Danny Gray

Danny Gray

Measurements
  • Height
    5117
  • Hand
    9 5/8
  • VJ
    34
  • Weight
    186lbs
  • Arm
    31 7/8
  • Speed
    4.33
WR Combine Averages
  • Height
    6004
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    200lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.51
Charlie Parkinson - Scout
Danny Gray
  • Overall Rank
    153
  • Position Rank
    21
  • Position
    WR
  • Age
    23.2 Years
  • Team
    SMU

Stats

Year Games Played Rec Yards YPC TDs Misc. Stats
2020 9 33 448 13.6 4 3/30/2 rushing
2021 10 49 803 16.4 9 3/40 rushing

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Gray has a thin frame with long arms, allowing him to have a large catch radius. He has a lean frame, standing 5115, and can add more weight if needed. No significant injury history.

  • Size
    6
  • Length
    6
  • Frame/Durability
    5
Grade 5.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Shows off competitive toughness the way he runs with the ball in his hands and when he battles at the catch point. Does a great job finding open space in zones and operating through traffic on crossers, but he does need to work on coming back to the ball and allowing the QB to find him when he gets out of the pocket.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 6.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Very explosive athlete with quick feet off the LOS. Above the line speed, which helps him create separation. His speed is shown off when running away from defenses after the catch. He bursts hard out of his cuts to win underneath. ... He changes direction well but does run high and takes extra steps at the top of his route. He is light which creates issues when trying to release off the press or gain separation at top of his route.

  • Explosiveness
    8
  • Speed
    7
  • Body Control
    7
  • Flexibility/Bend
    6
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    3
Grade 6.2

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Aligns as the right outside receiver and bursts off the line. His quick feet and hand swipes allow him to defeat the press. He creates separation from his quick foot speed and bursts out his cuts. He has the speed to win over the top and gets open underneath with that threat. Does a great job of manipulating space especially finding soft spots in zones. He has reliable hands and adequate balls skills, adjusting his body to make tough catches. Explosive with the ball in his hands and dynamic after the catch, turning short passes into big gains. ... Not pressed very often in college and has not shown the ability to consistently evade the press, as he has a light frame and must develop his release package. His route tree was very limited in college and was overmatched physically at the top of some routes. He did suffer from occasional drops and had a hard time bringing in catches through contact. Despite good effort and technique, his light frame presents some challenges as a blocker.

  • Ball Skills
    6
  • Suddenness
    7
  • Release
    4
  • Route Running
    6
  • Run After Catch
    8
  • Vertical threat
    7
  • Perimeter Blocking
    4
  • Return Ability
    5
Grade 5.9

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Gray is a former JUCO star who joined SMU as a junior. He played just two years with the Mustangs but was highly productive. He played mostly as an outside receiver throughout his career and is likely limited to there in the NFL. He has a thin but long frame and possesses phenomenal speed and acceleration. He is a big play waiting to happen and can make things happen with the ball in his hands. He has the upside to improve as a route runner but his light frame, limited route tree, and raw release package give him a learning curve at the next level. He will need to make a large special teams impact to play significant time early and projects best as a developmental outside receiver who can act as a shot/big-play threat at the next level.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT TCU
  • Sep - 25 - 2021
  • Dynamic after the catch and made numerous big plays
  • iconWorst Game
  • v UCF
  • Nov - 13 - 2021
  • Struggled to get involved
Best Trait
Explosiveness and RAC ability
Pro Comparison
Kenny Stills