Hank Baskett III WR 6’3 220 New Mexico
By: Robert Davis
NFL Combine Stats: 40-yard dash - 4.50, vertical jump - 35"
Even though DonTrell Moore has gotten all the hype for New Mexico, Baskett has been just as important to the offenses success over the past two years. In his first season as a starter in 2004, Baskett finished the season with 54 grabs for 906 yards and three touchdowns. This season he finally put it all together, hauling in 67 passes for 1,071 yards and nine touchdowns. He has also participated in track at New Mexico, participating in the high jump.
The first thing that stands out is Baskett’s size. He is tall and strong. He has the perfect wide receiver body. Along with that size, he has excellent leaping ability, which makes him deadly in one on one situations. Hank could be an awesome red zone target at the next level because of his height, athleticism, and jumping ability.
Baskett lacks the explosive speed to be a major threat with the ball in his hands. He can get open and catch the ball, but he won’t make many plays after the catch. Even though he reached the end zone nine times this year, he hasn't produced consistently enough in the red zone for someone with his size. More of that may be attributed to the presence of DonTrell Moore, but you’d still like to see more red zone production from a player with his skills.
Hank Baskett has the talent to be a great intermediate and red zone threat. For a team that needs size and a physical presence, he would be a great pick. His lack of great speed will keep him from being a prime draft pick, but he could hear his name called on the first day at some point.
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