That didn’t take long. not 5 minutes after the 2013 NFL Draft ended, the Cincinnati Bengals have made their first undrafted free agent signings, and its out of the Ohio Valley Conference in the form of Eastern Kentucky University receiver Tyrone Goard :
EKU receiver Tyrone Goard, a projected draft pick, says via text he’ll sign as a free agent with the Bengals. 6-4 WR averaged 21 ypc.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) April 27, 2013
Goard caught an OVC-high 11 touchdowns on just 39 receptions (16.1) in 2011 and was named second-team All-OVC.
This past season, Goard finished with 41 catches for 900 yards and finished his career in the top-10 in school history in total receptions, receiving yards. and touchdowns.
Good length and long arms. Room to comfortably add more weight. Gets off the line well when not pressed, and uses his long strides to fly past smaller cornerbacks playing off, giving up big plays despite the cushion. Shows good foot quickness for his size on various routes, can separate from his defender if given room and displays some elusiveness with the ball in his hands. Also presents the flexibility to avoid defenders in his route. Tough red zone and sideline match-up, capable of high-pointing passes and using his large hands to snatch wide or long passes out of the air — sometimes with one hand.
Lean-bodied receiver, especially in the lower body. Concentration level and hands are a question mark, can struggle finding the ball coming over his shoulder, mistime his jumps when high-pointing the ball, and is inconsistent bringing in tougher catches when challenged. Physicality and toughness will also be questioned, does not always play as strong as his size indicates downfield and might struggle with strong veteran pro cornerbacks. Not practiced beating defenders using his hands at the top of the route. Hestitates as a run-blocker, should be dominating FCS defenders with his size and length.
Goard’s lean frame, average overall speed, and occasional concentration issues might give NFL scouts some pause, but his potential as an upside project could have a team select him late.