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2015 NFL DRAFT

Juron Criner, WR

School: Arizona  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: North Las Vegas, NV
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 224 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
79122-3
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04/30/2012 - Wide receiver Juran Criner, the second of two fifth-round picks, has heard the criticism about his top-end 40-yard dash speed but isn't overly concerned about the stop watch. "I would just say that there's a difference between playing on the field and having field speed rather than straight-line speed," Criner said. "I don't feel like I would have a problem." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Raiders' picks: 5/168 - Juron Criner, WR, 6-2, 220, Arizona State...In his final two seasons with the Wildcats, Criner caught 157 passes for 2,189 yards and 22 touchdowns. Will compete as a possession play-maker alongside Raiders' speedsters. - The Sports Xchange

04/04/2012 - I really enjoy asking some retired football people to grade some players for me this time of year. They aren't tainted by the media reputations formulated about players, They simply watch a lot of game tape without former knowledge and then we discuss what they watched. This week I had an old secondary player/coach watch many of the wide receivers in the 2012 draft class. I knew he would like Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon and Notre Dame's Michael Floyd, but who else would jump out at the old pro? As my old boss, the late Dick Steinberg would say "pay attention to the scout that has a different opinion than all the rest of the evaluators. Maybe we should restudy the guy and try and see what he sees." What if I told you there is a wide receiver that at 6'3", 225 lbs. and could jump 39 inches vertically, which in basketball terms means his elbows are above the rim. He has bigger hands than Justin Blackmon, and even though he has 209 receptions and 32 touchdowns in his career, he is thought of as a fourth- or fifth-round pick because of a 40 time. The former scout/coach came to me for discussion with the following report: The wide receiver has good hands, good open field skills, quick feet, plays hard, gets open, competes for the ball and is more than a willing blocker. He is a good fit as a 'Z' in a west coast system. I had my old scout also evaluate Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd during the same session and he was still high on the mystery man. The receiver's name is Juron Criner from Arizona, and his draft status ranges from the 10th-best receiver to not even in the top 20 according to some draft analysts. Some describe him as a guy with subpar straight line speed, relies too heavily on his size down field and inconsistent hands. Go back and look at the report on Marques Colston of the Saints from 2006 and it's similar. That report was wrong and damaged Colston enough. - Pat Kirwan, CBS Sports

03/20/2012 - At the NFL Scouting Combine a few weeks ago, former Arizona receiver Juron Criner ran just a 4.68 in the 40-yard dash. At the NFL Pro Day held for prospective UA draftees at the Jimenez Practice Facility on Monday, Criner did well to improve those numbers in lieu of the NFL Draft starting on April 26. The Las Vegas native ran a better, although still not ideal, unofficial time of 4.61 in the 40-yard dash. But that may not have a big effect on his draft stock, as various NFL team scouts, specifically from the Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers, in the crowd could be heard discussing Criner's phenomenal body control, going as far as to cite a catch he made against UCLA this year. "You got to just learn how to control your body and, as a receiver, you got to run your routes at your exact depth and catch the ball when it comes to you," Criner said. Despite his poor 40-yard dash performance at the combine, Criner did well in other drills there. Since then, Criner has been working out in Las Vegas, focusing primarily on cardio and conditioning drills. From now until the draft, Criner said he wouldn't be doing much working out, as he will focus more on cardio. Entering the Pro Day on Monday, there were some questions about his speed as a result of that lackluster 40-yard dash at the combine, but Criner said he did not feel any added pressure despite the presence of so many NFL scouts and personnel. "We do this day in day out, it's just something that you gotta do unconsciously," Criner said. "So, no, no pressure at all." - Arizona Daily Wildcat

03/20/2012 - Arizona Pro Day: The reviews were more positive for Foles' primary target, Juron Criner, despite the fact that the playmaking Wildcat receiver again timed slower than scouts had hoped. The 6-3, 222 pound Criner was timed at 4.52 seconds by one watch at Monday's Pro Day, a signficant improvement from the 4.68 second time he was "officially" credited with at the Combine. Sources, however, were quick to point out that due to the weather the athletes were asked to run inside on a carpet, which should result in faster results. Some teams add as much as a tenth of a second to 40-yard dash times ran on fast surfaces such as this one. Criner also proved that the 38" vertical jump he posted at the Combine was no fluke. In fact, Criner beat the effort with a 39" jump Monday. Not surprisingly, Criner was also very impressive during the positional drills. While Criner isn't an elite athlete he does have excellent hands and body control, each of which were demonstrated at the workout. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/29/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL STANDOUTS: As usual, the quarterbacks generated most of the hype throughout the week of practice at the Senior Bowl. But during the game Saturday it was their receivers who stole the spotlight as the North defeated the South, 23-13. Arizona's Juron Criner, also of the South, was quiet early in the game but connected with college teammate, quarterback Nick Foles, to the tune of four catches for 50 yards and the South's only touchdown, a 20-yarder with 12:55 left in the game. Criner finished with six catches for 77 yards. Those receivers managed to stand out despite lackluster play by the quarterbacks. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/25/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL WEDNESDAY: Criner's ability to track the ball and make big plays haven't ever been the question. After all, he caught 75 passes for 956 yards and 11 touchdowns in just 12 games as a senior and this was a drop-off from the year before when he earned All-American honors with 82 catches for 1,233 yards and 11 scores. Though he certainly doesn't possess the big play speed of Arkansas' Joe Adams or Houston's Patrick Edwards, he's frankly been a more reliable target this week than either of the other two big possession receivers NFLDraftScout.com currently rates ahead of him - North Carolina's Dwight Jones and Texas A&M's Jeff Fuller. I spoke to a high-ranking team official who recently met with Criner to get a better gauge as to the level of concern he, personally, had with Criner's off-field issues. "I'm not concerned at all," the official said. "That stuff was overblown by the media. The coaches there [Arizona] say he is a good kid. He's gone through some tough stuff but I don't know of anything that would cause his stock to be impacted by it." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/25/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL WEDNESDAY: Arizona wide receiver Juron Criner saw his stock slip before his senior season even began amid concerns about family and personal health issues. While those issues will still need to be investigated fully by NFL teams, the playmaking skills that he demonstrated throughout an record-breaking career with the Wildcats have helped him stand out this week for the South Team at the Senior Bowl. Though I still have reservations about Criner's straight-line speed, he's shown enough in that category to eat up the cushion against off-man coverage supplied by a cornerback group for the South that is as strong as any position playing in the 2012 Senior Bowl. Criner runs precise routes and has excellent body control to adjust to the ball while it is in flight. He demonstrated this in beating North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins, my 21st overall rated prospect in the 2012 draft on a deep ball midway through Wednesday's practice. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/20/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: QB Nick Foles is on pace to shatter single-season and career passing records, although his efforts so far have gone wasted in terms of wins and losses. The running game is mostly struggling ranking second-to-last nationally although the Wildcats have found some success in the past two games running a full-house backfield out of the shotgun formation in order to create a more physical approach. UCLA's defense has been an underperforming unit, one that hasn't pressured the passer well, so it's easy to see Foles standing back and throwing for close to 400 yards, which has been the norm this season. WR Juron Criner is good to go after suffering a mild knee sprain in the first quarter at Oregon State. He did not return to the game. - The Sports Xchange

10/10/2011 - WR Juron Criner suffered a mild knee sprain in the first quarter at Oregon State and did not return. Coach Mike Stoops indicated that the injury wasn't too serious and that Criner could play Oct. 20 vs. UCLA. - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2011 - Arizona's Juron Criner, the Pac-10's top receiver last season, missed Thursday night's game against No. 9 Oklahoma State after having his appendix removed earlier in the week. A team spokesman said Thursday that Criner had an appendectomy on Monday and it's unclear when he'll be able to return. The Wildcats (1-0) play their next two games at home against No. 6 Stanford and No. 12 Oregon. Criner ranked seventh in the nation last season with 94.9 yards receiving per game. He had 82 receptions for 1,233 yards and tied the school record with 11 touchdown catches last season. Criner had six catches for 151 yards and a touchdown in Arizona's opening win over Northern Arizona last week. - AP Sports

09/08/2011 - The Wildcats worked some frustration and kinks out Saturday in routing Northern Arizona, but they still have not defeated a Football Bowl Subdivision team since October. Time seemingly has moved like a slow creek for the Wildcats' chance Thursday night, when they will sink or swim on ESPN as they face No. 9 Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. The Wildcats have been itching to give the Cowboys their best shot. Unfortunately for them, they can't. UA's best player, wide receiver Juron Criner, did not travel with the team, and coach Mike Stoops declined comment about it Wednesday. This week, Stoops said Criner had a medical issue but did not go into details and hoped he would play. But Criner's condition did not allow him to travel. "Our offense, as you can see from a week ago, is not just one player," Stoops said at the start of the week. "Juron has a big-play knack, but we have other players who can make plays." - Paul Coro, The Arizona Republic

09/08/2011 - The Arizona Wildcats will take on the No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys without their leading receiver, as senior Juron Criner did not travel with the team for Thursday's game. Arizona Sports' Mark Asher has learned there is an issue with Criner's appendix, though it is not known exactly what the problem is or how much time he will miss. The Wildcats have to be hoping Criner gets well soon, as Thursday's game in Stillwater is just the first in what is one of the most brutal stretches of games in the country, as the team has games against Stanford, Oregon, USC and Oregon State on the docket. Criner, who tallied 151 yards and one touchdown on six catches in the opener against Northern Arizona, was a first-team All Pac-10 selection last year after leading the conference in receptions and receiving yards. - Adam Green, Arizona Sports

09/07/2011 - 09/07/11 DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 2. Juron Criner, WR, Arizona: His offseason health issues put some concerns into the heads of scouts, but Northern Arizona found out the 2010 All-Pac-10 pick wasn't going to be stopped in the season opener. Criner caught six passes for 151 yards -- a nice 25.5 yard-per-catch average -- and a touchdown from senior quarterback Nick Foles, a 6-foot-5 pocket passer who also has something to prove in 2011. - Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com

09/03/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Northern Arizona at Arizona, Sept. 3 - This should put an end to the five-game losing streak that the Wildcats carry into the season. Arizona has played a lower-division team in six of Mike Stoops' previous seven seasons, winning them all. The game against NAU is the precursor to an arduous stretch that will include four consecutive games against teams ranked in the Associated Press preseason poll at Oklahoma State, vs. Stanford, vs. Oregon, at USC. KEYS TO THE GAME: Among the things Arizona wants to see is cohesive play from an all-new offensive line. It's too much to ask the line to be great right away, but it will be a good sign if it avoids big mistakes, such as penalties and (especially) allowing blitzers to come through unchecked. NAU is usually reasonably competitive, but the Lumberjacks are breaking in a new quarterback, and the Wildcats need to take advantage of a lesser opponent while it can. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - Wide receiver Juron Criner, a second-team All-American last season, missed about a month of offseason workouts because of "personal and family issues," coach Mike Stoops said. The coach added that Criner spent time in Killeen, Texas, to be with his ailing mother. At one point in late June, a Tucson newspaper speculated that an undisclosed physical problem could jeopardize Criner's season, but he returned to informal team workouts in late July. Stoops said the missed time in the summer won't be a setback, and that he still expects Criner to be a 100-catch kind of receiver. Said QB Nick Foles: "Having him there just feels right. I don't know how else to put it. I know he's talented, but I care more about him as a person than a player." - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: Offense has rarely been Arizona's forte through the years, but the Wildcats appear to have (finally) an NFL-caliber quarterback in senior Nick Foles and perhaps its best and deepest collection of receivers ever, led by Juron Criner. Look for Arizona to do more of what it did best last season be a four-wide, quick-passing spread team while it abandons its less-successful power running game. With Criner on one side, and another 6-4 standout on the other side (Texas transfer Dan Buckner), opposing defenses are definitely going to have to pick their poison, especially with a bunch of other capable receivers in the mix, such as David Douglas, David Roberts and Terrence Miller. - The Sports Xchange

07/20/2011 - Wide receiver Juron Criner is working out on campus and is expected to join the Arizona Wildcats when they open training camp Aug. 4, coach Mike Stoops told the Star on Monday. Criner missed a scheduled trip to ESPN's Bristol, Conn., headquarters in June, citing personal and family troubles. UA officials had since been tight-lipped about Criner's status. Monday, however, Stoops said Criner is "fine" and "here and ready to go." "We anticipate having Juron," he said. "He had some family issues that were concerning over the summer, and those are personal. We anticipate him being the same player - or a better player - than he was a year ago." - Ryan Finley, The Arizona Daily Star

07/09/2011 - 2011 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Juron Criner, Arizona, has been selected one of 75 wide receivers from around the nation named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Biletnikoff Award is named after former Florida State and Oakland Raiders receiver Fred Biletnikoff and goes to the top receiver in college football. Criner, who caught 82 passes for 1,233 yards to lead the Pac-10 in catches per game and yards per game, earned first-team all-conference honors and a third-team All-America citation. He was third in the league with 11 scoring receptions. - Arizona football

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Juron Criner, Arizona, WR, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. Criner, who caught 82 passes for 1,233 yards to lead the Pac-10 in catches per game and yards per game, earned first-team all-conference honors and a third-team All-America citation. He was third in the league with 11 scoring receptions. - Arizona football

07/01/2011 - University of Arizona standout receiver, Juron Criner, does NOT have cancer of any kind. There are rumors and message board posts suggesting otherwise. Criner has a very ill close family member. I am not sure of the nature of the illness, only that it is serious. Cancer? Could be. A little over two weeks ago Criner experienced a very erratic episode. He was hospitalized while undergoing neurological testing. Could his erratic behavior been a result of the overwhelming news about his close family member? Or could there be something deeper and more serious that caused him to require hospitalization and testing? Fair questions, but the University of Arizona will keep the answers confidential. And rightly so. Criner's health is the biggest concern right now to the UofA. He is going about his daily life without the pressures and responsibilities of football. And yes, there is a real possibility that Criner will miss this season entirely. But time and doctors will play a large role in determining that. Keep the prayers going up on his behalf. - Bruce Cooper, TV 12 News/AZCentral

06/29/2011 - It started with a couple of lines in Arizona Daily Star columnist Greg Hansen's Sunday notebook. Talking about the supposed academic qualification of Arizona Wildcats incoming freshman running back Ka'Deem Carey, Hansen wrote of star senior receiver Juron Criner: "Carey's availability somewhat offsets concerns that All-Pac-10 receiver Juron Criner might not be available for training camp in August. Criner's status for the 2011 season remains uncertain because of undisclosed medical reasons." The Sunday notebook, which is held back from azstarnet.com as a print exclusive for a couple of days, hit the internet Tuesday ... and then went fully viral Wednesday after a mention in Jon Wilner's College Hotline blog at the San Jose Mercury News. Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com tweeted about it. USA Today and CBSSports.com, among others, repurposed the same information about Criner's uncertain status. For the record, the Arizona sports information office said of Criner's health and status on Wednesday morning, "We are unable to comment," citing student privacy guidelines. Not that coach Mike Stoops could comment specifically, but the Arizona football office said Monday that Stoops is out of town this week and not easily reached by cell phone. A text message sent from TucsonCitizen.com to Criner early last week, on an unrelated matter, went unanswered. - Anthony Gimino, The Tucson Citizen

06/05/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: WR Juron Criner earned some second-team All-America honors as a junior and considered turning pro. He has the size (6-foot-4), hands and body control for the next level, but he decided to return to Arizona. He caught 82 passes for 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, often playing through nagging injuries. He's a deep threat and a run-after-the-catch guy. - The Sports Xchange

 
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04/30/2012 - Wide receiver Juran Criner, the second of two fifth-round picks, has heard the criticism about his top-end 40-yard dash speed but isn't overly concerned about the stop watch. "I would just say that there's a difference between playing on the field and having field speed rather than straight-line speed," Criner said. "I don't feel like I would have a problem." - The Sports Xchange

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