2014 NFL Draft: Top 10 Eligible Wide Receivers
2014 NFL Draft: Top 10 Eligible Wide Receivers
It is now nearly halfway through the college football season and prospects are starting to separate themselves. The interesting thing about this year when it comes to wide receiver is that they are all different builds with different skills. Some are big physical receivers who can punish defensive backs, others have world-class speed, and more will run smooth, crisp routes. Rarely there is a wide receiver that has all three skills.
One of the intriguing things about wide receivers is how they seem to take the most time to progress from the college game to the pros, unless the receiver is surrounded by established stars, A great example of that is Randy Moss. He had an amazing support system around him to help develop and maximize the freakish talents that he had been to be blessed with.
While it is completely unknown if there is another elite day-one game-changing receiver in this class right now, there is a great deal of talent. These rankings of the wide receivers are likely to change before the draft happens at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in May. If you don't agree with these rankings, that’s great! Please do not hesitate to leave a comment below so I can discuss this topic further and make a more accurate list in the upcoming weeks and months leading up to the draft.
10. Cody Hoffman, Brigham Young Cougars
Cody Hoffman is a big receiver (6-foot-4 and 215 pounds) who uses his size well. He is a serious weapon in the red zone as he runs good routes and has excellent hands. However, there is concern about his lack of true speed to get separation from NFL cornerbacks.
9. Kasen Williams, Washington Huskies
Kasen Williams has good size with exceptional leaping ability to make catches over defenders. He's a third-year starter, but he gets hidden due to his tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Williams would have been rated higher, bu the had a traffic arrest on suspicion of DUI over the summer .
8. Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin Badgers
It seems like the tougher the opponent, the better Jared Abbrederis plays. This year when the Wisconsin Badgers were playing the Ohio State Buckeyes, he racked up 10 receptions, 207 yards and a touchdown on elite cornerback prospect Bradley Roby.
7. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt Commodores
Jordan Matthews has looked very good running slants and moving the chains in the intermediate part of the field. While he doesn't play for a good school, he has good size at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, and another thing going for him is that he is the cousin of the greatest wide receiver of all time in Jerry Rice.
6. Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss Rebels
Donte Moncrief hasn't broken out like a lot of experts figured he would as he has only 17 receptions for 233 yards and two touchdowns this year. This could be attributed due to a freshman getting a great number of targets.
5. Odell Beckham Jr., Louisiana State Tigers
Odell Beckham Jr. has the speed to stretch the field and has demonstrated the potential to make game-changing plays. Of all the top end talent in this year's class, Beckham is one of the smaller in stature of the high-end receiving prospects.
4. Brandon Coleman, Rutgers Scarlet Knights
The biggest question about Brandon Coleman is if he has enough speed for the NFL. If Coleman has the speed, his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame will enable him to go places at the next level.
3. Marqise Lee, South Califoria Trojans
Marqise Lee looks like a potential No. 1 receiver. He is extremely fast and explosive. Lee also is a track star at USC. He projects as a receiver who will stretch a defense vertically and be a threat to score on any play. While Lee isn't the biggest or strongest, he plays bigger than his size and makes up for it with great route-running and hands.
2. Sammy Watkins, Clemson Tigers
Sammy Watkins is a threat to score on any touch and has rare first-step quickness. He looks like a potential game-breaking receiver for the NFL.
1. Mike Evans, Texas A&M Aggies
Mike Evans has been consistently good for the Aggies week in and week out. Evans has phenomenal leaping ability and body control to make some highlight-reel catches. Also, he has a massive frame at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, and it will punish smaller cornerbacks.
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