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NFL Draft: Player Profile - Juaquin Iglesias, WR, Oklahoma
John Tuvey
March 13, 2009
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Juaquin Iglesias, WR, OklahomaMeasurables:
Combine height: 6-0
Combine weight: 210 pounds
Combine 40 time: 4.50 seconds

Iglesias has a productive senior year at Oklahoma, with 74 catches for 1,150 yards and 10 touchdowns. For his Sooner career, Iglesias caught 202 balls for 2,861 yards and 19 touchdowns, along with 12 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Skill Set:
Though he outproduced Malcolm Kelly, a second-round selection of the Redskins in last year’s draft, when the two were teammates at Oklahoma, Iglesias is not viewed as a No. 1 receiver at the NFL level. He doesn’t have the top-end speed to be a true deep threat, though scouts agree he plays faster than his 40 time might indicate.

That said, there are plenty of pro teams who could use a No. 2 or slot receiver with Iglesias’ skill set. He has excellent hands and isn’t afraid to go across the middle and take a hit while making a catch. He reads defenses well and is an adept route-runner, though he did struggle a bit to get open against better competition at the Senior Bowl and may have similar difficulties in the NFL. Once Iglesias has the ball, he’s elusive and capable of picking up plenty of YAC; not surprisingly, those same abilities helped him set an Oklahoma record for kick returns—and return skills always add value at the NFL level.

Possible Destinations:
Iglesias is a cusp-Day One player; his best bet to hear his name called at the end of the second round would be if the Ravens, Panthers, or Colts used the pick to add a complementary receiver. The Titans or Steelers could also be interested, especially given Iglesias’ return skills, though those particular teams might be looking for someone who could also provide a long-ball threat. If Iglesias remains on the board into the draft’s second day he could go early in the third to the Lions (65), Chiefs (67), Seahawks (68), or Jaguars (72)—all of whom could stand to add some depth to their receiving corps. Waiting for Iglesias to slide later in the round are the Jets (with the Saints’ pick at 76), Redskins (80), Buccaneers (81), and Vikings (86)—teams with a similar motive of fleshing out their receiver depth.

Fantasy Impact:
Several stars would have to align for Iglesias to have a significant impact in his rookie campaign. First, he’d need to pick up a new system quickly enough to land a job as a No. 2 or slot receiver; second, his team will have to run a relatively pass-heavy offense; and third, Iglesias will have to address the concerns about his ability to gain separation at the NFL level on a consistent enough basis for his quarterback to hook up with him. If he lands with the Colts or Seahawks, the first two are distinct possibilities and Iglesias would be an intriguing sleeper candidate for 2009. Other situations don’t offer quite as much upside and would likely relegate Iglesias to in-season waiver-wire fodder.

Because Iglesias doesn’t project as a No. 1 receiver in the NFL, he doesn’t offer a great deal of dynasty league upside. He does have the tools to develop into a Bobby Wade or Bobby Engram type of player—not exactly the kind of guy you hold over from year to year. Again, in a good situation Iglesias offers some fantasy potential, but odds are he’ll still be there waiting for you in the free agent pool following the draft.

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