So I was scratching my head over what to write about today to carry us into the weekend. This is certainly a random enough player for some of us. For others, Eddie Royal's name has come up as a possible sleeper wide receiver/returner. MM mentioned Royal as part of his unscientific look at wide receivers, and said, "Very, very intriguing." Well let's take it a step further and check out what the Scouts have to say:
The return game is what is primarily mentioned in conjunction with Royal. Matt Barrows was curious as to whether the signing of Allen Rossum would preclude the 49ers from drafting a return specialist like Royal. The question is what can Royal bring in the receiving game if Rossum is a long-term answer in the return game.
Over at ESPN, Royal is flagged with a B for Bulk/Size and a D for Durability. You have to wonder if the small size has led to the injuries or if that is just an easy, but incorrect, assumption to make.
If Royal were snagged in the third or fourth round as the scouts are projecting, I'd certainly have no problem with that. Of course does that mean you skip out on the higher tier of receivers in the first two rounds and roll the dice that a guy like Eddie Royal is there later in the draft? Of course a speedy guy without good route-running abilities sounds an awful lot like Ashley Lelie. Maybe Mike Martz can work with him. Personally, I'd rather grab a receiver with one of the first two picks and stock up on depth elsewhere later in the draft.