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1) Tavon Austin (5-8/174)
Austin is an electric player with the ball in his hands. He came into Morgantown as a running back but made the switch to slot receiver. He's also a dynamic return man. Against the Sooners in '12 Austin compiled a school record with 572 all-purpose yards. Austin ran 4.34 forty at NFL Combine. More teams in the league are using a slot receiver in base personnel. Given that fact and his kick return abilities makes him even more valuable. Austin is the most explosive player in the draft. In the right system in today’s NFL he has a chance to be a huge weapon.
2) Cordarrelle Patterson (6-1.5/216)
Patterson was an elite receiver out of high school but had to first attend Hutchinson C.C. because of poor academics. There he was a JUCO All-American who ran a 10.33 100 meters. Patterson signed with Tennessee and made a huge impact for the Vols offense and special teams. At his size ran a 4.42 forty and vertical jumped 37", broad jumped 10'8" at NFL Combine. This is an explosive athlete at the wide receiver position but he’s still has a lot to learn about playing the position. He’s raw and some are questioning how quickly he can adapt to an NFL offense. Patterson played only one year of BCS ball.
3) Keenan Allen (6-2/206)
Allen was the top safety recruit in high school but selected Cal over Alabama because they wanted him as a receiver. He is deceptively fast because of his long strides. Allen can go get the ball in the air. He set a school record with 205 receptions, is third with 2,570 receiving yards and seventh with 17 touchdown catches. He also excels as a punt returner. Allen had been pushing both Austin and Patterson for the top receiver selection. He missed the NFL Combine last week because of a sprained knee ligament and still isn’t 100%.
4) Robert Woods (6-0/201)
Woods is one of the more polished receivers in this draft. He was a three and out guy at USC after being the top rated wide receiver in the nation. Woods had a magnificent sophomore season with 111 receptions. He has good speed and hands and has the potential to be a No. 1 WR but more likely a No. 2 in the NFL. He’s not blessed with great NFL size but don’t let that fool you. Woods has shown that he can be a monster at this position. He may be the most ready to play now of any of the guys at this position in this class.
5) Justin Hunter (6-4/196)
Hunter has rebounded nicely from a 2011 ACL injury sustained early that season versus Florida. He has elite size, runs well and can jump through the gym. Hunter was a track standout in the high jump. With his size and athleticism Hunter could turn himself into a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. Hunter tested well in Indianapolis and his stock continues to go up and up. Hunter could make his way into the later part of the first round draft.
6) DeAndre Hopkins (6-1/214)
Nicknamed Nuke, Hopkins set school records with 82 receptions, 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. He also had a touchdown reception in 10 consecutive games. Hopkins always seemed to play second fiddle to Tiger star Sammy Watkins. This is a good route runner with terrific hands that can go get the football. He's also a terrific athlete that was a three-time all-state basketball player and even played a year for the Clemson basketball team.
7) Quinton Patton (6-0/204)
Patton caught 104 passes for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2012. He also had an astounding 21 receptions for 223 yards against Texas A&M this past season. Patton is a high character kid whose stock has been red hot since the Senior Bowl. Patton doesn't have great size but is long. He runs well, has good body control and can go get the ball in the air.
8) Terrance Williams (6-2/208)
Williams led the nation with 1,832 receiving yards, averaging 18.9 yards on his 97 receptions. Williams owns eight school records, including his 4,693 all-purpose yards and his 17-catch, 314-yard day against West Virginia. Williams should be a good deep threat in the NFL. He runs well, has good size and body control in the air. This is a potential number one guy who can move the chains and be a solid red zone threat as well.
9) Stedman Bailey (5-11/193)
Bailey is one of the top route runners in this draft class. This is a smooth player with soft hands and fierce competitor. He doesn't have great size but is smart, has good speed, and can go get the football. Bailey had a very productive career in Morgantown. He was one of three finalists this past season for the Biletnokoff Award after recording 1,622 yards receiving and 25 touchdowns in 2012. He has a chance to have a long and productive career on Sundays.
10) Cobi Hamilton (6-1.5/212)
Hamilton is a big bodied wide receiver with long arms. He's physical and runs hard with the ball after the catch. He's not a burner. Hamilton will need to become a more consistent route runner. He had a good 2012 campaign, catching 90 balls for over 1,300 yards and five touchdowns.
11) Da'Rick Rogers (6-2/217)
This kid has first round ability but he has been battling maturity and drug issues off the field. It was those problems that led to his dismissal from Tennessee. Rogers tested well at the NFL Combine, running 4.52, broad jumping 11' and running an outstanding short shuttle of 4.06. If he plays by the rules away from the field and is a good citizen and teammate he could be one of the steals in this draft. There’s no question he has first round ability as a wide receiver.
12) Aaron Dobson (6-3/210)
Dobson had three very productive seasons for the Thundering Herd. This past year he caught 57 passes for 679 yards but only scored three touchdowns. He had 17 receiving touchdowns the previous two seasons. He’s a bigger receiver who’s a long strider. Dobson has strong hands and is good in the air.
13) Markus Wheaton (5-11/189)
Wheaton is the school’s career record holder for receptions with 227. He finished with 2,994 receiving yards, 3,774 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns. His game is built on speed and quickness. He actually beat Oregon's DeAnthony Thomas in the 100 meters. Wheaton tested very well at the Combine and was also a producer in college.
14) Ryan Swope (6-0/205)
Swope had 161 receptions over the past two years for 2,120 yards and 19 touchdowns. Not too many receivers have been as productive as Swope. He’s a slot guy that run well. Swope is a good route runner with consistent hands.
15) Kenny Stills (6-0/194)
Stills played from the get go in normal and he may an immediate impact on the Oklahoma offense. He was a three and out guy, catching 204 passes for 2,599 yards and scoring 24 touchdowns. Stills has good speed but not elite speed. But he’s also quick and has that knack to make something happen. Stills is also good in the air.
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’13 Draft WR Rankings, Part Two - 16-30
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