Juron Criner - WR
Junior – Criner was a full-time starter in 2010 and he earned first team All-Pac-10 accolades after tying a school record with 11 touchdown catches. He had 82 receptions on the year, good for 1,233 yards and a 15-yard average.
Senior – This past season, Criner caught 75 passes, for 956 yards, a 12.7-yard average, and 11 TDs. He leaves Tucson having caught a school-record 32 touchdown passes.
Analysis: Criner is a good-sized kid who made a lot of big catches during his career with the Wildcats. He hooked up with QB Nick Foles on a regular basis, catching the ball on short routes over the middle and doing damage after the catch. Criner showed some over-the-top ability even though he’s not a real burner. He is quick out of his cuts which help him get open despite lacking great straight line speed.
As a receiver, Criner made some highlight film catches thanks to a great pair of hands. He’s also a willing blocker. He has a natural skill level, but his lack of great speed is going to prevent his final rating from being as high as it possibly could be reflecting his talent as a receiver. Criner could be undervalued and underappreciated for what he accomplished in the Pac-12.
He has a good chance to contribute to a pass offense and be a guy you like to have on your roster because of his size, his hands, and his experience against quality defensive backs. *Combine Note: Ran a 4.59, did 17 reps, and had a 38” vertical jump.