2018 NFL Draft

Chris Givens, WR

School: Wake Forest  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Wylie, TX
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 198 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 4/96 - Chris Givens, WR, 5-11, 198, Wake Forest...Has game-breaking speed and natural pass-catching ability, which was evident in his 2011 season that produced 83 receptions for 1,330 yards and nine touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

04/09/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP WIDE RECEIVERS: *Chris Givens, Wake Forest, 5-11, 198...Givens came out of high school as an outstanding track star and running back, which was a precursor to the dazzling showmanship he displayed as a receiver, returner and running back at Wake Forest. He also came out of high school with a history of two separate ACL injuries, reflecting a durability concern he brings into the draft. But he still has impressive speed and is strong for his size, as he showed at the Scouting combine with a 40-yard time of 4.35 seconds and 19 bench-press reps at 225 pounds. In his three-year college career, Givens caught 163 passes for 2,473 yards and 21 touchdowns; rushed 45 times for 238 yards and two touchdowns and averaged 19.3 yards on kickoff returns and 12.5 yards on punt returns. He seems to be a candidate for the slot position, where his speed should be a matchup issue for defenses. However, while his speed and ability to get open are not a concern, he is not consistent as a receiver. He sometimes makes difficult catches appear easy, but then drops passes he should catch, as he did in the Music City Bowl. Givens sat out the 2010 opener after violating team rules. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/20/2012 - Chris Givens figures he set a nice foundation for his draft stock during last month's NFL combine in Indianapolis, so he showed up at a pro day workout Monday on the Wake Forest campus looking to brush up on a few areas. "To build off everything I did at the combine," Givens said. "Just show I'm a complete receiver." Givens, a record-setting receiver for Wake Forest, decided to pursue a spot in next month's NFL Draft rather that use his final season of college eligibility in 2012. He was the headliner for the pro day, though limiting his display to a pass-catching and route-running session rather than go through the gamut of timed drills. After spending time in Miami this winter to work out in preparation for the combine, Givens said he developed a good vibe about how he stacked up for scouts in Indianapolis. "I felt like I excelled in some areas," he said. "Actually, I felt I excelled in most areas." Givens said his decision to leave the Demon Deacons was well-thought out. He said he's unfazed by the top receivers in the draft class, confident that he's one of them. Givens posted a time of 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash and churned out 19 repetitions in the 225-pound bench press as part of the combine, where he was a top-10 performer based on the numbers. He passed on those events Monday, concentrating on receiving drills. Former Wake Forest quarterbacks Riley Skinner and Ryan McManus, who'll be a graduate assistant for the upcoming season at Wake Forest, threw to receivers during the pro day. - Bob Sutton, Burlington Times News

03/19/2012 - The Wake Forest football program held its annual pro timing day on Monday, March 19 at the Doc Martin Football Practice Complex. Recently graduated student-athletes, including Dennis Godfrey, Kyle Wilber, Danny Dembry, Brandon Pendergrass, Cyhl Quarles, Josh Bush, Gelo Orange and Joe Looney, came back to campus for the event. Chris Givens, an early entry to the NFL Draft pool, was also in attendance. Looney mostly observed as he continues to rehab from off-season injury. Two former Wake Forest quarterbacks, Riley Skinner and Ryan McManus, were also on hand to fire passes to the wide receivers in their drills for NFL scouts on hand. Representatives from 30 NFL franchises were in attendance. - Wake Forest football

01/04/2012 - There is one common denominator between most of the high profile receivers - Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, Notre Dame's Michael Floyd, South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery, Rutgers' Mohammed Sanu - they are all big split end prospects. Some NFL teams are, of course, looking for these types of receivers. Others teams - eyeing the success the Pittsburgh Steelers are enjoying with Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders - are shifting their focus to smaller, quicker receivers capable of lining up at flanker or in the slot. And that is music to the ears of speedy receivers like Baylor's Kendall Wright and Wake Forest junior Chris Givens, a 6-0, 195 All-ACC wideout who has led the Demon Deacons in all-purpose yardage for three consecutive seasons. It had been well known that Givens had petitioned the NFL for his grade. Shortly after catching nine passes for 54 yards in a 24-17 Music City Bowl loss to Mississippi State, Givens informed the media that he'd been given a third round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee and that he was heading to the pros. "Next year, I'll be forgoing my senior year and going to the NFL Draft," Givens said. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/04/2012 - Givens is currently rated by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 11 rated receiver for the 2013 draft. He has a chance to move up in our 2012 rankings due to his speed and playmaking skills. Wake Forest rarely sends underclassmen to the NFL. Their last one, in fact, was inside linebacker Jon Abbate, who left school early to not get drafted at all in 2007. Jim Grobe, who coached both Givens and Abbate, drew some interesting distinctions between his two former pupils when Givens informed the media that he would be petinioning the league for an early entry grade. "He's a real-deal guy, there's no question about it," Grobe said. "And Jon Abbate was a real good player. There was no doubt Jon could play. But Jon just wasn't very tall. "In Chris' case, you know they would probably want him to be a little taller, I'm sure, if the truth is known. They would probably want him to be a little bit more physical as a blocker and did some things without the ball in his hands than he does. "But he does some really good things - good speed, good routes, good work ethic, catches the ball good. He's got the real, real good foot speed. "He's a good player. He's a really good player." Givens ends his career ranked third in Wake Forest history with 21 all-purpose touchdowns on 163 catches for 2,473 yards. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/30/2011 - WR Chris Givens, who's a redshirt junior, could be a candidate to move to the NFL after this season and he picked up All-ACC first team honors. Scouts have made general inquiries about Givens' abilities so he at least has fallen on some radar. - The Sports Xchange

12/30/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Chris Givens is having one of the best seasons in school history as a receiver, picking up the pace from his first year in 2009 after a sophomore slump a year ago. The Demon Deacons will need him to show the breakaway abilities that allowed him to put up by numbers by the middle of the season because Mississippi State has a highly regard defense. - The Sports Xchange

12/30/2011 - Scouting the Wake Forest passing game: Sophomore QB Tanner Price has set a good foundation for when he becomes a veteran in the program, but the team's late-season slide has left a sour taste for the hard-throwing left-hander. The Demon Deacons have depended perhaps too much on Price at times and that has put additional pressure on the passing attack. WR Chris Givens, who has set a school record for receiving yards in a season, is a deep threat and he's also capable of working his way through traffic when running shorter routes. WR Michael Campanaro is another favorite target for Price. - The Sports Xchange

12/21/2011 - Junior receiver Chris Givens said Monday that he had not received the evaluation he sought from the NFL in order to decide whether to make himself for the draft or return for his senior season. He said he will return home to Wylie, Texas, for Christmas and discuss his future with his family, but probably wouldn't reveal any decisions before the Music City Bowl. Grobe said he didn't consider Givens' uncertainty a distraction for the team. "The only distractions that we would have would be if Chris doesn't practice hard or if we felt like he would not give us his best in the game," Grobe said. "And then we would want him to go ahead and just get some rest before the combine. "But as long as he's focused on trying to play great football and help us win, it's no distraction for us. I think our team is like I am. "We would be happy with him doing what he thought was best for him. "But we haven't seen any issue with him not practicing hard. He's doing all the things he's supposed to do. And I think he wants to go play good." - The Winston-Salem Journal

12/08/2011 - Recording-setting receiver Chris Givens is considering becoming the second Wake Forest player ever to make himself eligible for the NFL draft before his senior season. Givens, a junior from Wylie, Tex., who set the school record with 1,276 receiving yards, said he plans to decide by the end of next week whether to return for his senior season. He said he will have a better idea of his future once he receives an official evaluation from the NFL. "After the Vanderbilt game I sent them my declaring-for-eligibility form or whatever, and I'm just waiting to get my official evaluation back,'' Givens said today. "I've heard things from different people but nothing official yet.'' Coach Jim Grobe said that if Givens can feel assured he will be drafted in the first or second round, he should make himself eligible for the draft. The other Wake Forest player to leave before his senior season, linebacker Jon Abbate, was undrafted and never played a regular-season game in the NFL. Givens made first-team All-ACC after catching 74 passes and scoring nine touchdowns. "I think he's going to test the water and see where he think he might fit,'' Grobe said. "But he's a smart guy. "He knows if he's not going to go high enough, he's better off to get a senior year.'' - Dan Collins, Winston-Salem Journal

11/22/2011 - WEEK 12 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Chris Givens, Wake Forest, Jr., WR, 6-0, 195, Wylie, Tex. Givens tied his career-high with eight receptions and set a career-high with 191 receiving yards in Wake Forest's 31-10 win over Maryland. Givens added a 35-yard touchdown catch from QB Tanner Price. In the process, Givens set the school record for receiving yards in a season with 1,207. That also ranks as the sixth-best season receiving total in ACC history. - ACC football

10/24/2011 - WEEK 8 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Chris Givens, Wake Forest, WR, Jr., 6-0, 195, Wylie, Tx. Givens caught six passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns in Wake Forest's 24-23 win over Duke. Givens caught a 26-yard scoring pass from QB Tanner Price that put the Deacons ahead 7-0 in the first quarter. After Wake Forest fell behind 23-17 in the fourth quarter, Givens caught a pass on a curl route and turned it into a 66-yard touchdown catch, avoiding blockers and side-stepping a diving defender. Five of his six catches resulted in first downs. In addition, Givens rushed the ball once for 13 yards and a first down. Givens recorded his 23rd straight game with a reception, tied a school record with his fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving game, and also caught a scoring pass for the fifth straight game. - ACC football

10/22/2011 - Tanner Price's 66-yard touchdown pass to Chris Givens with 6:52 left lifted Wake Forest to its 12th straight victory over Duke, 24-23 on Saturday. Price finished 15 of 25 for 215 yards with two scoring passes to Givens for the Demon Deacons (5-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They let an early 17-0 lead vanish and allowed Duke to score on five consecutive drives before quickly retaking the lead. Backup quarterback and short-yardage specialist Anthony Boone had two short touchdown runs for the Blue Devils (3-4, 1-2). They went up 23-17 on Will Snyderwine's third field goal of the day with 7:14 remaining. Wake Forest struck back on its next play. Price fired a quick pass to Givens, who made a nifty move to get by slipping defender Zach Greene before dashing down the left sideline for the go-ahead score. Duke crossed midfield only once after that, moving to the Wake Forest 40 before Sean Renfree's fourth-down pass for Donovan Varner sailed high with 1:20 left. Duke forced a three-and-out and got the ball back with 13 seconds left before Kenny Okoro intercepted Renfree's last-gasp pass and allowed time to expire during the return. Givens finished with six catches for 147 yards, after catching an earlier 26-yard touchdown pass from Price. Brandon Pendergrass finished with 43 yards rushing and a 2-yard touchdown. - AP Sports

10/10/2011 - WEEK 6 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Chris Givens, Wake Forest, WR, Jr., 6-0, 195, Wylie, Tx. Givens caught six passes for 101 yards in Wake Forest's 35-30 win over Florida State on Saturday. Givens had one touchdown catch, a 22-yard scoring pass from Tanner Price late in the second quarter that staked the Demon Deacons to a 16-7 lead. Givens had three receptions for 86 yards in the second quarter with all three catches leading to first downs. He had catches for 40, 24 and 22 yards. Four of his six catches on Saturday were for first downs. - ACC football

10/03/2011 - ACC WEEK 5 RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Chris Givens, Wake Forest, WR, Jr., 6-0, 195, Wylie, Tx. Givens caught seven passes for 132 yards and one touchdown in Wake Forest's 27-19 win over Boston College on Saturday. Givens caught a 47-yard scoring pass from Tanner Price early in the third quarter. Givens also caught a 36-yard pass from flanker Michael Campanaro that set up Wake Forest's final field goal. Givens made the catch despite triple coverage and a defensive pass interference call against BC. Givens' 498 yards receiving through four games is the most-ever by a Wake Forest receiver through four games. - ACC football

09/01/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Last year's revolving situation at quarterback created countless problems, but QB Tanner Price was the clear choice when injuries weren't part of the equation. The offensive line might have to be the core of the offense and improved play around Price is considered to be the main area of emphasis. There's ample opportunity for a new receiver or two to emerge as play makers, though WR Chris Givens is bound to be given the first shot at that and it will be interesting to see if he can revert to the 2009 form when as a freshmen he was a game-changer. - The Sports Xchange

08/09/2011 - AREAS OF CONCERN: The Demon Deacons have several of these areas coming off a three-win season that included a nine-game losing streak. They'll have to prove that they're up to the task defensively, particularly along the front where they were often pushed around last season. The offense needs receivers to establish themselves as play makers because QB Tanner Price will need all the help he can get. - The Sports Xchange

07/09/2011 - 2011 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chris Givens, Wake Forest, 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. - The Tallahassee QB Club Foundation

05/09/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: WR Chris Givens slumped some as a sophomore in 2010, but he's capable of being a difference maker as he was during his freshman season. With some added strength, he's an explosive type of player. With WR Devon Brown exiting without playing his final season with the Demon Deacons, Givens' role should expand. - The Sports Xchange