Posts Tagged ‘Wide Receivers’

2013 Wide Receiver Class: Help Out Your Quarterback

Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Markus Wheaton

Can Oregon State’s Marcus Wheaton give the Jets’ offense the boost they need? (Photo: US Presswire)

By Mike O’Connor, Staff Writer

When analyzing prospects for the NFL Draft, their are so many important qualities to note when scouting Wide Receivers.  As most of us know, it’s not just about speed and being a game-breaker with explosiveness after the catch, these are just added bonuses that boost player’s stocks.

However, the closer we get to late April and further away we get from our first tape evaluations, these added bonuses have begun to take over, taking away from the essentials a top prospect must possess.  The swooning over receivers with the ability to shock viewers with yards after catch, athleticism and size begs the question: what ever happened to the basics?

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2013 NFL Draft: 7-14 Wide Receiver Rankings

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
DeAndre Hopkins

(Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

7. DeAndre Hopkins CLEMSON

6’1 195

 Strengths: He has fantastic ball skills for a fast and relatively thin guy but uses his size and soft hands to out-jump defenders and go get the ball. He makes tough catches on balls thrown low and shows nice elusiveness in the open field.

 Weaknesses: His average timed speed may cause him to struggle separating at the next level. Teams may try to take advantage of his thin frame and play press coverage.

 The Take Home: Hopkins showed great ability to catch balls with his hands and not his body while hanging on after taking a hit. If he can bulk up his soft hands and great ball skills should mitigate his relative struggle to separate. While not a burner he is a long-strider and can cover ground quickly as well as run routes well enough to get open. He’s not the elite athlete that his teammate Sammy Watkins is, but he has a similar build and shows some real potential and natural ball skills.

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Love Him, Meh Him, Hate Him: WR Edition

Friday, July 22nd, 2011
Jeff Fuller NFL Draft

One of the best kept secrets in the NCAA.

This may be the strongest wide receiver class that we have seen in some time. I could see at least seven receivers picked in the first round at this point. There are so many height/weight/speed paragons in this draft that Al Davis must be drooling.

Overall, this is the year to go for a wide receiver if a team is so inclined. There could be seven or eight legitimate number one options in this group, potentially even more if some rawer players are able to achieve their athletic potentials.

It’s honestly hard to say “meh” or “hate” about any of these guys, but I shall try.

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