Eric Page WR Toldeo #12
|Explosive after the catch; dangerous runner with the ball in his hands. Has great vision as a runner. Does a nice job adjusting to the ball; shows great body control. Excellent route runner; makes up for his lack of elite speed by running crisp routes and taking advantage of defensive backs missteps. Extremely quick feel; very quick in his cuts, and can shake faster corners if they don’t give him enough space. Fairly reliable hands; good technique, catches away from his body and secures it quickly. Experienced and extremely productive returning kicks/punts. Very smart player on and off the field. Coaches speak very highly of him.|
|Takes a few steps longer to get up to full speed than the average receiver, and may not be a significant deep threat at the next level as a result. Will drop some passes he shouldn’t, likely a result of his relatively small hands because his technique is excellent. Undersized; will never be a prototypical No. 1 receiver. Level of competition is a concern.|
|Page is limited by his size and modest speed, but he makes up for it by being extremely technically sound and doing all the little things well. He reminds me of Wes Welker in many ways. Like Welker, he’ll never beat someone with pure speed, but he can shake defenders with his quick moves and is a lethal threat after the catch due to his vision and toughness as a runner. He will likely fall to Day 3, but will be a steal for someone in the 4th round or beyond.|
|2011 vs Northern Illinois
2011 vs Ball State
* The top prospect in this game is actually a junior, Florida International’s T.Y. Hilton. He’s an undersized but explosive receiver. He should return to school, but it wouldn’t be a shock if he left early.
* FIU cornerback Anthony Gaitor may be the top senior prospect in this game. He’s too small (5’9″) to be a starter at the next level, but has the speed and athleticism to be a nickel corner. There are plenty of cornerbacks that enter the draft each year with Gaitor’s coverage ability, but what makes him stand out is his willingness to play an aggressive style of football. Too many small corners back off from tough assignments, but Gaitor will play at the line of scrimmage and mix it up with bigger receivers and even get into the backfield to help out against the run.
* Like FIU, Toledo doesn’t have many senior prospects. Cornerback Desmond Morrow may be their best shot at having a player drafted this year. His production has been average at best, due to a history of injuries. However, his size (6’2″, 200 lbs) will catch the eye NFL teams. If he’s invited to the combine he will have a chance to rise up draft boards.
* A player to watch for the future is Toledo receiver Eric Page. He’s only a sophomore, but has already emerged as their top weapon on offense. He has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in each of his first two seasons and should be on the NFL radar screen starting next year.