John Minardi - 2002 Draft Profile

John Minardi
Position: Wide Receiver
College: Colorado
Height: 6-1.4
Weight: 190
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.

ANALYSIS Positives: Well-built athlete with solid overall muscle development.Uses his long arms properly to extend and snatch the ball in traffic.Has a smooth release coming off the line and the strength to easily power through the jam.Shows the second gear needed to elude after the catch.Very sharp route-runner, showing crispness and efficiency cutting and separating in the short area.Maintains foot placement near the sidelines and is very alert at moving the chains.Has the field presence to quickly read the defenses and spots the seam in the zone in an instant.Very effective on intermediate routes, as he is very sharp in and out of his breaks.Gets open quickly in the short area and makes proper body adjustments towards the ball in flight.Has the body control to twist and turn for the ball in traffic and is not shy to go over the middle.Makes a good effort to gain extra yardage after the catch.Position and pester-type blocker.Can hold for field goals and placements.

Negatives: Lacks the vertical speed needed to be part of the deep passing game.Does not show sudden movements coming out of his stance.While he will combat for the ball and show willingness to block, he does not have the power to sustain.Can elude after the catch, but does not have the explosive acceleration needed to prevent the defender from recovering.More suited for an inside slot position (liken him to Baltimore's Brandon Stokley).

CAREER NOTES Former safety who shifted to the offensive side of the ball as a sophomore.Clutch receiver with a great combination of size, speed and hands.Missed most of his final season with a knee injury.The school petitioned the NCAA to grant another year of eligibility, but he surpassed the 20-percent participation rule.Finished his career with 79 receptions for 971 yards (12.3 avg) and nine touchdowns.Made 19 tackles (11 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and three pass deflections on defense, adding 24 tackles (15 solos) on special teams action during his career.Added 97 yards on four punt returns (24.3 avg).Caught at least one pass in his last 21 regular season games.

2001 SEASON Started at the "X" receiver slot in the team's first four games before suffering a knee injury vs. Kansas that would sideline him for the remainder of the year.Finished with 11 catches for 67 yards (6.1 avg) and a pair of touchdowns.Also recorded a solo tackle.

  • Fresno State - Opened the season with 5 catches for 35 yards and touchdowns of 8 & 16 yards.
  • Colorado State - Followed with 4 grabs for 22 yards and a solo tackle.
  • Kansas - Had a 5-yard reception, but suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the game's fourth play, undergoing surgery that would sideline him for the balance of the schedule.
2000 SEASON All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention by the league's coaches.Recipient of the Bill McCartney Award, given for special teams achievements.Tied for the team lead as he caught a career-high 48 passes for 592 (second on the team) yards (12.3 avg) and a pair of touchdowns.Led the team in special teams points with 15, as he had 10 tackles, one inside-the-20, three downed punts (all inside-the-10) and recovered a blocked kick.Also gained 97 yards on four punt returns (24.3 avg).Served as the team's holder.

1999 SEASON Named the team's most improved player.Moved back to the offensive side of the ball, catching 20 passes for 312 yards (15.6 avg) and a pair of touchdowns.Added 2 tackles (1 solo) on special teams.Started vs. Colorado State, Kansas, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Baylor.

1998 SEASON Played in every game on special teams and in six games on defense, seeing action at both strong and free safety.Was projected as a wide receiver, and practiced there during fall camp and the first month of the season, but as injuries mounted in the secondary, he switched sides of the ball and became a free safety.Ready to play there the fifth game of the year at Oklahoma, but wound up trotting in for the first time defensively a week later versus Kansas State.Recorded 18 tackles (11 solos) with a stop for a 1-yard loss, three pass deflections and three third-down stops on defense.Tied for second in special team points with 19 on the strength of 11 tackles and seven knockdown blocks, and was named by the coaches as one of the recipients of the Brian Cabral Award for special teams achievement. AGILITY TESTS 4.51 in the 40-yard dash.35-inch vertical jump.10'0" long jump.335-pound bench press.585-pound squat.327-pound power clean.33 ¼-inch arm length.9 ¾-inch hands.Right-handed.28 Wonderlic score. HIGH SCHOOL As a senior, he earned PrepStar All-America honors, as he was listed as the No. 5 wide receiver in the West at Santa Margarita (Laguna Niguel, Cal.) High.USA Today selected him as an honorable mention All-American, while SuperPrep placed him on its all-Far West team (the No. 61 player overall and the No. 8 receiver) and the National Recruiting Advisor selected him on its All-West team.First-team All-State selection (Cal-Hi Sports), first-team All-Orange County (Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register), first-team All-CIF Southern Section and was the Most Valuable Player of the Sea View League.Also the CIF District 5 Defensive Player of the Year for his play at free safety..First-team All-CIF as a defensive back his junior year, when he was first-team All-League and second-team All-Orange County at wide receiver.As a senior, he caught 70 passes for 1,469 yards (21.0 average) and 19 touchdowns, and ran three reverses for 43 yards and another score.Had 42 receptions for 1,040 yards (24.8 per catch) and 14 TDs as a junior, and four catches for 37 yards as a sophomore.Had career numbers of 116 receptions, 2,546 yards (22.2 avg) and 33 touchdowns, and set or tied a total of 15 records.Owns five of the top six receiving games in Santa Margarita history.On defense (free safety), he had 107 tackles and five interceptions as a senior and 117 tackles as a junior, and was the holder on all placement kicks.Santa Margarita was the CIF district champions both his senior (14-0) and junior (13-1), and was 8-4 his sophomore season, all under coach Jim Hartigan.As a freshman, he was the MVP of the Sea View League champion team.Also lettered in basketball (small forward, guard).Owned a 3.27 grade point average and was an honor roll student. PERSONAL Communications major.Active as one of football's representatives on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).Last name is pronounced Minn-R-dee.Born 10/19/79 in San Jose, Calif..Resides in Laguna Niguel, Calif. STATS
1998 06 00 Played on defense
1999 11 05 20 312 15.6 2 37 1.82 28.36
2000 11 10 48 592 12.3 2 40 4.36 53.82
2001 04 04 11 67 6.1 2 16 2.75 16.75
TOTAL 32 19 79 971 12.3 6 40 3.04 37.35

R/PG indicates receptions per game.GM/AVG indicates average yards gained per game.
NOTE.Played in 26 games on offense, but in 32 games total.Final R/PG and GM/AVG reflects only offensive games.

1998 18 11 7 1-1 3 3 5 6 7 0 0 0
1999             1 1 1 0 0 0
2000 1 0 1 0-0 0 0 9 2 0 0 3 1
2001             1 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 19 11 8 1-1 3 3 16 9 8 0 3 1

NOTE.3DS-third down stop.UT-unassisted special teams tackle.AT-assisted special teams tackle..KD-knockdown block on a kick return.WB-wedge break.DP-downed punt.RC-Recovered blocked kick.

2000 4 97 24.3 0 42

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