K.D. Cannon, WR Baylor
NFL Combine Measurements:
Weight: 182 Pounds
Hand Size: 8 7/8″
40-yard dash: 4.41
Bench Press: 13 reps
Vertical Jump: 37″
Broad Jump: 9’11”
NFL Comparison: Kenny Stills, Ted Ginn, Travis Benjamin
Smooth – and fast – Cannon caught our eye as a freshman in 2014. After generating his greatest statistical season as a junior, he’s flown the coup early for the NFL. It was a decision that came with quite a bit of scrutiny from some sources in the scouting community.
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At 180 pounds, Cannon plays with deceptive sturdiness and physicality on contact. He plays with good acceleration and good top speed and is definitely capable of creating separation against man coverage. Cannon is also a willing and intelligent blocker in the run game.
Baylor utilized Cannon regularly in the screen game to pick away at the Big 12’s deeper off-coverages. The best pro-style route he puts on tape is the deep post, and he’s electric at it. We’ll be curious to see if he runs the quick slant in similar fashion at the Combine. It’s a repetition in Indy we’ve seen the truly elite rookie wr prospects consistently exploit over the years.
The Combine and Baylor Pro Day will be important events for Cannon to showcase his hands. Many times he shows natural ability to catch the ball, however he does have some trouble tracking the really tough deep balls and encounters concentration drops more often than NFL scouts want to see.
We’re not sure he’s a do-it-all WR prospect, but we think Cannon can be very good at what he does, which is create huge plays. We expect Cannon to be in Day 2 consideration for the 2017 NFL Draft, and he’ll likely be a third-roundish selection in subsequent Rookie Dynasty Drafts.
A three-year starter and the team’s most experienced receiver, Cannon has started 11 of the 12 games this season, carrying a Big 12-best 37-game streak with at least one caught pass, making a catch in every one of his collegiate career games played. The junior has continued to show explosive big play capabilities, hauling in 11 touchdown catches this season and 25 in his career, moving into a tie for fifth on Baylor’s all-time single-season list and sole possession of fourth on the career list. With 73 receptions for 989 yards, Cannon moved into sixth on Baylor’s single-season receptions list. The Mount Pleasant, Texas, native leads the Big 12 in receptions/game (6.6) and is fourth in receiving yards/game (89.9), while his 11 touchdown receptions rank third among the conference’s receivers.
** Combine Update- Cannon scored very well on our WR on-field performance scorecards, easing concerns about his route running ability