Size: At 6’3, 217 pounds, Childs has more than ideal size to play in the NFL. He has the long arms that NFL scouts look for in elite prospects. Possesses a thick upper half for a receiver, which isn’t a knock on him, I’d like to see him put on a little mass in his calves and thighs, but all in all has an ideal NFL body.
Speed: Childs isn’t exactly a burner, he’s a long strider who likely times out in the 4.55 to 4.58 range in the forty yard dash. He’s not going to blow by anyone at the next level, but does possess adequate NFL speed.
Quickness: Childs wouldn’t be considered especially shifty off the line. Possesses a merely average first step, but has great explosion in his breaks. He accelerates in and out of his cuts well, needs to work on that first step off the line.
Release: Doesn’t possess an arsenal of moves to get off the line, but is consistently physical with defenders, and doesn’t have much trouble with the jam. He does have the ability to win in the three step game at the next level.
Route Running: One of the stronger aspects of Childs game is his route running. He’s crisp in and out of his breaks, doesn’t round out his cuts, and uses his size to create momentum and acceleration when breaking. Has elite body control, and is one of the more polished route runners who will be available in the draft.
Hands: Childs consistently exhibits good hands with the football, always attempting to high point the ball and attack it. Hardly ever uses his body to catch the ball. I can’t recall seeing a catchable ball dropped by Childs in two years worth of tape.
Body Control: Another elite area of Childs’ game. he possesses great body control. His arms and hips stay in position when making his breaks, never lets himself get over extended going into and coming out of a cut, pivots and plants well. He’s always aware of the sideline. Excellent body control.
In Traffic: Childs uses his size well in blocking out defenders in traffic. As I mentioned before he attacks the ball, not allowing defenders to get interceptions of lazily thrown balls. His skill in this area will serve him well at the next level.
YAC: For being as big a receiver as Childs is, he’s surprisingly adept at creating yards after the catch. He uses his size well in breaking tackles, and has a knack for finding the soft spots in the defensive coverage.
Blocking: Childs is a willing and capable blocker. Has good hand placement, and uses his frame to bully smaller corners. I did watch him whiff badly on a cut block once on tape, but he isn’t a liability in the run game.
Given Childs’ injury history, he has had some trouble with his ankle, and lost a large portion of the 2010 season with a Patella tendon injury, I’d have trouble grading him any higher than a mid to late second rounder at this juncture. He has the potential to move a bit higher with a full recovery this season, but given the depth of the coming receiver class, it’ll be tough for him to sneak into the first round. Overall solid potential possession receiver at the next level.