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Grading System
Jabar Gaffney | WR | Florida | Southeastern Conference
Selected by Houston Texans in round 2, pick 1 (33 overall)
Height Weight 40 Grade
6'1 193 4.45 4.12
Jabar Gaffney
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Led the Gators in receiving since he was a redshirt freshman, his initial season in the starting lineup. First team All-Conference selection last season after catching 67/1,191/17.8/13. Totaled 71/1,184/16.7/14 his first year on the field for Florida. Set the all-time NCAA Division IA record for touchdown receptions by a freshman in 2000 when he was named SEC Freshman Player of the Year. Son of former New York Jet receiver Derrick Gaffney. Has had several off the field incidents in the past.

Game controlling and game impacting receiver with nice size. Quick releasing off the line of scrimmage, fluid and makes catches all over the field. Solid route runner quick in or out of his breaks, stays low exiting them and immediately positions himself to make the reception. Extends his hands, catches the ball away from his body and quick transitioning to run after the catch. Comes back to the ball, displays strong hands and plucks the pass out of the air. Runs well laterally, goes over the middle and finds the soft spot in the defense. Adjusts to the errant throw, times and anticipates his receptions well, making the difficult catch in traffic. Elusive and strong when the ball is in his hands, sneaks it downfield on occasion and can also throw the option pass. Looks the pass in for the most part but will occasionally peak, take his eyes off the ball and look to run before he actually made the reception. Not always focused and prone to dropping the easy one. Lacks the explosive burst of speed and second gear down the flanks. A lot of upside potential to his game and a prospect who will be a productive number one receiver at the next level if he learns to get his priorities in order and keep his focus on the football field. Mid first round.

2001 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
74 1309 17.7 15

2001 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
0 0 0

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