Wide Receiver #6
Redshirt Junior 6’2” 200
- Good size/speed combo
- Reliable hands
- Excellent body control
- Very good at tracking the ball in the air
- Shows good effort in his blocking
- Route tree is limited
- Needs to work on getting off of jams
Chad Hansen was a relatively unknown prospect coming out of his California high school. He was only offered one scholarship and that was to Divison 1-AA Idaho State. He played there for his freshman season and then decided to transfer to California in 2014. Because of the transfer rules imposed by the NCAA, Hansen was forced to sit out a season. In his sophomore season and first at Cal, he was buried on the depth chart behind four wide receivers that made their way into NFL training camps.
In his junior year, Hansen came out of the gate on fire. In the teams first game of the season, Hansen caught 14 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Those kind of performances became a weekly thing for Hansen. He ended the season with close to 100 receptions despite missing two games with an ankle injury. Hansen’s season was a success despite the team finishing with a losing record. He decided to ride the momentum built up during the season and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
Hansen brings a fiery competitiveness onto the field. He plays with physicality and is not afraid to mix it up as a blocker downfield. What really stands out when you watch his tape is his body control and awareness of the ball in flight. Hansen made a number of highlight reel type catches this season that show these traits:
Hansen is also very aware of where he is on the field at all times. He has shown an innate ability to high-point balls on the boundary and still come down in bounds with receptions. He does a good job at securing contested catches as well:
Hansen is a player that has picked up steam as the draft process rolls along. Coming from the California Air Raid offense, he will need to be coached up in his route tree. He could also use a little more strength to better deal with strong press cornerbacks in the pros. But he has a lot of excellent traits to work with, including underrated speed. If he irons out a few things, Hansen has the ability to be a strong No. 2 wide receiver in the NFL. He will probably hear his name called on day two of the draft. With a strong showing at the NFL combine and his pro day, his stock may go even higher than that.
NFL Comparison: Donte Moncrief
Round Value: 2nd-3rd round