|Height: 6-3 | Weight: 201 | College: Auburn|
Aromashodu has been an important part of the Tigers' four-man rotation at the two receiver spots the last four years, joining Ben Obomanu, Courtney Taylor and Anthony Mix to give Auburn one of the most dangerous aerial attacks in the South. Aromashodu is the leader of that quartet, boasting 31 starts in 51 games at Auburn.
At Miami Spring High School, Aromashodu captured Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100, Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100 and Florida Times Union Super 75 honors. He ranked as the nation's eighth-best wide receiver by Rivals100.com and as one of the top 15 players in Florida by Super Prep, which also named him an All-American. The All-County selection played in the Cali-Florida Bowl and the Dade-Broward All-Star Game.
He caught 17 passes for 417 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 372 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. Aromashodu also played defense and totaled 45 tackles and one interception as a free safety. He caught 29 passes for 620 yards and seven scores and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns as a junior while also totaling six interceptions.
Aromashodu added letters in basketball and competed in track.
Aromashodu was one of two true freshman to start on Auburn's offense in 2002. He caught 18 passes for 304 yards (16.9 avg) while starting eight of 13 games. With so much promise shown as a freshman, Aromashodu was mysteriously relegated to kickoff return duties as a sophomore. He managed only three catches for 22 yards, but handled 15 kickoffs for 290 yards (19.3 avg).
Aromashodu started all year at split end in 2004. He ranked fourth on the squad with 24 catches for 513 yards (team-high 21.4 avg) and four touchdowns. He also saw additional action on special teams, returning three kickoffs for 85 yards. In 2005, he started nine games, seeing action at both split end and flanker. He finished second on the team with 26 receptions for 494 yards and four touchdowns. Aromashodu handled the bulk of kickoff return duties, averaging 24.2 yards on 20 attempts.
In 51 games with the Tigers, Aromashodu finished his career with 71 receptions for 1,333 yards, the 10th-best total in school history. He had nine touchdown catches and scored 54 points. He also returned 38 kickoffs for 860 yards, the seventh-best career total in school annals.
Positives: Has long limbs, good linear quickness and the acceleration to stretch the field Shows good body control to adjust in his long routes and if given room, he can generate the short burst needed to escape the jam Has good cutting agility and can adjust in his routes to make the over-the-shoulder grabs Has good separation ability when he knows the ball is coming to him Needs minimal reps to retain plays Has the ability to time his leaps in order to get to the ball at its highest point Normal strider who can quickly eat up the defender's cushion.
Negatives: Needs to improve his work habits (does what is asked, nothing more) Will throttle down when not involved in the play Prefers to operate on sideline and deep routes, as he shies away from contact too much to be effective working underneath
Good kickoff returner, but needs to show more patience waiting for blocks to develop Has some stiffness turning and facing the quarterback Lacks natural hands, but does look effective making the over-the-shoulder catches Lacks toughness to compete for the ball in a crowd Needs to demonstrate better hand placement when blocking Needs to play with better consistency, as he disappears for long stretches.
Aromashodu is a long-limbed athlete with a lean frame with tight muscles and a very thin waist. He is more of a deep threat due to his quickness and has a sharp linear burst to easily eat up the defender's cushion. He has decent strength to combat the press coverage, but needs to get more physical with his hands in order to keep from being rerouted. He has the body control to make adjustments to the ball in flight and runs good routes upfield.
However, he appears too tight in his hips to generate double moves and does not have the natural hands to secure the ball when facing the quarterback (does a better job catching over his outside shoulder on deep routes). He seems to shy away from contact and is the type of player that needs to be pushed in order to produce. He has frustrated coaches on occasion when he simply throttles down and looks uninterested when not involved in the play. He showed better focus as a senior, but he lacks leadership skills and has yet to answer questions about his overall desire for the game.
Aromashodu has the acceleration and burst to stretch the field, generating a sudden start that lets him slip past some jam processes. He needs to develop better strength and desire to fight press coverage, as he does not avoid the defensive back much and gets pushed off his route too early when not given room to operate.
Aromashodu runs good patterns and shows the balance needed coming out of his vertical cuts, but will shy away from contact working the short area. He wanders a bit in his route when having to compete in traffic and gives up at times when pushed and shoved by the more physical cornerbacks. He runs with a normal stride and can gain ground going deep, but needs to do a better job of turning and adjusting to the ball when operating in the short zone.
Aromashodu is in his element when running sideline routes, which keeps him away from the contact he seems to have problems with. He can get separation after the catch, but needs to develop a better feel for recognizing coverages, as he will sometimes run right into the defender. He is not the type that will flinch or lose concentration when asked to operate on tough crossing patterns, but it is not a role that he enjoys doing (simply put, if there is a $50 bill in the middle of the field and no one around, he will still not go for it).
After the catch, Aromashodu relies more on his speed rather than double moves to elude. He does not have the power to break tackles and gets minimal yardage after initial contact. He will give a solid effort as a blocker, but like other Auburn receivers, he fails to get his hands up quickly to place, sustain and lock on.
Aromashodu is still a work in progress, but needs to develop more "fire in his belly." He has the valid speed to stretch the defense, but can get caught from behind due to a lack of explosiveness. He must show better work ethic, as he is compliant, but it is rare to see him do the "little extras" to improve. He has decent field vision, but must show more aggression, especially when asked to work in traffic. Because of his quickness, he will likely be taken later on the draft's second day, but has more Karsten Bailey in him than a Frank Sanders.
Ranks 10th in school history with 1,333 yards receiving and seventh with 860 kickoff return yards Caught at least one pass in his last 19 games Averaged 18.8 yards per catch during his career, the fifth-best total in Auburn history His 485 yards on kickoff returns in 2005 was the most by an Auburn player since Robert Baler totaled 525 yards in 1995.
Played in every game, starting nine Lined up mostly at flanker, but also saw playing time at split end, where he shared time with Ben Obomanu Finished second on the team with a career-high 26 receptions for 494 yards (19.0 avg) and four touchdowns Returned 20 kickoffs for 485 yards (24.2 avg) and assisted on one tackle Scored 24 points Fumbled once (vs. Georgia).
|2005 Game Analysis|
Georgia Tech Came off the bench to score Auburn's first touchdown of the season when he caught a 39-yard pass thrown by Brandon Cox in the second quarter that ended a 4-play, 78-yard drive Finished with three catches for 62 yards and three kickoff returns for 87 yards Head to Head Competition -- CB Dennis Davis.
Mississippi State Only touched the ball once, but it was good for a 5-yard touchdown on a pass from Brandon Cox in the second quarter that capped a 13-play, 69-yard drive Head to Head Competition -- CB David Heard.
Ball State Assisted in tackling Donte Love on a 9-yard kickoff return in the second quarter Had one catch for 8 yards and returned a kickoff 52 yards Head to Head Competition -- CB Ryan Patrick.
Western Kentucky Limited to a 14-yard reception and a 29-yard kickoff return Head to Head Competition -- CB Dennis Mitchell.
South Carolina Followed with 40 yards on a pair of catches and a 21-yard kickoff return
Head to Head Competition -- CB Tremaine Taylor.
Arkansas After sharing time with Ben Obomanu during the team's five games, Aromashodu shifted to split end, coming up with a season-high six catches for 98 yards and a 17-yard score on a third quarter throw from Brandon Cox that finished a 7-play, 73-yard drive Head to Head Competition -- CB Chris Houston.
Louisiana State Added 55 yards on three receptions and 41 yards on two kickoff returns Head to Head Competition -- CB Chevis Jackson.
Mississippi Caught only one pass, but it was good for a 28-yard touchdown on an option throw from receiver Courtney Taylor in the first quarter Head to Head Competition -- CB Trumaine McBride.
Kentucky Returned two kickoffs for 61 yards and had a 12-yard reception Head to Head Competition -- CB Antoine Huffman.
Georgia QB Brandon Cox hit Aromashodu with a 32-yard sideline pass in the fourth quarter, but cornerback Paul Oliver stripped the Tigers receiver of the ball. Auburn recovered and settled for a 20-yard field goal Finished with four receptions for 135 yards and four kickoff returns for 73 yards It marked only the second time in his career that Aromashodu gained over 100 yards receiving in a game Head to Head Competition -- CB Tim Jennings.
Alabama Shifted to flanker and responded with a 21-yard catch and two kickoff returns for 17 yards Head to Head Competition -- CB Anthony Madison.
Wisconsin (Capital One Bowl) Came off the bench to make two catches for 16 yards and gained 43 yards on two kickoff returns Head to Head Competition -- CB Jack Ikegwuonu.
Started every game at split end, but shared playing time with Ben Obomanu Ranked fourth on the team with 24 receptions for 513 yards (21.4 avg) and four touchdowns Had three kickoff returns for 85 yards (28.3 avg), giving him 598 all-purpose yards for the season.
|2004 Game Analysis|
Louisiana-Monroe Scored on a third quarter 32-yard seam pass from QB Jason Campbell, finishing the day with two catches for 53 yards.
The Citadel Gained 95 yards on three receptions.
Tennessee Had two receptions for 50 yards and a 48-yard kickoff return.
Arkansas Had the first 100-yard game of his career, totaling 102 yards on four catches, beating two defenders to haul in Jason Campbell's first quarter 67-yard touchdown bomb.
Kentucky Added 49 yards on four catches.
Alabama Collected 62 yards on two receptions.
Tennessee (SEC Championship) Helped down the Vols 38-28 with two catches for 58 yards and a 53-yard touchdown on a third quarter slant pass from Jason Campbell.
Virginia Tech (Sugar Bowl) Beat cornerback Jimmy Williams in the corner of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, Aromashodu's only reception during the game.
Played in 13 games, but was mostly relegated to special teams Caught only three passes for 22 yards (7.3 avg) Returned 15 kickoffs for 290 yards (19.3 avg) Had two fumbles, with one recovered by the opposition.
|2003 Game Analysis|
Western Kentucky Had an 11-yard catch and a 13-yard kickoff return.
Mississippi State Earned his only start when the team opened with a three-receiver formation, but did not catch any passes.
Louisiana-Monroe Returned two kickoffs for 49 yards, but fumbled on one of those returns.
Mississippi Gained 56 yards on three kickoff returns.
Georgia Turned the ball over on a fumble, had a 5-yard catch and five kickoff returns for 106 yards.
Wisconsin (Music City Bowl) Totaled 44 yards on three kickoff returns.
Played in 13 games, starting the season opener vs. Southern California at flanker and the final seven games at split end Finished third on the team with 18 catches for 304 yards (16.9 avg) and a touchdown Also gained 6 yards on a reverse.
|2002 Game Analysis|
Southern California Made his collegiate debut with a 43-yard reception.
Arkansas Caught two passes for 61 yards (one for minus-4 yards), scoring his first career touchdown on a first quarter 65-yard strike from QB Daniel Cobb.
Louisiana State Matched his Arkansas figures with two catches for 61 yards.
Penn State (Capital One Bowl) Made two catches for 18 yards.
2005: Missed part of spring drills after suffering a right clavicle (collarbone) fracture (3/15).
Campus: 4.51 in the 40-yard dash 295-pound bench press 350-pound squat 240-pound power clean 39-inch vertical jump 33-inch arm length 8 -inch hands Right-handed Wears contacts 16/21 Wonderlic score.
Attended Miami (Fla.) Spring High School, playing football for head coach Buddy Goins
Earned Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100, Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100 and Florida Times Union Super 75 honors Ranked as the nation's eighth-best wide receiver by Rivals100.com and as one of the top 15 players in Florida by Super Prep, which also named him All-American The All-County selection played in the Cali-Florida Bowl and the Dade-Broward All- Star Game Caught 17 passes for 417 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 372 yards and four touchdowns as a senior Also played defense and totaled 45 tackles and one interception as a free safety caught 29 passes for 620 yards and seven scores and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns as a junior while also totaling six interceptions Added letters in basketball and competed in track.
Business Administration major Son of Inkey and Dorothy Aromashodu Father is from Lagos, Nigeria and moved to the United States in his 20s Born Gbolahan Devin Aromashodu on 5/23/84 Resides in Miami, Florida.
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