Chad Hansen, WR, California
(percentile rank among all WRs at the Combine since 1999, courtesy of mockdraftable.com):
40-yard dash: 4.53 (45th)
Vertical: 35” (45th)
Broad: 119” (42nd)
3-cone: 6.74 (80th)
20-yard shuttle: 4.13 (70th)
Hansen enjoyed a monster junior season last year. He ranked 12th in the country in catches, 17th in receiving yards and 22nd in TDs. And he did it in just 10 games, missing a pair with an ankle injury. Hansen topped 100 yards in 7 of his 10 outings, including 190- and 196-yard explosions.
The big 2016 came out of nowhere. (Stanford HC David Shaw admitted that he didn’t even know who Hansen was prior to this past year.) He started his college career at Idaho St. — the only team to offer him a scholarship out of high school. After posting a 45-501-3 line for the Bengals, Hansen transferred to Cal and joined the football team as a walk-on. He sat out 2014 due to transfer rules and played a bit role in 2015, finishing 7th on the team in catches and yards.
By the time he left Cal, though, he ranked among the top 4 in school history in single-season catches, yards and TD. Hansen was also named First Team All-Pac 12 in 2016.
Courtesy of DraftBreakdown.com
Games watched - Hawaii, San Diego St., Texas, Arizona St., Stanford
Hansen is a vacuum. If he can get his hands on the ball, he’s coming down with it. He dropped just 2 of 59 catchable targets in the 5 games I watched — a sparkling 3.4% drop rate. And he made some extremely tough grabs.
Hansen boasts a wide catch radius and excellent sideline awareness.
As the clear focal point of Cal’s passing game, Hansen ran a wide variety of routes. While he’s not super explosive, he does enough to create a throwing window for his QB. He’s particularly good in the 1st few feet off the line of scrimmage, displaying strong footwork and acceleration to quickly create separation.
Hansen was often used on screen passes, where he showed a nice combination of vision and burst to pick up yards after the catch.
And he has enough long speed to run away from defenders.
Hansen isn’t a flashy player. But he seems to just figure out how to get open and come up with the football. He’s a sum-is-greater-than-its-parts WR.
There are reasons to be skeptical of his pro potential — or, at the very least, his upside. He was lightly recruited out of high school, had just 1 productive college season and is just an average athlete. He also benefitted from being the focal point of an up-tempo, pass-heavy offense this past season.
Of course, he earned the right to be that focal point. And he capitalized with some highly efficient play.
Considering the wide array of routes Hansen ran last year — and his ball skills — he should be relatively ready to immediately contribute for his NFL club. Pencil Hansen in as a high-floor, low-ceiling option in your dynasty rookie draft.