Fortunately for Childs, he showed up as an effective playmaker in the last game of his career, the BCS National Championship Game, which could show teams he is capable of being the player he was early on at Arkansas.
The single most influential play of Childs' college career was when he suffering a torn patella tendon injury during the 2010 season, which left him obviously uncomfortable when running routes throughout 2011. If Childs can convince teams he is the playmaker they saw in the final game of his career, he could continue to rise.
When running the fade route, he understands how to use the sideline to his advantage. He can make any catch within his large radius and is good to torque his body when running in-phase.
He is not a deep threat and makes all plays downfield solely off his size. Childs is just an average athlete who will struggle to make an immediate impact at the next level."
Had that been the case, Childs would have proven on draft day what some NFL scouts had known all along; namely that he, not Mallett nor junior running back Knile Davis was the elite pro prospect for the Razorbacks.
Childs led the team with 46 grabs for 659 yards and six touchdowns when he went down with his injury against Vanderbilt. He played in all 13 games the year previous, starting eight contests and had 48 catches for 894 yards and six touchdowns.
Considering head coach Bobby Petrino's up-tempo offense and the talent around him, it perhaps isn't surprising that Childs' numbers are impressive. Statistics, however, are hardly the most impressive element to the 6-3, 215 pound receiver's game.
Childs' size and deceptive speed give him significant advantages over cornerbacks. He uses his height, leaping ability and impressive physicality to get the better of his opponents, as well.
Ultimately, Childs will have to prove his health to earn back the high round grade he'd earned prior to the injury. If he is indeed healthy in 2011, Childs will compete for All-American honors and the right to be the first senior receiver selected in the 2012 draft.
Release: Too big and strong for most defenders at this level to test him in press coverage. Good lateral agility to avoid press and make them pay due to good acceleration and better straight-line speed than he's often credited with possessing. Eats up the cushion, showing better agility and precision as a route-runner than most receivers of his size.
Hands: Soft, reliable hands. Shows the ability to extend and pluck outside of his frame. Can track the ball over his shoulder, though he likes to turn back to the ball when he can. Excellent concentration and good body control. Good arm length and hand strength to snatch passes high and wide, as well as slightly behind him. Capable of making tough grabs with defenders clinging to him. Good toughness to take a hit and hang on. Appears to possess a strong vertical to go along with his excellent size, though he doesn't often enough use each to his advantage. Has to do a better job of timing his leap and snatching the ball at its highest point against NFL-caliber cornerbacks.
Route Running: While Childs lacks elite straight-line speed, he keeps defenders off-balance with savvy route-running. Changes gears and uses head/shoulder fakes to draw defenders. Has a quick burst to sneak downfield, especially if he feels them attempting to jump a short route. Can plant his foot in the ground and show some explosiveness out of his break to create separation. Uses his size and burst to easily gain freedom on slants, crossers and the variety of quick screens in this offense. Not often asked to run deep outs in this offense, but appears to have the balance and quick feet to successfully do so.
After the Catch: Attacks the football. Doesn't wait for it to come to him, but rather goes to it, helping him build momentum to generate yardage after the catch. Is a load to bring down. Possesses good size and strength to run through arm tackles. Physical receiver who challenges defensive backs by lowering his shoulder and churning his feet. Some lateral agility to elude, though he's most effective due to his strength and surprising (for his size) acceleration. Long-strider with deceptive speed to sneak downfield for the deep ball. Good vision. Looks for teammates to help him and allows his blocks to set up rather than running past them prematurely. Good body control to tap his feet before going out of bounds.
Blocking: Takes his role as a blocker seriously. Shows good strength and effort blocking downfield, locking up the corner and working to seal his opponent from the action. Often sent in motion so he can provide a crack back block on an unsuspecting defensive end.
Intangibles: Good competitive fire for the position. Understands his role as a blocker in this offense and looks to help his teammates. Has impressed his coaching staff and teammates with his dedication in his rehabilitation from the torn patellar tendon. Refused to wear a knee brace during spring football and caught 13 passes for 210 yards and a 21-yard touchdown during three spring scrimmages."
Can fend off corners with his length/physicality and track the football vertically, but isn't a guy who initially can get behind defenders and separate. Lacks great straight-line speed as well, looks like a 4.55 guy.
Makes most of his big plays adjusting to the throw and simply high pointing the throw, as his ball skills, body control and coordination are all very good.
Is a better route runner than given credit for, especially in the three-step game.
Does a nice job when lined up off the line slow playing his route, selling the fake with an outside jab/shoulder fake and accelerating through the inward breaking routes. Uses his big body to box out defenders and has a tremendous area to throw at when asked to go get the football.
Is an above-average blocker on the outside as well and is willing. Not overly physical, but his long arms and big frame allow him to initially stick to defenders through contact.
Does a better job creating yards after the catch than you would think for a bigger wide out, consistently attacks throws and runs through them, allowing him to gain momentum into the catch out initially break a tackle and/or outrun his defender.
A natural plucker off the football who extends his long arms and can make some tremendous catches off his frame.
Missed the final part of the 2010 season with a patella tendon injury.
Impression: He knows what he is and plays to his strengths. Looks like a big, coordinated possession type receiver at the next level who can win in the three-step game and create some big plays for a team in jump ball situations as well. However, needs to prove he is fully healthy, which could really hurt his draft stock."
A bit straight-linish and not a blazer, Childs could stand to refine his route running, and his dependability over the middle is questionable.
Could require patience, and his toughness and maturity need to be evaluated."
Childs has good size, good hands and solid leaping ability. The knock on Childs is that he's not great in any one area. Because of that, he may never be a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL.
He also missed the final five games of the season due to a torn patella tendon. Before the injury, Childs was never known as a top athlete at receiver so it will be interesting to see what effect this has on his game.
Games Viewed: Georgia ('10), Texas A&M ('10), Auburn ('10), Alabama ('09), Georgia ('09), LSU ('09)
Bold Statement: Fans won't be excited if their team drafts Childs, but they'll get a steady, reliable wide receiver.
• Has nice size and build for the position. Knows how to use his frame to get space on jump balls.
• Displays better body control than some of the other big receivers in this class. Can contort his body to make a tough play on the ball.
• Childs is really good at high-pointing the ball and making the most out of a bad throw.
• Above-average as a route runner. Doesn't always make tight cuts. Is best on corner and drag routes where he can fake a defensive back.
• Doesn't have the kind of speed where he can simply blow past defensive backs on vertical routes. Can be caught from behind.
• A step slow out of his stance, which could hurt him more at the next level where the play speeds up.
• Is strong after the catch and can be hard to bring down."
Lacks top-end foot speed, but is a long receiver with a big wingspan and great body control; when healthy uses size to create separation, as well as beat the jam at the line of scrimmage; will also win battles for ball in the air; has big hands and snatches the ball out of the air; runs adequate routes, but doesn’t really explode out of cuts;
Also lacks a second gear, but is a long strider who covers a lot of ground downfield, although he isn’t going to run past many defenders; better than advertised runner after the catch who can break tackles; also is an above-average blocker."