Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Height: 5-9. Weight: 174. Arm: 30.08. Hand: 9.18. 40 Time: 4.35. Projected Round (2013): Top-20 Pick. 4/23/13: Austin's stock has been steadily rising to the point where he could go in the middle of the first round - he could even go in the top 10. The consensus opinion believes that Austin will be the first receiver off the board.
It wasn't surprising that Austin had a great Combine performance. He was ultra fast in the 40 and did well in the field drills. Austin illustrated that he is a football player who also can run track, not a track sprinter trying to play football.
Austin totaled 114 receptions for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. He also had 72 carries for 643 yards and three touchdowns. Austin was an electric play-maker who was able to consistently produce long scoring plays. He would be a definite first-rounder if he weren't so undersized. There are few receivers who stick in the NFL who are that small, but Austin looks capable of breaking the mold.
8/17/12: Austin is diminutive speed receiver who was extremely productive with quarterback Geno Smith in 2011. Austin caught 101 passes for 1,186 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. He scored eight touchdowns in his 58 receptions for 787 yards in 2010.
Austin may not be able to add much weight to his smaller frame and that limits him to probably being a mid-round pick. Still, he is extremely fast and athletic. Austin should produce another big year with Smith at quarterback.
Cordarrelle Patterson*, WR, Tennessee
Height: 6-2. Weight: 216. Arm: 31.68. Hand: 9.08. 40 Time: 4.42. Projected Round (2013): 1-2. 4/23/13: There are some rumors that Patterson could fall out of the first round. Some teams are concerned about the off-the-field problems along with how raw a receiver he is. They wonder if Patterson will be able to learn the route tree and improve his hands.
Patterson showed off his great athletic skill set at the Combine. He was very fast in the 40 and did well in the field drills. His size, speed, strength and explosiveness form a rare combination.
Sources told WalterFootball.com before the season that Tennessee had a great third receiver behind Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers. That receiver was Patterson, and after Rogers was kicked off the team, Patterson took his place as the starting X (split end) receiver.
The junior college product showed off his elite speed and explosiveness when he opened the year by beating David Amerson for a 41-yard score on a go route straight down the field. Patterson also took a carry for a 67-yard touchdown later in first quarter. He had six receptions for 93 yards and a score against the Wolfpack.
Patterson totaled 46 receptions for 778 yards and five touchdowns in 2012. He ran the ball for 308 yards and three scores, too.
Patterson is very fast and explosive. He is raw, but filled with potential and could become a first-round pick because of his dynamic skill set.
DeAndre Hopkins*, WR, Clemson
Height: 6-1. Weight: 214. Arm: 33.38. Hand: 10.08. 40 Time: 4.57. Projected Round (2014): 1-2. 4/23/13: A strong Combine and pro day have Hopkins as a potential top-25 pick. Scouts have told WalterFootball.com that he could be the third receiver off the board and there are a few playoff teams at the back of the first round that are high on him.
Hopkins started the 2012 season on fire. He became the No. 1 receiver for Clemson as Sammy Watkins started the year suspended and was slow to return to his freshman form. Hopkins picked up the slack and became the top weapon for Tajh Boyd. Hopkins had consistent production all season and torched LSU to end the year with 13 receptions for 191 yards and two scores. He made huge plays to help lead Clemson to a comeback victory.
Hopkins totaled 1,405 yards on 82 catches and 18 touchdowns in 2012. He burned defenses with his deep speed while showing reliable hands and good route running.
8/27/12: Hopkins is not as talented as Sammy Watkins, but Hopkins is a dangerous receiver in his own right. He was secondary receiver in 2011, but still caught 72 passes for 978 yards and five touchdowns. As a freshman in 2010 he hauled in 52 passes for 637 yards with four scores.
Hopkins should produce well over the next two years with Watkins drawing constant double teams. Overall, Hopkins has a nice skill set with speed, hands and route-running.
Justin Hunter**, WR, Tennessee
Height: 6-4. Weight: 196. Arm: 33.28. Hand: 9.38. 40 Time: 4.44. Projected Round (2013): 1-2. 4/23/13: At the Combine, Hunter gave proof that the lanky, blazing fast receiver from 2010 and 2011 was on his way back. He ran extremely well in the 40 and looked good in the field drills. WalterFootball.com was told by scouts that Hunter should be a first-round pick with his rare combination of size and speed.
Hunter seemed to be gradually regaining his speed and explosiveness following his 2011 knee injury. He totaled 73 receptions for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns this year. Hunter played better in the second half of the season, including massive games against Troy and Missouri. He should become more of a deep threat again once he gets further removed from his injury.
8/17/12: Hunter looked poised for a mammoth season last year, posting 16 receptions for 302 yards and two scores in the first two games of 2011. However against Florida, on a routine 12-yard catch early in the third game, Hunter went down with a torn ACL following a leaping reception. It was a surprising injury as he did not take a shot to the knee, or have another player fall into his leg in a manner that typically causes knee ligament tears.
Prior to the injury, Hunter looked like a truly rare receiver who is extremely tall, but has the speed of a burner wide out. He had 16 receptions for 403 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman in 2010.
Hunter is healthy and ready to go in 2012. He played in the Volunteers' full-contact scrimmage without incident. Hunter will match up against the top cornerback in the nation in North Carolina State's David Amerson in Tennessee's first game of the season . If Hunter can regain his pre-injury form, he could be a first-round pick in 2013 or 2014.
Keenan Allen*, WR, California
Height: 6-2. Weight: 206. Arm: 32.68 Hand: 10.08. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2013): 1-2. 4/23/13: Allen's stock has slid because of a poor 40 time at his workout in the 4.7- to 4.8-second range. There are also reports that he failed the drug test at the Combine, too. It is conceivable that Allen will fall out of the first round.
Allen was held back all year by sub-par quarterback play from his brother Zach Maynard, but the wide out still managed to illustrate that he is a good player. A knee injury knocked Allen out for the final three games. He totaled 61 receptions for 737 yards and six touchdowns in his shortened season. He also averaged 14 yards per punt return, plus scored a touchdown. Allen played a lot better than his stats indicate. He missed the final three games with the knee injury. Allen has good size with speed and quickness.
8/17/12: Allen would be the first receiver selected in most draft classes. At the same time, he could easily make a run at being the top receiver even if Woods is in the same draft class. Allen had a very good debut in 2010. He caught 46 passes for 490 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman.
Allen was even better in 2011, hauling in 98 passes for 1,342 yards and six touchdowns. He is faster than many defensive backs expect and has a second gear to explode downfield. Allen runs the tough routes over the middle and in the shallow part of the field. He is dangerous with the ball in his hands and gets good yardage after the catch.
Allen is a physical receiver and attacks the football in the air. Some teams will probably prefer him over Woods.
Robert Woods*, WR, USC
Height: 6-0. Weight: 201. Arm: 31.08. Hand: 9.28. 40 Time: 4.51. Projected Round (2013): 1-2. 4/23/13: A great pro day and a quality performance at the Combine has helped Woods. He did extremely well in the field drills, displaying good route-running and hands. Woods' 40 time met expectations as well. He could go late in the first round and looks solid as a second-round pick.
Woods was less than 100 percent in 2012; his ankle injury robbed him of explosion and top speed. He was not a big-play threat as a result and wasn't getting as much separation from defensive backs.
Woods still had a great outing against Syracuse. He caught 10 passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns while running the ball once for 76 yards and returning a punt 31 yards. The junior totaled 76 receptions for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012. Woods' only 100-yard receiving game this year was against Colorado.
8/17/12: Woods caught 65 passes for 792 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman in 2010. To open his sophomore season, he had a record-setting game with 17 receptions for 177 yards and three touchdowns against Minnesota. Woods then broke his own record three weeks later against Arizona, catching 14 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. He put up a total 1,292 yards on 111 receptions with 15 touchdowns last year.
Woods looks NFL-ready with speed to burn. Woods easily gets separation from defensive backs as they struggle to turn and run with him. Furthermore, he is very quick in and out of his breaks, with well-developed route running. Woods also has reliable hands and is a scoring threat on any play. He is fabulous as a run-after-the-catch receiver.
While Woods has good height, he is not overly physical with cornerbacks. Woods seems to prefer to beat them with his speed and athleticism. It would help if he filled out his frame with another 10-20 pounds of muscle for the NFL. If Woods can do that without diminishing his speed, it should help him to defeat jams at the line of scrimmage, and not allow himself to have the play timing disrupted by rerouting.
Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 183. Arm: 32 1/4. Hand: 8 1/2. 40 Time: 4.45. Projected Round (2013): 2-3. 4/23/13: As expected, Wheaton had a fast 40 time at the Combine. He had an excellent senior season with 91 receptions for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns. Wheaton displayed a nice combination of reliable hands and play-making ability. He had 73 receptions for 986 yards and a touchdown as a junior in 2011.
Wheaton had a strong week of practice at the Senior Bowl. He showcased his speed and explosiveness to stretch the field. Wheaton was sure-handed and ran good routes. It should help him on draft day.
Stedman Bailey*, WR, West Virginia
Height: 5-10. Weight: 193. Arm: 32.68. Hand: 9.78. 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2013): 2-3. 4/23/13: At the Combine, Bailey had a solid 40 time and did well in the field drills. Some feel that his stock is rising.
Bailey was a dominant force in this season. He was one of the most productive receivers in the nation and torched defenses with his speed. Bailey made 114 receptions for 1,622 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2012. He had 13 catches for 303 yards and five touchdowns against Baylor.
8/17/12: Bailey was a big-play receiver for the Mountaineers and their potent passing attack last season. He caught 72 passes for 1,279 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Bailey is very fast and has enough size to be a speedy slot receiver in the NFL. He hauled in 24 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman in 2010.
Former teammate Keith Tandy told Walterfootball.com that Bailey is an excellent route runner who has great hands. If everybody stays healthy, the junior should have a huge year. He has one of the best quarterbacks in college football to work with in Geno Smith.
Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Height: 6-0. Weight: 204. Arm: 32 1/4. Hand: 9 1/8. 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2013): 2-3. 4/23/13: The Combine didn't help or hurt Patton's draft stock. He is a competitive football player and that isn't the environment where he will stand out.
Patton played really well in 2012 with 104 receptions for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was one of the most impressive wide outs at the Senior Bowl. Patton ran good routes, was getting separation and making difficult contested catches. He was a gamer who battled the defensive backs. Patton really helped himself in Mobile.
8/17/12: Patton, a junior, was very productive in his first season at Louisiana Tech, making 79 receptions for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns. Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks, a potential first-round pick, said that Patton was the best receiver he played last year.
Patton played his first two seasons at Coffeyville Community College. He needs another strong season to help his draft status.
Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
Height: 6-1. Weight: 206. Arm: 31.38. Hand: 8.48. 40 Time: 4.34. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 4/23/13: Sources told WalterFootball.com that Swope could go anywhere from late in the second round or late in the third round. He had one of the shocking 40 times at the Combine as he was much faster than expected. Swope also looked good in the field drills despite some dropped passes. He struggled with some drops at the Senior Bowl before leaving early with an injury.
Swope had a disappointing start to the season with little production in the first three games. He bounced back with a big day against Arkansas and played well versus LSU. Swope had massive games against Auburn (6-140), Mississippi State (9-121) and Alabama (11-111). The Crimson Tide defense really struggled to defend him downfield. He finished his career with a good outing against Oklahoma (8-104). The senior totaled 72 receptions for 913 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012.
Swope's playing style is very much in the Wes Welker mold. Swope could be a dangerous slot receiver in the NFL.
8/17/12: Swope was the No. 1 receiver for Ryan Tannehill last year, and produced a superb season. Swope caught 89 passes for 1,207 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.
Swope caught 72 passes for 825 yards and four touchdowns in 2010. He had 19 receptions for 172 yards and a score as a freshman. Swope is a sleeper prospect who could turn out to be a better pro than receivers taken ahead of him.
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Height: 6-1. Weight: 201. Arm: 30 5/8. Hand: 8 3/4. 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2013): 2-3. 4/23/13: Williams did not stand out and help his draft stock at the Combine. That was the case at the Senior Bowl as well.
Williams resoundingly proved he can produce without Robert Griffin III as his quarterback. Williams led the nation in receiving yardage this year with 1,832 yards on 97 receptions with 12 touchdowns.
Williams set Big XII records with 17 receptions for 314 yards and two touchdowns against West Virginia. He made making tough catches in the short to intermediate part of the field this season, but also made long catches downfield. Williams' deep speed was surprising, but it may not translate against the faster defensive backs of the NFL.
8/17/12: Williams had a very good 2011 season even though he was the No. 2 receiver, behind Kendall Wright. Williams caught 59 passes for 957 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had 43 catches for 484 yards and four touchdowns in 2010.
Williams has some size with underrated speed that catches cornerbacks by surprise. His straight-line speed allows him make plays down the field. Last year he had a lot of success running just straight go routes down the field.
Williams also operates comfortably in the short and intermediate part of the field. Baylor has had success with Williams running slants and digs, the staple routes of an NFL West Coast offense. On the more shallow and intermediate routes, he doesn't display the burner speed that he has when running a straight go route.
However, Williams has enough quickness in and out of his breaks to get separation from defensive backs and get open. He projects as a great red-zone weapon.
It wouldn't be surprising if Williams' numbers decline without Robert Griffin at quarterback, but if the senior somehow stays consistent, he could place himself firmly in first-round consideration.
Da'Rick Rogers*, WR, Tennessee Tech
Height: 6-2. Weight: 217. Arm: 32.68. Hand: 9.48. 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2013): 2-4. 4/23/13: Rogers held his own at the Combine in the field events, but his team interviews were the most important part for him.
If Josh Gordon can be a second-round pick after sitting out football in 2011, there is no reason for Rogers not to be at least a second-day pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Rogers was kicked off of Tennessee's football team just before the start of the 2012 season for failed drug tests, and ended up transfering to Tennessee Tech.
Rogers totaled 61 receptions for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Golden Eagles. He has a lot to prove off the field, but has first-round talent.
8/17/12: Rogers became the Volunteers' primary receiver in 2011 after Justin Hunter suffered a season-ending injury in the third game of the year. Rogers had a very good season as a sophomore, totaling 67 receptions for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns despite playing with the backup quarterback for parts of the season.
Quick and physical, Rogers plays with an edge and some fire. He is a tough receiver that regularly makes highlight reel catches. The sophomore had some off-the-field problems late last year, and his situation at Tennessee is worth monitoring. Rogers will match up against the top cornerback in the nation, North Carolina State's David Amerson, in Tennessee's first game of the sesaon.
Kenny Stills*, WR, Oklahoma
Height: 6-1. Weight: 194. Arm: 30.48. Hand: 9.08. 40 Time: 4.38. Projected Round (2013): 3-4. 4/23/13: Stills really helped himself at the Combine with a surprisingly fast 40 time. He also did well in the field drills. However, there are some off-the-field questions with Stills, so his performance in the team interviews was just as, if not more important than, his field workout.
Stills had a strong season for Landry Jones. Stills totaled 82 receptions for 959 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012. He was consistently good, but never spectacular.
8/17/12: Stills had a very good true freshman season in 2010. He caught 61 passes for 786 yards and five touchdowns. The sophomore hauled in 61 passes for 849 yards and eight touchdowns last year.
Stills had a huge game against Florida State in 2011, and was the top offensive player that pushed the Sooners to a road win. He also had a big game against Texas Tech, but didn't record a 100-yard game in his last five outings. The change was that Stills saw more double coverage once teammate Ryan Broyles was out for the season with a knee injury.
Stills should see plenty of good opportunities to improve his numbers in 2012, since Broyles has moved on to the NFL. Plus, Stills has one of the top passing quarterbacks in college football to work with, Landry Jones. Stills should have a productive junior season and could declare early for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
Height: 6-2. Weight: 212. Arm: 32 1/4. Hand: 8 5/8. 40 Time: 4.56. Projected Round (2013): 3-5. 4/23/13: The Combine didn't help or hurt Hamilton significantly, but he could have used a more impressive performance.
Hamilton totaled 90 receptions for 1,335 yards and five touchdowns this season. He had a massive day of 10 receptions for 303 yards and three touchdowns with Rutgers. Hamilton followed that up with big games against Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Tulsa. He had a quiet week at the Senior Bowl and was shorter than his listed height at Arkansas (6-3).
8/17/12: Hamilton should be the No. 1 receiver for quarterback Tyler Wilson with Jarius Wright, Joe Adams and Greg Childs all having moved on to the NFL. Hamilton caught 34 passes for 542 yards and four touchdowns last season. He had 32 receptions for 630 yards and six scores as a sophomore in 2010.
Hamilton should produce a big senior season. He has one of the best quarterbacks in the nation as well as a tough running back in Knile Davis to force some eight-man fronts.
Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
Height: 6-2. Weight: 203. Arm: 33 1/2. Hand: 8 1/2. Projected 40 Time: 4.51. Projected Round (2013): 3-5. 4/23/13: Dobson was held out of the 40 and field work at the Combine. He totaled 679 yards with three touchdowns on 57 receptions in 2012, but only had one 100-yard receiving game. Sophomore receiver Tommy Shuler was the far more productive wide out with over 50 more catches and almost 500 more yards.
Dobson had 49 receptions for 668 yards with 12 touchdowns in 2011. He totaled 44 catches for 689 yards and five scores in 2010.
Dobson put together a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
Marquess Wilson*, WR, Washington State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 194. Arm: 31.18. Hand: 9.28. 40 Time: 4.51. Projected Round (2013): 3-5. 4/23/13: Like a few other receivers, the Combine interviews were the most important part of Wilson's time in Indianapolis. He ran faster than expected in the 40-yard dash.
Wilson's time at Washington State ended in controversy. The team claimed to have suspended the receiver, while other reports say he quit the team. Reportedly, Wilson frequently clashed with the new coaching staff; he alleged abuse.
Wilson totaled 52 receptions for 813 yards with five touchdowns in 2012. He had some good games, but was held in check a few times. Washington State's quarterback play was inconsistent.
8/17/12: Wilson had an excellent freshman season in 2010, catching 55 balls for 1,006 yards and six scores. He built on that success by becoming one of the most productive receivers in the nation last year, making 82 receptions for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Wilson is a big target who needs to fill out his frame with some more muscle. He has excellent hands with top-notch body control and that makes him dangerous in the red zone.
The one big concern with Wilson is his speed. He doesn't seem to get lots of separation and looks like he lacks explosiveness. Wilson routinely makes contested catches over defensive backs, but it would be good to see him work himself more open.
Aaron Mellette, WR, Elon
Height: 6-2. Weight: 216. Arm: 32 1/8. Hand: 9 5/8. 40 Time: 4.54. Projected Round (2013): 4-6. 4/23/13: Mellette ran as expected at the Combine, which was a solid time for a bigger, stronger receiver like him. He had a very productive college career and dominated his lower level of competition.
The senior caught 97 passes for 1,398 yards with 18 touchdowns in 2012. Unfortunately, the only good opponent he faced was North Carolina and the Tar Heels held him to nine yards on two receptions. Mellette had big production as a junior (113 catches, 1,639 yards, 12 touchdowns) and sophomore (86 catches, 1,100 yards, 12 scores).
Still, Mellette held his own at the Senior Bowl. He used his size and strength to make plays and helped himself with a good overall performance.
Marcus Davis, WR, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-3. Weight: 233. Arm: 32.68. Hand: 10.28. 40 Time: 4.56. Projected Round (2013): 4-6. 4/23/13: Davis had a solid Combine performance. He is a big wide out who has some deceptive speed. Davis was the Hokies No. 1 receiver in 2012 and would have even more production if quarterback Logan Thomas wasn't struggling with his accuracy all season. Davis hauled in 51 receptions for 953 yards and five touchdowns.
Davis was a backup to Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin over the past few years. Davis had 30 catches for 510 yards and five touchdowns in 2011. He made 19 receptions for 239 yards and two touchdowns in 2010 as a sophomore.
Josh Boyce*, WR, TCU
Height: 5-11. Weight: 206. Arm: 31.28. Hand: 9.28. 40 Time: 4.38. Projected Round (2013): 4-6. 4/23/13: Boyce totaled 66 receptions for 891 yards and seven touchdowns this year. He probably should've returned for his senior season. Boyce surprised many with a fast 40 at the Combine. He doesn't play at that speed, but his Combine performance definitely helped him to stand out.
8/17/12: Boyce had a solid debut as a redshirt freshman in 2010. He caught 34 passes for 646 yards and six touchdowns with Andy Dalton at quarterback. Boyce was a good weapon for Casey Pachall last year, hauling in 61 passes for 998 yards and nine touchdowns. Boyce had a massive game with five receptions for 163 yards and three touchdowns against Boise State. He has some real speed to burn.
Marqise Goodwin, WR, Texas
Height: 5-9. Weight: 183. Arm: 31.48. Hand: 8.58. 40 Time: 4.27. Projected Round (2013): 4-6. 4/23/13: Goodwin didn't have a lot of production in college, but he has had an excellent postseason to help his draft stock. Goodwin blazed an amazing Combine 40 time with a tremendous 10-yard split of 1.43 seconds. Those were the fastest times of any receiver. It wasn't that surprising considering he was a track athlete.
Goodwin didn't perform as well in the field drills, which illustrated he is still a work in progress as a wide out. Goodwin needs to work on his hands and route-running.
Goodwin did well at the Senior Bowl and gave cornerbacks problems with his speed all week. He had 26 receptions for 340 yards and three touchdowns in 2012, including a 64-yard touchdown run against Oregon State. On the ground, Goodwin ran for 140 yards on 13 carries with three scores. He had more receiving production as a junior with 33 catches for 421 yards and two touchdowns. His sophomore (31-324-1) and freshman (30-279-1) years featured some production.
Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan
Height: 5-11. Weight: 190. Arm: 32 7/8. Hand: 10. Projected 40 Time: 4.43. Projected Round (2013): 4-6. 5/24/13: Robinson showed some progress in his route-running and hands at the Combine and his pro day. He ran well at the Combine to help his draft stock.
Robinson is moving to wide receiver to have an NFL career. He is just not a quarterback for the next level. Robinson connected on 53 percent of his passes in 2012 for 1,319 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has also rushed for seven touchdowns with 1,350 yards (1,266 net) on the ground.
Robinson really struggled as a receiver at the Senior Bowl, but also was playing with an injury. He is not a natural catcher and is going to need work in the NFL. Michigan listed Robinson at 6-foot-1, 193-pounds, so it was disappointing to scouts that he checked in significantly shorter. That changed the projection of the kind of receiver Robinson would be.
8/16/12: Robinson is an electric playmaker who is a great college quarterback. However, he doesn't have the size or the natural passing ability to be a starter in the NFL and probably not even a backup. Plus, his listed measurements look inflated. It would be surprising if you didn't hear about him being moved to running back or wide receiver in the NFL.
Robinson completed 55 percent of his passes for 2,173 yards with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2011. The running quarterback also totaled 1,349 yards rushing with 16 touchdowns.
Robinson completed 63 percent of his throws in 2010 for 2,570 yards, 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He had 1,799 yards and 14 touchdowns on runs from scrimmage.
Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State
Height: 6-0. Weight: 228. Arm: 32. Hand: 9 5/8. 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2013): 5-6. 4/23/13: Harper is a physical receiver who uses his strength to make plays. His speed could be an issue in the NFL, so he may not get consistent separation. The senior caught 58 receptions for 857 yards and three touchdowns this year. Harper caught 40 passes for 547 yards and five touchdowns in 2011. He had some good moments and bad moments at the Senior Bowl. His Combine 40 time didn't help or hurt him.
Conner Vernon, WR, Duke
Height: 6-0. Weight: 196. Arm: 29 3/4. Hand: 9 1/8. 40 Time: 4.68. Projected Round (2013): 5-6. 4/23/13: The Combine didn't go well for Vernon as he had one of the slower times among the wide receivers. Vernon did do well in the field drills.
Vernon was very good for Duke in 2012, but was shut down by Florida State and defensive backs with NFL potential. He made 85 receptions for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns on the season. Vernon didn't impress at the Senior Bowl and wasn't getting consistent separation.
8/17/12: Vernon had 70 receptions for 956 yards and six touchdowns in 2011. 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. He passed up teammate Donovan Varner as Duke's top receiver in 2010. Vernon led the Blue Devils with 73 receptions for 973 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore. That came after a solid freshman year of 55 receptions for 746 yards and three scores.
Tarvarres King, WR, Georgia
Height: 6-0. Weight: 192. Arm: 32 5/8. Hand: 9 3/8. 40 Time: 4.47. Projected Round (2013): 5-7. 4/23/13: King totaled 42 receptions for 950 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012. He had some disappointing games as a senior. King was shut out by Florida and had underwhelming performances against South Carolina and Tennessee. He stepped up in the SEC Championship with five receptions for 142 yards against Alabama. King was solid, but unspectacular, at the Senior Bowl. He ran well at the Combine.
8/17/12: With A.J. Green and Kris Durham having graduated, King was the No. 1 receiver in 2011 for quarterback Aaron Murray. However, King didn't produce as much as expeceted. He had modest results last season, snagging 47 receptions for 705 yards and eight touchdowns. The redshirt junior had a huge game against Michigan State in the Outback Bowl with six receptions for 205 yards and a score.
King was the third receiver in 2010, catching 27 balls for 504 yards and three touchdowns. He had 18 receptions for 377 yards and one score in 2009.
Jasper Collins, WR, Mount Union
Height: 6-0. Weight: 190. 40 Time: 4.47. Projected Round (2013): 5-7. 4/23/13: Mount Union has produced some quality NFL receivers with Pierre Garcon and Cecil Shorts. Collins is the latest in line and showed some nice ability at the East-West Shrine. Collins is very fast and runs good routes with quickness. The East-West quarterbacks struggled to get Collins the ball, but he was regularly getting separation from defensive backs. Collins ran well at his pro day and performed well.
Collins had 92 receptions for 1,694 yards with 22 touchdowns as a senior. He averaged 18.4 yards per catch. Collins is a crafty receiver. The success of Shorts and Garcon should help Collins. He may not make it into the mid-rounds, but his receiving and special teams return ability could get him drafted.
Zach Rogers, WR, Tennessee
Height: 6-0. Weight: 172. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2013): 6-7. 4/23/13: There were times during the 2012 season when Rogers was the Volunteers' most dependable receiver over Cordarrelle Patterson or Justin Hunter. Rogers totaled 32 receptions for 491 yards and seven touchdowns as the third receiver. He had six catches for 107 yards and three touchdowns versus South Carolina.
Rogers didn't participate in a major All-Star game or the Combine. As a junior (14-189-1) and sophomore (14-207-1), he was stuck behind the likes of Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers.
Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina
Height: 5-8. Weight: 173. Arm: 29.48. Hand: 8.78. 40 Time: 4.58. Projected Round (2013): 6-7. 4/23/13: The Combine didn't go well for Sanders as he ran much slower than expected. The small, speed receiver was expected to time in similar fashion to Tavon Austin or Marqise Goodwin.
Sanders was a big-play threat for South Carolina. The junior caught 45 passes for 531 yards and nine touchdowns in 2012. The speedster is a threat to score any time he touches the ball. Sanders also averaged 11.2 yards per punt return in his career, including three touchdowns. He should contribute as a punt returner immediately in the NFL.
Emory Blake, WR, Auburn
Height: 6-2. Weight: 193. 40 Time: 4.61. Projected Round (2013): 6-FA. 4/23/13: Blake is a good receiver who would have produced a lot more if Auburn had had consistent quarterback play. He started the year strong with four receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown against Clemson. Blake totaled 50 receptions for 789 yards and three touchdowns. He had a solid week of practice, but wasn't overly impressive at the East-West Shrine. Blake didn't participate in the Combine and didn't run well at his pro day.
8/17/12: Blake would be higher in the rankings if he played in a passing-based offense. Blake caught 32 passes for 526 yards and eight touchdowns in 2010, when the Tigers had Cam Newton.
Blake totaled 36 receptions for 613 yards and five scores last year. He missed three games with injuries. Blake has some big-play ability to go along with his size. He had a 94-yard touchdown catch, the longest play from scrimmage in Auburn history. He also has good bloodlines as the son of former Bengals quarterback Jeff Blake.
Chad Bumphis, WR, Mississippi State
Height: 5-10. Weight: 200. 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2013): 6-FA. 4/23/13: Bumphis caught 58 passes for 922 yards and 12 touchdowns this year. He could be nice Day-3 value pick, and he had a good week of practice at the East-West Shrine. Bumphis didn't participate in the Combine.
8/17/12: Bumphis was Mississippi State's leading receiver and punt returner in 2010. He caught 44 passes for 634 yards and five scores. Bumphis also led the Bulldogs as a freshman with 32 receptions and 131 yards.
The junior only had 25 catches for 339 yards and three touchdowns last season. Bumphis was significantly limited by poor quarterback play.
Brandon Kaufman, WR, Eastern Washington
Height: 6-4. Weight: 214. Arm: 32.28. Hand: 9.28. 40 Time: 4.67. Projected Round (2013): 7-FA. 4/23/13: Kaufman had huge production as a junior with 93 receptions for 1,850 yards and 16 touchdowns. The majority of his 2011 season was lost to injury with a broken hand and injured knee. Kaufman caught 76 passes for 1,214 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2010. At the Combine, he had a slow 40 time.
Alec Lemon, WR, Syracuse
Height: 6-1. Weight: 202. Arm: 31.18. Hand: 8.48. 40 Time: 4.59. Projected Round (2013): 7-FA. 4/23/13: Lemon missed the first game of the season with an injury, during which quarterback Ryan Nassib set school records for attempts and passing yards in a game. Lemon totaled 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns on 72 receptions in 2012. He was a late addition to the Senior Bowl and performed well in Mobile.
8/17/12: Lemon had a productive junior season last year, catching 68 passes for 834 yards and six touchdowns. He had some contributions as a sophomore, hauling in 38 catches for 451 yards and four touchdowns. Lemon needs to have a bigger senior season to help his draft status.
Keenan Davis, WR, Iowa
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.57. Projected Round (2013): FA. 4/23/13: Davis hauled in 47 receptions for 571 yards and a touchdown in 2012. He didn't participate in the Combine.
8/17/12: Davis was a nice complement to Marvin McNutt last year. Davis hauled in 50 receptions for 713 yards and four touchdowns. He needs to step up his production this season as the No. 1 receiver. Davis looks more like a potential possession receiver.
Dan Buckner, WR, Arizona
Height: 6-4. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.59. Projected Round (2013): FA. 4/23/13: Buckner played pretty well this year, making 59 receptions for 741 yards and five touchdowns. He didn't participate in the Combine.
8/17/12: Buckner was the complement to Juron Criner but was still was a solid contributor in 2011. Buckner hauled in 42 passes for 606 yards and two touchdowns.
It could be a challenging senior season with Arizona breaking in a new quarterback. Nick Foles threw the ball a lot the past few years and the passing game will probably be decreased this year.
Roy Roundtree, WR, Michigan
Height: 6-0. Weight: 177. Projected 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2013): FA. 4/23/13: Roundtree had 31 catches for 580 yards and three touchdowns this season. He didn't participate in the Combine.
8/17/12: It would be interesting to see what Roundtree could do if he played in a passing offense. Roundtree's production fell dramatically in 2011. He only caught 19 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns.
That's big difference from Roundtree's impressive season for the Wolverines in 2010. He caught 72 passes for 935 yards and seven touchdowns. Roundtree even set a Michigan record for receiving yards in a game with 246 against Illinois. He has some good speed, but should add some weight for the NFL.
Honestly Walt, with the exception of the Malcolm Smith deal, the 49ers have done a really good job in free agency, there is nothing wrong either the Kerley or Mitchell deals. I think they were right in line for who the players are. Denver offered Mitchell a deal worth slightly less. As a diehard 49er fan, a B is more in line with the correct grade.
My approach is what is I believe will happen.I look at production and combine & pro day workouts and also what I have heard through off field issues & medical issues and what is happening for the NFL teams rosters. Yes I have trades because I believe this could happen on Draft Day
My approach is what is I believe will happen.I look at production and combine & pro day workouts and also what I have heard through off field issues & medical issues and what is happening for the NFL teams rosters. Yes I have trades because I believe this could happen on Draft Day