2014 NFL Draft Sleeper Profile: WR Willie Snead

By Gil Alcaraz IV
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When it comes to wide receivers, NFL teams are often most interested in big, explosive players who can out-jump anyone while running a 4.3 40-yard dash. Unfortunately, not all wide receivers are made equal. That’s the case with Ball State wide receiver Willie Snead.

A junior who declared early for the 2014 NFL Draft, Snead left school after watching senior quarterback Keith Wenning depart for the pros. While he isn’t a well-known prospect whose measurables will blow you away, Snead is a prospect worth keeping an eye on.

Put simply, Snead is a reliable, technically-sound wide receiver. He doesn’t possess breakaway speed or flashy after-the-catch moves, but he is a consistent playmaker with soft hands and a sound mind. Snead plays smart, running clean routes and using his body to put defenders in bad positions. Whether he’s using subtle shrugs to make cornerbacks think twice or using momentum to create separation, Snead finds ways to make up for his lack of speed.

The other positive aspect of Snead is his physicality. While his size (5’11’’, 190 pounds) isn’t exactly impressive, he’s fearless with the ball in his hands, running through arm tackles and never shying away from contact. Snead battles for balls in the air and does a good job of boxing out cornerbacks for positioning.

Above all, it’s Snead’s reliability that sets him apart from other wide receiver prospects. Regardless of where the ball is thrown, Snead is going to come down with it if he can get his hands on it. He rarely drops passes and provides a target for his quarterback that can always be counted on. If you’re looking for a receiver who can move the chains and make the catch when it matters, look no further than Snead.

His size and 40 time are going to make teams hesitant to call his name, but Snead surely has the talent to be a contributor in the NFL. Don’t be surprised to see someone roll the dice on the former Ball State star on Day 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Director of Content for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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