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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Aaron Fairooz

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 209 | College: Central Arkansas
 
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Overview

The tall, lanky receiver has not only rewritten several school receiving records, but has built a reputation as a promising kick blocker on the special teams unit. With his size, timing and leaping ability, he has been responsible for scoring twice on blocked kicks during his career. He also went on to set school records for career receiving yards (2,797), season receptions (76 in 2005), yards receiving in a season (1,197 in 2005) and tied the Bears' mark for most 100-yard receiving performances (nine).

Fairooz was a standout receiver and special teams performer at Mansfield High School. He earned All-District and All-Area honors as a senior and was also named team Most Valuable Player. In addition to lettering in football, he competed in track and basketball.

Fairooz enrolled at Central Arkansas in 2002, but only saw action on the scout team. He played in 11 games as a reserve receiver in 2003, catching four passes for 48 yards (12.0 avg). Even though he remained in a reserve role, he caught 51 passes for 778 yards (15.3 avg) and eight touchdowns as a sophomore in 2004, earning All-Gulf South Conference second-team recognition.

As a junior, Fairooz shattered school single-season records with 76 receptions for 1,197 yards (15.8 avg), adding 12 touchdowns. He gained 17 yards on four reverses and blocked two kicks, returning one 49 yards for a score. He earned All-American and All-Gulf South Conference first-team recognition on offense and second-team All-GSC accolades on special teams.

In 2006, Fairooz again led the team with 55 catches for 774 yards (14.6 avg) and six touchdowns from his split end position. He also blocked a punt that he returned 29 yards for a score, earning All-Southland Conference honors.

In 47 games at Central Arkansas, Fairooz started 25 times. He ranks second in school history with 186 receptions and 26 touchdowns, setting the school record with 2,797 yards (15.0 avg). He rushed five times for 17 yards (3.4 avg) and gained 78 yards with a pair of scores on two blocked punts. He recorded two tackles and scored 170 points.

Analysis

Henderson State … Snared eight passes for 84 yards, including a 48-yard score in the first quarter.

Illinois State … Grabbed eight passes for a season-high 146 yards.

Missouri State … Totaled 97 yards on five grabs.

Stephen F. Austin … Snared four passes for 40 yards, capping a 9-play, 77-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

South Dakota … Kept his consecutive game string of at least one reception intact, but did not gain any yards on the only pass he snatched … Did block a punt that he recovered for a 29-yard touchdown return.

South Dakota State … Followed with seven receptions for 90 yards, including a fourth quarter 40-yard score.

Cal-Davis … Had the ninth 100-yard performance of his career, totaling 107 yards on eight catches with a 19-yard touchdown.

Southern Arkansas … Made five catches for 85 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 12-yarder that ended a 75-yard, 10-play third quarter series.

Georgia Southern … Managed just one catch for 43 yards in his final collegiate game.

Scouting Report

Positives: Has a tall, lanky frame with lean muscle tone, long limbs, good timed speed and excellent leaping ability … Displays natural hands and extension to catch outside his frame and times his leaps well to get to the ball at its high point … His vertical skills have also proven to be very effective when utilized as a kick blocker … Bit of a long strider, but did a better job of getting into his routes as a senior than he did in the past, showing more desire to utilize his timed speed, but is still inconsistent in this area … Very good at making adjustments in his routes and shows the field alertness to spot the soft areas and settle under them … Has the ability to get deep, but needs to come off the snap with better explosion … Uses his hands well in the short area to gain separation off the defender … Has the natural hands and extension to catch the ball securely before heading up field and will generally catch any pass thrown his way … Does a good job of sinking his hips and adjusting to the ball on deep routes … More comfortable catching the ball in stride or jumping for it rather than going low to make shoestring grabs (too tall to sink his hips to get to the underneath tosses) … Uses his frame well to shield the ball from the defender and his elevation agility makes him an inviting target near the goal line and on bubble screens … His kick blocking skills make him a definite asset for the special teams units.

Negatives: Fails to consistently play up to his timed speed, as he takes a rolling start off the snap rather than explode into his routes and runs with a choppy stride that negates his second gear operating in a crowd … Long strider who needs time and room to build his acceleration … Struggles considerably to defeat the press, as he has marginal strength and gets re-routed often because he will not use his hands in combat with the defender … Has just marginal separation ability in a crowd and tends to round his cuts … Despite his timed speed, there is little explosion in his stride … Shies away from contact and will not compete for the ball in a crowd too often … Lacks courage as a blocker and gives poor effort, rarely attempting to get into position in attempts to sustain blocks … If he has a lane free after the catch, he will pick up additional yardage, but if a defender gets a hand on him he quickly loses the battle … Lacks toughness, as he pulls himself out of the action with slight injuries and will let bad play or off-field issues affect his psyche (lacks mental and physical toughness).

Compares To: CLARENCE MOORE-Baltimore … Ask either to compete for the jump ball and they will generally win most of those battles. Ask either to block or go for the tough catch in a crowd and see how quickly they shy away from contact. Fairooz is a frail looking player who might be more of an Alan Bannister type -- a special teams kick blocker with marginal route running skills, but has the leaping ability to compete for the high throws. He will need to bulk up to play at the next level, but it is rare to see him play up to his timed speed. His speed and size will get him into camp, but he needs to play up to those skills if he hopes to make a roster.

Career Notes

His 2,797 yards receiving broke the old school career record of 2,649 yards by Ron Mallett (1978-81) … Caught 186 passes, ranking second all-time in UCA annals behind Michael Norvell (213, from 2001, 03-05) … his 26 touchdown catches are topped only by Mallett's 30 on the school career record list … Gained more than 100 yards receiving in nine contests, tying the school all-time record held by Tyree Davis (1989-92) and Mallett …

Caught 76 passes for 1,197 yards in 2005, both good for school single-season records, topping the old marks of 1,054 yards by Mallett in 1979 and 67 grabs by Carl Thomas in 2000 … His 12 touchdown catches in 2005 rank second on UCA's single-season record list behind Mallett's 14 in 1979 … His 13 catches vs. Tennessee-Martin in 2005 set a school single-game record … His 177 yards receiving vs. Arkansas-Monticello in 2004 and 174 yards vs. Tennessee-Martin in 2005 rank sixth and seventh respectively on the school's single-game record list … Caught at least one pass in his last 36 games, a school record.

2006 Season

All-Southland Conference second-team choice by The NFL Draft Report … Started all eleven games at split end, leading the team for the second-straight year with 55 catches for 774 yards (14.6 avg) and six touchdowns … Rushed once for no gain and blocked a punt that he recovered for a 29-yard touchdown return … Scored 42 points.

2006 GAME

2006 Game Analysis

Henderson State … Snared eight passes for 84 yards, including a 48-yard score in the first quarter.

Illinois State … Grabbed eight passes for a season-high 146 yards.

Missouri State … Totaled 97 yards on five grabs.

Stephen F. Austin … Snared four passes for 40 yards, capping a 9-play, 77-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

South Dakota … Kept his consecutive game string of at least one reception intact, but did not gain any yards on the only pass he snatched … Did block a punt that he recovered for a 29-yard touchdown return.

South Dakota State … Followed with seven receptions for 90 yards, including a fourth quarter 40-yard score.

Cal-Davis … Had the ninth 100-yard performance of his career, totaling 107 yards on eight catches with a 19-yard touchdown.

Southern Arkansas … Made five catches for 85 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 12-yarder that ended a 75-yard, 10-play third quarter series.

Georgia Southern … Managed just one catch for 43 yards in his final collegiate game.

2005 Season

Earned All-American first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report and D2football.com … All-Gulf South Conference first-team choice as a receiver, adding second-team honors on special teams … Set school season-records with 76 receptions for 1,197 yards (15.8 avg), adding twelve touchdown grabs … Rushed four times for 17 yards (4.2 avg) and scored 80 points … Recorded a solo tackle and blocked two kicks, returning a blocked punt 49 yards for a score.

2005 Game Analysis

Eastern New Mexico … Opened the season with 57 yards on two grabs, including a 43-yard score.

Tennessee-Martin … Set a school game-record with thirteen receptions, gaining 174 yards with a 15-yard touchdown that ended a 9-play, 84-yard drive with 0:55 left in the first half.

Henderson State … Hauled in seven passes for 132 yards and a 65-yard second quarter sore.

Valdosta State … Followed with ten catches for 128 yards.

North Alabama … Gained 130 yards with a pair of 10-yard touchdowns on eight catches and recorded a solo tackle.

Harding … Set a school record with his fourth consecutive 100-yard performance, picking up 131 yards on seven receptions, including a 2-yard score that ended a 10-play, 82-yard drive with 8:33 left in the game … Earlier in the third quarter, he blocked a punt that he recovered for a 49-yard score (actual yards were 45 yards on the recovery).

Ouachita Baptist … Totaled 84 yards on five receptions.

Arkansas-Monticello … Snared three passes for 95 yards and touchdowns of 72 & 19 yards.

Arkansas Tech … Caught five passes for 50 yards, including 3 & 15-yard scores.

Presbyterian … Had five receptions for 95 yards with 22 & 65-yard touchdowns.

2004 Season

All-Gulf South Conference second-team choice … Despite not starting any of the eleven games he played in, Fairooz caught 51 passes for 778 yards (15.3 avg) and eight touchdowns … Scored 48 points and recorded an assisted tackle.

2004 Game Analysis

Snatched five passes for 44 yards and two scores vs. Iowa Wesleyan … Added 132 yards on four catches vs. Southern Arkansas … Made seven catches for 71 yards vs. North Alabama … Scored on a 36-yard grab vs. Harding and on a 10-yard catch in the Eastern New Mexico contest … Made three catches for 51 yards and a touchdown vs. Delta State … Gained a career-high 177 yards on twelve receptions vs. Arkansas-Monticello … Caught six passes for 124 yards and touchdowns of 27 and 46 yards before adding a game-winning 6-yard scoring grab in a 38-31 overtime victory over Arkansas Tech.

2003 Season

Played in eleven games as a reserve, catching four passes for 48 yards (12.0 avg).

Injury Report

2005: Played throughout November with osteitis pubis in his left leg (osteitis pubis is an uncommon and often painful inflammatory condition affecting the symphysis pubis -- the joint between the pubic bones of the pelvis. Causes include bone infection (osteomyelitis), usually following pelvic surgery, sports-related injury or overuse or spondyloarthropathies (spondyloarthritis), a group of inflammatory conditions).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.56 in the 40-yard dash … 35-inch arm length … 9 1/2-inch hands … Right-handed … Wears contacts … 23/42 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.49 in the 40-yard dash … 1.57 10-yard dash … 2.57 20-yard dash … 4.27 20-yard shuttle … 6.89 three-cone drill … 36-inch vertical jump … 10'5" broad jump.

High School

Attended Mansfield (Texas) High School, playing football for head coach Jimmy Burchold … Standout receiver and special teams performer, earning All-District and All-Area honors as a senior and was also named team Most Valuable Player … In addition to lettering in football, he competed in track and basketball.

Personal

Digital Film major … Son of Desiree and Moe Fairooz … Born 11/10/83 … Resides in Arlington, Texas.

 
 

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