Wideout Jason Raye Avant was a fourth round pick, the 109th choice overall in the 2006 NFL Draft. He played his college football with Michigan.
Avant has played 23 games in two seasons, making 30 receptions for 335 yards and three touchdowns. He’s fumbled one ball, losing it. He’s averaged 11.2 yards per catch. On special teams, Avant has made 16 tackles, with 12 being solo stops. Avant won the Bo Schembechler Award in 2005 and the Ed Block Courage Award in 2010.
Avant has been the number three pass catcher in spread formations and a backup receiver on other occasions. At six-foot-even and 212 pounds, he’s decent sized, offering long arms and good hands. The athletic receiver shows a good burst off the line and average quickness. He possesses fine acceleration and is a knowledgeable route runner.
Avant knows how to work defenders and find the soft spots. He does a good job of catching passes outside his frame as he extends his body, making the play with his soft, reliable hands. After a catch, he’s quick going up field, ably finding yards. His vertical speed is not very good, which means he’s unable to stretch the field on long passes. Avant is adept at utilizing his body and bulk to push off defenders and gain an advantage. He continues to develop as a reliable receiver.