Southeast Missouri is not where you expect to find one of the top receivers in the 2016 NFL Draft but here we are. WR Paul McRoberts out of SEMO is expected to be a mid to late round pick and worked out for NFL scouts earlier this week. The Chiefs were one of 18 teams to check out the workout.
McRoberts played one year of college basketball at SEMO before focusing on football where he put up 175 catches, 2,435 yards and 29 touchdowns as a four-year contributor. He is listed at 6'1 and 202 pounds and said to be a raw but athletic player.
"McRoberts dwarfs cornerbacks with his long frame and upright gait and his ability to stretch and high point the high throws makes him seem even taller," his NFL.com draft profile reads. "His routes are raw and sometimes uninspired, but he has the feet and athleticism to become much better with more work and coaching. McRoberts appears to lack deep speed. Will be intriguing on the third day."
There's a great shot of him high pointing the ball in the video above (also watch his basketball feet get off in the second catch). It sure sounds like McRoberts is going to be drafted. No SEMO player has been drafted since 2004.
"All the coaches and teams know I have great hands, but I've been trying to increase my speed and get into the routes quicker, which showed today," McRoberts said. "I got out there quicker, got my first step off the line on my routes, and that's all I really wanted, just to be explosive and things like that because at the next level I need to."
It sounds like he would take some time to adjust to the NFL level but that's the way it works in Andy Reid's system anyway and that's what you would expect in a late round pick. I'm intrigued, especially after watching just a couple of those catches in the video above.