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NFL Draft: Player Profile - Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
John Tuvey
March 20, 2009
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Kenny Britt, WR, RutgersMeasurables:
Combine height: 6-2 7/8
Combine weight: 218 pounds
Combine 40 time: 4.51 seconds

Britt caught 87 balls for 1,371 yards and seven touchdowns during his final campaign at Rutgers; he also carried seven times for 78 yards and a touchdown. For his three-year career, Britt recorded 178 receptions for 3,043 yards—a new Big East record—and 17 touchdowns along with the aforementioned 7-78-1 on the ground.

Skill Set:
Britt is built like an NFL receiver, and his size allows him to go across the middle without fear and break tackles once he has the ball. He also has decent speed and accelerates quickly, but he lacks the elite speed to be a true deep threat in the pros. He also has strong hands, but scouts worry that he has been prone to lapses in concentration and dropped catchable passes.

While there’s no questioning Britt’s productivity and some scouts think Britt may be the best NFL prospect in this year’s receiver class, he doesn’t come without issues. As with most college wideouts, Britt’s route running needs refinement. Of greater concern are character issues raised by Britt’s one-game suspension for an undisclosed violation of team policy. Some scouts have also indicated that Britt already possesses a big-time prima donna attitude—which, rather than a detriment, might perfectly suit him to play wide receiver in the NFL.

Possible Destinations:
Some scouts feel Britt’s lack of top-end speed may doom him to possession receiver status in the NFL; others think he’s the best receiver in the draft. While it’s unlikely he goes off the board in Round One, a mini-run on receivers could queue him up for several teams late in the first frame starting with the Dolphins at 25 to fill their need for a bigger receiver to team with Ted Ginn. Also interested would be the Ravens at 26 (Derrick Mason isn’t getting any younger), Colts at 27 (someone needs to fill the third receiver spot with Marvin Harrison gone), Eagles at 28 (they’re always in need of a receiver), Giants at 29 (a bigger target to replace Plaxico Burress), and Titans at 30 (another team that always seems to be looking for receiver help). Early in Round Two the Bengals (38) and Jaguars (39) could stand to upgrade the position, and the Dolphins (44) and Giants (45) will each have another shot thanks to picks acquired via trade. That takes us almost full circle, where you could throw in the Jets (52) and Vikings (54) to the aforementioned teams who may get another chance to nab Britt.

Fantasy Impact:
Which scouts do you believe: the ones who like Britt more than Michael Crabtree or the ones who think he’s at best a possession guy? Hey, if that possession guy turns out to be a T.J. Houshmandzadeh type, there’s nothing wrong with that. And Britt does have the size to fit into the tall (yet small, numbers-wise) mold of wideouts who do have success as a rookie. It’s going to take him going to the right situation, obviously; Britt as a third receiver for the Colts or as Plaxico Burress’ stand-in has significantly more upside than Britt as the possession guy for the Dolphins or as the Titans’ No. 2. He’s not likely to require immediate attention on draft day, but if he does fall into the proper circumstance he’d be worth taking a shot on late in the proceedings.

Dynasty leaguers must answer the same question… but they’re working on more of an essay test rather than a true/false. At least some scouts think enough of Britt’s upside to project him as a No. 1, and if the team that drafts him appears to feel the same way he should be upgraded accordingly. He definitely has all the tools, and if placed in the proper environment to develop those skills he may make those scouts look pretty smart. The flip-side seems to be a Houshmandzadeh- or Muhsin Muhammad-type possession receiver, and even they’ve had their one shining moments as fantasy studs.

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