April 23, 2005

WR Chase Lyman, California

118th Overall Selection - Fourth round
WR Chase Lyman, California
6'3", 218

Lyman is the big possession-type receiver that the Saints haven't had on the roster since Jake Reed. Good speed, willing blocker and reliable hands, but Lyman slipped this far in the draft - and probably should have slipped farther - because of all the injuries he's had injuries six different surgeries. Lyman has suffered and recovered from multiple serious knee injuries and hamstring injuries. Suffered a major injury in October of last season that he is still recovering from. As a result, Lyman recorded only 26 catches spread over two years, despite five years of eligibility. Lyman petitioned for a sixth year from the NCAA but was denied. Defying belief, he still managed to run a 4.46 at the combine, press 225 16 times and record an outstanding 36-inch vertical leap and a 9'7" broad jump. The prevailing attitude about Lyman is that he is a great kid, a tough player, a relentless worker and a real prospect who had terrible luck.

Saints Impact: Assuming he gets and stays healthy as a rookie, has a chance to play a special role for the offense. Lyman is two or three inches taller than the rest of the Saints' receivers. Durability is still a huge concern, and Lyman has much to prove. A good situation for Lyman to arrive in, not only is his size needed but the Saints' depth chart is extremely young.

From John Murphy of Next Level Scouting before the draft: "[Lyman] gained a lot of new supporters by running and running very well at both the NFL Combine and his Pro Day just three months after facing knee surgery... he could slide into the end of the 3rd round (based on a team's medical evaluation), but would be a terrific "Day Two" addition thanks to his size, production and upside if he can stay healthy."

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