Speedy Noil came to College Station and caught the eyes of many around the college football world. Noil kicked off his college campaign with an excellent true Freshman season, catching 46 balls along with 583 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. The Texas A&M wide receiver has a checkered past but there are no doubts about his natural talent. Noil is a former 5-star recruit out of Edna Karr high school in New Orleans, Louisiana. The talent is undeniable on the field, but when it comes to off the field, Noil can’t get out of his own way. During his time as an Aggie, Noil has been arrested for driving without a license, and marijuana possession. Noil was also questioned about an aggravated robbery that occurred way back in 2014. The arrests and questions aren’t just where it ends, Noil has been suspended multiple times at Texas A&M for what many believe to be failed drug tests and academic reasons.
If you set the off-field issues aside, Noil is really an intriguing NFL prospect. It’s not often you find a prospect who is as athletically gifted as Noil has shown in the past. For the high school class of 2014, Noil tested as the best SPARQ athlete in the entire country. He posted a 4.45 forty yard dash, with an unreal 44 inch vertical. He also had the best 20 yard shuttle in the entire country, a stunning 3.87 seconds that would’ve ranked as the fastest 20 yard shuttle in the entire 2017 NFL combine.
Name: Speedy Noil
Size: 5’11”/199 lbs
School: Texas A&M
Comparison: Tougher Antwaan Randle El (Retired)
5th Round (6th Round, off-field penalty)
Route Running: Like many of the receivers who come out of these college spread offenses, Noil wasn’t asked to run the entire route tree. He possesses the short area quickness which will allow him to learn and run the entire route tree.
Catching: Catches everything away from his body and has the ability to go up and catch the ball at its highest point. Noil really makes the most out of his 44 inch vertical when plucking the football out of the air. There were many instances where he flashed incredible catches.
Speed: Short area explosiveness and lighting quick right out of the gate. Extremely explosive in the open field and accelerates into his top gear as fast as anyone in the country. Twitched up athlete who can really create a nightmare for opposing defenses when involved in the screen or short area passing game.
Effort: One of my favorite things about Noil. Physical for his size and plays at a high tempo throughout the game. Shows willingness to block and run routes even when he knows the ball isn’t coming his way.
RAC (Run after catch): Catch him if you can. Elite short area explosiveness and long speed that allows him to take a short passing game reception to the house in the blink of an eye. Noil also has the elusiveness to shake defensive backs and make defenders miss creating extra yards after the catch.
Strengths: Crazy explosive athlete who can make a splash play at any given moment. Noil is a dangerous weapon who can line up all over the football field and even return kicks and punts. Noil’s special teams experience and elite athleticism should allow him to stick on an NFL 53 man roster.
Weakness: Lacks football intelligence as he struggled to pick up the entire playbook during his time at Texas A&M. Noil also has a handful of off-field issues that will need to be addressed by NFL teams. Noil will need to mature and have a solid support system in place to make the most of his future NFL experience.
Exposures: 2016: LSU, 2015: Auburn, 2014: Ole Miss, Miss State