Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Malik Turner

Wide receiver
School: Illinois | Conference: BIG 10
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1.5 / 205 | 40: 4.52 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.12
Projected Round
FA
Bio: 
Three-year starter who tied for the team with 31 catches and posted 326 receiving yards in 2017. Led Illinois in all major receiving categories as a junior, catching 48 passes for 712 yards and six touchdowns. Made 39 catches for 510 yards and three TDs in 2015. Started five games as a true freshman and posted 25 receptions for 256 yards and one score.
Pos: 
Nice-sized receiver coming off a disappointing campaign. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage, immediately gets to top speed and plays with both balance and body control. Contorts and adjusts in midair for errant throws and extends his hands to snatch balls away from his frame. Displays excellent hand-eye coordination and quickness. Fights hard to come away with contested passes. Comes back to the ball and uses his frame to shield away defenders.
Neg: 
One-speed receiver with a limited burst. Unnecessarily leaves his feet at times. Must pick up the intensity of his blocking.
Analysis: 
Scouts graded Turner as a potential late-round choice entering the season, but his production and play fell off significantly in 2017. He previously showed potential as a fifth receiver at the next level but must really impress in camp to make a practice squad next fall.