Justin Blackmon*, WR, Oklahoma State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 207. 40 Time: 4.45. Bench: 14 Hand: 9 1/4. Projected Round (2012): Top-10 Pick. 4/24/12: Throughout the draft process there have been a number of criticism of Blackmon. From his speed, explosiveness and off the field concerns. Despite all that criticism, he is likely to be the first receiver selected and in the top 10 of the draft.
Blackmon answered the bogus speed concerns with fast 40 times at his pro day. He had a hamstring injury that limited him to just the field drills at the Combine. Blackmon's speed was being questioned, but shouldn't be anymore considering his pro day and collegiate production while battling constant double-teams.
Blackmon was a consistent source of big plays in 2011 for the Cowboys. He was a mismatch all year due to his size, speed and physicality. Blackmon had huge games against Baylor, Texas A&M and Kansas State. He required constant double coverage, and despite the extra attention, remained productive.
Blackmon's speed and route running have him ready to make an immediate impact at the next level. To end his collegiate career, he had a dominant game against Stanford while playing through a leg infection. Blackmon recorded eight receptions for 191 yards and three touchdowns. He showed how fast he is with scores of 67 and 43 yards.
Against Tulsa, Blackmon had his streak of 100+-yard receiving games broken. After 14 straight games, he was held to 57 yards on seven receptions with one touchdown. For the 2011 season, Blackmon had 121 receptions for 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns.
8/19/11: Justin Blackmon likely would have been a first-round pick if he had declared for the 2011 NFL Draft. 2010 was an electric season for him as he was a constant source of big plays for the Cowboys. Blackmon hauled in 111 passes for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns. He quickly made everyone at Oklahoma State forget about Dez Bryant. In every game that Blackmon played in 2010, he went over 100 yards. He has fabulous quickness and speed. That allows him to constantly get separation from defensive backs. Blackmon has quality size and hands to go along with that speed. If he can avoid an injury, Blackmon should have another banner season with signal caller Brandon Weeden, and that should solidify Blackmon's stock as a top-16 pick.
Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Height: 6-3. Weight: 220. 40 Time: 4.47. 10-Yd Split: 1.57. Vertical: 36.5. Broad: 10-2 Hand: 9 3/8. Projected Round (2012): Top-20 Pick. 4/24/12: Floyd answered any doubters with a fantastic Combine. His 40 time was better than expected and addressed any speed concerns. With other receivers not performing as well, Floyd moved up to become the second-rated receiver in the 2012 draft. He had a strong pro day performance. Many believe that Floyd could crack the top-10 picks.
Throughout the 2011 season, the senior displayed the dynamic skill set that makes him a mismatch against defenses. Floyd was Notre Dame's most consistent weapon in 2011 and commanded a lot of bracket coverage. He caught 100 receptions this year for 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns. Floyd has excellent hands and concentration. It wasn't until late in the year that he had his first dropped pass of the season.
Floyd has excellent size, speed, quickness and body control. He looks like true No.1 receiver in the NFL. Making Floyd's draft stock harder to estimate are the off-the-field issues from previous years. It is difficult to determine right now how heavily NFL teams will hold those run-ins against him.
8/19/11: From a talent and production standpoint Michael Floyd is a first-round pick, but off-the-field concerns could push him down into the second round. Most recently, he had a DUI arrest in the spring that caused him to be suspended from the team. Floyd was reinstated, and is on track to play in 2011. Last year, he caught 79 passes for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns. Floyd had a quality sophomore season playing in only seven games across from Golden Tate. In 2009, Floyd caught 44 passes for 795 yards and nine scores. He has good speed to go along with his size and is a polished receiver. Floyd is adept at jump balls and has excellent body control for a big receiver. If he can stay out of trouble, he could be huge value in the second round.
Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Height: 5-10. Weight: 196. 40 Time: 4.61. Vertical: 38.5. Broad: 10-1. Hand: 8 5/8. Projected Round (2012): 1. 4/24/12: Wright had a disappointing Combine with a very slow 40 time for a speed receiver. He bounced back with a strong pro-day and a 40 time of 4.41. That performance has helped rectify Wright's draft status. Wright is likely to go in the middle to late in the first round.
Wright was an unstoppable receiver in the Big XII this year. The top target for quarterback Robert Griffin III, Wright burned secondaries with big plays downfield all year. Not only is his blazing speed hard for defensive backs to contain, but Wright also has good, strong hands and the ability to make difficult catches along the sideline. He caught 108 passes for 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2011.
Helping Wright's draft stock is a lot of teams having regrets about passing on Mike Wallace in the 2009 draft. He fell to late in the third round after a number of teams took bigger and slower receivers over him. Wright has moved up draft boards steadily this year and is getting projected by some to be a first-round pick. The last sub-six-foot receiver to go in the first round was Percy Harvin in 2009.
9/14/11: Wright was one of Baylor's key performers in their epic win over TCU to start the season. He caught 12 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Wright also threw two passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. He is a burner with game-changing speed. Last year, Wright caught 78 passes for 952 yards and seven touchdowns. He has been very consistent in his collegiate career. As a sophomore, Wright caught 66 passes for 740 yards and four touchdowns. As a freshman, he had 50 receptions for 649 yards and five scores. Wright could be a good slot receiver and a deep threat to help stretch defenses downfield.
Stephen Hill*, WR, Georgia Tech
Height: 6-4. Weight: 215. 40 Time: 4.36. 10-Yd Split: 1.20. Vertical: 39.5 Broad: 11-1. Hand: 9 3/8. Projected Round (2012): 1-2. 4/24/12: Hill was one of the stars of the Combine with his lightning-fast 40 time. He also performed well in the field drills. At his pro-day, Hill impressed scouts with his route running, and he seems to have solidified his stock as a late first-rounder, or early second-rounder. There is talk that he could be a surprise pick in the middle of the first round.
After Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas, Hill is the latest in a line of Yellow Jackets receivers who are big, fast playmakers who were underutilized at Georgia Tech. He is a raw receiver with big upside and a high ceiling. Hill has big size but also is very fast. At the pro level, he will need some development, but could turn into a steal.
Hill made big catches downfield, and averaged 29.3 yards per catch this season. The Yellow Jackets' offense didn't throw the ball often, but when it did, he was typically wide open as defenses were so focused on stopping the option running attack. Hill caught 28 passes for 820 yards and five touchdowns last year. In 2010, as a sophomore, he had 15 receptions for 291 yards with three scores.
Alshon Jeffery*, WR, South Carolina
Height: 6-3. Weight: 216. 40 Time: 4.48. Hand: 10 1/4. Projected Round (2012): 2. 4/24/12: Jeffery got his weight down for the Combine weigh-in, but seemed to duck the rest of the workouts. He didn't run the 40 or participate in the receiving drills. At his pro day, Jeffery was said to clock the 40-yard dash at 4.48. Some reportedly had him in the 4.5s. Many teams wonder if that is his true speed after he lost 20 pounds since the end of the football season.
All season, South Carolina was awful at getting the most out of one of its most dangerous weapons. Jeffery's production was held back by poor quarterback play, but he still commanded a lot of extra coverage. At the same time, Jeffery had some struggles with getting separation. For the NFL, his ability to separate is a big question mark.
Jeffery ended his season with a bang, literally. Going against Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard, Jeffery had a huge game catching four passes for 148 yards and a touchdown. He toasted Dennard for a 78-yard reception on a deep post, but Dennard caught Jeffery from behind to prevent a touchdown. His touchdown came when he out jumped a pack of players for a Hail Mary touchdown as the first half expired.
In the third quarter, Jeffery and Dennard got into a fight and both were ejected from the game. However, it was Jeffery's only 100-yard game in his final collegiate season. For 2011, he had 49 receptions for 762 yards and eight touchdowns. Jeffery also was a quality blocker for South Carolina. He broke his hand, but still caught a touchdown pass against Clemson in the regular-season finale.
8/19/11: Alshon Jeffrey enters the college football season as the top draft-eligible receiver. He is extremely big and athletic, with the speed to beat defensive backs downfield. Jeffrey is a physical freak. As a freshman, he caught 46 passes for 763 yards and six touchdowns. Last year, Jeffrey dominated the SEC with 88 receptions for 1,517 yards and nine touchdowns. He put up that massive production with an average quarterback, Stephen Garcia, and an offense that featured a strong running game with freshman tailback Marcus Lattimore. Jeffrey should be a high first-round pick in 2012.
Rueben Randle*, WR, LSU
Height: 6-3. Weight: 210. 40 Time: 4.55. Vertical: 31. Broad: 10-1. Hand: 9 1/2. Projected Round (2012): 2. 4/24/12: Some project Randle to be a candidate for late in the first round, but he is more likely to be a second-round pick.
Randle had a disappointing Combine. His 40 was slower than expected and his jumps showed a lack of explosion. Based on this performance, many that previously rated him as a first-rounder dropped him into round two. Randle played well for LSU in 2011 and was the Tigers' top receiving target. He did not get a huge amount of opportunities, but generally produced when thrown the ball. Randle is a very good red-zone weapon who uses his size and quickness to produce points. For the season, he hauled in 53 receptions for 917 yards and eight touchdowns.
Hurting Randle's draft stock was being shut down by Alabama and its NFL-talent-laden secondary twice. He had two catches for 19 yards in the first game and three for 13 yards in the rematch. Randle may struggle with getting separation against NFL cornerbacks. He excels at running slant routes in the short to intermediate part of the field, and that should have a big appeal to teams that run the West Coast offense.
Randle is also a quality blocker in the ground game. He looks like a possession receiver in the NFL, but his team shouldn't be surprised if he has a hard time getting open.
8/19/11: Rueben Randle is hurt by having Jordan Jefferson as his quarterback. Last year, he was second on the team in receiving to Terrence Toliver. Randle had 33 receptions for 544 yards and three touchdowns. Randle showed his potential when he lit up Alabama's standout secondary to the tune of 125 yards on three catches with a touchdown. Randle is a good athlete with size and speed. It will be interesting to see if LSU gets him the ball enough for him to show his skills.
Mohamed Sanu*, WR, Rutgers
Height: 6-2. Weight: 211. 40 Time: 4.67. Vertical: 36. Broad: 10-6. Hand: 10 1/8. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 4/24/12: Sanu had a poor Combine and that capped his ceiling in round two. At his pro day, Sanu bounced back with a 40 time of 4.54. Both at the Combine and his pro day, Sanu looked good in the receiving drills with strong route-running and good hands.
Sanu is an underrated prospect by the majority of pundits and it wouldn't be surprising if turns into a better pro than Randle or Jeffery. He enjoyed a massive season. Sanu recorded 115 catches for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns. Against North Carolina, he had a phenomenal game and carried the Rutgers' offense. Sanu finished the game with 13 receptions for 119 yards and one touchdown. He made a highlight-reel, one-handed catch for that touchdown.
Sanu did a very good job of route-running throughout the season. This year, he stayed healthy and displayed good speed to go along with his ideal size. Sanu makes tough catches and can get open in all levels of the field.
8/19/11: Mohamed Sanu battled injuries throughout his sophomore season while catching 44 passes for 418 yards and two touchdowns. As a freshman, he had 51 receptions for 639 yards and three touchdowns. Over the past two seasons, Sanu has run the ball 121 times for 655 yards and nine touchdowns. He is a good athlete with play-making ability. Another detriment to his numbers was a freshman quarterback. Now that Rutgers has more experience in their signal caller, and Sanu is healthy, he could be in store for a big 2011 season.
Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
Height: 6-3. Weight: 224. 40 Time: 4.68. Vertical: 38. Broad: 9-9. Arm: 31 3/8. Hand: 10 1/2. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 4/24/12: Criner had a phenomenal Senior Bowl. He was excellent all week at getting separation and making tough catches. Criner was very polished in his route running and showed good hands. Unfortunately, his Combine performance was disappointing with a slow 40 time. That prevented him from improving his stock towards the top of the second day. Criner improved on it slightly at this pro day with a time of 4.6. Criner is a better football player than track athlete, so if teams trust the tape more than the Combine he shouldn't fall far out of the top 80 picks.
Criner was productive in 2011 with 75 receptions for 956 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was the most reliable and consistent weapon for quarterback Nick Foles. An appendectomy kept Criner out against Oklahoma State, and Arizona really missed him. He excels at jump balls downfield. Criner looks like a potential possession receiver in the NFL who could be a good red-zone weapon. He reportedly has some off-the-field concerns.
8/19/11: After considering going pro, Juron Criner decided to return for his senior season with the Wildcats. It was probably a good decision as some personal issues had some wondering if he would play in the 2011 season. Criner showed up for camp on time and allegedly was dealing with a family illness. Last season, he had a massive year for Arizona. Criner caught 82 passes for 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns. He repeatedly bailed out quarterback Nick Foles on deep passes that were tossed up for grabs. Criner uses his size, body control, and leaping ability to come down with some big catches. There are faster receivers than Criner, but he provides good hands with a big target and still runs well.
Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 220. 40 Time: 4.55. Vertical: 34. Broad: 9-11. Arm: 33 1/2. Hand: 9 3/4. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 4/24/12: Quick was solid but unspectacular at both the Combine and the Senior Bowl. He posted three solid years of production for Appalachian State. In 2011, Quick had his best season with 71 receptions for 1,096 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a junior, he totaled 47 catches for 844 yards and nine scores after hauling in 61 passes for 982 yards and four scores in 2009.
Quick is a big receiver who looks like a potential red-zone threat in the NFL. He needs to be more aggressive and attack the football. He could be an overrated prospect that dominated weaker competition. There are some that believe he has a first-round skill set, but that was not on display at the Senior Bowl.
Marvin Jones, WR, California
Height: 6-2. Weight: 199. 40 Time: 4.46. 10-Yd Split: 1.57. Vertical: 33. Broad: 9-4. Hand: 10 1/4. Arm: 32 7/8. Hand: 10. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 4/24/12: Jones is a sleeper prospect who has had a great postseason. He had a superb week at the Senior Bowl where he showed speed, strength, route running and good hands. Jones followed that up with an excellent Combine and a fast 40 time. He recorded 62 receptions for 846 yards and three scores this year. Jones had big games against the lesser competition, and was a quality complement to star sophomore receiver Keenan Allen. Playing with Allen hurt the number of passes thrown Jones' direction.
8/19/11: Marvin Jones has produced two semi-productive seasons over the past two years. In 2009, he hauled in 43 catches for 651 yards and six scores. Last season, Jones had 50 receptions for 765 yards and four scores. He has decent size and speed. Jones needs to up his production to move into the mid-rounds.
A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
Height: 6-0. Weight: 190. 40 Time: 4.39. Vertical: 33. Broad: 10-4 Arm: 32 1/4. Hand: 9 1/4. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 4/24/12: Jenkins had a very productive senior season. He caught 90 passes for 1,276 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2010, as a junior, Jenkins hauled in 56 passes for 746 yards and seven touchdowns. He has the speed to get downfield. Jenkins is a good value in the mid-rounds and had an impressive week at the East-West Shrine. He showed his foot speed with a great Combine and followed that up with a strong pro day.
In the NFL, Jenkins looks like he could be a good slot receiver and make some big plays downfield. He also has the size to line up on the outside. Jenkins could turn into a steal given that he produced despite bad quarterback play.
T.Y. Hilton, WR/KR, Florida International
Height: 5-10. Weight: 183. 40 Time: 4.34. Hand: 8 1/2. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 4/24/12: Hilton sat out the Combine with a quadriceps injury he suffered in his Bowl game. At his pro day, all 32 teams were in attendance and, reportedly, he performed extremely well. Speedy and agile, Hilton put together a strong senior season. His straight-line speed is a mismatch for defenses and special teams units. Hilton was on fire against Louisville. He caught seven passes for 201 yards with two touchdowns. One of those scores was an 83-yard touchdown strike.
Hilton had 72 receptions for 1,038 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011. He also returned 18 kicks for 548 yards this year with eight punts returned for 186 yards and a touchdown. Hilton put together a season to show that he should be a second-day pick in the draft.
8/19/11: T.Y. Hilton plays at a smaller program, but he has been a playmaker. Last year, Hilton hauled in 59 receptions for 848 yards and five touchdowns. he has been a dangerous weapon on kickoff returns. In his career, Hilton has four kick return touchdowns and has averaged 27 yards per return. In 2009, he caught 57 passes for 632 yards with five scores. Hilton will need to run well at the combine as the new kickoff changes in the NFL definitely have hurt his draft value.
Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215. 40 Time: 4.54. Vertical: 37.5. Hand: 9. Projected Round (2012): 2-4. 4/24/12: Toon was solid at the Combine and his 40 time was better than expected. He is a quality prospect for the second day. Toon flashed at times, but Wisconsin simply didn't throw him the ball that much, as the team featured a ground attack. He caught 64 passes for 926 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011. Toon would have better production if he played on a team that wasn't based in the run game.
Toon has nice size, runs good routes, and has good hands. He also blocks extremely well. The wide out did a nice job of developing some quick chemistry with new quarterback Russell Wilson. Toon does not have special speed. That and durability seem to be the missing aspects of his game.
8/19/11: Nick Toon missed four games in 2010, and when you add that in with the Badgers having a run-heavy offense, it is not surprising that his numbers were down drastically. The son of former NFL receiver Al Toon, Nick had 54 receptions, 805 yards and four touchdowns in 2009. Last year, his numbers fell to 36 catches for 459 yards and three scores. Toon will need to test well at the combine to help make up for the lack of catches, yards, and touchdowns. If he can get back to his 2009 production, that would be a good start.
Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
Height: 6-3. Weight: 216. 40 Time: 4.54. Vertical: 37. Broad: 10-2. Arm: 31 5/8. Hand: 10. Projected Round (2012): 2-4. 4/24/12: McNutt ran faster than expected at the Combin, and was solid in the field drills. He also performed well at the Senior Bowl and showcased a well-developed skill set. McNutt has been told that he could go in the 2-4 round range.
McNutt is an underrated prospect and could be a steal. He made 82 catches for 1,315 yards and 12 touchdowns this year. McNutt produced big plays in all levels of the defense and beat secondaries with a combination of size and quickness. The only teams that truly limited him were Nebraska and Oklahoma. McNutt couldn't get separation from Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. If McNutt had gotten the better of Dennard, then he could have been a first-round pick.
McNutt could have even more production if he played in a better passing offense. McNutt has deceptive quickness, good hands and runs good routes. He is capable of making big plays downfield with his speed and his size.
8/19/11: Marvin McNutt was the primary weapon for Ricky Stanzi, and McNutt recorded 53 catches for 861 yards and eight touchdowns last season. As a sophomore, he had 34 receptions for 674 yards and eight scores. McNutt will have a new signal caller in 2011, so that will be interesting to see how he performs. McNutt has good size and deceptive quickness. If he went to a passing-led school, he could have much better numbers.
Chris Givens*, WR, Wake Forest
Height: 5-11. Weight: 198. 40 Time: 4.41. Vertical: 33.5. Broad: 9-10. Hand: 8 1/4. Projected Round (2012): 2-4. 4/24/12: At the Combine, Givens was solid, but he did not blow anybody way. Givens caught 83 passes for 1,330 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011. It was his first season of big production after modest years in 2010 and 2009. He probably should have stayed in school to have another big year before going pro. That could have moved him higher.
Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas
Height: 5-11. Weight: 179. 40 Time: 4.55. Vertical: 36. Broad: 10-3 Hand: 9 3/8 Arm: 31 3/8 Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 4/24/12: At the Combine, Adams ran a decent 40 time after putting on five pounds from his Senior Bowl weigh-in. That added weight may have slowed him down from cracking the 4.4s. Adams had improved his stock with an impressive week of practice at Mobile. He caused separation with quickness and route running while ripping off good yards after the catch. Adams was part of a dangerous receiving corps this season, and he caught 54 balls for 652 yards and three touchdowns.
The senior projects to being a slot receiver in the NFL. Adams has the speed and quickness to match up well with nickel cornerbacks. In 2010, Adams caught 50 passes for 813 yards and six scores. As a sophomore in 2009, he had 29 receptions for 568 yards and seven touchdowns.
Ryan Broyles, WR/PR, Oklahoma
Height: 5-10. Weight: 192. 40 Time: 4.56. Hand: 9. Projected Round (2012): 3-5. 4/24/12: Broyles' stock is hard to predict since he tore an ACL to end his season on Nov. 5 against Texas A&M. He did not work out at the Combine, but reportedly showed nice progress at a pro day work out with an impressive 40 time considering he's only six months removed from the injury. For his shortened 2011 season, Broyles had 83 receptions for 1,157 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also returned 19 punts for 196 yards.
Broyles was very consistent this season before the injury. He displayed great hands, good route running, toughness and intelligence. In his collegiate career, the senior caught 349 passes for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns. He also returned a total of 108 punts for 1,194 yards (11.1 average) and two scores.
Even with Broyles' massive production, he could be an underrated player, especially coming off the injury. Broyles should be fine for his rookie season, but he may not be able to work out fully prior to the draft. In the NFL, Broyles projects to being a strong slot receiver who has the ability to make some plays downfield.
8/19/11: Ryan Broyles is perhaps the most productive receiver in college football over the past three seasons. Last year, he caught 131 passes for 1,622 yards and 14 touchdowns as Landry Jones' go-to receiver. A year earlier, Broyles had 89 receptions for 1,120 yards and 15 scores. As a redshirt freshman, Broyles had 46 catches for 687 yards and six touchdowns. The reliable receiver was an essential performer in Oklahoma's transition from Sam Bradford to Jones.
What makes Broyles such an effective receiver is quickness in his route-running, straight-line speed, excellent hands and intelligence. He is a skilled punt returner as well, with an 11.2 career average with two touchdown returns on 89 attempts. Off-the-field sources have told Walterfootball.com that Broyles is a good teammate and comes from a good family.
Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina
Height: 6-3. Weight: 230. 40 Time: 4.55. 10-Yd Split: 1.62. Vertical: 33. Broad: 9-1. Arm: 33 5/8. Hand: 9. Projected Round (2012): 4-5. 4/24/12: At the Senior Bowl, Jones was massively disappointing. His route running was terrible, and he couldn't get separation from defensive backs. Jones fared better at the Combine with a nice 40 time for a big receiver. He had a decent pro day.
With size and straight-line speed, Jones has a skill set to work with. He could have been more productive if North Carolina had given him more opportunities to catch passes. Jones is a tough receiver to bring down after the catch, and he uses his size well to make catches while getting physical with defenders.
In the NFL, Jones looks like he may be able to contribute as more than a possession receiver, but he needs to vastly improve his route running. Jones had 85 receptions for 1,196 yards and 12 touchdowns this year.
8/19/11: North Carolina has been a factory for NFL talent in recent years and Dwight Jones is the latest wide out. With Greg Little out, Jones had a breakout junior season. Last year, he caught 62 passes for 946 yards and four touchdowns. Jones combines big size with good speed and athleticism. He will have a new quarterback in 2011, so it will be interesting to see how that impacts his production, but his skill set alone will help him standout.
Tommy Streeter*, WR, Miami
Height: 6-5. Weight: 219. 40 Time: 4.40. Vertical: 33. Broad: 10-5. Arm: 9 1/2. Projected Round (2012): 4-5. 4/24/12: Streeter had a big Combine, as expected. His speed helps his casse to be a second-day pick. In his first season of playing time, the junior Streeter was a source of big plays. He is a tall, lanky wide receiver who has the speed to stretch the field. Streeter caught 46 passes for 811 yards and eight touchdowns in 2011. He is an excellent red-zone weapon due to his height and leaping ability.
Streeter is raw and needs a lot of work as a route-runner. His draft stock probably could have been enhanced if he had returned to Miami for his senior season before going pro.
Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas
Height: 6-3. Weight: 219. 40 Time: 4.39. Vertical: 36.5. Broad: 10-5. Hand: 10 1/8. Projected Round (2012): 4-6. 4/24/12: At his pro day, Childs burned a fast 40 at 4.39. He wasn't as fast at the Combine (4.55), but Childs is gradually showing that he is improving from his knee injury. That recovery is definitely going to help his stock.
Childs was very quiet in 2011, and it looked like he hadn't fully recovered from hurting his knee the year before. Childs played in 11 games, making just 21 receptions for 240 yards. Late in the season, he was looking better and made some good catches in the Cotton Bowl against Kansas State. Childs was showing his old form at times during the East-West Shrine practices. Some have been moving him up draft boards, with the consensus opinion having Childs as a fourth-round pick.
8/19/11: Greg Childs offers some size and good quickness. As a sophomore, he had 48 receptions for 894 yards and seven scores. Last year, Childs was having another fine season with 46 catches for 659 yards and six scores through eight games before a patellar tendon injury knocked him out for the final five contests. If he comes back healthy and productive that would alleviate the injury concerns and put him back in contention to be a second-round pick.
Gerell Robinson, WR, Arizona State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 227. 40 Time: 4.62. Vertical: 35.5. Broad: 9-5 Arm: 30 7/8. Hand: 9 10. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 4/24/12: It wasn't surprising that Robinson didn't work out well at the Combine because he doesn't look like a workout warrior. During the season, Robinson showed some size and quickness. He could be a boom-or-bust pick in the mid-rounds. Robinson is tall, and has some straight-line speed, but he was a one-year wonder.
Robinson ended his career well by torching Boise State's secondary to the tune of 13 receptions for 241 yards and one touchdown. He didn't have much production entering this season, but came on strong late in the year for Arizona State. In the final five games, Robinson recorded 785 receiving yards. In 2011, he totaled 77 receptions for 1,397 yards and seven touchdowns. Robinson had a quality start to the week at the Senior Bowl, but was quiet later on.
Tim Benford, WR, Tennessee Tech
Height: 5-11. Weight: 205. 40 Time: 4.59. 10-Yd Split: 1.65 Hand: 8 7/8. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 4/24/12: One of the star offensive players to breakout at the East-West practices was Benford. All week, he gave a lot of defensive backs problems with his straight-line speed and quickness in route running. Benford has quality measurements for a fast slot receiver-type prospect in the NFL. He totaled 65 receptions for 923 yards and five touchdowns as a senior. Benford never recorded a 1,000 yard season in college, but his least productive year still surpassed 500 yards. He had a disappointing 40 time at the Combine and that hurts his stock on the third day of the draft.
Danny Coale, WR, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-0. Weight: 201. 40 Time: 4.50. Vertical: 35. Broad: 9-7. Hand: 9 1/8. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 4/24/12: Coale had an impressive Combine. He not only ran well in the 40, but also looked very good in the field drills. Coale was in a running offense and didn't have elite quarterbacks to work with, yet he still had decent production for the Hokies. As a senior, Coale caught 60 passes for 904 yards with three touchdowns. As a junior, he hauled in 39 catches for 732 yards and three touchdowns.
Coale looks like a potential slot weapon in the NFL. The underrated athlete was the backup punter and averaged 43 yards per punt on 13 kicks.
T.J. Graham, WR, North Carolina State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 188. 40 Time: 4.41. 10-Yd Split: 1.47. Vertical: 33.5. Broad: 10-0. Arm: 31 3/4. Hand: 9. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 4/24/12: Graham had a nice week at the Senior Bowl. He was a quick wide out who showed the ability to be a slot receiver in the NFL. Graham performed well at the Combine also, putting up one of the fastest 10-yard splits. He had 46 receptions for 757 yards and seven scores this season. Graham also returned 44 kicks averaging 22 yards per return. In the previous three seasons, his highest reception total was 25. He is one of the better returners in the draft and that helps his stock.
B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 211. 40 Time: 4.59. Vertical: 31.5 Broad: 9-8. Hand: 8 1/8. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 4/24/12: Cunningham was decent at the Combine, but his small hand measurement is a real negative. He had decent production in college despite the fact that Michigan State doesn't throw the ball that much. After a good game against Wisconsin, Cunningham was shut out by Nebraska and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.
Cunningham had 79 receptions for 1,306 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. He has good hands, runs good routes and can make tough catches. The big concern about Cunningham is whether or not he has the quickness to get separation from NFL defensive backs. Cunningham had a solid week at the East-West Shrine.
Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M
Height: 6-4. Weight: 223. Projected 40 Time: 4.60. Arm: 34 1/8. Hand: 9 7/8. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 4/24/12: Fuller struggled at the Senior Bowl, the Combine and his pro day. Some believe he should add weight and become a tight end. It was a very disappointing season for Fuller. He dealt with numerous injuries, but also had some bad performances with dropped passes and mental mistakes. It seemed that Fuller's pulled hamstring, concussion and turf toe were affecting his focus. Considering that he had all of those injuries, it is understandable.
As a result, Fuller was passed by teammate Ryan Swope as the Aggies' go-to receiver. His lack of speed and explosion are definitely concerns for the next level, but it isn't clear how much those injuries were slowing him down. He had 70 receptions for 828 yards and six touchdowns in 2011.
Late in the season, Fuller started coming around. In the final two games, he caught 14 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Fuller does not project to be a true No. 1 receiver in the NFL, but he has starting potential.
8/19/11: The Aggies got a fabulous junior season from wide receiver Jeff Fuller. He caught 76 passes for 1,066 yards and 12 touchdowns. Fuller is a big, physical receiver who presents a large target and catching radius for his quarterbacks. He works the short and intermediate part of the field well. Fuller looks like he would be a very good chain-mover and possession receiver in the NFL. Fuller would make a good Z (flanker) receiver quickly.
Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas .
Height: 5-10. Weight: 182. 40 Time: 4.42. 10-Yd Split: 1.45. Vertical: 38. Broad: 10-0. Hand: 8 1/2. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 4/24/12: Wright totaled 66 receptions for 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season. He had a massive performance with 13 receptions for 281 yards and two touchdowns against Texas A&M. Wright's senior production raised his stock, but that bump was hurt by not producing much against LSU's talented secondary. The senior had two receptions for 27 yards and a score versus the Tigers. Wright's stock took another hit when he weighed in smaller than expected at the East-West Shrine Game. He did well at the Combine.
In 2010, Wright caught 42 passes for 788 yards and five scores. As a sophomore the year before, he had 41 receptions for 681 yards and five scores. Wright projects as a slot receiver in the NFL.
Keshawn Martin, WR, Michigan State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 194. 40 Time: 4.45. Vertical: 39.5 Broad: 10-2. Hand: 9 1/4. Projected Round (2012): 5-7. 4/24/12: Martin is a sleeper prospect who has some speed and explosiveness. Michigan State did a poor job of getting the most out of him. He didn't get as many touches as he deserved. The Spartans kept the ball on the ground mostly, and when they did pass, they threw more often to B.J. Cunningham.
Martin caught 66 passes for 777 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. He hauled in 32 receptions for 394 yards and a touchdown in 2010. Martin had 18 catches for 411 yards (23 yards per catch) and five touchdowns as a sophomore. He projects as a slot and speed receiver. Martin could have a better pro career than what he did at Michigan State.
Eric Page*, WR, Toledo
Height: 5-9. Weight: 186. 40 Time: 4.60. Vertical: 30. Broad: 9-4. Hand: 9. Projected Round (2012): 5-7. 4/24/12: At the Combine, Page ran much slower than expected and that could hurt his stock. He had a huge junior season this year, making 125 receptions for 1,182 yards and 10 touchdowns. Page received a fourth-round grade from the draft advisory board, and, evidently, didn't think he could improve on that by returning for his senior season.
Page was very productive as a sophomore and freshman. In his debut in 2009, he caught 82 passes for 1,159 yards and seven touchdowns. A year later, Page posted numbers of 99 catches for 1,105 and eight scores.
Marquis Maze, WR/PR, Alabama
Height: 5-8. Weight: 186. 40 Time: 4.51. Vertical: 33.5. Broad: 9-4. Arm: 29 3/8. Hand: 9 1/8. Projected Round (2012): 5-7. 4/24/12: Maze 40 time was a little slow for a speed receiver and returner. He totaled 56 receptions for 627 yards and one touchdown this season. Maze had a massive game against Arkansas with four receptions for 125 yards and a score. In 2011, he averaged over 13 yards per punt return and 28.5 yards on 12 kick returns. Maze's special-teams ability helps his draft stock. He could be a backup slot receiver in the NFL.
8/19/11: Marquis Maze has been an underrated weapon for the Crimson Tide who has come up with some clutch plays over the past few seasons. Last year, he had 38 receptions for 557 yards and three touchdowns. Maze is a quick, shifty player who could have better numbers if he hadn't played behind other options like Mark Ingram, Julio Jones and Trent Richardson. Maze has been a good punt returner with an average of 12 yards per return. He could transition to being a quality slot receiver and punt returner in the NFL.
DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 211. 40 Time: 4.50. 10-Yd Split: 1.45. Vertical: 36.5. Broad: 10-3. Arm: 31 3/8. Hand: 9 5/8. Projected Round (2012): 5-7. 4/24/12: Posey only played in three games this season, catching 12 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns. He was suspended to start 2011 and missed 10 games. Posey looked terrible at the Senior Bowl. He wasn't getting open and looked disinterested. Posey performed better at the Combine, but he has a lot to prove off the field to NFL teams.
8/19/11: DeVier Posey is probably regretting not declaring early for the NFL draft after the scandal that has rocked the Ohio State program. With a new quarterback, it will be a challenge for him to improve on his production from 2010. Posey caught 53 passes for 848 yards and seven touchdowns. He was very consistent with his sophomore year production of 60 receptions for 828 yards and eight scores. With size and speed, Posey has a nice skill set to potentially be a second or third receiver in the NFL.
Devon Wylie, WR, Fresno State
Height: 5-9. Weight: 187. 40 Time: 4.39. Vertical: 39. Broad: 10-3 Hand: 9 1/2. Projected Round (2012): 5-7. 4/24/12: Wylie caught 56 passes for 716 yards and one touchdown in 2011. He also returned 29 punts for 446 yards (15.4 average) and two scores. Wylie is a quick receiver who has good hands and is a good route runner. He projects as a potential slot receiver in the NFL.
Wylie's size negative is compounded by durability issues. He missed the 2010 season with injury and was out for four games in 2009 and 2008. Wylie had a good week at the East-West Shrine and ran well at the Combine. His size and injuries could push him into the late rounds.
Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan
Height: 6-0. Weight: 208. 40 Time: 4.69. Vertical: 35. Broad: 9-11. Hand: 9 1/4. Projected Round (2012): 6-7. 4/24/12: White worked out at the Combine, but was not at one of the major college All-Star games. White was college football's most productive receiver in 2011. He led the nation in receptions (140) and yards (1,911) while finishing second in receiving touchdowns (17).
White plays bigger than his listed size, with the quickness to get downfield and produce long touchdowns. However, some question if he has NFL speed and he did not help his cause with one of the slower receiver 40s at the Combine. White broke out in 2010 with 94 receptions for 1,378 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The wide out also has some punt-return skills. He is a sleeper who could be a surprise at the next level.
Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-2. Weight: 217. 40 Time: 4.74. 10-Yd Split: 1.58 Vertical: 36. Broad: 10-3. Hand: 10 1/4. Projected Round (2012): 6-7. 4/24/12: Boykin had a bad Combine with a very slow 40 time. He did not have as many targets in 2011 as a result of the Hokies keeping the ball on the ground a lot with teammate David Wilson. Boykin had a big game with seven catches for 120 yards and a score against Miami. For his senior season, he had 61 receptions for 761 yards and five scores.
8/19/11: Jarrett Boykin has been a consistent performer for the Hokies over the past two seasons. He recorded 53 receptions for 847 yards and six scores last year. The previous year, Boykin had 39 receptions for 822 yards and five scores. Boykin has some big play potential and did not receive the amount of passes thrown his direction as he would at other schools. Boykin has a quality combination of size, speed, and athleticism that could allow him to test well at the combine.
Derek Moye, WR, Penn State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 209. 40 Time: 4.52. Vertical: 33.5. Broad: 9-7. Hand: 8 1/4. Projected Round (2012): 6-7. 4/24/12: Moye was fairly quiet in his senior season. Part of that was due to awful quarterback play. He has a decent skill set and upside that was not utilized by Penn State. For 2011, Moye had 40 receptions for 654 yards and three touchdowns. He is a sleeper prospect who could surprise, and he showed some nice skills under the radar at the Combine.
8/19/11: Derek Moye is huge receiver who has led Penn State in receiving the past two years. Last year, he caught 53 balls for 885 yards and eight scores. A year earlier, Moye had 48 receptions for 785 yards and six touchdowns. He finished the year with a quality game against Florida, but has only three 100-yard games over the past two seasons.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington
Height: 6-1. Weight: 209. 40 Time: 4.58. 10-Yd Split: 1.56. Vertical: 34. Broad: 9-11. Hand: 9 1/4. Projected Round (2012): 6-FA. 4/24/12: Kearse had a down year as Washington broke in new quarterback Keith Price. The talented young signal caller did not get the most out of Kearse. He made 47 receptions for 699 yards and seven touchdowns. Kearse had a bad game against Stanford with dropped passes and some mistakes. He did well versus Nebraska and had a huge game against Baylor's terrible defense in the Alamo Bowl. Kearse finished his collegiate career with five catches for 198 yards and one touchdown against the Bears. At the Combine, he met expectations.
8/19/11: Over the past two seasons, Jermaine Kearse has been the primary weapon for Jake Locker. In 2010, he caught 65 passes for 1,005 yards and 12 touchdowns. A year earlier, Kearse had 50 receptions for 866 yards and eight scores. He has quality size and runs pretty well. Kearse has had some prolific games the past two seasons including a nine-catch 146-yard four-touchdown performance against Oregon State last year. In 2009, he had big games against California (seven catches for 147 yards and a score) and a secondary with a lot of NFL talent in UCLA (seven catches for 114 yards and two scores). Kearse is a sleeper receiver to keep an eye on, but having a new quarterback could hurt his production.
Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford
Height: 6-0. Weight: 196. 40 Time: 4.36. Vertical: 40.5. Broad: 10-9. Hand: 8 1/2. Projected Round (2012): 6-FA. 4/24/12: Owusu had a surprisingly good Combine and blazed one of the fastest 40 times. A big test for him was the medical evaluations, but it will come down to if teams feel that he is over his repeated injuries.
Owusu had a disappointing season. The senior wide out had the No.1 pick in the draft throwing him passes, yet he struggled to get open at times. Owusu was inconsistent from play-to-play. He has the skill set and physical talent to be much more productive.
In 2011, Owusu made 35 receptions for 376 yards and two touchdowns. He missed the final four games because of injuries. Owusu was an underachiever this season, so his draft stock has fallen.
8/19/11: NFL scouts have spoken highly about Chris Owusu to Walterfootball.com. That praise came despite a knee injury which limited him to only 25 receptions for 396 yards and three touchdowns in eight games in 2010. A year earlier, Owusu caught 37 passes for 682 yards and five scores. Last year's leading receiver, Doug Baldwin, has graduated and with Andrew Luck returning it is very possible that Owusu has a big 2011 season.
Lance Lewis, WR, East Carolina
Height: 6-3. Weight: 200. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Projected Round (2012): 7-FA. 4/24/12: Lewis did not work out at the Combine. He started out the season well with a big game against South Carolina, catching 13 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Lewis had success against Gamecocks cornerback Stephon Gilmore on a few plays including a jump ball that he caught over Gilmore for a touchdown.
Later, Lewis had a good outing versus North Carolina with 10 receptions for 166 yards and one touchdown. For the season, he had 60 receptions to 600 yards and eight touchdowns. Lewis missed the final four games of the season and did not stand out at the East-West Shrine practices.
5/19/11: Lance Lewis had 89 receptions for 1,116 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, in his first year with East Carolina. Teammate Dwayne Harris was the team's leading receiver but he graduated, so that should help Lewis get more targets. Quarterback Dominique Davis is returning, so Lewis should be in line to have another productive season. He is a big, possession-receiver type who could be good value later in the draft.
Risard Matthews, WR/PR, Nevada
Height: 6-0. Weight: 217. 40 Time: 4.62. 10-Yd Split: 1.57. Vertical: 36. Hand: 9 1/8. Projected Round (2012): 7-FA. 4/24/12: Matthews had a big senior season, recording 91 receptions for 1,364 yards and eight touchdowns. He didn't run very well at the Combine.
8/19/11: Rishard Matthews was the top receiver for Colin Kaepernick last season. Matthews recorded 56 catches for 879 yards and five touchdowns. On the plus side, tight end Virgil Green and running back Tai Taua have graduated, so Matthews should have a bigger role in the offense. Conversely, Kaepernick is in the NFL and Matthews will have a new signal caller who probably won't be as effective.
Patrick Edwards, WR, Houston
Height: 5-9. Weight: 172. Projected 40 Time: 4.51. Arm: 29 3/8. Hand: 8 3/8. Projected Round (2012): 7-FA. 4/24/12: Edwards was a top target for quarterback Case Keenum. As a senior, he caught 89 passes for 1,752 yards and 20 touchdowns. Edwards had good production as a sophomore and junior. In 2010, he caught 71 passes for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns. The year before, Edwards had 85 catches for 1,021 yards and six touchdowns. He is a product of an offensive system that generates massive numbers for the quarterback and receiver. Edwards is fast, but he is massively undersized.
Travis Benjamin, WR, Miami
Height: 5-10. Weight: 172. 40 Time: 4.36. 10-Yd Split: 1.58. Vertical: 38. Broad: 9-11. Hand: 8 3/4. Projected Round (2012): FA. 4/24/12: Benjamin was suspended to start the season. He ended up catching 41 receptions for 609 yards and three scores for the year. Benjamin needed to be more productive than that, and he also could have been more aggressive on some balls thrown to him deep downfield. Benjamin ran a fast 40 as expected at the Combine. He could be worth a shot as an undrafted free agent.
8/19/11: Travis Benjamin should benefit from Leonard Hankerson leaving for the NFL. Last year, Benjamin had 43 receptions for 743 yards and three scores. A year earlier, he had 29 catches for 501 yards and four scores. Benjamin figures to be the top option for Jacory Harris, so he should see many opportunities this season.
Bert Reed, WR, Florida State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 175. Projected 40 Time: 4.42. Projected Round (2012): FA. 4/24/12: Reed did not have a lot of receptions in 2011. He caught only 29 passes for 403 yards and five touchdowns. Reed looks smaller than his listed measurements, and it hurts his stock that he was not a punt or kick returner. Reed did not work at the Combine.
8/19/11: Bert Reed is a smaller receiver for the Seminoles who projects as a slot receiver in the NFL. One NFL source said that Reed needs to become a better student of the game and a more consistent player. He had 58 catches for 614 yards and two scores last season. The year before, Reed had 60 receptions for 710 yards and zero touchdowns. The lack of touchdowns is definitely a concern.
Damarlo Belcher, WR, Indiana
Height: 6-5. Weight: 214. Projected 40 Time: 4.44. Projected Round (2012): FA. 4/24/12: Belcher was kicked off the football team for unspecified reasons. He caught 25 passes for 286 yards and a touchdown in his six games this season. He reportedly did not look good at a pro day workout.
8/19/11: Damarlo Belcher has had two productive seasons in a row for Indiana. Last year, he had 78 receptions for 832 yards and four touchdowns. The previous season, Belcher had 61 receptions for 770 yards and five scores. He is a huge receiver who projects to be a red-zone weapon and work the short to intermediate part of the field.