This scouting report is going to be extremely biased, but at the same time extremely reasonable. My brother, Brenton, is currently a senior WR at Wofford College in SC and getting ready to make a run at the 2011 FCS Championship. For anyone that knows anything about Wofford knows they run the triple option similar to Georgia Tech, so you are probably wondering how a WR from a FCS triple option team could ever get drafted. However take this post with some seriousness, as the facts speak for themselves.
Currently standing at around 6'3" and 215 lbs, Bersin has been scouted by nearly all 32 teams in the NFL so far this season. Through his four years at Wofford, he has never seen a scout attend one of their practices until this season, and that is even when current Atlanta Falcons WR Andy Strickland was there a few years ago. Ironically enough, Bersin tied Jerry Richardson's single season TD record last year with 9 receiving TD's. The best part is that Richardson was aware of Bersin well before the record was tied, as we used to be neighbors in Charlotte for years. Too bad Big Cat does not make the roster moves.
From what it sounds like, if he can run a forty-yard dash around 4.5, he'll have a good chance of getting drafted. Some scouting sites predict times close to 4.6 (nfldraftscout.com says 4.57), but it's hard to say what he'll run when it comes time to the pro-day. He has run a 4.5 before, but this was before some added weight in muscle. Ideally he should add another 10-15 pounds and still run a solid forty time, but that may be a case of give-and-take. Even if the forty time is not where it needs to be, it's almost a foregone conclusion that he will be in a camp somewhere come August as an undrafted free agent.
The reason the forty time will be huge is because his skill set is already known and fairly solid. He has great hands, not only in catching in the ball, but in the ability to make plays. He can go up for high passes and down for the low ones, and often never catches the ball on target or in stride due to the erratic passing play of a triple option QB.
Another plus is the versatility. He has doubled as his team's punt returner ever since his freshman season, and after playing safety in high school he could play on special teams much like that of Seyi Ajirotutu or Darvin Adams. Not to mention playing in a triple option offense creates fantastic run blocking wide receivers. The best comparison right now in the NFL that I can give is a poor-man's Eric Decker of the Denver Broncos. They are essentially the same size, however Decker has the superior athleticism. What I will be most interested to see is how Bersin can get off stronger jams at the next level and run routes against better man-to-man cornerbacks.
Several Panthers fans have expressed interest in getting that next WR, but we already carry 7 on the roster right now. Make that number 8 once David Gettis returns from injury. We have much more pressing needs, especially on defense, than to waste a pick on a WR in the early rounds. However we could always add one in the 5th, 6th or 7th round. Would you be interested in a player like Brenton Bersin to fill out your roster, a player that could be an upgrade to Ajirotutu or Adams?
2011 (Sr): 23 rec, 424 yards, 2 TD's
2010 (Jr): 32 rec, 703 yards, 9 TD's
2009 (So): 15 rec, 356 yards, 4 TD's
2008 (Fr): 4 rec, 63 yards
2011 (Sr): 10 carries, 153 yards, 1 Punt Return TD
The video below is from back in the high schools days, but just add four years of skill and athleticism onto these plays and that's essentially what you have got now. If you are interested in a more up-to-date video, check out this against Clemson earlier this season (2:30 and 6:10 marks). He posted over 120 yards and a TD on Clemson, the most any receiver has so far this season.
Brenton Bersin Senior Highlight (via bersinbm)
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