[Editor's Note: This story was originally published on PFF.com on April 1, 2017]
With the 2017 NFL Combine well in the rearview mirror and the focus now on cross-examining every facet of play for hundreds of draft-eligible players, the Pro Football Focus team has put together a list of some of the more intriguing prospect matchups from the 2016 season — one-on-one meetings that featured players who are surely going to hear their name called come April.
Whether it was a quarterback targeting a cornerback or an edge defender blowing past an offensive tackle, some 2016 games pitted top players against one another in a preview of how they may fare against next-level talent. We’ve been revealing these matchups one at a time over the past few days.
Here are some of the matchups we’ve broken down thus far:
Cal QB Davis Webb vs. Top Pac-12 CB prospects
Miami CB Corn Elder vs. Top ACC QB prospects
QB Chad Kelly vs. CB prospects Tre’Davious White and Marlon Humphrey
Clemson WR Mike Williams vs. Top DB prospects
Texas A&M Edge Myles Garrett vs. UCLA T Conor McDermott
Today we take a look at former Cal WR Chad Hansen vs. two of the draft’s notable CBs, Oregon State’s Treston Decoud and Washington’s Sidney Jones.
Hansen hauled in 92 receptions for 1,248 yards and 11 touchdowns in a 2016 season to remember. However, he had some one-on-one matchups to forget. Against Oregon State’s Decoud, Hansen was targeted 10 times, but was limited to just four receptions for just 16 yards, an average of four yards per catch. Against Washington’s Jones, Hansen was also targeted 10 times, but came down with just three receptions for 43 yards. He was held scoreless against the two Pac-12 corners despite being targeted 10 times on each, his third-most against any individual defender in 2016.