BIOGRAPHY: Awarded All-Conference and All-American honors the past two seasons. Senior pass-catching numbers included 51/588/4 when he also averaged 12.5 yards on 30 punt returns. Junior pass-catching numbers included 81/942/8 with a 10.7-yard average on 51 punt returns.
POSITIVES: Quick-footed, reliable pass catcher who impacts the game as a return specialist. Fast off the snap, runs sharp routes and gets separation from opponents. Displays a sense of timing, adjusts to the errant throw and looks the pass into his hands.
NEGATIVES: Not a true burner or receiver who beats defenders down the field. Loses out in battles.
ANALYSIS: A solid football player, Merritt has definite possibilities as a fifth receiver in a West Coast offense. Return skills bring added value.