Born: August 8, 1986
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
College: University of Mt. Union
Draft: 6th round, 205th overall – 2008 (Indianapolis Colts)
Height: 6 feet 0 inches
Weight: 210 pounds
40-Yard Dash: 4.48 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.19 seconds
3-Cone Drill: 6.90 seconds
Bench Press: 20 reps
Vertical Jump: 36.5 inches
Broad Jump: 125 inches
Pierre Garçon played college football at the University of Mount Union, a Division III school, although he transferred from Norwich University following his freshman year. He was a full-time starter, appeared 51 games during his college career, and gained fame in Division III circles. Garçon did not capture national attention until just a few months before the draft, in the Texas vs. the Nation game — during the 2007-2008 season.
His performance earned Garçon a Scouting Combine invitation. Together, the performances improved his draft stock up from a projected undrafted free agent to a mid-late round pick. Garçon proved that he had raw talent and a definite upside.
As the draft approached, his primary strengths were speed, deep routes, physical build, and good vision. What Garçon had in straight-line speed (4.48 40-yard-dash) he lacked in route-running, and throttle control. His 3-cone drill performance was fairly disappointing, which may help explain his poor route-running skills.
As a Colts receiver, Garçon used most of his rookie year to develop. After Anthony Gonzalez’s season-ending injury in 2009, the Colts needed another deep threat to pair with Reggie Wayne. Given Garçon’s predisposition for deep routes, and his superior speed over rookie Austin Collie, he was given the number two spot on the Colts depth chart.
Despite some spectacular catches, and powerful plays, Garçon struggled catching the football, and caught just over 50 percent of the passes his way in the regular season. He was particularly disappointing as a possession receiver, needing more than five targets to gain a first down. Many of Garçon’s failures were glossed over by the eye-popping nature of his successes.
During the 2010 off-season, Garçon has spent time working on his route-running and pass-catching abilities — while competing on a team that boasts a half-dozen competent receiving options. Garçon will enter the first season of his career as a starter, while Gonzalez has fallen to fourth on the Colts depth chart at receiver. It is likely that he will rotate with Collie and Gonzalez, providing the Colts with the most desirable match-ups from down to down or series to series.