We now move on to the offensive players that could be drafted for Purdue, and there are three of them. That is pretty amazing when you consider the ineptitude of the Shoopfense over the last three seasons. All three guys were multi-year starters, but the offense was still one of the worst in America. This tells me it was not the talent on the field. In fact, this players was good enough that, when he was 100% healthy, the Shoopfense actually worked for the most part and was somewhat dangerous.
Danny Anthrop - WR
6', 193 pounds
4.4 seconds 40-yard dash
Vertical Jumps: 30.5 inches
Anthrop was one of the more recent victims of the Purdue ACL curse. He was having an excellent 2014 season with 38 receptions for 616 yards and 4 touchdowns before tearing his ACL against Nebraska in November. That ended his junior season, and it severely limited much of his senior season. He ended up leading Purdue with 57 receptions in 2015, but totaled only 430yards and two scores. Basically, he was a slot guy that was unable to get the separation that he was getting before and, early in the year, it was very apparent he was not at 100%.
Given more time to heal and recover he impressed both during the Shrine game and during pro day. He had five receptions for 120 yards including a 90-yard TD during the Shrine game and he ran a 4.4 40 during Purdue's pro day as one of the fastest receivers in this year's draft class.
Anthrop's injury and the fact that he played in an awful offense for much of his college career will be the biggest hindrances to him getting drafted. He finished his Purdue career with 113 receptions, 1,384 yards, and nine touchdowns. Those are great single year numbers for a blue chip receiver, but Anthrop was severely limited by injury and scheme. What stands out the most is his numbers before his injury. He, combined with Austin Appleby, actually made Purdue the best they have been under Darrell Hazell. For s three game stretch (win over Illinois and close losses to Michigan State and Minnesota) Purdue actually had a dangerous offense with Anthrop as the top receiver and two NFL running backs in Raheem Mostert and Akeem Hunt.
If Anthrop can actually make John Shoop look not horrible he can definitely play in the NFL.