Illinois wide receiver Jarred Fayson was not invited to attend the NFL combine. In four seasons in college football Fayson accounted for only 67 receptions for 722 yards and five touchdowns, he also rushed for 216 yards on 34 attempts.
Fayson started at the University of Florida but decided to transfer to Illinois in November of 2007 after openly airing his frustrations at his lack of playing time with Gators.
While his career stat line might not stand out as elite, which is likely why he did not get invited to the Combine, his measurables are off the chart.
At Illinois’ pro day The 6-foot, 207-pound Fayson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds and posted a 39-inch vertical leap.
He had a 3.98 pro agility, a 10-8 1/2 broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times, garnering heavy praise from scouts in attendance.
When a player of his size runs that quick, NFL teams take notice, and the New Orleans Saints are one of those teams, having already met with him according to a report on nationalfootballpost.com.
Other teams are interested as well including the Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Bronco and Buffalo Bills.
The Saints have one of the best receiving core’s in the league. There is always room for improvement though, case in point is Devery Henderson’s up and down play as well as Robert Meachem’s bum ankle.
Payton has surely schemed up plenty of deep routes for Fayson to run in his head. Paired with Drew Brees’ accuracy he could develop into a massive deep threat option for the Saints, which was a major problem last season in the offense.
Neither Meachem or Henderson were able to duplicate their success in catching the deep ball during 2010, after excelling at it in 2009 averaging 16 and 15.8 yards per reception respectively.
Fayson is expected to be drafted somewhere in the later rounds of the draft. If a team falls in love with him however he may go as high as the third, where the Saints hold two picks. They have no picks in the 4th, 5th, or 6th rounds.