Pick #172: Wisconsin WR Jonathan Orr
By Jeff Fuqua
Posted April 30th, 2006

Height: 6-2
Weight: 198
40 Time: 4.45

With the 172nd pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select Wisconsin WR Jonathan Orr.

Orr is a four-year starter, an outstanding athlete with great upside for the next level. He is quick to top speed and runs away from opponents in the open field. Orr is strong, makes the tough catch in a crowd or out-muscles defenders for the reception. He consistently comes back to the quarterback, working to make himself an available target. He is an eathanffective blocking downfield for ball carriers.

The following is a full bio from NFL.com:

Jonathan is another in a line of standout athletes with exceptional speed to perform at wide receiver for the Badgers. He has the explosive burst and ball adjustment skills of a Lee Evans and the size, athletic ability and toughness catching the ball in traffic of a Chris Chambers. He is the consummate team player, but his production the last three years has yet to match the promise he showed as a freshman.

Orr was a Prep Star and Super Prep All-American receiver at Detroit powerhouse Henry Ford High School. He was rated one of the nation’s top receivers according to Prep Star and was a first-team All-State choice by the Detroit News.

Jonathan averaged 30.1 yards on 25 grabs for 753 yards and eleven touchdowns during his senior season. He earned All-City honors with 30 receptions for 705 yards and ten touchdowns as a junior. Jonathan excelled in track, running the 100 meters in 10.6 seconds. Jonathan also served as class president.

He redshirted as a freshman at Wisconsin in 2001, suiting up for the Michigan and Minnesota games. In 2002, Jonathan exploded on the collegiate scene for the Badgers, finishing second on the squad with 47 receptions for 842 yards (17.9 avg) and eight touchdowns, earning secondteam Freshman All-American honors from The Sporting News.

His 47 grabs rank ninth on the school’s season-record list while his 842 yards rank fifth. Only Al Toon (9 in 1984 and Lee Evans (9 in 2001 and 13 in 2003) had more touch----down catches in a season for Wisconsin. What was even more impressive was the fact that 35 of those receptions resulted in first downs, including eight that he converted on third-down plays while sixteen of those catches came on scoring drives.

The team then shifted to a predominantly ground attack over the next three years. Orr was limited to seven catches for 117 yards (16.7 avg) in 2003, but six of those grabs resulted in first downs, with three of those receptions setting up touchdown drives. The team continued to use a two-tight end formation in 2004, as Jonathan was only able to gain 177 yards on thirteen catches (13.6 avg). Three of those receptions were good for touchdowns and twelve of those catches turned into first down plays, converting seven third-down plays in the process.

The 2005 season saw Orr become more involved in the passing game. He had his best season since his freshman year, catching 33 passes for 554 yards (16.8 avg) and six touchdowns. But it was also filled with inconsistency. Five of his touchdowns and 215 of his receiving yards came during a two-game span vs. Indiana and Northwestern.

In 50 games for the Badgers, Jonathan started 26 times. The flanker totaled 100 catches for 1,690 yards (16.9 avg) and seventeen touchdowns. His seventeen scores rank fourth on the school’s career-record list. He also recorded a solo tackle.


Started 26 of 50 games for the Badgers…Only the tenth player in school history to catch 100 passes in a career…His 1,690 yards receiving rank eighth on the school’s career-record list behind Lee Evans (3468, 1999-2003), Brandon Williams (2693, 2002-present), Al Toon (2103, 1982-84), Chris Chambers (2004, 1997-2000), Tony Simmons (1991, 1994-97), Lee DeRamus (1974, 1991-93) and Pat Richter (12873, 1960-62)…His seventeen touchdown catches rank fourth in school annals behind Evans (27), Simmons (23) and Toon (19).


All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention by The NFL Draft Report…Started all year at flanker, ranking third on the team with 33 receptions for 554 yards (16.8 avg) and six touchdowns…Of the 61 passes targeted to Jonathan, he converted 25 passes into first downs, including nine on thirddown plays…Had ten catches for 20 yards or longer.

Played in every game, starting the Nevada-Las Vegas contest…Only caught 13 passes for 177 yards, but his average of 13.6 yards per catch ranked third and his three touchdown grabs tied for the team lead…Also caught a two-point conversion and recovered a fumble…11 of his 13 catches resulted in first downs, including eight that came on third-down plays…Three of his receptions came on touchdown drives and three more helped the team settle for field goals.

Played in every game, starting vs. Iowa…Only had seven receptions for 117 yards (16.7 avg) and no touchdowns, but six of those grabs resulted in first downs, including three that came on Wisconsin touchdown drives…Also recorded a solo tackle.


Freshman All-American second-team and Freshman All-Big Ten Conference first-team pick by The Sporting News…Named the team’s Rookie of the Year…Started every game, except vs. Nevada-Las Vegas (team opened with a two tight end formation) at flanker… Ranked third in the nation among the NCAA’s freshmen and set a school freshman seasonrecord with 842 yards (ranks fifth overall in school annals and second-best by a Big Ten Conference freshman) on 47 receptions (second on the team)…Tied a freshman school seasonrecord as he hauled in eight passes for touchdowns…His string of five-straight games with at least one scoring grab rank second in school history, equaling a mark set by Al Toon in 1983…An incredible 35 of his 47 passes resulted in first downs, with eight of them coming on third-down plays…16 of his catches came on Badger scoring drives.


Redshirted as a freshman.


4.31 in the 40-yard dash…260-pound bench press…410-pound squat…275-pound power clean…38-inch vertical jump…33 7/8-inch arm length…9 5/8-inch hands…Right-handed… Wears contacts.


Attended Henry Ford (Detroit, Mich.) High School, playing football for coach Mike Marshall…Prep Star and Super Prep All-American selection…Rated one of the nation’s top receivers according to Prep Star and was a first-team All-State choice by the Detroit News…Averaged 30.1 yards on 25 grabs for 753 yards and eleven touchdowns during his senior season…Also earned All-City honors with 30 receptions for 705 yards and ten touchdowns as a junior…Excelled in track, running the 100 meters in 10.6 seconds…Also served as class president.

Family Consumer Education major…Son of Linda and Larry Orr…Father is a college professor and his mother is an executive investment banker…Born 3/20/83…Resides in Detroit, Michigan.

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