Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 4/96 - Chris Givens, WR, 5-11, 198, Wake Forest...Has game-breaking speed and natural pass-catching ability, which was evident in his 2011 season that produced 83 receptions for 1,330 yards and nine touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
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Givens came out of high school as an outstanding track star and running back, which was a precursor to the dazzling showmanship he displayed as a receiver, returner and running back at Wake Forest.
He also came out of high school with a history of two separate ACL injuries, reflecting a durability concern that he brings with him in to the draft. But he still has impressive speed and is strong for his size, as he showed at the Scouting combine with a 40-yard time of 4.35 seconds and 19 reps with 225 pounds on the bench.
In his three-year college career, Givens caught 163 passes for 2,473 yards and 21 touchdowns; rushed 45 times for 238 yards and two touchdowns and averaged 19.33 yards on kickoff returns and 12.5 yards on punt returns.
He seems to be a candidate for the slot position, where his speed should be a difficult matchup. However, while his speed and ability to get open are not a concern, he is not consistent as a receiver. He sometimes makes difficult catches appear easy, but then drops passes he should catch, as he did in the Music City Bowl. Givens sat out the 2010 season opener after violating team rules.
Strengths: Very quick and elusive, excellent change of direction and acceleration, especially for a former track star. Has good trajectory assessment and will adjust route to where ball is thrown. Good effort and technique as a blocker for size. Can beat the press with either elusiveness or physical contact. Runs crisp routes with sharp cuts. Smart, productive, durable - top intangibles.
Weaknesses: Hands are good, not great. Will drop some easy balls, and sometimes will body catch. Occasionally fails to high point. Did not have a strong game in final outing during the Music City Bowl vs. Mississippi State, and was not overly productive against top competition.
NFL Comparison: Nate Washington - Tennessee Titans
Enters his junior season with 80 career receptions for 1,143 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Became the 29th player in school history to reach 1,000 career receiving yards, eclipsing the mark last season at Maryland ... Ranks 33rd in school history in career catches and 22nd in career receiving yards ... Tied for ninth in school history in career TD catches ... Has three career 100-yard receiving games ... Has led Wake Forest in all-purpose yards in each of the past two seasons ... Tied for 30th in school career all-purpose yards with 2,069 ... One of only two receivers (Jason Anderson) in school history with two receptions of 75+ yards ... Enters the 2011 campaign having caught a pass in 15 consecutive games.
Exploded for a career high 170 receiving yards and tied a his career best with two touchdown catches in the season opener at Syracuse (9.1)... put in a second consecutive 100-yard receiving effort against NC State with six catches for 111 yards (9.10)... with 85 yards against G-W, got off to the fastest start of any WR in school history with 366 yards through three games (surpassed Ricky Proehl’s 304 in 1988)... logged his third 100-plus yard receiving game with 132 on seven catches at Boston College... has most yards receiving, 498, through four games in Wake Forest history (10.1)... had six catches for 101 yards and a TD against FSU to move into 10th place all-time in career receiving yards... moved up another spot to 9th alltime in career receiving yards with seven catches for 140 yards and a TD against Virginia Tech... became the fi rst player in school history to have three receptions for 70-plus yards when he hauled in a 79 yard TD in the fi rst quarter... caught six passes for 147 yards and two tied a school record with his fourth straight 100-plus yard performance.
Played in 11 games with eight starts ... Led team with 514 receiving yards and 1,022 all-purpose yards ... Ranked sixth in the ACC in all purpose yards (92.9/gm) ... Had a career-high 159 receiving yards with a touchdown in season debut vs. Duke (Sept. 11), including an 81-yard TD pass from Marshall Williams ... Also scored when he scooped up a dropped punt snap by Duke and returned it 18 yards for a score ... Posted career-best 249 all-purpose yards vs. Blue Devils, including a career-high five kickoff returns ... Ran the ball four times for 25 yards and a touchdown at Stanford (Sept. 18) ... Rushed for 25 yards on three carries at Florida State (Sept. 25) ... Led the team with 60 receiving yards and a touchdown on seven catches vs. Navy (Oct. 9) ... Recorded third receiving touchdown of the season at Virginia Tech (Oct. 16), catching two passes for 84 yards including a 78-yard TD grab ... Reached the 1,000 career receiving yard mark at Maryland (Oct. 30) ... Caught fourth TD pass of the season and finished with 96 yards on five receptions vs. BC (Nov. 6) ... Had a 9-yard rushing TD at Vanderbilt (Nov. 27).
Led the nation's freshmen in touchdown receptions with eight ... Named second team Freshman All-America by College Football News ... Finished third on the team with 45 receptions and 629 receiving yards ... Set numerous school records for receiving by a redshirt freshman including receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches ... Team leader in all-purpose yards with 1,047, an average of 87.2 per game ... Ranked 10th in the ACC in all-purpose yards per game ... Recorded his first 100-yard receiving game with eight receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown against NC State (Oct. 3) ... Had a second consecutive 100-yard game the following week with five catches for 116 yards and two scores in a victory over Maryland ... Carried five times for 51 yards against Stanford (Sept. 12) ... Had a touchdown reception in four straight games including Elon, BC, NC State and Maryland ... Had two TD catches against the Terps including a 32-yard and 27-yarder ... His longest reception of the year was a 54-yard TD pass from Riley Skinner against Elon (Sept. 19) ... Was on the receiving end of a 33-yard pass against Maryland that gave Riley Skinner the school record for career passing yards.
A 2008 graduate of Wylie (Texas) High School ... Suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in September 2007 to bring an early close to his high school football career ... Rushed for 247 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries against Hebron in the second game of the 2007 season ... Injured his knee the following week in the first quarter against Richardson Berkner ... Ripped off a 63-yard touchdown run vs. Hebron ... Rushed for 93 yards in the 2007 season-opening win over Mesquite Poteet with scoring runs of 17 and 45 yards ... Suffered a torn ACL in the first game of his junior season as well ... Played for head coach Bill Howard ... Also an outstanding track athlete who won the District 9-5A 100 meter title in 2007 ... Was third in the district meet in 2007 in the 200 meters with a 22.29 clocking and a member of the district champion 800 meter relay team ... Ran a 10.44 100m (electronic) at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays in 2007 ... In late January, 2008, just 15 weeks after ACL surgery, clocked a 10.7 in the 100 meters ... Also ran a 10.62 100m during the 2008 Region 2-5A meet ... Was ranked as high as the fourth fastest in the 100 meters in the Texas high school ranks ... Honor roll student.
Majoring in psychology ... Son of Nicole Givens ... Brother of Deacon TB Nick Knott ... Born Dec. 6, 1989 in Jackson, Miss. ... Chose Wake Forest over Wisconsin, UNLV and Utah.
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12/17/12 - WR Chris Givens left the game briefly early in the third quarter with an ankle injury, but came back and played. Givens had just one reception for 22 yards against the Vikings.
11/18/12 - WR Chris Givens returned to the active roster after missing the game against San Francisco because of a violation of team rules. Givens had four receptions for just 19 yards and had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown nullified by a holding penalty on S Rodney McLeod.
11/12/12 - WR Chris Givens and CB Janoris Jenkins were deactivated for the game for a violation of team rules that apparently occurred Friday after the team arrived in San Francisco. Backup defensive tackle Kellen Heard was waived. Fisher made the decision to sit the two starters on Saturday, and hasn't committed to playing them against the Jets. He said, "As to whether they play next week or not, I don't know. We'll see."
11/07/12 - WR Chris Givens acknowledged that a toe injury he suffered early in the Oct. 28 game against New England "hindered me the whole game." Givens injured the joint next to the big toe on his left foot on a 50-yard touchdown pass on the Rams' first possession of the game. He came back later in the half, but caught only two more passes for 13 yards.
Givens said the toe feels fine now although he is wearing a piece of support between the big toe and the toe next to it. He also hopes to be even more involved in the offense. Consider that Givens has receptions of at least 50 yards in the last five games. Those catches total 274 yards. For the season, he has only eight other receptions for 59 yards.
Asked about Givens' impact, coach Jeff Fisher said, "Well, he's made the big plays for us, but we'd like to continue to keep him more involved. We're thinking that the big plays should create opportunities for him underneath as well. Thirteen catches is not a lot of catches, but when you take into consideration the long ones, he's been productive. Like the rest of the group, we want to get them more involved in the offense."
10/29/12 - WR Chris Givens extended his streak with a 50-yard reception to five games, but injured his toe in the first quarter. He did return and play in the second quarter.