Eric Page Profile
40 time: 4.60
Projected Round: 4-5
Positives: A cerebral receiver with a superior understanding of opposing defenses. Has a high football IQ and a very instinctual understanding of what defenses are trying to do on any given play. Diagnoses coverages and knows how to exploit them, consistently finding the soft spot against zone coverages. Smooth, fluid athlete that changes directions effortlessly. Gets in and out of his breaks quickly with out losing any of his speed. Explodes off the line with a strong, but controlled burst. Exceptional route-runner, especially in the short-to intermediate passing game. Utilizes advanced route-running techniques such as stemming routes and varying speeds to gain separation and set defenders up for failure. Experienced in the screen game and the spread passing attack. Frequently utilized on bubble screens and shows patience and good vision after the catch. Displays good wiggle in tight spaces to side step defenders. Has soft, reliable hands. Shows the ability pluck the ball out of the air with his hands on throws away from his body. Makes impressive diving catches. Tough receiver that’s not afraid to go over the middle of the field. Secures the football and absorbs the hit on in-breaking routes. Plays a lot faster than his 40 time would indicate. Accelerates to top end speed quickly. Versatile player that was used in a variety of ways by Toledo to get the ball in his hands in space. Very effective in the return game. High school QB capable of throwing the football. Threw 4 TD passes at Toledo.
Negatives: Struggled getting off press coverage. Not fast enough to be a threat in the vertical passing game. Doesn’t always use his hands to catch the ball resulting in the occasional drop. Not a big target. Doesn’t have breakaway speed. Role in the NFL will be limited to the slot and returner.
NFL Comparison: Lance Moore
Projection: Page is a very under the radar receiver, who came out a year early after shredding the record books at Toledo in his first 3 seasons. In his time at Toledo, Page caught 306 passes, including 125 in his Junior year. His 40 time will scare some teams away, but the film tells a different story. Page is an absolute technician in the short to intermediate passing game, and has everything NFL teams look for in a slot receiver: terrific route-running, high football IQ, soft hands, a knack for getting open, and a willingness to go over the middle. Page not only possesses all of these attributes but excels in them, and should be working the slot in the NFL with great success over the next decade.