I pointed this out a few weeks ago when Walter had Steelers drafting ILB in the first. DL or TE would be in play as well. They could do with a really dominant NT, and depending on how they view Jesse James long term then they could be looking for Heath Millers successor.
Sammy Watkins*, WR, Clemson
Height: 6-1. Weight: 200. Projected 40 Time: 4.40. Projected Round (2014): Top-5 Pick. 5/6/14: In speaking with sources, they don't believe that Watkins has any chance of getting out of the top five. Even before the Combine, Watkins was labelled a hot prospect viewed by many to be the best wide receiver to enter the NFL since A.J. Green. The electric play-maker also impressed evaluators with his blocking and well-rounded skill set. Watkins is a threat to score on any touch and features rare first-step quickness. He is game-breaking receiver for the NFL who should be a difference-maker right away and looks like a potentially elite No. 1 receiver in the NFL.
In 2013, Watkins recorded 101 receptions for 1,44 yards and 12 touchdowns. He played well to close out the regular season, including in his matchup against South Carolina and a dominant performance against a weak Ohio State (16-227-2) defense in the Orange Bowl. Watkins looks like a special receiver for the NFL. He has the explosive speed to stretch a defense vertically and is a threat to score on any reception. The junior also improved his hands, route-running and concentration in 2013.
Watkins dominated Maryland with 14 receptions for 163 yards. A week earlier, he caught eight passes for 68 yards and a touchdown against Florida State. Watkins played better than the numbers indicate.
From the very beginning of the 2013 season, Watkins looked like the 2011 version of himself, starting with the season opener against Georgia. He caught a 15-yard bullet from Tajh Boyd, then shed a tackle and exploded down the field. None of Georgia's defenders could catch Watkins as he sprinted for a 75-yard score. That set the tone for Watkins this year. He also had huge games against Virginia and Georgia Tech.
8/3/13: 2012 was a disappointing year for Watkins. He had a drug arrest in May of that year that landed him a two-game suspension to start last season. The sophomore was unable to reestablish his place in the offense after his return as DeAndre Hopkins emerged as Clemson's No. 1 receiver. Watkins caught 57 passes for 708 yards and three touchdowns.
On the other hand, Watkins had a fantastic freshman season. The speedster totaled 82 receptions for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also ran the ball 32 times for 231 yards. On special teams, the versatile receiver averaged 25 yards per kick return with one score.
Watkins is a threat to score on any touch and has rare first-step quickness. He looks like a potential game-breaking receiver for the NFL. With Hopkins in the NFL, Watkins should be the No. 1 receiver again and has the luxury of a great college quarterback, Tajh Boyd. As long as Watkins stays healthy, he should produce a massive season. Some scouts have told WalterFootball.com that they prefer Watkins over Lee entering the season. If Watkins stays clean off the field, he still should be a first-round pick.
Mike Evans**, WR, Texas A&M
Height: 6-4. Weight: 231. 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2014): Top-20 pick. 5/6/14: WalterFootball.com knows some teams in the top 10 that are eying Evans, and he could go as high as the fifth pick to Oakland. Evans had a "mission accomplished" at the Combine with a 40 time that was faster than expectations. With his size and leaping ability, he looks solidly in the top 20. Some sources on the other hand, feel that Evans is being overrated and doesn't belong in the top 20.
Evans had stretches of dominance during the 2013 season. He destroyed Alabama (7-279) and made a lot of difficult catches for big gains along the sideline. Evans turned in another massive performance against Auburn (11-287). For the year, the sophomore had 69 receptions for 1,394 yards with 12 touchdowns. He tailed off late in the year and was held to only eight yards on four catches by Missouri cornerback E.J. Gaines in his penultimate game.
For the NFL, Evans looks like Vincent Jackson - except maybe a little slower. Evans could be a downfield threat with his size and should also be a good possession receiver in the short to intermediate part of the field. With his size and leaping ability, he is always open. Evans has good hands and excellent body control.
8/3/13: While redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel grabbed all the headlines last year, Evans had a breakout redshirt freshman season for the Aggies as well. He is a bit of a freak with speed to go along with massive size.
Evans took over as Texas A&M's No. 1 receiver in 2012 even through the team had Ryan Swope as an established feature receiver. Evans led the team with 82 receptions for 1,105 yards and five touchdowns. He was consistently good for the Aggies week in and week out. Evans has phenomenal leaping ability and body control to make some highlight-reel catches.
The sophomore looks poised for a massive season with Swope in the NFL and being firmly established as Manziel's No. 1 receiver.
Personal: A sports management major, son of Heather Kilgore and Mike Evans.
Odell Beckham Jr.*, WR, LSU
Height: 5-11. Weight: 198. 40 Time: 4.43. Projected Round (2014): 1. 5/6/14: Sources told WalterFootball.com that Beckham is grading out as a first-round pick and could easily go as a top-20 selection. Some think he even has a shot to crack the top 10. Beckham is very fast and looks like a dangerous slot receiver who can also line up outside. Beckham was very impressive at the Combine.
Beckham has the speed to stretch the field and has demonstrated the potential to make game-changing plays. He caught 59 passes for 1,152 yards with eight touchdowns in 2013. Against UAB, the junior returned a missed field goal 100 yards for a touchdown, returned a punt 60 yards for a score and caught five passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns. He had six receptions for 204 yards and three scores against Furman. Beckham gave Alabama a lot of problems in their matchup.
8/3/13: Beckham has the speed to stretch the field and showed the potential to produce some big plays for the Tigers in 2012. The sophomore led LSU in receiving with 713 yards on 43 catches and two touchdowns. He averaged 9.1 yards per punt return. Beckham had a strong 2011 season for LSU. The true freshman caught 41 passes for 475 yards and two touchdowns.
With Jarvis Landry on the other side, Beckham could produce a big junior season with Zach Mettenberger at quarterback.
Personal: Majoring in human movement fitness. Son of Odell Beckham, Sr.; a running back for LSU in 1989-1992. His mother, Heather Van Norman, was a track star for LSU.
Brandin Cooks*, WR, Oregon State
Height: 5-9. Weight: 189. 40 Time: 4.33. Projected Round (2014): 1-2. 5/6/14: WalterFootball.com knows teams picking early in the second round that believe Cooks could slip out of the first day. They view him as a dangerous slot receiver. Cooks was one of the nation's leaders in receptions and receiving yards in 2013. He was superb for quarterback Sean Mannion. Cooks recorded 128 receptions for 1,730 yards with 16 touchdowns for the season. He finished 2012 with 67 catches for 1,151 yards and five touchdowns.
Cooks is undersized, but he could be a slot receiver for the NFL. Cooks didn't get separation in 2013 when matched up with Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.
In the NFL, Cooks should be a valuable weapon. He is a mismatch problem as a slot receiver who can stretch a defense vertically. Cooks is very fast running downfield and is a threat to burn cornerbacks over the top. He also is a good route-runner who has excellent hands. Cooks is short, but put together well. He is a tough receiver who battles defenders.
Even though Cooks is undersized, he can operate in the short and intermediate part of the field. He gets separation on short routes and is a nice weapon on third downs. His slot receiver capabilities could turn him into one of the better slot wide outs in the league.
Marqise Lee*, WR, USC
Height: 5-11. Weight: 192. 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2014): 1. 5/6/14: Lee has had some negative momentum while other receivers have been rising. He's in a mix of receivers who should go in the back half of the first round or slip to Round 2. When healthy, he is a play-maker who is extremely tough to cover. Lee had a decent performance at the Combine.
Lee had a disappointing 2013 season. Prior to a knee injury, the Trojans' quarterback play was holding the junior back. Lee had a rough night against Arizona State. He caught seven passes for 92 yards, but also allowed a terrible dropped pass to be intercepted by the Sun Devils. Then in the fourth quarter, Lee injured his knee on a punt return.
Lee missed a couple of games with his knee injury and the second half of the contest with Notre Dame. He also had a mildly disappointing outing in the season opener with a few drops and a muffed punt. Lee recorded just 57 receptions for 791 yards and four scores in 2013. He flashed his 2012 form against Oregon State (5-105-1) and looked like his old self when he dominated Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl (7-118-2).
8/3/13: Lee was one of the best players in college football in 2012. He was a Heisman finalist who carried USC's offense while other players had a down season. Lee was a consistent source of big plays with the speed to score on any reception. He put up astounding totals with 118 receptions for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. Lee also returned kicks and averaged 28.5 yards per return, plus took one for a 100-yard touchdown in the season opener.
Lee was a dominant freshman, too. He broke into the starting lineup for the Trojans in 2011 and was a superb weapon for quarterback Matt Barkley to exploit. Playing opposite Robert Woods, Lee had a massive debut hauling in 73 passes for 1,143 yards and 11 touchdowns.
For the NFL, Lee looks like a potential No. 1 receiver. He is extremely fast and explosive. Lee also is a track star at USC. He projects as a receiver who will stretch a defense vertically and be a threat to score on any play. While Lee isn't the biggest or strongest, he plays bigger than his size and makes up for it with great route-running and hands. The 2013 season could be a challenging year for Lee as he is going to see double- and triple-teams while the Trojans break in a new starting quarterback.
Kelvin Benjamin**, WR, Florida State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 240. 40 Time: 4.61. Projected Round (2014): 1-2. 5/6/14: In this last month before the 2014 NFL Draft, there has been talk of Benjamin sliding because of concerns about his maturity and weight. Some teams worry about him getting heavier in the NFL. At the Combine, Benjamin had a solid performance. WalterFootball.com knows sources that were disappointed when he didn't run at his pro day. Some teams don't like Benjamin at all and feel he won't be able to get separation in the NFL. They believe Benjamin is more of a mid-rounder.
Benjamin was a big-time play-maker for the Seminoles in 2013. Even though other receivers saw more targets, the redshirt sophomore produced a lot of long receptions for Jameis Winston. Benjamin hauled in 54 receptions for 1,011 yards with 15 touchdowns. A mismatch nightmare with a ton of upside, he showed his red-zone skills by going over Auburn cornerback Chris Davis for the game-winning touchdown in the final minute of the National Championship game.
Benjamin has enough straight-line speed to challenge a defense vertically as he torched Florida and cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy to the tune of 212 yards on nine catches and three scores. Benjamin was on fire late in the season as he dominated the competition. Benjamin has to work on his hands as he drops too many passes.
Benjamin saw his first playing time in 2012. He caught 30 passes for 495 yards with four touchdowns. Benjamin averaged 16.5 yards per catch.
Cody Latimer*, WR, Indiana
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.58. Projected Round (2014): 1-3. 5/6/14: Some believe Latimer could end up being a first-round pick. That opinion was given more credence when Latimer accepted the NFL's invitation to attend the 2014 NFL Draft. If he isn't selected on Thursday night, he could go early on Friday.
At his pro day, Latimer was said to have a great performance with a fast 40 and an impressive workout. He has been rising and has positive momentum heading down the home stretch.
Latimer decided to skip his senior season after producing a quality junior year for the Hoosiers. His most impressive game of 2013 was an eight-catch, 136-yard game against Missouri. However, he didn't stand out against Ohio State (5-60) or Wisconsin (5-42). Latimer finished 2013 with 72 receptions for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had 51 receptions for 805 yards with six scores.
Personal: Son of Tonya and Robert Dunson.
Davante Adams**, WR, Fresno State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 212. 40 Time: 4.56. Projected Round (2014): 1-3. 5/6/14: At the Combine, Adams had a solid performance. Some feel he could go in the first round, but it looks more likely that he's selected on Day 2.
Adams had a huge night against Rutgers to open the 2013 season. He caught 14 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. All year, Adams was reliable for Derek Carr as Fresno State's aerial offense lit up the scoreboard. Adams finished 2013 with a total of 131 receptions for 1,718 yards and 24 touchdowns. He had huge games against Idaho (16-185), UNLV (8-221), New Mexico (9-246) and San Jose State (13-264).
Adams has the speed to beat defenses deep, but he was also dominating a weak level of competition. Adams didn't look as dynamic when he went against USC in his bowl game.
8/24/13: Adams had an impact redshirt freshman year working with quarterback Derek Carr. Adams caught 102 passes for 1,312 yards with 14 touchdowns. In 2013 he should see plenty of double coverage but with Carr coming back they should produce a big season.
Personal: Son of Pamela Brown and Douglas Adams.
Donte Moncrief*, WR, Ole Miss
Height: 6-2. Weight: 221. 40 Time: 4.40. Projected Round (2014): 2-3. 5/6/14: Moncrief hasn't received a lot of attention in the months before the 2014 NFL Draft, but there are a lot of teams that are interested in him. He went through a lot of pre-draft visits.
Moncrief had a mildly disappointing 2013 season as Ole Miss had a star freshman who received a lot of targets. In 2013, Moncrief recorded 59 receptions for 938 yards with six touchdowns. He didn't do much against Alabama (6-60), but played well against Auburn (6-122) and LSU (5-107).
Moncrief performed well at the Combine and ran faster than expected.
8/3/13: Moncrief broke out last season and was one of the better wide receivers in the SEC. The sophomore notched 66 receptions for 979 yards and 10 touchdowns as the primary target for quarterback Bo Wallace. Moncrief had some huge games against Texas (7-144-1), LSU (6-161-2) and Mississippi State (7-173-3). He had a lot of success beating Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks (second-round pick Tampa Bay) and LSU cornerback Tharold Simon (fifth-round pick Seattle) in man coverage.
Moncrief ran a lot of vertical routes last year and did a superb job of stretching the defense. He burned defensive backs deep throughout 2012 and could have had a bigger season if some passes had been thrown more accurately. Moncrief has some burst with deceptive deep speed. Considering he is a big receiver, he could stand to play more physical football and should be a better blocker. The junior should make improvements in those areas in 2013.
Moncrief had 31 catches for 454 yards and four touchdowns in 2011. He has already hinted that this could be his last season at Ole Miss.
Personal: Son of Nineta and Spencer Moncrief. Cousin of former Ole Miss wide receiver Shay Hodge.
Jarvis Landry*, WR, LSU
Height: 5-11. Weight: 204. 40 Time: 4.77. Projected Round (2014): 2-3. 5/6/14: Sources told WalterFootball.com that they've graded Landry as a third-round pick, but expect him to go in Round 2. Some pundits were pushing Landry as a first-round pick, but that talk subsided. WalterFootball.com spoke with another team in the final days before the draft, and they had Landry in their group of options for the second round.
The junior caught 77 passes for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013. Landry had excellent games against Georgia and TCU. He is a tough receiver with good hands.
However, Landry didn't help himself at the Combine with a shockingly slow 40 time. He also checked in smaller than expected.
8/3/13: Landry flashed for LSU in 2012 and did a nice job of moving the chains in the team's run-heavy offense. He caught 56 passes for 573 yards and five touchdowns. Landry should produce more as a junior with quarterback Zach Mettenberger returning.
Personal: Majoring in sports administration. Son of Dietra Landry and related to Glenn Dorsey.
Allen Robinson*, WR, Penn State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 220. 40 Time: 4.60. Projected Round (2014): 2-3. 5/6/14: The big question with Robinson is if he has enough speed to separate from NFL defensive backs. Robinson played really well for Penn State in 2013. He demonstrated nice speed and run-after-the-catch ability to go along with his size. The junior recorded 97 receptions for 1,432 yards and six touchdowns. Robinson has shown nice quickness to get separation and pick up extra yards. He turned in many prolific games, including contests against Ohio State (12-173), Illinois (11-165) and Indiana (12-173).
Robinson could be on the bubble between the first and second day of the 2014 NFL Draft. At the Combine, Robinson's 40 time was mildly disappointing, but he bounced back at his pro day. Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien developed Robinson well for the NFL.
8/3/13: The 2012 season was a challenging year for Penn State and Robinson was one of the bright spots. He excelled in the Nittany Lions' new pro-style offense. Robinson hauled in 77 passes for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns after barely playing in 2011. He has good size and the only question is if he has enough speed for the NFL.
Personal: Majoring in communications. Son of Allen and Tracie Robinson.
Martavis Bryant*, WR, Clemson
Height: 6-3. Weight: 211. 40 Time: 4.42. Projected Round (2015): 2-3. 5/6/14: At the Combine, Bryant surprised with an excellent 40 time for such a big receiver. It helps him enough that he could have a shot at being a second-round pick. There has been a buzz building about Bryant, and he could sneak into the top-60 picks. Bryant shouldn't fall out of the third round.
Bryant didn't have the breakout 2013 season that many expected, but he still entered the 2014 NFL Draft. Bryant caught 42 balls for 828 yards and seven touchdowns for the year. He came alive against Georgia Tech with five receptions for 176 yards and one touchdown. There is no doubt that Bryant has great size, but the junior looks short of the speed to be an early-round pick.
Bryant had a disappointing performance in the 2013 season opener as he dropped a few passes that could have been big plays for Clemson. Bryant didn't record a reception against Georgia, but he did recover the onside kick that clinched the 38-35 win for the Tigers.
8/24/13: Even though Bryant is tall, he has some speed to stretch the field. He averaged 30 yards per catch while totaling 305 yards on 10 receptions and four touchdowns. As a freshman, he caught nine passes for 221 yards and two scores. With DeAndre Hopkins in the NFL, Bryant should see more targets in 2013. He also has one of the best quarterbacks in the nation to work with in Tajh Boyd.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Height: 6-3. Weight: 212. 40 Time: 4.46. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 5/6/14: Matthews collected 112 receptions for 1,477 yards with seven touchdowns in 2013. He had a clutch performance in a tight season opener against Ole Miss, snagging 10 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. Matthews' score came from midfield as he took a quick swing pass the distance. The senior looked very good with his route running and moving the chains in the intermediate part of the field.
Matthews needed to run well at the Combine and turned in a faster than expected 40. Sources have said that Matthews is like Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams as a great college receiver lacking enough speed to go in the first round, but Matthews' Combine should clinch a second-day spot for him.
8/3/13: Matthews was excellent for the Commodores in 2012. He contributed to Vanderbilt almost upsetting South Carolina in the season opener. Matthews showed nice quickness with a 78-yard touchdown. He totaled eight receptions for 148 yards against the Gamecocks.
Matthews had 119 yards on eight receptions against Georgia. He also played well versus Florida with eight catches for 131 yards and a score. The junior finished the regular season strongly, going over 100 yards against Ole Miss, Tennessee and Missouri. Matthews recorded 94 receptions for 1,323 yards and eight touchdowns for the year. He totaled 41 receptions for 778 yards and five touchdowns in 2011.
Matthews has been well coached. He is a good route-runner with excellent hands. Scouts have told WalterFootball.com that entering the season they view Matthews as a second-day prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft. They feel he lacks the speed and explosiveness to be a first-rounder.
Personal: Son of Roderick and Brenda Matthews. Jordan Matthews does a lot of charity work. Matthews is the cousin of Jerry Rice.
Paul Richardson*, WR, Colorado
Height: 6-0. Weight: 175. 40 Time: 4.40. Projected Round (2014): 2-3. 5/6/14: Richardson started the 2013 season in impressive fashion after missing the year before. He was the most productive receiver in the nation in Week 1 with 10 receptions for 208 yards and two touchdowns against Colorado State. All season, Richardson gave Pac-12 defenses problems, including Oregon (5-134). He maintained his strong play with 83 receptions for 1,343 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013. Richardson ran fast at the Combine - as expected. He needs to add some weight to his frame.
Richardson started his collegiate career strongly as a freshman and sophomore. In 2010, he hauled in 34 passes for 514 yards and six touchdowns. Richardson made 39 receptions for 555 yards and five scores in 2011. He lost 2012 to a torn ACL that occurred in the final week of spring practice.
Brandon Coleman*, WR, Rutgers
Height: 6-6. Weight: 225. 40 Time: 4.56. Projected Round (2014): 2-4. 5/6/14: The biggest question about Coleman is if he has enough speed for the NFL. The senior started out this season with nine receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns against Fresno State. Coleman fell quiet after that, and many believe a preseason knee injury slowed him down all year. He had 33 receptions for 538 yards with four touchdowns in 2013. Coleman decided to enter the 2014 NFL Draft, but he should have returned to Rutgers. Coleman had a solid Combine.
8/3/13: Coleman is a massive receiver who looks like a tight end. He has been very consistent for Rutgers and has produced while playing in a running offense. Coleman led Rutgers with 43 receptions for 718 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012. He led Rutgers with 663 receiving yards on 39 receptions with 10 touchdowns the year before, too. The biggest question about Coleman will be if he has enough speed to be a high draft pick.
Personal: Labor studies major.
Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
Height: 6-1. Weight: 195. 40 Time: 4.50. Projected Round (2014): 3-4. 5/6/14: Abbrederis was excellent in 2013. He produced despite spotty quarterback play and the Badgers' inclination to run the ball. There were a lot of plays that Abbrederis was wide open for long touchdowns, but passes weren't delivered due to subpar quarterback play. For the year, Abbrederis made 78 catches for 1,081 yards with seven touchdowns. He torched Bradley Roby and Ohio State for 10 receptions, 207 yards and a touchdown.
Abbrederis is a phenomenal route-runner and is in the running as the best route-runner in the 2014 NFL Draft. He had a strong week of practice at the Senior Bowl and did well at the Combine.
8/3/13: Abbrederis suffered a mild concussion against Oregon State early last season, and Wisconsin really missed him when he was out. Despite terrible quarterback play, Abbrederis totaled 49 receptions for 837 yards and five touchdowns. He has consistently produced big plays for the Badgers the past two years.
In 2011 even though Abbrederis had less receptions than No. 1 receiver Nick Toon, Abbrederis topped Toon in yardage. Abbrederis caught 55 passes for 933 yards and eight touchdowns. The sophomore exploited a lot of soft coverage and produced some big plays for quarterback Russell Wilson. Abbrederis also returned punts and averaged 16 yards per return.
The Badgers lost a lot on offense following 2011, so Abbrederis saw more attention from defenses, but also more offensive opportunities. He had a modest freshman season with 20 catches for 289 yards and three scores. Abbrederis has good size with deceptive quickness.
Personal: Abbrederis is a scholar athlete majoring in human ecology. He is the son of Scott and Lisa Abbrederis.
Bruce Ellington*, WR, South Carolina
Height: 5-9. Weight: 197. 40 Time: 4.45. Projected Round (2014): 3-4. 5/6/14: Ellington ran fast as expected at the Combine. There is a nice buzz about him, and he could go in the third round.
The speedster Ellington decided to enter the 2014 NFL Draft after starting on both South Carolina's football and basketball teams. For the NFL, he projects as a slot receiver. Ellington is short, but he has developed his frame to take the hits. The junior had 49 receptions for 775 yards with eight touchdowns in 2013.
In 2012, Ellington collected 40 catches for 600 yards and seven scores. He (17-211) made a modest contribution as a freshman. Ellington could also serve as a kick returner in the NFL.
Personal: Son of Gwen and Bruce Ellington.
Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
Height: 5-11. Weight: 206. 40 Time: 4.51. Projected Round (2014): 3-4. 5/6/14: In 2013, Huff collected 62 receptions for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is sudden and quick with the ability to beat defenses downfield. Huff finished the regular season on a strong note. He looks like a good slot receiver candidate for the NFL. Huff played well at the Senior Bowl and had a solid Combine.
8/3/13: Like the other skill-position players at Oregon, Huff is a good athlete with speed. The junior registered 32 receptions for 493 yards with seven touchdowns last year. He had 31 catches for 430 yards and two scores in 2011.
Huff hasn't gotten a lot of targets given the Ducks' running offense, but that could change as a senior since Oregon has lost Kenjon Barner and LaMichael James in the draft the past two years. Quarterback Marcus Mariota has a lot of ability and should throw more having gaining a year of experience. For the NFL, Huff looks like he could be a nice weapon as a slot receiver.
Personal: Son of Donald and Charlotte Simpson.
Dri Archer, WR/RB, Kent State
Height: 5-8. Weight: 173. 40 Time: 4.26. Projected Round (2014): 3-4. 5/6/14: Archer blazed the fastest 40 time of any prospect at the Combine. He also did well in the field drills and the bench press with a shocking total of 20 reps of 225 pounds. The Combine really helped him. A lot of teams brought Archer in for pre-draft visits.
Archer is a small speed receiver. He dealt with an ankle injury in the early going of 2013 and missed a few games. The junior returned to field in impressive fashion against Western Michigan with six carries for 73 yards and four receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown.
Archer recorded 68 carries for 527 yards and six touchdowns this year. As a receiver, he hauled in 25 passes for 327 yards and four scores. Archer ran for 1,429 yards on only 159 carries for an average of nine yards per carry in 2012. The sophomore also caught 39 passes for 561 yards. He totaled 20 touchdowns (16 rushing, four receiving). Archer contributed 246 yards rushing (4.2 average) and 16 receptions for 75 yards (four total touchdowns) in 2011.
Archer's best fit in the NFL would probably be as a slot receiver.
Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
Height: 5-9. Weight: 193. 40 Time: 4.48. Projected Round (2014): 4-6. 5/6/14: Herron isn't the biggest of receivers, yet he had a solid career for Wyoming. Herron's best season came as a senior with 72 receptions for 937 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2012, he had 31 catches for 657 yards and eight scores. Herron helped himself at the Senior Bowl and ran a fast 40 at the Combine.
Cody Hoffman, WR, BYU
Height: 6-4. Weight: 223. 40 Time: 4.65. Projected Round (2014): 4-6. 5/6/14: The senior missed the 2013 opener with a hamstring injury. Hoffman recorded 57 receptions for 894 yards and five touchdowns for the year. He hurt his draft stock by landing a one-game suspension, but had impressive games against Wisconsin (7-113) and Washington (12-167). In those games, Hoffman flashed some nice run-after-the-catch ability. He didn't run well at the Combine, so that hurts his ability to rise.
8/3/13: Hoffman was one of the most productive receivers in the nation in 2012, despite inconsistent quarterback play. He caught 100 passes for 1,248 yards with 11 touchdowns. Hoffman had some huge games against weak competition. He was held in check by Boise State and cornerback Jamar Taylor, catching just three balls for 21 yards.
Hoffman had solid production as a sophomore with 61 receptions for 943 yards and 10 touchdowns. He hauled in 42 catches for 527 yards and four scores in 2010.
Hoffman is a big receiver who uses his size well. He is a serious weapon in the red zone as he runs good routes and has excellent hands. However, the big question about Hoffman is if he has enough speed to get separation from NFL defensive backs.
Matt Hazel, WR, Coastal Carolina
Height: 6-1. Weight: 198. 40 Time: 4.50. Projected Round (2014): 4-6. 5/6/14: Of all the players at the East-West Shrine, Hazel probably helped himself the most. He really impressed scouts, and they compared Hazel to Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts in his ability to make plays. Hazel definitely helped himself. At his size, he showed nice quickness and route-running for a big receiver.
Hazel had 70 receptions for 990 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. He had a quality Combine performance, too.
Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 219. 40 Time: 4.42. Projected Round (2014): 4-6. 5/6/14: It isn't easy for small-school players to get invites to the Senior Bowl, especially at the skill positions. Offensive and defensive linemen have more luck getting invited to Mobile, Alabama, but the skill position players are less likely to get invites. Janis was able to buck the trend and participated in the most high-profile all-star game. At the Senior Bowl, he was solid but unimpressive. Janis could end up going in the mid-rounds.
Janis was one of the top receivers in the nation in Division II over the past few seasons. In 2013, he totaled 83 receptions for 1,572 yards and 14 touchdowns. Janis has good size for the NFL.
Shaq Evans, WR, UCLA
Height: 6-1. Weight: 213. 40 Time: 4.51. Projected Round (2014): 4-6. 5/6/14: Evans was solid for Brett Hundley in 2013, but Hundley didn't play consistently enough to help Evans. He totaled 47 receptions for 709 yards and nine touchdowns for the year. Evans had a solid week at the Senior Bowl and performed well at the Combine.
8/3/13: Evans had a breakout 2012 season and was a good target for quarterback Brett Hundley. Evans caught 60 receptions for 877 yards and three touchdowns. The junior had a huge game against Oregon State (6-148) and an impressive outing against USC (8-114). He caught 19 passes for 309 yards and two scores in 2011.
Evans started out his collegiate career with Notre Dame in 2009 before transferring to UCLA. He had to sit out the 2010 season.
Evans has a mix of size and quickness for the NFL. He has received excellent coaching from Bruins wide receivers coach Eric Yarber, a former NFL wide out and receivers coach with multiple teams. That coaching made a big difference in Evans' 2012 improvement. He should be in store for a big senior season as Hundley's No. 1 receiver.
Personal: A sociology major. Son of Kelisha Wright.
Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
Height: 6-3. Weight: 198. 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2014): 4-6. 5/6/14: Street had an impressive start to the 2013 as he ripped off some big plays against a talented Florida State secondary. The senior totaled six receptions for 141 yards. He beat double coverage on a few throws and showed some run-after-the-catch ability. Street maintained a strong level of play throughout the season with 51 receptions for 854 yards and seven touchdowns. The biggest question mark with him is if he has the speed to get open in the NFL, but he had a solid 40 at the Combine.
8/3/13: Street has been a solid contributor for Pittsburgh the past few seasons. He was second on the team in yards in 2012 and led the Panthers in receptions with 73. The junior totaled 975 yards and five touchdowns. Street had 53 catches for 754 yards and two touchdowns in 2011. He had 25 catches for 318 yards and two touchdowns as a redshirt freshman. Street is a big receiver, but he may lack the speed for the NFL.
Personal: Majoring in communications. Son of Theodore and Ria Street.
Mike Davis, WR, Texas
Height: 6-0. Weight: 197. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2014): 4-6. 5/6/14: In 2013, Davis played well for Texas with 51 receptions for 727 yards and eight touchdowns. He could have produced more in his Longhorns career if they had had better quarterback play. As a junior, Davis recorded 57 receptions for 939 yards and seven scores. He put up some production as a sophomore (45-609) and freshman (47-478). Davis has some size and speed to his game. He played in the Senior Bowl, but didn't really impress. Davis didn't run at the Combine.
Damian Copeland, WR, Louisville
Height: 5-11. Weight: 184. 40 Time: 4.50. Projected Round (2014): 4-6. 5/6/14: Copeland made a mistake in entering the 2014 NFL Draft, but he would have had a new quarterback if he went back to school. Copeland doesn't have great size or speed, but he made some highlight-reel catches in 2013. For the year, Copeland caught 58 passes for 780 yards and five touchdowns. He had 50 receptions for 628 yards and two scores in 2012. There has been little to no buzz about Copeland, and he could fall low in the draft.
Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor
Height: 5-10. Weight: 163. 40 Time: 4.46. Projected Round (2014): 4-6. 5/6/14: As expected, Reese ran well at the Combine with a fast 40 time.
Reese was well on his way to 2013 being his best season of a good collegiate career before undergoing wrist surgery. In his first seven games this year, he caught 33 passes for 824 yards with eight touchdowns. Reese came back to play against UCF in the Fiesta Bowl, but he wasn't his normal self (5-43). br<>
For the season, Reese had 38 catches for 867 yards and those eight scores. The speedster averaged 23 yards per catch and went over 100 yards in five games. In two other contests, Reese contributed 97 yards and 75 yards. For the NFL, he looks like a speedy slot receiver who can burn defenses vertically.
Reese was the secondary receiver to Terrance Williams in 2012, but Reese still caught 53 passes for 957 yards and nine touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2011, he was the third receiver behind Williams and Kendall Wright. With Robert Griffin III at quarterback, Reese caught 51 passes for 877 yards and seven scores. He had 45 receptions for 401 yards as a freshman.
Personal: Son of Ruby Reese. Majoring in general studies.
Austin Franklin*, WR, New Mexico State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 189. 40 Time: 4.56. Projected Round (2014): 5-7. 5/6/14: Franklin decided to skip his senior season. After missing the first four games of 2013, he totaled 52 receptions for 670 yards with seven scores for the year. Franklin's best season came in 2012 when he caught 74 passes for 1,245 yards with nine touchdowns. Franklin had a decent performance at the Combine.
Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama
Height: 6-2. Weight: 198. 40 Time: 4.48. Projected Round (2014): 5-7. 5/6/14: At the Combine, Norwood ran faster than expected. He recorded 38 catches for 568 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013. Norwood made some clutch catches for the Crimson Tide.
8/3/13: Norwood is a big receiver who has had a hard time standing out for the Crimson Tide in its running offense. The junior had 29 receptions for 461 yards and four touchdowns in 2012. His sophomore season saw him total only 11 receptions for 190 yards. Alabama could be forced to throw the ball more in 2013 after losing the majority of its offensive line and starting running back.
Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane
Height: 6-0. Weight: 199. 40 Time: 4.64. Projected Round (2014): 5-7. 5/6/14: In 2013, Grant had 77 receptions for 1,039 yards and nine touchdowns. He ran slower than expected at the Combine.
8/3/13: Grant had a huge junior season with 76 receptions for 1,149 yards and six touchdowns. He lost the 2011 season to a sports hernia. Grant hauled in 33 receptions for 515 yards and four touchdowns in 2010. He needs another big season to help his draft stock.
Personal: Business management major. Son of Reginal Grant, Sr. and Greta Roberts.
T.J. Jones, WR, Notre Dame
Height: 6-0. Weight: 188. 40 Time: 4.48. Projected Round (2013): 5-7. 5/6/14: Jones played pretty well for Notre Dame in 2013 despite shaky quarterback play. He hauled in 70 passes for 1,108 yards with nine touchdowns. Jones could be a nice value pick on the third day who contributes as a backup and slot receiver. At the Combine, Jones had a solid performance.
8/3/13: Jones caught 50 passes for 649 yards and four touchdowns last year. He had 38 receptions for 366 yards in 2011.
Jones has some speed to go with route-running. He could be in store for a bigger year with Tyler Eifert and Michael Floyd both in the NFL. Jones figures to be the No. 1 receiver.
Personal: Majoring in film, television and theatre. Son of Michele Jones. Godfather is Notre Dame legend Rocket Ismail.
Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan
Height: 5-7. Weight: 185. 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2014): 5-7. 5/6/14: Gallon was a massive play-maker for Michigan in 2013. He had 184 yards against Notre Dame and 369 yards on 14 receptions against Indiana. The senior recorded 89 receptions for 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns for the year. Gallon would be ranked higher if he weren't so undersized. For the NFL, Gallon could compete as a slot receiver to stretch a defense vertically. He had a solid Combine.
In 2012, Gallon recorded 49 receptions for 829 yards with four touchdowns. He had 31 catches for 453 yards and three scores as a sophomore.
Kain Colter, WR, Northwestern
Height: 5-10. Weight: 198. Projected 40 Time: 4.59. Projected Round (2014): 5-7. 5/6/14: Colter played quarterback and receiver at Northwestern, but is a better fit as a wide out in the NFL. In 2013, he threw for 577 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. The senior also ran for 489 yards and five scores while averaging 4.3 yards per carry. Colter's best receiving season came as a sophomore when he had 43 catches for 466 yards with three scores. He played wide receiver at the Senior Bowl. Colter didn't run at the Combine.
Personal: Son of Stacy and Spencer Colter. Majoring in psychology.
Chandler Jones, WR, San Jose State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 174. Projected 40 Time: 4.61. Projected Round (2014): 5-7. 5/6/14: At the East-West Shrine, Jones used his quickness to get separation and also showed some real competitiveness to outfight defensive backs for receptions. He could be a slot receiver candidate in the NFL. Jones didn't work out at the Combine.
In 2013, Jones caught 79 receptions for 1,356 yards with 15 touchdowns as the top receiver for David Fales. Jones had more production than his junior and sophomore seasons combined. He showed enough ability to warrant third-day consideration.
Personal: His father Mike Jones played six seasons for the Vikings and Saints. He's the offensive coordinator at Tennessee State.
Willie Snead, WR, Ball State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 195. 40 Time: 4.62. Projected Round (2014): 6-FA. 5/6/14: Snead didn't impress at the Combine. He declared for the 2014 NFL Draft even though he maybe should have returned to Ball State. One can deduce that after two good seasons, Snead felt he had nothing left to prove at the college level. The junior had 106 receptions for 1,516 yards with 15 touchdowns in 2013.
In 2012, Snead caught 89 passes for 1,148 yards with nine touchdowns. Snead needed a good Combine, but he didn't impress and put up a slow 40 time.
Personal: Snead is the son of Willie Snead III, who was a wide receiver at Virginia and Florida before being drafted by the Jets in 1989.
Alex Neutz, WR, Buffalo
Height: 6-3. Weight: 205. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Projected Round (2014): 7-FA. 5/6/14: Neutz played well in 2013 with 61 receptions for 1,024 yards and 12 touchdowns. Early in the season, the senior was impressive against Ohio State (9-98-1) and Baylor (6-197-1). Neutz totaled 65 catches for 1,015 yards with 11 touchdowns in 2012. He has good size but lacks speed. Neutz didn't work out at the Combine.
Kenny Bell, WR, Alabama
Height: 6-1. Weight: 180. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2014): 7-FA. 5/6/14: Bell was quiet in 2013 with 14 receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown. He missed four games with injuries. Bell didn't work out at the Combine.
8/3/13: Bell flashed some big-play ability at times for Alabama in 2012. He averaged 25 yards per reception with his 17 catches for 431 yards and three touchdowns. Bell has some speed to go along with size. If the Crimson Tide throw the ball more in 2013, it would help him to stand out. He made 17 receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns in 2011.
Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma
Height: 5-9. Weight: 165. 40 Time: 4.44. Projected Round (2013): 7-FA. 5/6/14: Saunders snagged 61 receptions for 729 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013. He had a good performance at the Combine. A number of teams brought in Saunders on pre-draft visits. He could end as a late-rounder or a priority undrafed free agent.
8/3/13: Saunders is an undersized, but speedy, receiver. He has been an underrated performer for the Sooners the past two seasons. The junior caught 62 passes for 829 yards and three touchdowns in 2012. Saunders was even more explosive as a sophomore when he caught 50 balls for 1,065 yards and 12 touchdowns. Saunders needs to add weight for the NFL, but he has the speed to be a weapon as a slot receiver.
Personal: Son of Walter and Yolanda Saunders.
Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest
Height: 5-9. Weight: 192. 40 Time: 4.46. Projected Round (2014): 7-FA. 5/6/14: Campanaro missed the 2013 season opener with a hamstring injury. He totaled 67 receptions for 803 yards and six touchdowns for the year. Campanaro had an impressive performance at the Combine.
8/3/13: Campanaro had a solid junior season with 79 receptions for 763 yards and six touchdowns. His best year came as a sophomore when he had 73 catches for 833 yards and two touchdowns.
Personal: Communications major. Son of Attilio and Lisa Campanaro.