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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Alric Arnett

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 188 | College: West Virginia
 
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Overview

Arnett had a roundabout journey to Morgantown, but he came through the past two seasons for head coach Bill Stewart and quarterbacks Pat White and Jarrett Brown. He attended Butler Community College after a stellar high school football and track career, catching 14 passes for 212 yards and three scores and also sprinting there. The next season he transferred to Scottsdale Community College (8-100-2 in nine games).

He redshirted his first season with the Mountaineers with a thumb injury, but earned the starting job in every game the following season in 2008. Arnett caught 35 balls for 466 yards and six scores as a junior, stepping up with 7-93-2, including the game-winning touchdown in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

This year Arnett continued that success, bringing in 43 receptions for 586 yards and three touchdowns. His height, silky routes and solid hands at the East-West Shrine Game also gained him fans among scouts, making him a possible late-round pick.

Analysis

Release: Gets off the line quickly if not pressed, and is able to shake off defender to get free. Eats up cushion fast against off coverage and can accelerate by corners who wait too long to turn and run. Must prove he can get off the jam, as his slight build will invite NFL corners to be physical with him.

Hands: Very good hands; brings in passes with arms extended away from his frame. Excellent concentration in traffic and with defenders on his side. Makes one-handed receptions look easy. Gets down to grab low throws despite his height. Tough enough to take the big hit and hold on over the middle or in the end zone. Will drop balls if trying to make a play before securing the catch.

Route running: Quick feet and track speed allow him to be effective on any route in the tree. Threat of deep ball makes his quick cuts and ball fakes on slants very difficult to handle. Bursts to the ball when it is thrown seemingly beyond his reach.

After the catch: Very good vision and agility in the open field. Almost slippery because of his thin frame and speed through creases in the secondary. Accelerates and eludes defenders after immediately securing the ball on hitch routes, and sinks his hips to cut inside or outside. His ability to hold onto the ball will be tested by stronger defensive backs because of his lanky build.

Blocking: Blocks often in WVU's offense for quick screens and lateral runs, though he fails to hit his intended target too often. Lacks the strength to dominate on the edge and must get his hands on his man's numbers to be effective. Gives effort, though, at least getting in the way sufficiently to give the ballcarrier a crease.

Intangibles: Has come a long way in his maturity and stamina since arriving from junior college. Considered one of the team leaders.

Career Notes

Starting wide receiver … earned the starting position heading into last season and continues to showcase his abilities … coaching staff is counting on him for on and off the field leadership … one of the Mountaineers' top receivers … big-play ability … has excellent size and speed … awarded the Whitey Gwynne Award by the coaching staff … previous bowl trips: 2008 Fiesta, 2008 Car Care Bowl.

2009 Season

As a senior in 2009, Arnett was WVU's second-leading receiver with 43 receptions for 586 yards, an average of 13.6 yards per catch and three touchdowns. He had a long catch of 46 yards. Arnett finished with a season-high seven catches against Pitt and 84 yards at USF.

2008 Season

Started all 13 games at wide receiver … saw action on more than 775 plays, including a season-high 86 against Cincinnati … used in 50 or more plays in all 13 games … led the team in receiving yards (466), average (13.3), was second in receiving touchdowns (6) and tied for second in catches (35) … long catch of 52 yards … season-high seven catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns against North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl … finished with a one-hand touchdown reception over the right shoulder and caught the game-winning touchdown from 20 yards out in the fourth quarter … four catches for a season-high 70 yards with two touchdown and a long catch of 34 yards against Villanova … five catches for 54 yards with a long of 15 yards against Marshall … season-long 52-yard catch at Louisville … three catches for 36 yards with a long of 16 yards at Pitt … three catches for 31 yards with a long of 15 yards against USF … three catches for 59 yards, a touchdown and a season-long catch of 44 yards against Auburn … two catches for 28 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati … three catches for 18 yards, including a long reception of 12 yards against Rutgers … two catches for 16 yards at Connecticut.

2007 Season

Redshirted last year due to thumb injury that kept him out for most of the season … had surgery in Oct. 2007.

2006 Season

Appeared in nine games … eight catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College … selected as an NJCAA All-Star.

2005 Season

Made 14 catches for 212 yards and three scores at Butler (Kan.) Community College … long catch of 35 yards … ran a 48.89 400-meter dash at the 2007 NJCAA region championships, for a seventh-place finish.

Injury Report

2007: Redshirted with a thumb injury.

Junior College

Junior college receiver joining the Mountaineers … seven catches for 74 yards and a score at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College last season … 14 catches for 212 yards and three scores in 2005 at Butler (Kan.) Community College.

High School

Graduate of Glades Central (Fla.) High, where as a senior team captain for Coach Larry Coffey had 24 catches for 573 yards and seven touchdowns … Palm Beach Post's most versatile player in the county … selected to play in the Outback Bowl all-star game … competed in the 400-meter state champion as a junior and senior … finished third in the 400-meter dash in the 2005 Florida High School Athletic Association 2A outdoor state finals … also a part of the state champion 4x400 relay team both years.

Personal

Birthday is June 26 … son of James Bailey and Annie Arnett … one of seven children … majoring in athletic coaching education.

 
Latest News
03/26/2010 - PRO DAY RESULTS: West Virginia has produced a number of solid NFL players over the years, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that 14 teams were in attendance for school's pro day on March 18. A total of 13 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. WR Alric Arnett (6-1 7/8, 191) stood out the most, as he looked good in positional drills. He ran a 4.53 and 4.56 40, stood on his combine numbers for the the vertical jump and broad jump, ran a 4.33 short shuttle, 6.81 three-cone drill, and didn't do the bench press. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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