Funny. Clearly your not a Cowboy fan so it clouds your thoughts. Pretty hard to determine a players potential before they take a snap in the NFL. With that its pretty strong to say they blew the pick. If in the next few years Elliott is a top 5 RB and returns the offense to 2014 form its hardly blowing it. Ramsey looks to be a great player too. But Dallas needed to put a top RB behind that OL before contracts split it up as much as a top DB. The RB helps crown the OL, reduces the QB hits and frees up the passing game. Ramsey may not have as big an impact in Jacksonville as Elliott will have in Dallas. We will see.........
Justin Blackmon*, WR, Oklahoma State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 208. Projected 40 Time: 4.48. Projected Round (2012): Top 10 Pick. 12/12/11: Blackmon was a consistent source of big plays this season 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. His speed and route-running have him ready to make an immediate impact at the next level.
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 has 113 receptions for 1,336 yards and 15 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.
Alshon Jeffery*, WR, South Carolina
Height: 6-4. Weight: 233. Projected 40 Time: 4.50. Projected Round (2012): Top 20 Pick. 12/12/11: All season, South Carolina was awful at getting the most out of one of their 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 struggled to get separation from cornerbacks, and they were able to blanket him consistently. For the NFL, Jeffery should drop some weight to get faster. If he declares for the draft, his 40-time at the Scouting Combine could have a big impact on draft rank.
For the season, Jeffery has 45 receptions for 614 yards and seven touchdowns. He also was a quality blocker for South Carolina. Jeffery broke his hand, but still caught a touchdown pass against Clemson in the 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.
Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Height: 6-3. Weight: 218. Projected 40 Time: 4.51. Projected Round (2012): Top 20 Pick. 12/12/11: Throughout the season, Floyd displayed his dynamic skill set that makes him a mismatch against defenses. The senior was Notre Dame's most consistent weapon in 2011 and commanded a lot of bracket coverage. For the season, he caught 95 passes for 1,106 yards and eight touchdowns.
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.
Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina
Height: 6-4. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2012): 1-2. 12/12/11: In 2011, Jones was one of the most underrated offensive threats in college football. He is a big, fast playmaker who would have been more productive if North Carolina gave him more opportunities to catch passes. Jones is a tough receiver to bring down after the catch and uses his size well to make catches while getting physical with defenders.
In the NFL, Jones looks like he can produce as a possession receiver and have the ability to stretch a defense with plays downfield. In 2011, Jones had 79 receptions for 1,119 yards and 11 touchdowns. If he played at Oklahoma, USC, Arizona, Oklahoma State or Stanford, Jones would have massive production.
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.
Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Height: 5-10. Weight: 190. Projected 40 Time: 4.39. Projected Round (2012): 1-2. 12/12/11: Wright was an unstoppable receiver this season in the Big XII. The top target for quarterback Robert Griffin III, Wright has burned secondaries with big plays downfield all year. His blazing speed is hard for defensive backs to contain, and Wright has good hands with the ability to make difficult catches along the sideline. This season, he has caught 101 passes for 1,572 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Helping Wright's draft stock is a lot of teams having regrets about passing on Mike Wallace in the 2009 draft. Wallace 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 season and looks like an early second-round pick with the potential to sneak into the top 32.
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. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Wright could be a good slot receiver and a deep threat to help stretch defenses downfield.
Mohamed Sanu*, WR, Rutgers
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.50. Projected Round (2012): 1-2. 12/12/11: Sanu has enjoyed a massive season and has showed the capacity to be a No.1 receiver in the NFL. He has recorded 109 catches for 1,144 yards and seven touchdowns. Against North Carolina, Sanu had a phenomenal game and carried the Rutgers' offense. He finished the game with 13 receptions for 119 yards and one touchdown. Sanu made a highlight-reel, one-handed touchdown catch. He has did a very good job of route-running throughout the season. This year, Sanu has stayed healthy and displayed good speed to go along with his ideal size. He 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.
Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
Height: 6-4. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.58. Projected Round (2012): 2. 12/12/11: McNutt is an underrated prospect and could be a steal. In 2011, he has made 78 catches for 1,269 yards and 12 touchdowns. McNutt has produced big plays in all levels of the defense and beaten secondaries with a combination of size and quickness. The only team that truly limited him was Nebraska. McNutt couldn't get separation from Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. If McNutt had gotten the better of Dennard, then McNutt could be a first-round pick.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder could have even more production if he played in a better passing offense. McNutt has deceptive speed, good hands and runs good routes. He is capable of making big plays downfield with his speed or 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.
Tommy Streeter*, WR, Miami
Height: 6-5. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 12/12/11: 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. In 2011, Streeter caught 46 passes for 811 yards and eight touchdowns. 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 returned to Miami for his senior season before going pro, but Streeter declared and hired an agent, so there is no turning back.
Rueben Randle*, WR, LSU
Height: 6-4. Weight: 207. Projected 40 Time: 4.51. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 12/12/11: Randle has played well for LSU this season and was their 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 has 50 receptions for 904 yards and eight touchdowns.
Hurting Randle's draft stock was being shutdown by Alabama and their NFL-talent-laden secondary. He had two catches for 19 yards in that game. If Randle excels in the rematch, he could improve his stock significantly. Randle 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.
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.
Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin
Height: 6-3. Weight: 217. Projected 40 Time: 4.60. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 12/12/11: Toon has flashed at times, but Wiscosin simply hasn't throw him the ball that much, as they feature a ground attack. In 2011, he caught 55 passes for 822 yards and nine touchdowns. Toon would have better production if he played on a team that threw the ball more. He has nice size, runs good routes, and has good hands. Toon 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 elite speed. That and durability seem to be the missing aspects from 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.
Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan
Height: 6-0. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.48. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 12/12/11: White was college football's most productive receiver this year. He led the nation in receptions and yards while finishing second in receiving touchdowns. White caught 127 passes for 1,646 yards with 16 touchdowns. He plays bigger than his listed size, with the speed to get downfield and produce long touchdowns. White broke out last season 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. If White excels at the Senior Bowl and in the lead up to the draft, he could go early on the second day.
T.Y. Hilton, WR/KR, Florida International
Height: 5-10. Weight: 183. Projected 40 Time: 4.41. Projected Round (2012): 3. 12/12/11: 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. For the season, Hilton has 64 receptions for 950 yards and seven touchdowns. Also, he has returned 16 kicks for 512 yards this season with eight punts returned for 186 yards and a touchdown. Hilton has 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.
Ryan Broyles, WR/PR, Oklahoma
Height: 5-11. Weight: 185. Projected 40 Time: 4.46. Projected Round (2012): 3. 12/12/11: Broyles' stock is hard to estimate after he tore an ACL to end his season on Nov. 5 against Texas A&M. For the year, he had 83 receptions for 1,157 yards and 10 touchdowns. Broyles also returned 19 punts for 196 yards. He was very consistent this season before the injury. Broyles displayed great hands, runs good routes, toughness and intelligence. In his collegiate career, the senior wide out 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 playerm, especially coming off the injury. Broyles should be fine for his rookie season, but he may not be able to work out much 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.
Ryan Swope*, WR, Texas A&M
Height: 6-1. Weight: 206. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2012): 3. 12/12/11: Swope was the No.1 receiver for Ryan Tannehill and produced a superb season. Swope caught 81 passes for 1,102 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has decent size, but also has underrated speed, making him extremely swift in and out of his breaks. His sudden quickness takes defenses by surprise. Swope is very dangerous after he makes a catch and is capable of taking short passes downfield for big gains.
Last year, Swope caught 72 passes for 825 yards and four touchdowns. As a freshman, he had 19 receptions for 172 yards and a score.
Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M
Height: 6-3. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.60. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 12/12/11: It was a very disappointing season for Fuller. He has dealt with numerous injuries, but also has had some bad performances with dropped passes and mental mistakes. Fuller has been passed by teammate Ryan Swope as the Aggies' go-to receiver. Fuller's lack of speed and explosion are definitely concerns for the next level. In 2011, he has 63 catches for 709 yards and five 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.
A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
Height: 6-1. Weight: 190. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 12/12/11: Jenkins was one of the most productive wide receivers in college football this season. He produced some big plays downfield. Jenkins has quality size with good speed. In 2011, he has 84 receptions for 1,196 yards and seven touchdowns. His production is up dramatically from last year when he had 56 receptions for 746 yards and seven scores. Jenkins has moved into the mid-rounds with his massive season.
Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas
Height: 5-11. Weight: 190. Projected 40 Time: 4.57. Projected Round (2012): 3-5. 12/12/11: This season, Adams was part of a dangerous receiving corps. He caught 49 balls for 630 yards and three touchdowns. The senior projects to being a slot receiver in the NFL.
Last year, 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.
Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
Height: 6-4. Weight: 210. Projected 40 Time: 4.62. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 12/12/11: Criner was productive this season with 75 receptions for 956 yards and 11 touchdowns. He 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 redzone 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.
Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas
Height: 5-10. Weight: 180. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 12/12/11: Wright totaled 63 receptions for 1,029 yards and 11 touchdowns during the regular season. He had a massive performance of 13 receptions for 281 yards and two touchdowns against Texas A&M. Wright's senior production has raised his stock significantly, but it was hurt by not producing much against LSU's talented secondary. The senior had two receptions for 27 yards and a score against the Tigers.
Last year, Wright caught 42 passes for 788 yards and five scores. As a sophomore in 2009, he had 41 receptions for 681 yards and five scores. Wright projects as a slot receiver in the NFL.
Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2012): 4-5. 12/12/11: Boykin has not had as many targets this season as a result of the Hokies keeping the ball on the ground a lot. He had a big game with seven catches for 120 yards and a score against Miami. For the regular season, Boykin had 57 receptions for 731 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.
B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.62. Projected Round (2012): 4-5. 12/12/11: Cunningham had decent production despite the fact that Michigan State doesn't throw the ball that much. After a good game against Wisconsin, he was shut out by Nebraska and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. Cunningham has 78 receptions for 1,240 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.
DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 213. Projected 40 Time: 4.51. Projected Round (2012): 4-6. 12/12/11: Posey has only played in two games this season, catching seven passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. He was suspended to start the season and missed 10 games. Posey has a nice skill set with good speed to go along with his size, 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.
Marquis Maze, WR/PR, Alabama
Height: 5-10. Weight: 182. Projected 40 Time: 4.42. Projected Round (2012): 4-6. 12/12/11: Maze has totaled 56 receptions for 627 yards and one touchdown this season. He had a massive game against Arkansas with four receptions for 125 yards and a score. In 2011, Maze has averaged over 12 yards per punt return and 28.5 yards on 12 kick returns. His special-teams ability helps his draft stock. He could be a quick, 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.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington
Height: 6-2. Weight: 205. Projected 40 Time: 4.50. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 12/12/11: 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 has 42 receptions for 501 yards and six touchdowns. Kearse had a bad game against Stanford with dropped passes and some mistakes. He did well against Nebraska early in the year.
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.
Tarvarres King*, WR, Georgia
Height: 6-1. Weight: 191. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2012): 4-6. 12/12/11: King has had modest production this season with 41 receptions for 500 yards and seven touchdowns. He should stay for his senior season to improve his production before going pro.
8/19/11: With A.J. Green and Kris Durham graduated, Tarvarres King is the favorite to be the No.1 receiver for Aaron Murray. The Georgia signal caller is projected to take a big step in 2011, and King could benefit with a lot of opportunities to rack up catches, yards, and touchdowns. He was the third receiver last year with 27 catches for 504 yards and three touchdowns. In 2009, King had 18 receptions for 377 yards and one score. He's averaged 20 yards per catch in his career, so a big 2011 season is not out of the question.
Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford
Height: 6-2. Weight: 201. Projected 40 Time: 4.46. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 12/12/11: Owusu had a disappointing season. The senior wide out had the best quarterback in the nation 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. Thus far in 2011, Owusu has 35 receptions for 376 yards and two touchdowns. He missed the final three games because of injuries. He has been an underachiever this season and his draft stock has gone down.
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.
Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas
Height: 6-3. Weight: 217. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 12/12/11: Childs has been very quiet this season. It looks like he has not fully recovered from his knee injury in 2010. Childs has played in 10 games with 16 receptions for 192 yards. Perhaps he can get healthy and show his old form in pre-draft workouts to help his stock.
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.
Lance Lewis, WR, East Carolina
Height: 6-3. Weight: 200. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 12/12/11: Lewis started out the season well with a big game against South Carolina. He caught 13 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Lewis had a good outing versus North Carolina with 10 receptions for 166 yards and one touchdown. For the season, Lewis had 60 receptions to 600 yards and eight touchdowns. He missed the final four games of the season.
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: 6-2. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2012): 5-7. 12/12/11: Matthews had a big senior season, recording 91 receptions for 1,364 yards and eight touchdowns.
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.
Derek Moye, WR, Penn State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 198. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2012): 5-7. 12/12/11: Moye was fairly quiet this season. Part of that was from bad quarterback play. He has a decent skill set and upside that is not utilized by Penn State. For the season, Moye had 40 receptions for 654 yards and three touchdowns.
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.
Conner Vernon*, WR, Duke
Height: 6-2. Weight: 195. Projected 40 Time: 4.50. Projected Round (2012): 5-7. 12/12/11: Vernon had 70 receptions for 956 yards and six touchdowns this season. He had a quality game against Stanford with six catches for 98 yards. Vernon is a sleeper receiver who has a nice combination of size and quickness.
8/19/11: Conner Vernon passed up teammate Donovan Varner as Duke's top receiver in 2010. As a sophomore, Vernon led Duke with 73 receptions for 973 yards and four touchdowns. That came after a solid freshman year of 55 receptions for 746 yards and three scores. Both players need to show they can play against NFL-quality defensive backs when they take on schools like Virginia Tech and Virginia.
Marvin Jones, WR, California
Height: 6-2. Weight: 200. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2012): 5-7. 12/12/11: Jones has recorded 54 receptions for 758 yards and three scores this season. He had big games against the lesser competition, and was a quality complement to star sophomore receiver Keenan Allen.
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.
Travis Benjamin, WR, Miami
Height: 5-10. Weight: 175. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2012): 6-FA. 12/12/11: Benjamin was suspended to start the season. He ended up catching 41 receptions for 609 yards and three scores. Benjamin needed to be more productive than that, and he also could have been more aggressive on some balls thrown to him deep downfield.
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): 6-FA. 12/12/11: Reed has not had a lot of receptions this season. He has caught 35 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns. Reed looks smaller than his listed measurements, and it hurts his stock that he was not a punt or kick returner.
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.
Dyrell Roberts, WR/KR, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-2. Weight: 189. Projected 40 Time: 4.42. Projected Round (2012): FA. 12/12/11: Roberts has only three receptions for 45 yards this season. He broke his arm in September and will miss the rest of the year.
8/19/11: Dyrell Roberts is a wide out who is hurt by the NFL's new kickoff rules. He has averaged 25 yards per return in his career with five kicks brought back for touchdowns. Roberts does not have much production as a receiver with 21 receptions for 303 yards and two scores last year. A year earlier, he had 22 catches for 390 yards and three scores. Roberts is going to have to give the NFL some good tape to help his draft stock because his kick-return abilities are no longer a roster necessity.
Damarlo Belcher, WR, Indiana
Height: 6-5. Weight: 214. Projected 40 Time: 4.44. Projected Round (2012): FA. 12/12/11: Belcher was kicked off the football team for unspecified reasons. In six games, he caught 25 passes for 286 yards and a touchdown.
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.