James Cleveland Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'2 - 205 lbs.|
2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
James Cleveland, WR, Houston
It was with Houston that Cleveland came onto the national scene. In a pass happy offense, Cleveland emerged as the team's go-to-receiver in 2009 and caught a team high 104 passes for 1,214 yards and 14 touchdowns. And he put up those numbers despite missing two games late in the year with an ankle injury. Cleveland and Houston had high expectations heading into 2010, but an injury to quarterback Case Keenum and backup Cotton Turner put the passing game in turmoil. David Piland has done an admirable job filling in for the injured signal callers, but he is no Keenum. However, through 11 games (one of which Cleveland missed due to suspension) he has caught 57 passes for 800 yards and six scores.
Cleveland's success has been in part due to the system. He does not have the size to be a premiere NFL receiver. At 6-2 and 205 pounds, he is just not big enough to fill that role. Cleveland has good hands and runs good routes, but he is a slot receiver at the next level and should stay on the board until the fourth or fifth round.