However, isn't a real impressive athlete off the line. Fails to really explode off the snap and eat up the cushion quickly. Now, he is a strider who picks up speed as he goes and does a nice job changing gears in order to set up cornerbacks and get down the field. But, he isn't going to outpace any defensive back at the next level with his raw speed. Isn't real shifty or powerful vs. press man. Has a tendency to take a jump step off the line, always works the outside release, and just strikes me as a guy who will really struggle to get into his routes at the next level. Fails to generate a burst out of his breaks as a route runner, as well, and isn't a real gifted short-area athlete. Also, doesn't seem overly interested or physical as a blocker, but has the size to at least get into the frames of opposing corners.
Impression: His size, body control and ball skills will earn him a spot in the NFL. However, because of his lack of explosion, suddenness and overall physicality off the line, he doesn't strike me as a guy who can play on the outside at the next level. More of a big slot guy who needs to be lined up off the line in order to be effective."
Positive: Possession receiver with good size and consistent hands. Fluid release off the line, comes back to the ball out of breaks and extends his hands, offering the quarterback a nice target and catching the ball away from his body. Displays good eye/hand coordination, effectively adjusts to the errant throw, and makes plays in traffic. Always on the same page as his quarterback. Is a solid downfield blocker.
Negative: Lacks a second gear and can E(TM)t stretch the field vertically. Doesn E(TM)t get off the line quickly. Shows little burst in his game. Prone to the occasional lapse in concentration.
Analysis: Binns has been one of the better receivers in the Big East the past two seasons and has enough size and skill to find a way onto an NFL roster as a fourth receiver."
Negatives: Not very fast or explosive, more of a slow twitch athlete, takes him awhile to get to top speed... Will have to run well at workouts to ensure himself a mid-round selection... Can get bumped off his routes at the line of scrimmage and has trouble with physical corners... Below-average runner after the catch, not elusive and lacks a second gear to run away from defenders... Needs to show more effort as a blocker, doesn't always give 100 percent when he's not involved in the play... Does not have experience returning kicks or punts."
In 2007 at UC he played in 7 games in a very limited tole and caught one pass.
In 2008, he played in 9 games, started once, and caught one more ball.
In 2009, Armon exploded onto the Big East scene in his first year as a starter. He started all 13 games opposite Mardy Gilyard and tallied 61 catches for 1,191 yards and 11 touchdowns.
In 2010, Armon had another fine season, putting up 75-1,101-10.
Strengths: Nice size. Smooth. Nicely cut. Catches well with his hands. Turns and goes after the catch and is a decent YAC guy. Lulls DBs to sleep and sneaks behind them. Nice red zone guy who knows to get open in the end zone. Wants the ball. Looks it in. Willing blocker, but is basically just a high push blocker. Will go over the middle. Has had some very big games in just the past two season and is a bit of a late bloomer who may have some upside remaining.
Weaknesses: Took quite awhile to develop in college after coming to UC as a lightly recruited athlete. Average deep speed. High push blocker, who will need work on finishing blocks. Average get off from the LOA. Long and lanky and may need to get stronger. Will stand around at times if he's not getting the ball. Can double catch.
Projection: 4-5th round"
The emergence of D.J. Woods as Gilyard's replacement has allowed Binns to continue to be the big play deep threat. Through seven games, Binns has caught 44 passes for 683 yards and nine touchdowns. At 6-3 and 205 pounds, most cornerbacks in the Big East have a very difficult time dealing with Binns' size and strength. He does not have blazing speed (and that will knock down his stock come draft time), but Binns has the potential to develop into a solid receiver in the NFL.
Unless Binns surprises people with an increase in speed leading up to the draft, he is likely a late round selection. With a little more collegiate production and some nice workouts during senior week, he could easily move up his stock into the middle rounds. But it will all come down to his 40 time. The NFL will need to see that he has the speed to go with his size.
12/20 Update: Binns wrapped up his senior season with 75 receptions for 1,101 yards and ten touchdowns. Binns led the Big East in receptions per game and receiving yards per game and was awarded with First-Team all conference accolades. He became just the seventh Cincinnati receiver to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark and this was on a very bad Bearcats team. Binns' size and production will force scouts to take a long look at him and he could be one of those receivers who shoots up to the second or third round with a good showing at pre-draft workouts."
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