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Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:10 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 3:43 pm
 

Underrated Wake Forest WR Givens off to NFL

There is one common denominator between most of the high profile receivers -- Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, Notre Dame's Michael Floyd, South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery, Rutgers' Mohammed Sanu -- they are all big split end prospects.

Some NFL teams are, of course, looking for these types of receivers.

Others teams -- eyeing the success the Pittsburgh Steelers are enjoying with Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders -- are shifting their focus to smaller, quicker receivers capable of lining up at flanker or in the slot.

And that is music to the ears of speedy receivers like Baylor's Kendall Wright and Wake Forest junior Chris Givens, a 6-0, 195 All-ACC wideout who has led the Demon Deacons in all-purpose yardage for three consecutive seasons.

It had been well known that Givens had petitioned the NFL for his grade. Shortly after catching nine passes for 54 yards in a 24-17 Music City Bowl loss to Mississippi State, Givens informed the media that he'd been given a third round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee and that he was heading to the pros.

"Next year, I'll be forgoing my senior year and going to the NFL Draft," Givens said.

Givens is currently rated by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 11 rated receiver for the 2013 draft. He has a chance to move up in our 2012 rankings due to his speed and playmaking skills.

Wake Forest rarely sends underclassmen to the NFL. Their last one, in fact, was inside linebacker Jon Abbate, who left school early to not get drafted at all in 2007. Jim Grobe, who coached both Givens and Abbate, drew some interesting distinctions between his two former pupils when Givens informed the media that he would be petinioning the league for an early entry grade.
"He's a real-deal guy, there's no question about it," Grobe said. "And Jon Abbate was a real good player. There was no doubt Jon could play. But Jon just wasn't very tall.

"In Chris' case, you know they would probably want him to be a little taller, I'm sure, if the truth is known. They would probably want him to be a little bit more physical as a blocker and did some things without the ball in his hands than he does.

"But he does some really good things — good speed, good routes, good work ethic, catches the ball good. He's got the real, real good foot speed.

"He's a good player. He's a really good player."


Givens ends his career ranked third in Wake Forest history with 21 all-purpose touchdowns on 163 catches for 2,473 yards. 



Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:26 pm
 

All-ACC WR Givens requests grade from NFL

With the NFL Advisory Committee designed to give underclassmen an accurate idea as to their draft standing, the number of players asking for grades has shot up in recent years.

Ironically, most of the media attention focuses on the highly touted prospects who, quite frankly, would be foolish not to ask for their grades. The real news comes when talented players who have perhaps played a bit under the national radar ask for their grades, as well.

Such is the case with Wake Forest redshirt junior wide receiver Chris Givens, who according to a report from Dan Collins of the Winston-Salem Journal, has requested his grade from the committee and is seriously considering early entry into the 2012 draft.

"I don't know if I'm coming back or I'm leaving yet," Givens said Thursday. "I want to make my decision before the end of next week, and we'll see what happens."

Listed at 6-0, 195 by the Demon Deacons, Givens earned All-ACC honors in 2011 catching 74 passes for a school-record 1,276 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Givens does not possess the imposing size of some of the other top-rated underclassmen receivers, but does bring terrific straight-line speed and playmaking ability.

He's led Wake Forest in all-purpose yardage each of his three seasons of action and as such is no sleeper for those in ACC country.

Wake Forest relatively meager contributions to the NFL, however, has likely contributed in keeping Givens out of the spotlight. Should Givens elect to leave school early, he'd only be the second Wake Forest underclassmen to do so. The other was inside linebacker Jon Abbate who left after the 2006 season but wasn't drafted at all in 2007. Abbate signed with the Houston Texans as a fullback following the 2007 draft but did not make the club and hasn't played a down in the NFL.

Collins quotes Givens and Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe throughout the article, drawing some interesting distinctions between Abbate and the receiver.

"He's a real-deal guy, there's no question about it," Grobe said. "And Jon Abbate was a real good player. There was no doubt Jon could play. But Jon just wasn't very tall.

"In Chris' case, you know they would probably want him to be a little taller, I'm sure, if the truth is known. They would probably want him to be a little bit more physical as a blocker and did some things without the ball in his hands than he does.

"But he does some really good things — good speed, good routes, good work ethic, catches the ball good. He's got the real, real good foot speed.

"He's a good player. He's a really good player."

Givens is a good player. He's currently ranked 11th among NFLDraftScout.com's class of 2013 receivers and could rise up the board once scouts are able to put a stopwatch to him.

Whether that opportunity comes in the next couple of months or before the 2013 draft, of course, remains to be seen.


 
 
 
 
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