Bio: Two-year starter who posted career numbers of 60 receptions/695 yards/5 TDs as a senior after 26/385/1 the prior year.
Positive: Well-sized, athletic receiver whose game is on the upswing. Fluid releasing off the line into pass routes, comes back to the ball out of breaks and uses his frame to shield away defenders. Finds the opening in the defense and lays out to make the difficult reception. Large target who nicely makes catches in stride. Effective downfield blocker when he gives effort.
Negative: One-speed receiver who lacks a burst. Rounds off routes and shows minimal quickness in his game. Unnecessarily lets the pass get inside him at times and drops some catchable throws. Does not always fights to come away with the tough reception.
Analysis: While Givens showed much improvement as a senior, his game still has a ways to go. He possesses the size and skill to be a fifth receiver at the next level and will be kept on a practice squad for future development if he plays well in camp this summer.
School: Wake Forest
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a junior after posting career totals of 83 receptions/1330 yards/9 TDs. Sophomore numbers included 35/514/4 with an average of 18.1 yards on 24 kick returns. Totaled 45/629/8 as a freshman.
Positive: Big-play receiver with a nose for the endzone. Displays tremendous overall quickness, has deceptive speed and is consistently doubled by opponents. Works his way back into the clearing to make himself an available target, uses his hands to separate from defenders and quickly transitions from making the catch to running after the reception. Displays good eye/hand coordination, adjusts to make tough catches and holds onto the ball after taking big hits. Possesses soft and strong hands with the ability to snatch the ball from the air. Runs well laterally, making the reception in stride. Shows a burst and can turn it on in a single step.
Negative: Lazily comes off the line if he's not directly involved in the action. Not a true deep threat.
Analysis: Givens was productive and reliable at Wake Forest and possesses the skills necessary to be a second or third receiver at the next level. He offers potential in a variety of offensive systems, and his value is boosted by his ability as a return man.