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Sleeper alert: Brandon Kaufman, WR - Eastern Washington

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I decided to post some of my favorite later round prospects just to discuss some different names for once. I'll start with Eastern Washington University wide out Brandon Kaufman. I have a friend that attends EWU and he raved to me about Kaufman all season long, and I was definitely wrong when I thought he was just being a homer.

If you missed out on Brandon Kaufmans performance in the playoffs this season, here are the Madden-like numbers from the few games he played.

In three playoff games, Kaufman averaged 193+ receiving yards/game versus Wagner, Illinois State, and Sam Houston State. Here were his game logs:

vs. Wagner - 10 rec, 174 yds, 0 TD, 47 long

vs. Illinois St. - 9 rec, 191 yds, 3 TD, 76 long

vs. Sam Houston St. - 9 rec, 215 yds, 3 TD, 60 long

Kaufman is listed at 6'5", 215 lbs. He finished the season with 93 catches, 1,850 yards, and 16 TD's.

I nailed the TY Hilton prediction last season for my sleeper pick, and I think Kaufman could be another star with a good QB.

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I am a senior reporter for "The Easterner" at Eastern Washington University and covered the Eagles' 2012 football season in which they made the final four teams in the FCS playoffs but unfortunately lost to eventual runner-up Sam Houston State. I had an up close look at junior WR Brandon Kaufman, who broke the all-time FCS record for yards in a single season, finishing with 1850 yards and 16 TD on 93 receptions.

In three playoff games, Kaufman averaged 193+ receiving yards/game versus Wagner, Illinois State, and Sam Houston State. Here were his game logs:

vs. Wagner - 10 rec, 174 yds, 0 TD, 47 long

vs. Illinois St. - 9 rec, 191 yds, 3 TD, 76 long

vs. Sam Houston St. - 9 rec, 215 yds, 3 TD, 60 long

Kaufman is listed at 6'5", 215 lbs. Here is his EWU athletics page.

Some playoff highlights:

(vs. Sam Houston St.)

22 yd TD catch, breaking all-time single-season FCS receiving record

43 yd TD catch, wrestles ball away from defender in EZ

60 yd catch, gets a 8-yard slant and breaks about 6 tackles. Serious HEART.

33 yd TD catch, gets between the CB and S

(vs. Illinois St.)

47 yard TD catch, Kaufman beats CB and S deep

76 yard TD catch, pulls a Randy Moss on his defender, then beats him to the EZ

(vs. Wagner)

45 yard catch, another quick slant that he turns into big yardage

47 yard catch, initially looks like a drop but great concentration and he hauls it in

3 yard 2 pt conv., quick slant, leaves defender in dust

Versus Idaho and WSU in 2012, Kaufman totaled 5/148/0 and 5/142/2, respectively.

are some highlights vs. Idaho.

is a catch where Kaufman kicks it to himself in the endzone for a TD. Friggin' ridiculous.

I've interviewed Brandon a few times and I always come away impressed. He is extremely soft-spoken and humble, effusively praising others as opposed to himself. In the playoffs, when asked how he was able to be so dominant, he talked about the seniors and how he was digging deep within himself to leave absolutely everything on the field for them. Motivation for BK is not an issue. Character for BK is not an issue.

He is an above average run blocker, walls off defenders with ease and occasionally will drive his defenders. Could use some bulking up, and I don't think he'd lose his long speed. Once he gets the ball in his hands he is extremely difficult to take down.

Has a little bit of an injury history; played only four games in 2011 before breaking a metacarpal in his left hand. Also, had surgery shortly thereafter on his knee to repair nagging injury from 2010 season. In 2011 season opener @ UW, Kaufman totaled 10 receptions for 140 yards.

Kaufman has decided to forego his senior year at EWU and declare for the 2013 NFL draft. Via JoshBDraft, Kaufman was not given a top three round grade.

I think he's a 4th-5th round pick right now that could move up slightly if he tests well at the combine. He is faster than he is quick but still does have good short range speed.

http://www.footballs...ic.php?t=510480

Is this your scouting friend. Saw this posted on another web site. Sorry man, he has already been introduced to the world, your late.

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What round is he projected to go? He could be a good one to go with if we skip receiver in the 2nd

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http://www.footballs...ic.php?t=510480

Is this your scouting friend. Saw this posted on another web site. Sorry man, he has already been introduced to the world, your late.

I've been a member of FF for almost a decade and GBPACKMAN is a good friend and one of my favorite posters.

I'm introducing him to this website, why do you have to take it so literal?

Does anyone like talking about prospects anymore? Any time I post something somebody just tries to come with something to knock my post.

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What round is he projected to go? He could be a good one to go with if we skip receiver in the 2nd

He had a nagging injury and he's from a small school, so like 4-6.

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I've been a member of FF for almost a decade and GBPACKMAN is a good friend and one of my favorite posters.

I'm introducing him to this website, why do you have to take it so literal?

Does anyone like talking about prospects anymore? Any time I post something somebody just tries to come with something to knock my post.

It is because you constantly try to discredit others. You never use any respect or subtlety when you disagree with another poster. If you would try to not be horrible to other people, I am sure people will stop trying to "knock your post."

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I've been a member of FF for almost a decade and GBPACKMAN is a good friend and one of my favorite posters.

I'm introducing him to this website, why do you have to take it so literal?

Does anyone like talking about prospects anymore? Any time I post something somebody just tries to come with something to knock my post.

My bad, only reason I posted it was because when you post information about a prospect on here, you act like your discovering the guy and taking credit for them being good players. Thats just how it comes off. And being a hard core draft fan and college football fan myself, ive heard about all the prospects you created threads on, so your not introducing them to the world.

As for Kaufman, I dont know too much about him other than reading that thread about him on FF. Seems intriguing but I like Aaron Dobson, Chris Harper, Marques Wilson, Corey Fuller and a few others as later round WR's we should target if we dont go WR early in the draft.

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The turf at EWU hurts my eyes. Sucks that he's white, everyone knows white guys can't dance so why would we take someone who can't even do a proper touchdown dance?

kaufman-shsu.jpg?w=614&h=400

In all seriousness though, I'd seen him before and really like his combo of size and hands. Good 4th-5th round prospect.

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He had a nagging injury and he's from a small school, so like 4-6.

so assuming we dont trade down we could go williams/fluker/motta/kaufman for rounds 1-5?

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Wagner college? Illinois St? Sam Houston?

Lol

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we will see. alot of small school guys can ball man. ask jimmy smith and jerry rice. ^^^^

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for a guy that size, he does not seem all that physical. love his size tho.

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