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Jeff Janis, WR

School: Saginaw Valley  |  Conference: MIFC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Tawas City, MI
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 219 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.372.481.5120 37 1/210'3"3.986.64

Player Overview

An overlooked high school recruit, Janis didn't receive any Division-I (FBS or FCS) scholarship offers, staying close to home at Division-II Saginaw Valley State.

After redshirting in 2009, he quickly established himself as a starter and set multiple school records as a junior in 2012 with 106 catches for a Division-II-best 1,635 yards and 17 touchdowns, earning First Team All American and All-GLIAC honors. Janis again earned All-Conference honors in 2013 as a senior with 83 catches for 1,572 yards and 14 scores, finishing his career second in GLIAC history with 4,305 career receiving yards.

He isn't the most developed or elusive route runners, but he has excellent speed and natural athletic traits to be an effective pass-catcher at every level of the field. Janis has impeccable football character and gets the most out of his ability, but needs to be more reliable finishing catches and gaining separation to be reliable.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Looks the part with a tall, muscular body type. Has worked hard to fill out his frame. Fleet of foot with very good build up speed to accelerate away from defenders. Controlled routes and shifts his momentum well with smooth footwork in/out of his breaks.

Good hesitation to sell patterns. Good tracking skills and judgment on deep throws. Solid functional strength for the position, making it a chore for tacklers to finish him off. Strong competitor with an intrepid, fearless approach to the game. Very tough and holds onto the ball after jarring hits.

Ambitious worker with strong intangibles and excellent character on and off the field. Try-hard player who gets the most out of his ability. Productive resume (37 career starts) with back-to-back 1,500+ receiving yard seasons the past two years. Holds the school record for single-season receiving yards (1,635), single-game receiving yards (300) and single-game catches (18).

WEAKNESSES: Marginal initial burst and needs a few steps to get back up to full speed after gearing down. Bad habit of rounding some routes and will try to freelance too much. Will have some double-catches and fight the ball at times.

Hand/eye coordination appears to very average. Limited after the catch and lacks suddenness in space to create much separation. Not the most consistent in traffic. Limited experience as a return man on special teams. Career production and experience came against a lower level of competition.

--Dane Brugler

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 7/236 - Jeff Janis, WR, 6-3, 219, Saginaw Valley State...GM Ted Thompson touted the Division II product as ranking No. 2 among all receivers in this year's draft class for composite athletic measurables, including a 40-yard dash time of 4.37 seconds and a vertical jump of 37 1/2 inches. The three-year starter had more than 3,200 receiving yards and 31 touchdown catches in just the last two seasons. - The Sports Xchange


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