Positive: Ultra-productive small school receiver with terrific size. Displays good focus and concentration and makes the difficult catch in a crowd. Comes over the middle, takes the big hit, and holds onto the ball. Uses his large frame as an advantage. Displays both soft and strong hands. Comes back to the ball, effectively extends his hands, and makes the reception away from his frame. Displays terrific eye/hand coordination and makes the difficult over-the-shoulder reception with ease.
Negative: Shows minimal burst in his game. Lacks a quick release into breaks and needs work as a route runner.
Analysis: Poots has done a terrific job dominating the opposition on the small school level the past three years and has enough skill to take get consideration as an underneath receiver in a timing offense if he improves his route running."
At SUU, 2009: Earned Fabulous-50 recognition from the College Sporting News and second-team all-America honors from The Sports Network after finishing second in the nation in receptions per game (9.44), receiving yards per game (120.11) and scoring (10.0 points per game). Was named first-team all-Great West Conference for the second straight season. Missed the first two games with an injury but scored at least one touchdown in every game in which he played and broke the 100-yard receiving mark in seven. Caught 15 passes for 147 yards and three TDs vs. Eastern Washington and had 170 yards and a score on 12 grabs at Cal Poly. Finished the season with 85 catches for 1,081 yards and 15 touchdowns, setting single-season school records for receptions and touchdown receptions and leading the GWC in all three categories. Moved atop SUU’s career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns lists as well, with 197 receptions for 2,740 yards and 32 touchdowns.
At SUU, 2008: Earned first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-America honors last year after setting school records for receptions (83), receiving yards (1,236) and touchdown receptions (14). Ranked third in the nation in receptions per game (7.55) and receiving yards per game (112.36), was 24th in scoring at 7.64 ppg. Also set SUU records for receptions in a game with 16 at Cal Poly, where his 246 receiving yards were the third-best total in school history. Poots also caught four TD passes at UC Davis to tie the SUU record.
At SUU, 2007: Played in nine games, wound up third on team in receiving yards with 433 and receiving touchdowns with three, was fourth in receptions with 29. Had over 70 receiving yards in the last three games, including a 114-yard, two touchdown effort vs. Cal Poly.
At SUU, 2006: Spent the season as a redshirt.
Personal: Graduate of Coronado HS where he was a two-time all-state selection at wide receiver as well as a second-team selection at linebacker his senior season. Was named Las Vegas City MVP following the 2005 season and also was a two-time all-conference selection on both sides of the ball. Totalled 2,041 receiving yards, 270 tackles, 19 sacks, eight interceptions and broke up 17 passes during his high school football career. Helped the Cougars to a division championship in 2003. Also lettered in basketball, earning a McDonalds’ all-America nomination, a spot on the all-conference team twice and a second-team all-state honor his senior season. Parents are Lisa and Gregg Poots. Is majoring in business education.
Strengths: One of the most productive receivers the past three seasons at the FCS level. A savvy route runner who knows how to get open in zone defenses. Uses his body well to shield defenders from the ball and uses his hands well to catch the ball away from his body. Excels on the sidelines, making catches on out, comeback, and fade routes. A physical receiver who isn't afraid to cross into the middle. Maintains good balance as a route runner and in going up for jump balls. Comes back to the ball well. Also, he is able to gain extra yards slithering and spinning out of tackles because of his balance. Makes clutch catches on key downs.
Weaknesses: Average size and speed for a receiver who dominated against weaker competition. Doesn't have the quickness to create separation as a route runner and to get many yards after the catch. Poots doesn't always give the best effort as a blocker. Average leaping ability. Loses his concentration occasionally, leading to dropped passes.
Projection: 7th Rounder or UDFA depending on how he tests."