NFL Draft: 2013 WR Rankings

By Jeremy Cabler

You won’t hear anyone’s name on this list being called early in the draft, but it does have some nice depth to it and quality to be found in each round. Terrance Williams of Baylor and Elon’s Aaron Mellette could possibly find themselves in the first round depending on who declares and if they can continue their developmental process, but most likely seem like solid second day picks. West Virginia’s Tavon Austin offers homerun ability and will be someone to keep your eye on as the season progresses. You’ll notice Michigan QB Denard Robinson is listed as a WR, as I don’t think his game translates into a NFL QB and he’s more of an athlete. Creative offensive coaches will have a fun time getting his hands on the ball in the NFL.

The underclassmen of this WR prospects group can make it a really deep class with at least four prospects having a potential of first round grades

These rankings are extremely fluid, especially this early in the season and will change constantly throughout the process. Juniors will be added as they begin to declare for the draft

Rankings: Big Board ¦ QB ¦ RB ¦ WR ¦ TE ¦ OT ¦ OG ¦ C ¦ DE ¦ DT ¦ OLB ¦ ILB ¦ CB ¦ S

1. Terrance Williams, Baylor, 6’3 205: 2nd Round (Scouting Report)

-Will be Baylor’s number one option, but his production could take a hit with Robert Griffin III now with the Redskins. He’s very athletic and long and will go up and get the ball. Not a sharp route runner and faced a lot off coverage. His play without RGIII will determine a lot as far as how high ,or low, his stock can go.

2. Aaron Mellette, Elon, 6’3 218: 2nd Round

-Mellette is the top FCS prospect this season. Comes into his senior season with 207 career catches and 26 TD’s. IS further along than Appalachian State’s Brian Quick was at this time last season. Has great size and catches everything, but doesn’t take the top off of defenses. Mellette is very reliable and productive but isn’t necessarily flashy. Like many FCS WR’s, Mellette needs to polish up is route running to excel at the next level.

3. Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas, 6’3 210: 2nd Round

-Hamilton is going to benefit as Tyler Wilson’s number one target. Hamilton is more talented than any of the other three Arkansas WR’s who were drafted last season, and should showcase that in 2012. Has good size, speed, and does a great job showing consistent hands. Needs to take advantage of the chance in front of him this season.

4. Tavarres King, Georgia, 6’1 192: 2nd – 3rd Round

-Was Georgia’s #1 WR last season, but wasn’t as dynamic as you expect. He has all the measurables that you look for, but needs to be more consistent as a number one option. With Aaron Murray developing into a solid QB, King should see an increase in performances if he’s willing to work at it.

5. Tavon Austin, West Virginia, 5’9 176: 2nd – 3rd Round

-Has the look of a typical slot receiver and kick returner at the next level. Shows great hands and the ability to score any time he has the ball. Has great open-field agility and doesn’t get caught from behind. Like of size will hurt him at the next level, and needs to show his durability to scouts this season.

6. Aaron Dobson, Marshall, 6’3 205: 3rd Round

-Great combination of size and speed. Playmaker who makes the difficult catches. Production hurt from lack of solid QB play. Dobson shows the ability to adjust to poorly thrown balls.  Still raw as a WR and needs to work on not rounding off his routes. Has a chance to really improve his stock this season by showing he’s developed as a pass catcher.

7. Keenan Davis, Iowa, 6’3 215: 3rd Round

-with Marvin McNutt now in the NFL, Davis has the opportunity to really put his skills on display. He has prototypical size to go with long speed. Can make the tough catches in traffic but needs to prove his short area quickness and polish his route running.

8. Emory Blake, Auburn, 6’2 197: 3rd Round

-Good WR with solid overall game. Has playmaking ability just needs more consistent QB play to showcase his skill. Solid route runner with good hands and speed. Should be one the Tigers top offensive performers this season.

Recap: (Clemson)

9. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M, 6’0 206: 3rd – 4th Round

-Dependable with solid hands. Swope has good vision with the ball in his hands a does a good job getting YAC. Works best underneath the zone where he can find an open spot on the field. Tough to bring down and a competitive football player. Swope lacks top end speed and is probably limited to slot duty in the NFL.

10. Conner Vernon, Duke, 6’1 195: 4th Round

-Vernon is a nicely built wideout with good straight line speed. More of an underneath weapon who can catch and run upfield. Makes the tough catches all over the field. Not a polished route runner and looks a little stiff in and out of his breaks.

11. Roy Roundtree, Michigan, 6’0 177: 4th Round

Recap: (Alabama)

12. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech, 6’2 195: 4th Round

13. Denard Robinson, Michigan, 5’11 195: 4th Round

Recap: (Alabama)

14. Dan Buckner, Arizona, 6’4 214: 4th Round

15. Erik Highsmith, North Carolina, 6’3 190: 4th – 5th Round

16. TJ Moe, Missouri, 5’11 195: 5th round

17. Marquis Goodwin, Texas, 5’9 177: 5th Round

18. Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech, 6’ 4 228: 5th Round

Recap: (Georgia Tech)

19. Russell Sheppard, LSU, 6’1 185: 6th Round

20. Marcus Wheaton, Oregon State, 6’0 180: 6th Round

21. DJ Monroe, Texas, 5’9 175: 6th Round

22. Nicolas Edwards, Eastern Washington, 6’3 201: 6th – 7th Round

23. Theo Reddick, Notre Dame, 5’11 199: 7th Round

24. Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State, 5’11 200: 7th Round

25. Uzoma Nwachukwu, Texas A&M, 6’0 194: 7th Round

26. Tracy Moore, Oklahoma State, 6’2 220: 7th Round

27. Brice Butler, San Diego State, 6’3 195: PFA

28. Mike Shanahan, Pitt, 6’5 225: PFA

Recap: (Cincinnati)

29. Josh Jarboe, Arkansas State, 6’3 215: PFA

30. Marcus Sales, Syracuse, 6’0 183: PFA

31. Rodrick Rumble, Idaho State, 6’2 202: PFA

32. Tyrone Goard, Eastern Kentucky, 6’3 196: PFA

33. Marlon Brown, Georgia, 6’5 222: PFA

34. DeVonte Christopher, Utah, 6’1 200: PFA

35. Kevin Dorsey, Maryland, 6’2 210: PFA

36. Jheranie Boyd, North Carolina, 6’2 190: PFA

37. Lindsey Lamar, USF, 5’9 164: PFA

38. Xavier Boyce, Norfolk State, 6’3 220: PFA

39. Brandon Wimberly, Nevada, 6’3 210: PFA

40. Javone Lawson, UL-Lafayette, 6’1 183: PFA

41. LaRod King, Kentucky, 6’4 211: PFA

42. Tyshon Goode, Kent State, 6’1 185: PFA

43. Mitch Burroughs, Boise State, 5’9 186: PFA

44. Rodney Smith, Florida State, 6’6 219: PFA

45. Omarius Hines, Florida, 6’2 223: PFA

Top Underclassmen

Robert Woods, USC, 6’1 185

Keenan Allen, Cal, 6’3 206

Justin Hunter, Tennessee, 6’4 205

Marquess Wilson, Washington State, 6’2 188

Da’Rick Rodgers, Tennessee, 6’3 215

Josh Boyce, TCU, 5’11 203

Kenny Stills, Oklahoma, 6’0 190

Rankings: QB ¦ RB ¦ WR ¦ TE ¦ OT ¦ OG ¦ C ¦ DE ¦ OLB ¦ ILB ¦ CB ¦ S

Jeremy Cabler covers the NFL Draft and College Football for Rant Sports. Check out his Scouting Reports

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