Top 20 Wide Receivers Participating at the 2013 NFL Combine
Here Are the Top 20 Wide Receivers Participating at the 2013 NFL Combine
It’s that time of year again, time for the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana that begins on Saturday February 23rd and goes through the 26th. It is where over 300 of the top college athletes congregate and show off their skills in the hopes of either confirming their draft stock, or having their stock improve a little or greatly.
Wide receivers are always a position of great need since most teams use three, four, or sometimes even five receiver sets. Wide receivers have the greatest difference in size from the tallest to the shortest prospects, while most of them are only about three tenths of a second apart in their 40-yard dash times. There are some prospects that will definitely turn heads for their speed. For example, last year Stephen Hill for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ran his 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds despite being 6’ 4” and 215 lbs. Meanwhile, an insanely fast 40 time will not make you go number one overall, but it will make teams look at you a lot more, whether that be good or bad.
Also with the combine fans and teams find out other key measurables such as basic intelligence from the infamous Wonderlic test, to something that’s as simple as measuring a player's hand size that may or may not show catching abilities. Other measurable drills that could give you looks almost as much as the 40-yard dash is the vertical leap and the broad jump as they can show how high up a player can go to catch the ball and show explosion respectively.
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#20 Josh Boyce - Texas Christian Horned Frogs
At 5’ 11” 203 lbs. Josh Boyce might have maxed out his frame, but that doesn’t say he won’t be a good wide receiver in the NFL. What might limit Boyce is the fact he is a pure slot wide receiver, however he possesses some good moves with a solid body frame. With this size too, Boyce is more than willing to attack a safety if uncovered to draw away coverage plus he is a tenacious run blocker which still is enormously underrated in the league.
#19 Aaron Dobson - Marshall Thundering Herd
At 6’ 3” 204 lbs. Aaron Dobson has the prototypical frame teams covet. Dobson also possesses very strong hands and will make some exceptionally great acrobatic catches. Also, Dobson will struggle getting separation with cornerbacks due to the lack of any high end speed and acceleration. That being said, he did have a solid senior bowl week and was said to impress some coaches and scouts in attendance.
# 18 Marcus Davis - Virginia Tech Hokies
Marcus Davis is the biggest framed wide receiver in this year’s draft at 6’ 4” 230 lbs. and was a former quarterback, before switching to wide receiver full time at Virginia Tech. Davis is still developing as a result of the changing of position which will hinder his draft stock, however his name should still likely will hear his name being called on the third day at the absolute worst.
#17 Ryan Swope - Texas A&M Aggies
Ryan Swope has an excellent thick build at 6’ 206 lbs. not to mention has outstanding strong hands. Swope is a former running back and uses that toughness to translate as a wide receiver better. While his role as a slot wide receiver might limit him overall, however he could have an excellent overall career at the next level.
#16 Aaron Mellette - Elon Phoenix
Every year there is at least one wide receiver that gets picked from a small school early, and this year it is Aaron Mellette. While going to Elon University, Mellette has a big frame at 6’ 4” 215 lbs. and he used that to get three consecutive 1,000 yard+ seasons. Mellette will not wow you with down the field acceleration, but he will not be afraid to go over the middle of the field and yank the ball out of the air with tenacity.
#15 Ace Sanders - South Carolina Game Cocks
Ace Sanders will not impress you with his stature at 5’ 8” 175 lbs. however he could be a big play threat due to his tremendous speed. Sanders will likely start off as a punt returner first as he can seemingly score anywhere on the field.
#14 Marquess Wilson - Washington State Cougars
Marquess Wilson is extremely lanky at 6’ 4” 185 lbs. and has flashed playmaking abilities. Besides being 6’ 4”, Wilson’s vertical leap is supposed to be out of this world as well. While having brilliance on the field, off the field is a different story as either he was suspended for the last three games due to violating team rules or he quit, it is uncertain at the moment and will be questioned in Indianapolis. When he was leaving Washington State, Wilson tore apart head coach Mike Leach and his staff.
#13 Kenny Stills - Oklahoma Sooners
Kenny Stills won’t wow you with his 40-time or his frame of 6’ 1” 190 lbs. but it always seems like he finds a way to get open and make a play. While bigger and more physical corners will give him fits, but he is a good athlete. Kenny has had some history of dropped passes and has had a few off the field incidents, which will have scouts asking more questions about his maturity and hopefully this will not hinder his develop at the next level.
#12 Cobi Hamilton - Arkansas Razorbacks
Cobi Hamilton is another large framed wide receiver coming out at 6’ 3” 210 lbs. that has the ability to break arm tackles of cornerbacks, also has long strides when running a route. Hamilton also adjusts well to the ball’s flight path which is an excellent asset to have. Hamilton could also get better just with the possibility of getting more opportunities at the next level as he exploded in 2012 for 1,335 yards receiving.
#11 Markus Wheaton - Oregon State Beavers
Markus Wheaton will not blow you away with his 6’ 182 lb. frame, however he blow past you as he as will almost always have a step on any cornerback regardless of level. Wheaton can play inside our outside at the next level, and will be an asset to any team vertically or horizontally. Despite being having track star speed, Wheaton will go lower and fight for the last possible yard.
#10 Quinton Patton - Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Quinton Patton has a long lean frame at 6’2” 195 lbs. whom has excellent acceleration that will free him up in the NFL. Patton seems particularly fluid in his hips which will help him when he goes up and plucks the ball out of the air. Also Patton seems like he is more than willing to become an excellent run blocker as a team sees fit.
#9 Stedman Bailey - West Virginia Mountaineers
Stedman Bailey will not wow you with his overwhelming size at 5’ 10” and 190 lbs. but he is as reliable of a ball catcher as there is in this year’s draft class. Despite the lack of size, Bailey will likely not run a 40 time of teammate, Tavon Austin but then again who will? What Bailey brings to the table is reliable hands and excellent body control.
#8 Robert Woods - University of Southern California Trojans
Robert Woods has a lean frame at 6’ 1” 190 lbs. which could create issues as cornerbacks might try to jam him at the line of scrimmage. Woods has excellent quickness that helps him run any route on the ladder. Doesn’t catch the ball at its highest point often enough which teams appreciate greatly. He was originally considered a top five pick, until quarterback Matt Barkley’s numbers began to slip.
#7 Terrance Williams - Baylor Bears
Terrance Williams was thought to have only flourished due to Robert Griffin III throwing him the ball in 2011, guess again, he even excelled without him. Williams has good size at 6’ 2” 205 lbs. and can eat up space as well as any wide receiver in this year’s draft. What hurts Williams is that he’s a pure outside wide receiver and only ran limited routes due to Baylor’s offense.
#6 DaRick Rogers - Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles
Da’Rick Rogers is a big and physical wide receiver at 6’ 3” 208 lbs. and was a second team All-SEC selection in 2011. However. just days before the 2012 season, he was dismissed from the Tennessee Volunteers team. As a result, Rogers went down to Tennessee Tech to keep his playing career going. Rogers is known for having character concerns on and off the field of play, including poor body language which can be self-defeating at times. That being said he still is an excellent physical wide receiver to go over the middle of the field with.
#5 Justin Hunter - Tennessee Volunteers
Justin Hunter has been blessed with great wide receiver size being 6’ 4” and 215 lbs. Despite coming off of ACL surgery in 2011, Hunter didn’t lose a step in the speed and acceleration departments. Ironically enough, it was his hands that were the disappointment this year that were once very reliable. If Hunter can get over this mental lapse, he could become a tremendously dangerous weapon on Sundays.
#4 Tavon Austin - West Virginia Mountaineers
Despite Tavon Austin’s size of 5’ 9” and 174 lbs. this guy will blow you away with elite acceleration while lining up as a slot wide receiver as he is seemingly unstoppable in open space. Despite his size, he is far from being made of glass and is as tough as they come and is an underrated run blocker as well. It’s not a coincidence that he was second in all-purpose yards in the entire nation.
#3 DeAndre Hopkins - Clemson Tigers
DeAndre Hopkins for the Clemson Tigers is a 5’ 11” 205 lb. prospect who will not overwhelm with his height; however he is one of the toughest receivers coming out. Hopkins suffered a concussion en route to the Orange Bowl last year, but that didn’t stop him from getting a school bowl record of 10 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown despite losing 70-33. Hopkins will aggressively try to catch the ball at its highest point which will annoy cornerbacks.
#2 Cordarrelle Patterson - Tennessee Volunteers
Cordarrelle Patterson is a 6' 3" 205 lb. prospect and is currently the most talked about wide receiver coming out of this year’s draft class as he seemingly came out of nowhere at the University of Tennessee. While he might be deemed “raw” due to only playing one year at the FBS level, it is clear that the talent level is there. Also Patterson also scored a touchdown four different ways this season at Tennessee.
#1 Keenan Allen - California Bears
Keenan Allen is a 6’ 3” 205 lb. prospect who runs very good routes and catches the ball effortlessly. While his speed isn’t elite, it should still allow him to get separation from defensive backs at the next level. His knee and ankle will be thoroughly checked after having surgery on the latter from an off-season basketball game and he did miss the last three games of this season due to a knee injury.
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