Posted by Kip Earlywine
The last couple months, we’ve talked quite a lot about pass rushers. Especially Courtney Upshaw. We’ve spent a lot of time covering quarterbacks, linebackers and running backs too.
So today I figured I’d take a short break from all that and share a great article that someone pointed out to me regarding Arkansas wide receiver Greg Childs:
One player who might provide some inspiration for Williams is Arkansas wide receiver Greg Childs. Before suffering a patella tendon injury in November, the 6’3″, 219-pound wide out was among the best skill position prospects to play in Fayetteville in the past decade. A healthy Childs possessed hints of Chris Henry’s untapped athleticism. Whispers of Andre Johnson’s inside-out, physical style. Echoes of Randy Moss’ deep prowess.
His game made my colleague Cecil Lammey exclaim, Child Pu-lease!
Childs returned to the team after surgery and wasn’t even sporting a brace. However, he wasn’t the same player. I watched him against LSU this year and he looked like he might as well have been running in a pool.
But this spring the rehab finally did its magic and Childs’ Pro Day workout was a revelation:
- 4.41 – 40-yard dash
- 4.18 – 20-yard shuttle
- 6.73 – Three-Cone Drill
- 40.5″- Vertical
Many observers believe Childs looks like the player he was before his career near-death. If you didn’t see Childs before his injury, here’s a glimpse.
I don’t know if Seattle plans on drafting a receiver this year; we already have eight on the roster and the team will only keep six next September. That said, Childs does seem like the kind of low cost / high reward reclamation project this front office has been fond of in the past. Though he had a different career path, Doug Baldwin was also a good college receiver who’s stock was impacted by injuries. Seattle obviously benefited from taking a chance on Baldwin. Seattle took a similar gamble on Walter Thurmond the year before that and has seen promising returns with that pick as well. The Leon Washington trade is yet another example.
Sometimes you show up to watch one player and end up noticing someone else in the process. I remember scouting Ryan Mallett last year and discovered Knile Davis. Greg Childs caught my eye as well to a lesser extent.. I’m kind of surprised that I completely forgot about him until I read this article. Childs may not have had a good 2011 season due to injury, but its true that he was a force in 2010. Below I’ve provided a couple of compilation videos from Childs’ 2010 season.