Reports surfaced Monday that Marc Ross, director of college scouting for the New York Giants, was in attendance at the Wake Forest Pro Day -- possibly with an eye on wide receiver Chris Givens. So, let's use today's 2012 NFL Draft Prospect Profile to find out something about Givens.
Given unofficially ran as fast as 4.37 in the 40-yard dash as the NFL Scouting Combine, His official time was 4.41.
Wes Bunting of the National Football Post does not appear all that impressed with Givens, whom he rates as a middle-round pick. Bunting says:
He's a coordinated route runner who can adjust to the football and has enough speed to go down the field. However, he's not overly quick, powerful or fast. Looks like a low-end starter at best who would likely be better served to play inside in sub package situations.
CBS Sports writes:
"As an NFL Draft prospect, Chris Givens offers a lot of production and agility. Givens relies on quickness and change of direction to achieve separation, and can make the spectacular catch. While most of his production came off short throws with plenty of YAC, Givens is a legit deep threat. Despite injuries in high school, Givens was healthy for the duration of his career at Wake. Givens could fit as a #2 WR or slot in most schemes."
Givens is an early-entry junior out of Wake Forest where he was a first-team All-ACC selection this past year. He has adequate size and is a blazing straight-line runner who looks similar to Philadelphia's Jeremy Maclin with his movements in-route. He relies heavily on his speed in all he does and is the type of receiver capable of taking a speed-out and cutting up field to daylight. He is a polished player who could be selected late in the first round; he has all the traits to be a productive NFL receiver and an immediate No. 2 option.
Chris Givens Profile
College: Wake Forest
40 time: 4.41
2011 Stats: 83 receptions, 1,330 yards, 16.0 yards per catch, 9 touchdowns