With the NFL Draft on Thursday, we are looking at some of the Big 12’s best prospects and where they might end up in the draft. We’ve already looked at offensive linemen and tight ends, now let’s look at a few of the Big 12’s most promising receivers in the draft.
WR – Baylor
PROS: Cannon was Baylor’s go to receiver in 2016 with 87 catches for 1,215 yards. He also has four games of 200-plus yards receiving in his career. He has great hands and is dependable in making the tough catch, and displays good speed off the line with acceleration allowing initial separation from defending corner backs. He is a playmaker with the ability to rack up yards after the catch.
CONS: As good as Cannon is, he is still considered to be a somewhat raw prospect due to a lack of experienced route running. His body is considered to be too lean, slight, and undersized to absorb big hits over the middle. He also does not display breakaway speed, despite a quick initial burst off the line.
OUTLOOK: Cannon is considered to be an intriguing prospect due to his speed and ability to make difficult catches over the shoulder. He figures to be a nice option as a 3rd or 4th receiver in a high-powered offense, similar to the role Taylor Gabriel plays with the Atlanta Falcons. Cannon has some experience with special teams which is to his benefit and may ultimately be what lands him a roster spot. Most experts expect Cannon to go in the 4th or 5th round.