The Miami Hurricanes over the past 30 years have been an NFL draft mainstay. K.J. Osborn transferred from Buffalo where he was playing the slot wide receiver and at Miami, where he manned the outside receiver spot for the Hurricanes. Osborn is in a deep receiver class but will draw plenty of attention from NFL scouts and teams.
Osborn does a terrific job on running and changing up his routes to help the quarterback get the pass away. Osborn has good instincts and will communicate with the quarterback when he is the hot receiver and the check down. Osborn does not hesitate to cover over the middle into safety and linebacker territory. One more positive trait that Osborn has is that he has worked extensively on special teams and plenty of NFL teams are looking for a playmaker in the special team’s area.
I would like to see Osborn improve his play against bump and run coverage. Osborn will need to improve his route running and find a way to improve his separation against defensive back. Another area that Osborn will need to work on improving is the consistency of catching the ball. Osborn at times, has some head scratching drops.
I have Osborn going in the seventh round of the draft, but he could slip into free agency. Osborn is a gutsy receiver that is willing to play special teams, but he must improve his route running in order to have a shot at a roster. Osborn is a hard worker and his work ethic should serve him well as he works to make a roster.