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Scouting Profile: Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan


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*Note: Sorry for the lack of Gifs, the website is giving me a hard time about making them for some reason. 

 

Previous Installments:

 

The RBs - Hub Post

Jaelen Strong, WR, ASU

Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State

Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri/Oklahoma

 

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Games watched: vs Notre Dame, vs Michigan State, vs Penn State, vs Indiana

 

The Good:

 

Immense size at 6'6" 230 lbs. 

 

Crazy athleticism. Probably a 4.5 guy, which is crazy fast for a guy his size.

 

Agile after the catch. Can elude defenders like a smaller WR.  Great acceleration post catch.

 

Outstanding leaping ability.  

 

Lined up all over the field. 

 

Uses large frame + leaping ability to pluck the ball out of the air.

 

The Bad: 

 

Struggles to hold onto the ball while absorbing a hit. 

 

Way too many focus drops. You'll hold your breath any time a ball goes towards him. 

 

Terrible run blocker.

 

Doesn't overpower defenders like he should, both pre and post catch. 

 

Mediocre vision as a ball-carrier.

 

The Ugly: 

 

Lazy route-runner. 

 

Shy's away from contact as a runner.

 

Conclusion: 

 

Funchess is a high-ceiling pass catcher who excels when he can work the middle of the field. He probably won't go as high as people think because of an awkward body type in relation to his skillset. He's a guy who looks too big to play WR and too small to play TE. As for his actual play, he's probably going to be a player who frustrates you with his drops, but will dazzle you with his athleticism and play-making ability. 

 

Projected Round: 3

NFL Comparison: Coby Fleener, Colts

 

Up next: Rashad Greene, WR, FSU

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*Note: Sorry for the lack of Gifs, the website is giving me a hard time about making them for some reason. 

 

Previous Installments:

 

The RBs - Hub Post

Jaelen Strong, WR, ASU

Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State

Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri/Oklahoma

 

635495011531200008-MCT-SPORTS-FBC-PENNST

 

Games watched: vs Notre Dame, vs Michigan State, vs Penn State, vs Indiana

 

The Good:

 

Immense size at 6'6" 230 lbs. 

 

Crazy athleticism. Probably a 4.5 guy, which is crazy fast for a guy his size.

 

Agile after the catch. Can elude defenders like a smaller WR.  Great acceleration post catch.

 

Outstanding leaping ability.  

 

Lined up all over the field. 

 

Uses large frame + leaping ability to pluck the ball out of the air.

 

The Bad: 

 

Struggles to hold onto the ball while absorbing a hit. 

 

Way too many focus drops. You'll hold your breath any time a ball goes towards him. 

 

Terrible run blocker.

 

Doesn't overpower defenders like he should, both pre and post catch. 

 

Mediocre vision as a ball-carrier.

 

The Ugly: 

 

Lazy route-runner. 

 

Shy's away from contact as a runner.

 

Conclusion: 

 

Funchess is a high-ceiling pass catcher who excels when he can work the middle of the field. He probably won't go as high as people think because of an awkward body type in relation to his skillset. He's a guy who looks too big to play WR and too small to play TE. As for his actual play, he's probably going to be a player who frustrates you with his drops, but will dazzle you with his athleticism and play-making ability. 

 

Projected Round: 3

NFL Comparison: Coby Fleener, Colts

 

Up next: Rashad Greene, WR, FSU

 

 

 

 

Something tells me you took great delight in comparing him to.......    Coby Fleener.

 

Because as we all know,  when you're looking for a comparison to a big speedy WR,  comparing him to a tight end makes the most sense.

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Something tells me you took great delight in comparing him to....... Coby Fleener.

Because as we all know, when you're looking for a comparison to a big speedy WR, comparing him to a tight end makes the most sense.

Funches played TE for two years. Nice try though.

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Funches played TE for two years. Nice try though.

 

I know about Funches.    But you profiled him as a WR,  not as a TE.

 

In fact, you never even mentioned that Funches played two years as a TE until just this response to me.

 

So, you didn't offer that connection at all in our profile.

 

The Fleener references comes completely out of left field.

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I know about Funches. But you profiled him as a WR, not as a TE.

In fact, you never even mentioned that Funches played two years as a TE until just this response to me.

So, you didn't offer that connection at all in our profile.

The Fleener references comes completely out of left field.

Dude, I have no idea what you are on about. When I watch Funchess play, he reminds me of Coby Fleener. I have no idea why you are trying to make this bigger than it is.

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Funch is soft as charmin..           Thank the lord Indy does not need  a "hybrid H Back / WR"   

 

He is NOT a TE, and will not be in the NFL>

 

I think Funchess is much more athletic than Coby Fleener unless you are solely talking about catching the ball consistently.

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Something tells me you took great delight in comparing him to.......    Coby Fleener.

 

Because as we all know,  when you're looking for a comparison to a big speedy WR,  comparing him to a tight end makes the most sense.

 

Funches played TE for two years. Nice try though.

For what it's worth, NFL.com compares him to Gavin Escober, TE for the Cowboys.  I've also seen one analysis that said he compares to Kelvin Benjamin

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For what it's worth, NFL.com compares him to Gavin Escober, TE for the Cowboys.  I've also seen one analysis that said he compares to Kelvin Benjamin

 

The Benjamin comparison feels more valid,  though it appears that Funchess is much faster. 

 

Sub 4-5 for Funchess,  while Benjamin I think was sub-4.6.

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