2015 NFL DRAFT
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Kris Durham

| | College: Georgia
 
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Overview

It's tough to get recognition when you're lining up across the field from a superstar like A.J. Green, but NFL teams have grown to appreciate Durham's hands, toughness and straight-line speed during the draft process.

He graduated a semester early from high school to join the Bulldogs in January 2006, then played 13 games (two starts, 8 receptions for 82 yards) as a true freshman. He played a role on offense as a sophomore (one start, 11-169) and junior (four starts, 13-199-1) before missing the 2009 season after tearing the labrum in his left shoulder.

Durham then finally got a chance to be a big-play receiver in 2010, starting eight of 11 games and averaging 20.6 yards per reception (32-659-3). Teams looking for height, agility and downfield blocking in a No. 2 or 3 receiver will look to him to fill that role.

Analysis

Positives: Tall strider with good straight-line speed once he gets going. Mostly used in the slot despite his size, but has experience outside as well. Better foot quickness than expected given his size, is effective on double-teams and can throttle down to sit between linebackers and present a big target in zone. Typically catches passes away from his frame, can fight for the ball in traffic. Gets down to grab low throws, adjusts to throws behind him and uses his height and long arms and vertical to snatch high passes from the air. Takes hits over the middle and holds onto the ball. Used on bubble screens due to his quick feet and agility in the open field. Provides effort as downfield blocker, will look for multiple targets, has upper-body strength to latch on and moves his feet to sustain.

Negatives: Lanky build. Takes time to accelerate off the line when challenged. Not practiced against press coverage, may struggle against NFL corners who have a big strike target to hit. Height a detriment when trying to keep balance while eluding better defenders. Will trap passes against his chest at times. Ineffective cut blocker in space due to his height and average flexibility, avoided by quicker defenders in space.

--Chad Reuter

2008 Season

Appeared in 10 games making four starts catching 13 passes for 199 yards (15.3 avg.) and a TD. Named to CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III First Team. Returned from a broken hand to play in 2009 Capital One Bowl, starting and recording three receptions for 32 yards. Missed Ga. Tech game after suffering a broken hand during practice. Caught one pass for 13 yards in win at Kentucky. Named CBS Scholar Athlete vs. No. 5 Florida. Returned from ankle injury at No. 11 LSU making one catch for 10 yards. Missed games vs. Tennessee, No. 22 Vanderbilt with ankle injury. Made two receptions for 44 yards vs. No. 8 Alabama. Caught one pass for 11 yards at No. 24 Arizona State. Had 11 yards receiving and caught a 2-point conversion at South Carolina. Led team with a career-high three receptions for a career-high 74 yards including his first-career TD on a 61-yard pass from Matthew Stafford vs. Ga. Southern. Named Most Improved Receiver after the end of spring practice.

2006 Season

Graduated from high school early and enrolled at UGA in January … participated in spring drills and recorded one reception for eight yards in annual spring G-Day game … .named Biggest Offensive Surprise of the Spring at conclusion of spring drills.

Injury Report

2009: Missed the season due to a torn labrum in his shoulder.

High School

Calhoun … The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2005 Best in Georgia and Class AA All-State Team … Georgia Sportswriters Association 2005 AA All-State Team and Class AA Defensive Player of the Year … Rome Area Offensive Player of the Year … Rome Area First Team Wide Receiver … Chattanooga Times Free Press All North Georgia first team … voted Captain by his teammates … totaled 55 catches for 1,062 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior year with an average of 19.3 yards a reception … had four rushes for 157 yards and a touchdown … returned nine punts for 87 yards as well as returning nine kickoffs for 248 yards and one touchdown … on defense, he recorded 39 tackles and seven interceptions … as a junior he earned All-Area, All-TriState, and All-State honors … was also on the school's basketball team where he averaged 12 points and nine rebounds a game his junior season … participated on the school track team … High School Coach: Hal Lamb.

Personal

Born: March 17, 1988 … Major: Exercise Science.

 
 
Latest News
12/31/2010 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Georgia has done an excellent job throwing the ball most of the season. Freshman quarterback Aaron Murray took his lumps early and had issues holding onto the ball too long, but he wound up with 2,851 yards with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 24 to 6. Junior A.J. Green leads the Bulldogs with 771 receiving yards and nine TD catches despite being suspended the first four games of the season. Senior Kris Durham developed into a dependable possession receiver, finishing with 612 yards and three TDs. Tavarres King is a dependable third receiver. Tight end Orson Charles was Georgia's third-leading receiver with 402 yards and two TDs. Aron White and Bruce Figgins are dependable pass-catching backup tight ends. - The Sports Xchange

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