Saints NFL Draft Prospects: Searching for the next Marques Colston

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Paul McRoberts
Sep 6, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Southeast Missouri State Redhawks wide receiver Paul McRoberts (1) catches a pass for a touchdown against Kansas Jayhawks cornerback JaCorey Shepherd (24) and safety Isaiah Johnson (5) in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Kansas won the game 34-28. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports /

NFL Draft prospect: Paul McRoberts
School: Southeast Missouri State
Size: 6-foot-2, 202 LBS
My round projection: 3-4

One of the more underrated and one of my favorite prospects, McRoberts could be a steal out this year’s incoming rookie class.  Before I continue, that’s him in the picture above, behind the two defenders.  He caught that ball for a touchdown, something we could see a lot of at the next level.

Similar to De’Runnya Wilson, McRoberts is a two-sport athlete (also basketball), which bodes well for his athletic abilities.  He’s a good route runner, has long arms for a big catch radius, and has the ball skills (thanks to basketball) to go up and contest for the high throws.  He’s also very solid after the catch and boasts highlight-reel ability, which you’ll see in the draftbreakdown.com tape below.

His tall, lean frame could afford to bulk up.  Unlike Marques Colston, McRoberts lacks the strength to overpower his opponents, so hitting the weights wouldn’t hurt.

McRoberts had an extremely productive senior year, finishing with 76 catches for 940 yards and nine touchdowns.  The momentum carried over into the Senior Bowl, where he caught several crucial passes, including a touchdown thrown by Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott.

Again, we’re talking about a very underrated receiver here.  An NFL team could potentially strike gold with McRoberts.  Could it be the New Orleans Saints?

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