation and earn some playing time before becoming anything more than a fringe blip on the fantasy radar.

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