Biography: Full-time starter the past two seasons after seeing action with the first team for half of his sophomore season. All-conference selection after his senior and junior campaigns. Posted 45 receptions/913 yards/8 touchdowns last year, with an average of 20.3 yards per catch, after 53/869/5 the prior season.
Positives: Nice sized pass catcher with game breaking ability. Fluid releasing off the line, immediately gets to top speed and displays the ability to beat defenders down the sidelines. Sells routes, uses his frame to shield away opponents and consistently extends to make the reception away from his body. Adjusts to the errant throw and easily makes the downfield, over the shoulder reception. Comes back to the ball out of breaks, displays good eye/hand coordination as well as focus. Gives effort blocking, stays square and seals open the downfield running lanes.
Negatives: Possesses solid long speed yet does not show an elite burst. Possesses just average quickness in his game. Tends to round off routes. Not a receiver that takes the big hit then holds onto the ball.
Analysis: Saffold was a productive small school receiver that consistently displayed the ability to make big plays. He needs to fine-tune his game and improve his route running yet is a solid developmental prospect that should get consideration as a teams fifth receiver.
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