@johanns21 As SEC players are overhyped and maxed-out because they have better coaching as you suggest, would you say then that better talent (and could you give examples from where) are doing themselves a disservice by not committing and playing for SEC member colleges?
Amari Cooper*, WR, Alabama
Height: 6-1. Weight: 210. Projected 40 Time: 4.40. Projected Round (2015): Top-10 Pick. 4/27/15: It is a tough choice in who to rank first between Cooper and Kevin White, but the sense I get from speaking with teams is Cooper being rated first. Cooper is a future No. 1 NFL receiver who clearly has the size/speed combination to present a constant mismatch. The junior had a string of dominant performances in 2014 that showed his great route-running, speed, hands, run-after-the-catch ability and skills to fight for 50-50 balls. Cooper had a number of huge games against the likes of Auburn (13-244-3), Tennessee (9-224-2), and Florida (10-201-3). He amassed 124 receptions for 1,727 yards with 16 touchdowns for the season.
Cooper has the speed to get separation with the size to outfight defensive backs for the ball. He seems to get overeager at times, and that can lead to some drops, but he is generally reliable. As a prospect, Cooper isn't as elite as Sammy Watkins or A.J. Green. However, Cooper could be a similar level prospect to Odell Beckham Jr., and that means Cooper is a good bet to turn into a future No. 1 and Pro Bowl-caliber wideout.
8/27/14: After a rough sophomore season in 2013, there has been buzz that Cooper is healthy and ready to have a big year. Alabama has lost some veteran receivers, so Cooper will be expected to fill the void and help the Crimson Tide break in a new quarterback. When healthy, Cooper can be an explosive play-maker who also has good size.
It would be surprising if junior doesn't see a lot of targets. He should be a great fit in Lane Kiffin's West Coast offense and Kiffin likes to throw often. At USC, Kiffin locked on to a lead receiver and constantly fed him the ball, see Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. Cooper should be that player for Kiffin in 2014.
Cooper collected 45 receptions for 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013, but was dealing with a toe injury that really slowed him down. Cooper had a great freshman season and helped Alabama repeat as National Champions. Even though there were more experienced receivers, Cooper carried the Crimson Tide passing attack. He caught 59 passes for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. No other receiver had 30 receptions or 500 yards through the air.
Cooper has speed and plays bigger than his size. Some believe that he is in the running as the best wide receiver in the nation.
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
Height: 6-3. Weight: 215. 40 Time: 4.35. Projected Round (2015): Top-16 Pick. 4/27/15: White didn't take many pre-draft visits prior to the 2015 NFL Draft, but teams say that is because their character reports on White are good and they don't have questions about his make up. He looks likely to go in the top 10 of the first round.
White was a star of the Combine with a surprisingly fast 40 time. At his size, that speed is very rare. White has a unique combination with size and quickness. He can get separation and can make contested catches with the strength to outfight defensive backs for the ball.
For the NFL, White is a future No. 1 receiver who could lead a potent passing attack. He has a unique combination of size and speed. White consistently achieved separation, yet he also made contested catches with the strength to outfight defensive backs for the ball. White can get downfield quickly while beating cornerbacks with his speed and burn defenses for long touchdowns. He's too fast for safeties and corners struggle to run with him as he easily gets separation out of his breaks. White is a deep-threat receiver who has the ability to work all levels of the field.
White was one of the best wideouts in college football in 2014. He had 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns. It took until late October for White to be kept under 100 yards receiving as he was held to three receptions for 27 yards and a score against Oklahoma State. A week earlier, White impressed against Baylor as he totaled eight receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns to help upset the Bears. White also drew multiple pass interference penalties. Late in the season, his numbers declined as teams sent a lot of bracket coverage his direction.
White made 35 receptions for 507 yards with five touchdowns in 2013 after transferring from junior college. He took his game to a completely different level in 2014.
Personal: Son of Tammy and Kevin White. Multidisciplinary studies major.
DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
Height: 6-3. Weight: 209. 40 Time: 4.45. Projected Round (2015): Top-16 Pick. 4/27/15: At the Combine, Parker ran faster than expected with an impressive 40 time. He is a polished receiver who isn't quite a game-breaker like Kevin White or Amari Cooper. Parker is a well-rounded receiver with size, quickness, hands, body control and run-after-the-catch ability. He needs to learn to run some routes he didn't in college. Some teams grade out Parker similar to White while others feel there is a clear drop off.
Parker missed the first seven games of 2014 with a broken left foot. He returned to the field against N.C. State (9-132) and had an impressive game against Florida State (8-214). Parker only played in six games in 2014, but he racked up 43 receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns.
8/27/14: Parker played well for Louisville in 2013 despite being hobbled with injuries. He totaled 46 receptions for 743 yards and 11 touchdowns for the year. Parker missed the game against Rutgers with an injury. He is an excellent red-zone weapon and uses his size well to make contested catches. The question with Parker is if he has enough speed.
In 2012, Parker led the team with 744 yards and 10 touchdowns. His best games came against Pittsburgh (4-153) and Cincinnati (4-120). He struggled to get separation from Florida's quality cornerbacks in the Sugar Bowl. Parker needs to show an improved ability to get open as he will see plenty of double-teams as a senior.
Personal: Majoring in education. Son of Raneca Parker and Anthony Shelman.
Philip Dorsett, WR, Miami
Height: 5-9. Weight: 185. 40 Time: 4.33. Projected Round (2015): 1-2. 4/27/15: Sources say they believe Dorsett has elite speed and will be a vertical weapon in the NFL. As a prospect, Dorsett is said to have a similar skill set to Mike Wallace, but Dorsett is more polished as a route-runner than Wallace was coming out of Ole Miss in 2009. At the Combine, Dorsett put his elite speed on display. He could be a tremendous play-maker in the NFL. WalterFootball.com knows teams that are considering Dorsett in play for their first-round pick in the middle of the first round.
Dorsett had a tremendous pro day. His 40-yard dash there beat his great time at the Combine and fell from the mid-4.3s to the mid-4.2s. Dorsett also looked great in the field drills with his route-running and hands. Dorsett was one of the stars of the Senior Bowl as he dominated in practice. He was constantly getting separation with his elite speed and route-running. Dorsett looks like a big-play threat, but also does well in the short part of the field because of how sudden he is in and out of his breaks.
Entering the Senior Bowl, Dorsett had gone under the radar, but had performed really well as a senior. Miami was playing a freshman quarterback in 2014 and leaned on running back Duke Johnson, thus Dorsett didn't get many targets and had only 36 receptions on the season. However, Dorsett showed his talent by averaging 24 yards per reception for 871 yards and 10 touchdowns. A knee injury took away a chunk of his junior year, but as a sophomore, he had 58 catches for 842 yards and four touchdowns.
Nelson Agholor*, WR, USC
Height: 6-0. Weight: 198. 40 Time: 4.42. Projected Round (2015): 1-2. 4/27/15: Agholor is a late-riser in the draft process as many feel he is the second best route-runner in the 2015 NFL Draft behind only Amari Cooper. Agholor is a quick receiver who lacks elite speed or size, but is well rounded with strong route-running and is skilled runner after the catch. Agholor also could contribute on special teams in the NFL. He is experienced in the West Coast offense with the ability to get separation in and out of his breaks.
Agholor ran well at the Combine and had a good workout. He recorded 104 receptions for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014. That included some huge, clutch catches to help USC beat Stanford. Agholor also destroyed California. He needs to improve his hands as he is prone to some drops.
8/27/14: Agholor looks very similar to other USC wide receiver prospects. He has decent size and speed, but may not be elite in any category. Agholor should be the Trojans' No. 1 receiver in 2014, so it wouldn't be surprising if his production increased.
With Marqise Lee drawing lots of attention in 2013, Agholor broke out. The sophomore replaced Robert Woods as a starter in 2013 and had a solid debut. Agholor outproduced Lee for the year with 56 receptions for 918 yards and six scores. In 2012, Agholor had 18 catches for 341 yards and two touchdowns. He has some special teams ability as well.
Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida
Height: 6-2. Weight: 212. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2015): 1-2. 4/27/15: Perriman totaled 41 receptions for 906 yards and nine touchdowns during 2014. He had some issues with dropped passes. Perriman has a nice mix of size and speed while being able to run after the catch. He has an impressive ability to turn a short slant into a chunk play. Perriman helped himself with a stellar pro-day workout. Sources who were at Perriman's pro day said the time ranges on his 40-yard dash were between 4.19 and 4.25 seconds.
Some sources have said they had a third-round grade on Perriman, but could see the team that likes him enough to draft him pulling the trigger in Round 2. Another general manager said that after Perriman's pro day they believe he'll go in the late first or early second.
8/27/14: Perriman was a solid receiver for Central Florida in 2013. He caught 39 receptions for 811 yards and four touchdowns. As a freshman, Perriman had 26 catches for 388 yards and three touchdowns. With Blake Bortles in the NFL, Perriman will have to work with a new quarterback in 2014 and that could impact his production.
Personal: Son of Brett and Laundria Perriman. Father, Brett, played 10 years in the NFL as a wide receiver for New Orleans and Detroit.
Jaelen Strong*, WR, Arizona State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 217. 40 Time: 4.44. Projected Round (2015): 1-2. 4/27/15: Strong had an excellent Combine and ran much faster than expected. In 2014, he had 82 receptions for 1,165 yards and 10 touchdowns. Strong is a big, physical receiver who has some quickness. He doesn't have elite speed, but he is fast enough to get separation. Strong is an excellent weapon in the red zone, but he needs to work on his route-running for the NFL.
Strong put together a string of steady performances for the Sun Devils. He held his own going against Washington cornerback Marcus Peters. Strong beat Peters for a 16-yard touchdown on a slant and a 23-yard reception along the sideline, but Peters had his share of wins as well. Strong finished with three receptions for 55 yards. A week earlier versus Stanford, Strong had another quality outing with eight receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown.
In back-to-back games, Strong was a force against the teams from Los Angeles. After hurting UCLA (12-146), he came up with a huge game to push Arizona State to a last-second victory over USC. Strong got that latter game started with a short touchdown catch and followed it up by getting open on a post route for a 77-yard touchdown. On the final play of the game, Strong did a great job of tracking a Hail Mary pass and cutting in front of the defenders to haul in the 46-yard touchdown as time expired on USC. He hauled in 10 receptions for 202 yards with three touchdowns for the game.
8/27/14: Arizona State coaches have been raving about Strong improving in all aspects of his game heading into the season. He played in the 190s last year and has added strength while increasing his vertical leap.
Strong was an instant play-maker for Arizona State in 2013 - his first season of playing time. He had six 100-yard games highlighted by a 12-reception, 168-yard performance against Stanford. For the year, Strong amassed 75 receptions for 1,122 yards with seven scores. He was hobbled by injuries in the second half of the season, but continued to produce.
Strong has quickness to go with his excellent size. He was wise to return to school and improve before turning pro. Strong was very raw as a sophomore, and if he can continue to develop his route-running and speed, he could be a special player.
Personal: Because of academic reasons, Strong started out in junior college. He lost his father to leukemia at nine years old.
Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
Height: 6-0. Weight: 196. 40 Time: 4.42. Projected Round (2015): 1-3. 4/27/15: Smith only picked up 32 receptions in 2014, but was a home-run hitter with 12 touchdowns and 886 yards. That's an average of 27 yards per catch. For the NFL, Smith looks like a dangerous deep-threat receiver who can take the top off a defense. He is a late riser who could end up being a late first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Smith had a solid performance at the Senior Bowl and ran well at the Combine. In Mobile, Smith was trying to show NFL evaluators that he can run underneath routes as well as vertical ones.
Route-running and adding other receiving elements to his game is the biggest question mark for Smith, but sources say that Smith was showing well in that regard during his redraft workouts.
Smith made 44 catches for 660 yards with eight touchdowns in 2013. As a sophomore, he had 30 receptions for 618 yards and six scores. His freshman season saw him chip in 14 for 294 and four touchdowns.
Dorial Green-Beckham*, WR, Oklahoma
Height: 6-5. Weight: 237. 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2015): 1-5. 4/27/15: WalterFootball.com noted in November that Green-Beckham was likely to enter the 2015 NFL Draft, and he made it official a month or so later. The odds of him being a first-round pick were better if he had played at Oklahoma in 2015 while avoiding any off-the-field issues between now and the 2016 NFL Draft. Green-Beckham is an amazing physical specimen and a good athlete, but NFL teams have major character concerns about him.
At the Combine, Green-Beckham had a good workout with a fast 40 time and some good work in the drills on the field. However, sources say that Green-Beckham didn't help himself in the interview room.
Sources say the Texans and Eagles have already ruled Green-Beckham out. One general manager estimated they would have Beckham in the third- to fifth-round range because of the off-the-field concerns.
8/27/14: Green-Beckham would be in the top three on this list if it weren't for off-the-field issues. He landed at Oklahoma and the school has petitioned the NCAA to let Green-Beckham play this season. At this time, a decision by the NCAA has not been made.
Green-Beckham was one of the top recruits in the nation and has often been compared to Cincinnati Bengals stud receiver A.J. Green. Playing for Missouri, Green-Beckham had 28 receptions for 395 yards and five touchdowns in 2012. It looked like he was just scratching the surface of his talent. Green-Beckham has the physical skills to be a high first-round pick.
In 2013, Green-Beckham totaled 59 receptions for 883 yards with 12 touchdowns. He finished the regular season strongly with impressive performances against Texas A&M (7-93-1) and Auburn (6-144-2) in the SEC Championship Game.
Green-Beckham has an immense skill set with upside to develop, but he may have killed his shot at being a high first-round pick by getting kicked off the Missouri team.
Personal: Son of John and Tracy Beckham.
Sammie Coates*, WR, Auburn
Height: 6-1. Weight: 212. 40 Time: 4.43. Projected Round (2015): 2-3. 4/27/15: Coates is a raw receiver who needs to develop his overall game, including his route-running. However at the Senior Bowl, he showed some potential to run the short to intermediate routes while using his size to his advantage. Coates ran well at the Combine, but looked rough around the edges in the receiving field work.
Coates graduated and decided to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. He was banged up with injuries during the 2014 season, plus Auburn struggled to pass the ball. Coates had 34 receptions for 741 yards and four touchdowns for the year and faced some double coverage. He did light up Alabama (5-206) though. If Coates had played in a different offense, he easily would have produced a lot more as he has good speed to go along with size.
8/27/14: Coates is an interesting player. He showed some speed and big-play ability as a sophomore in 2013. However, Auburn's rushing attack opened up a lot of space for receivers downfield with safeties playing the run and not providing help over the top. Coates caught 42 passes for 902 yards with seven touchdowns for the year. He averaged 22 yards per catch.
If quarterback Nick Marshall improves as a passer, Coates could have a huge junior season. Considering that he is somewhat raw and he plays in a college offense, it might be in his best interest to return for his senior year.
Personal: Son of Sharon Coates.
Devin Funchess*, WR, Michigan
Height: 6-4. Weight: 232. 40 Time: 4.70. Projected Round (2015): 2-4. 4/27/15: At the Combine, Funchess gave validity to the concerns that he won't be able to get separation in the NFL with an extremely slow 40 time. Funchess has gotten first-round hype from some media, but I haven't heard that from any teams. Sources with teams also said they came away unimpressed in his Combine meeting. Judging from speaking with teams, I think Funchess is more likely to be a mid-rounder. He did improve on his 40 time at his pro day.
Funchess notched 62 receptions in 2014 for 733 yards and four touchdowns. He had a nagging leg injury that bothered him during the season.
Funchess is potentially a special prospect as a tight end, but his value decreases as a receiver. Funchess dropped a number of passes against Michigan State that could have gone for big plays. He showed a lack of ability to win contested catches, and that is concerning for a receiver who isn't a true speed threat. Funchess also struggled to get off of the Spartans' press coverage. Adding strength for tight end to improve his blocking would be the best path for Funchess to pursue as a prospect.
8/27/14: Funchess is moving to wide receiver as a junior, but the NFL will see more value in him as a tight end. There are plenty of big receivers who don't have elite speed, but dangerous receiving tight ends are harder to find.
Funchess showed some serious receiving ability in 2013. He was an All-Big Ten First-Team selection and the Big Ten tight end of the year. Funchess had 49 receptions for 748 yards and six touchdowns. That yardage set a Michigan record for a tight end in a single season. He had impressive games against Ohio State (4-41-1), Michigan State (6-66), Penn State (4-112-2) and Minnesota (7-151-1). Funchess has the speed to beat defenders and great length to make catches over them.
Funchess recorded 15 catches for 234 yards and five scores as a freshman in 2012. He'll need should fill out his frame with another 10-20 pounds of muscle for the NFL, plus improve his run blocking.
Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State
Height: 5-9. Weight: 182. 40 Time: 4.40. Projected Round (2015): 3-4. 4/27/15: Many feel that Lockett is a gem for the mid-rounds and will be a weapon as a slot receiver in the NFL. At the Senior Bowl, Lockett had a strong week of practice to help his draft stock. He showed the speed to get separation and make plays downfield. Lockett also was a tough, gritty player.
2014 saw Lockett make 106 catches for 1,515 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also averaged 21 yards per kick and 20 yards per punt. Lockett is fast with the ability to stretch a defense over the top. He is a slot receiver and returner candidate, but he needs to improve his hands. Lockett has to add weight for the next level, too.
8/27/14: The speedy Lockett was a play-maker for Kansas State in 2013. He caught 81 passes for 1,262 yards with 11 touchdowns. The season before, Lockett had 44 receptions for 687 yards and four scores. He projects to the NFL as a slot receiver.
Personal: Son of Kevin Lockett and Nicole Edwards. Majoring in business management.
Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina
Height: 5-10. Weight: 190. 40 Time: 4.56. Projected Round (2015): 3-4. 4/27/15: Hardy recorded 121 receptions for 1,494 yards and 10 touchdowns during 2014. He was shut down against Virginia Tech when he was matched up against Kendall Fuller. Hardy caught three touchdowns against SMU (8-120) and had a huge day against Connecticut (14-186). He turned in a respectable week at the Senior Bowl to help himself. Hardy was an excellent college receiver, but he is hurt by not being overly fast or big for the NFL. Sources with teams like Hardy and feel he could be a good value pick.
8/27/14: Hardy had a huge junior season with 114 receptions for 1,284 yards and eight touchdowns. As a sophomore, he totaled 88 catches for 1,105 yards with 11 scores. In his freshman year, Hardy caught 64 for 658 yards with six touchdowns. Hardy isn't the biggest receiver, but he knows how to get open.
Personal: Graduated in May of 2013.
Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 182. 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2015): 3-5. 4/27/15: In speaking with NFL sources, they really like Greene as a college player, but have major size and durability concerns about him for the next level. They say that Greene is very thin and isn't very sudden or fast, but he is a smooth receiver with great hands. Sources view Greene as more of a backup. The size and speed concerns were given physical proof at the Combine.
Greene made 99 receptions for 1,365 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014. The senior got his year off to a great start with 11 receptions for 203 yards and a touchdown against Oklahoma State. Greene also made some huge plays to help Florida State avoid upsets to Clemson (9-135), N.C. State (11-125) and Notre Dame (8-108).
8/27/14: Greene (6-0, 180) was the Seminoles' leading receiver during their championship run in 2013. He is a very reliable and clutch receiver to move the chains. It was clear that Greene was Jameis Winston's favorite receiver and most trusted wide out. Greene put on display excellent hands and route-running. He totaled 76 receptions for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns for the season.
Greene was the Seminoles' leading receiver as a sophomore and freshman, too. He caught 57 passes for 741 yards with six touchdowns in 2012 and 38 balls for 596 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011.
Greene has the talent to produce more, but Florida State spread the ball around. He could see more targets from Winston in 2014 now that Kelvin Benjamin is in the NFL. Florida State lost other wide outs and are very inexperienced at the position outside of Greene.
Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford
Height: 5-11. Weight: 221. 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2015): 3-5. 4/27/15: In speaking with an NFL general manager, he named Montgomery as one of the players who impressed him the most during the early going of the 2014 season. Montgomery displays speed, strength and big-play ability, but he has to improve his hands. For example, Montgomery had a lot of drops against Notre Dame in wet conditions. He also didn't stand out at the Senior Bowl or Combine.
Montgomery recorded 61 receptions for 604 yards with three scores in 2014. The senior picked up 144 yards on the ground (6.3 average) with a touchdown, too. As for special teams, he averaged 17.1 yards per punt return with two scores and 25.2 yards per kick return. Montgomery missed the regular-season finale against UCLA and the bowl game against Maryland with a shoulder injury.
8/27/14: A sleeper receiver who goes under the radar but could rise up in stature this season is Montgomery. He has a serious combination of size and speed. If Stanford gets more consistent quarterback play and decides to give Montgomery more opportunities, he could have a huge season.
Montgomery has been a contributor for Stanford since his freshman year. His best season came as a junior in 2013 when he caught 61 passes for 958 yards with 10 touchdowns. Montgomery could have produced more if Kevin Hogan had played more consistently. Montgomery had 26 catches for 213 yards in 2012 after recording 24 receptions for 350 yards with two scores as a freshman in 2011.
Montgomery has some speed to go along with his size. He also is one of the best kick returners in the nation. Montgomery was second in the nation in kick returns in 2013 with an average of 30 yards per return with two touchdown returns.
Chris Conley, WR, Georgia
Height: 6-2. Weight: 213. 40 Time: 4.35. Projected Round (2015): 3-5. 4/27/15: Conley commanded that NFL teams take notice of him with his tremendous 40 time at the Combine. Not only was Conley extremely fast, he also has good size and was respectable in the field work. The senior hauled in 36 receptions for 657 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014. The year before, he caught 45 passes for 651 yards and four touchdowns. Conley is a sleeper pick who could be a mid-round steal.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke
Height: 5-8. Weight: 185. 40 Time: 4.56. Projected Round (2015): 4-6. 4/27/15: The undersized Crowder produced a good season for the Blue Devils with 85 receptions for 1,044 yards with six touchdowns. He finished the year well with a 100-yard receiving game and a punt return for a touchdown against Arizona State in Duke's bowl game. For the NFL, Crowder is a speedy slot receiver, but the senior may not have the size to stick at the next level. He had a good showing at the Senior Bowl.
As a junior, Crowder made 108 catches for 1,360 yards with eight touchdowns. He had 76 receptions for 1,074 yards and eight scores as a sophomore.
Personal: Son of Brenda and James Crowder. Majoring in sociology.
Tony Lippett, WR, Michigan State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 192. 40 Time: 4.61. Projected Round (2015): 3-5. 4/27/15: Lippett was Connor Cook's No. 1 receiver in 2014 and had good production for the Spartans with 65 receptions for 1,198 yards with 11 touchdowns. Lippett showed nice route-running and hands for Michigan State. The senior was very improved over his previous seasons, although he didn't stand out at the Senior Bowl and ran slow at the Combine. Some teams are thinking of moving Lippett to defensive back.
Lippett had 44 catches for 613 yards with two touchdowns in 2013. The previous year, he hauled in 36 receptions for 392 yards and two scores.
Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary
Height: 6-0. Weight: 210. 40 Time: 4.41. Projected Round (2015): 4-6. 4/27/15: After an excellent East-West Shrine game, McBride continued his strong postseason with a good Combine. He ran fast and looked good in the field drills.
There was one wide receiver who really stood out at every East-West Shrine practice and that was McBride. He destroyed the cornerbacks in the one-on-ones as he consistently got open using his quickness and route-running to get separation. McBride showed some speed to get downfield and challenge defenses vertically. He has enough size as well. Of all the players at the East-West Shrine, he maybe did the most to help himself. McBride had 64 catches for 809 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. His junior numbers were nearly identical (63-801-5).
Stefon Diggs*, WR, Maryland
Height: 6-0. Weight: 195. 40 Time: 4.46. Projected Round (2015): 4-6. 4/27/15: In 2014, Diggs caught 62 passes for 792 yards and five touchdowns. He missed three games after suffering a lacerated kidney against Penn State. Diggs came back to play in Maryland's bowl game and did well against Stanford (10-138). Despite major durability issues, Diggs decided to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. He had a solid performance at the Combine.
8/23/15: Maryland is counting on Diggs to be a big-time play-maker on offense and special teams in 2014. He is an explosive weapon and a deep scoring threat. Diggs could be even better this coming season due to the experience he's gained. It wouldn't be a surprise if Diggs is one of the top play-makers in all of college football as a junior.
Diggs was off to a great start in the early part of 2013. The sophomore recorded 34 receptions for 587 yards (17.3 average) and three touchdowns before breaking his right fibula in October. That cause him to miss the rest of the season.
Diggs was one of the top recruits in the nation and decided to stay local by attending Maryland. He caught 54 passes for 848 yards with six touchdowns in 2012. The freshman had a big impact on special teams as well. Diggs averaged 10 yards per punt return and 28.5 yards on his kick returns. He had two kicks brought back for touchdowns.
Dezmin Lewis, WR, Central Arkansas
Height: 6-4. Weight: 214. 40 Time: 4.58. Projected Round (2015): 4-6. 4/27/15: Lewis is a big-bodied receiver who could end up being a mid-round pick. He totaled 64 receptions for 945 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014. Lewis impressed enough to receive an invitation to the Senior Bowl. His time in Mobile neither helped or hurt him to any real degree. Sources say they view Lewis as a third-day developmental pick.
Devante Davis, WR, UNLV
Height: 6-3. Weight: 220. 40 Time: 4.57. Projected Round (2015): 4-6. 4/27/15: While missing five games, Davis recorded 34 receptions for 599 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. He has good size, but he may not have the speed to get separation. It's good for Davis' draft stock that he landed an invitation to Mobile, but he didn't particularly stand out.
Davis caught 87 passes for 1,290 yards with 14 touchdowns in 2013. He reeled in 61 catches for 854 yards and four scores as a sophomore.
Chris Harper*, WR, California
Height: 5-11. Weight: 175. Projected 40 Time: 4.56. Projected Round (2015): 5-7. 4/27/15: Harper had 52 catches for 634 yards and six touchdowns in 2014. He declared for the 2015 NFL Draft and did not participate in the Combine.
8/27/14: Harper had a quality season on a bad team in 2013 as he caught 70 receptions for 852 yards and five touchdowns. Against Ohio State, Harper gave the Buckeyes a lot of problems as he hauled in six for 115 yards and a score. The sophomore absolutely destroyed Washington State with 14 catches for 231 yards and a scores. As a freshman, he had 41 receptions for 544 yards with two scores.
Harper could use more strength on his frame.
Dres Anderson, WR, Utah
Height: 6-1. Weight: 187. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2015): 5-7. 4/27/15: Anderson hauled in 22 receptions for 355 yards and four touchdowns through seven games in 2014. He suffered a knee injury in late October that ruled him out for the rest of the season. Anderson accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl, but didn't play due to injury. That played out for the Combine as well.
8/27/14: Anderson had a breakout year for the Utes in 2013. He hauled in 53 passes for 1,002 yards with seven touchdowns. Anderson also contributed as an underclassmen with 36 catches for 365 yards and three scores. In 2011 he had 23 catches for 355 yards and three scores.
Personal: Dres is the son of Lolita and Willie "Flipper" Anderson. Flipper Anderson played from 1988-1997 with the Broncos, Redskins, Colts and Rams.
Antwan Goodley, WR, Baylor
Height: 5-10. Weight: 209. 40 Time: 4.44. Projected Round (2015): 5-7. 4/27/15: Goodley was slowed by a quad injury in 2014, but still contributed for the Bears. He played only briefly in the season opener and didn't record a catch. After missing two games, Goodley returned to the lineup and made six receptions for 114 yards against Iowa State. He put together big games against TCU (8-158) and West Virginia (9-132). Goodley finished the year with a total of 60 receptions for 830 yards with six touchdowns.
Goodley was decent at the Senior Bowl, but should move to running back in the NFL. He is built more like a halfback. Goodley ran fast times at the Combine.
8/27/14: Goodley isn't tall, but he is built thickly and has the speed to make plays downfield. With Terrance Williams in the NFL and Tevin Reese injured, Goodley had a breakout 2013 as Baylor's leading receiver. He caught 71 passes for 1,339 yards with 13 touchdowns.
Goodley can stretch the field vertically and could be a nice weapon as a slot receiver. In Baylor's high-scoring offense, he should produce a big senior season with Bryce Petty.
Personal: Son of Antwan Goodley and LaSandra Bowers. Majoring in general studies.
Vince Mayle, WR, Washington State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 224. 40 Time: 4.67. Projected Round (2015): 5-7. 4/27/15: Mayle produced a big senior year for Washington State. In the Cougars' aerial offense, he caught 106 passes for 1,483 yards with nine touchdowns. Mayle lit up some of the weaker secondaries he played against and was decent against Oregon (7-75) and Stanford (6-78). Mayle had 42 receptions for 539 yards and seven scores in 2013.
Mayle was okay at the Senior Bowl, but didn't really impress. He had a slow 40 time at the Combine.
Josh Harper, WR, Fresno State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 191. 40 Time: 4.64. Projected Round (2015): 5-7. 4/27/15: Harper notched 90 receptions for 1,097 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014. He ran slow at the Combine.
8/27/14: Harper's numbers are likely to decline with Derek Carr moving on to the NFL. In 2013, Harper caught 79 receptions for 1,011 yards with 13 touchdowns. The previous year, he had 24 receptions for 333 yards and four scores in five games. The sophomore missed one game with a hamstring before a sports hernia ended his season. As a redshirt freshman, Harper had 35 catches for 497 yards and five scores.
Personal: Son of Willie and Roxane Harper.
DeAndre Smelter, WR, Georgia Tech
Height: 6-3. Weight: 222. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2015): 6-FA. 4/27/15: It can be hard for wide receivers to break out as draft prospects in Georgia Tech's ground-based offense. Smelter didn't get a lot of opportunities in 2014, but he made the most of the limited chances as he caught 35 passes for 715 yards (20.4 average) and seven touchdowns. Sources say Smelter has excellent hands to go along with his size. The big-framed wideout does have a knee injury that could force him to have a redshirt season on injured reserve, but teams are intrigued with Smelter and are grading him as draftable on Day 3.
Darren Waller, WR, Georgia Tech
Height: 6-6. Weight: 238. 40 Time: 4.46. Projected Round (2015): 6-FA. 4/27/15: Waller is a giant receiver who is a size mismatch, but he struggles to get separation. Waller doesn't play as fast as his 40 time from the Combine. The senior made 26 receptions for 442 yards with six touchdowns in 2014. Waller had very little production as a junior (17-367-3) and sophomore (8-162). He put together a quality week at the East-West Shrine. Sources say that Waller hasn't shown enough as a blocker to be considered for a move to tight end.
Deontay Greenberry*, WR, Houston
Height: 6-3. Weight: 200. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2015): 6-FA. 4/27/15: Greenberry totaled 72 receptions for 841 yards and six touchdowns in 2014. He has good size, but if he has the speed to separate from NFL-caliber cornerbacks isn't clear. Greenberry should have returned for his senior year, but he entered the 2015 NFL Draft. Greenberry did not receive a Combine invite.
8/27/14: Greenberry was the first Scout.com "five star" recruit to sign with Houston. He made an immediate impact as a freshman in 2012 with 47 receptions for 569 yards and three touchdowns. Greenberry upped his game as a sophomore with 82 receptions for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The junior has size to go with speed. It wouldn't be surprising if Greenberry has massive production in 2014.
Chandler Worthy, WR, Troy
Height: 5-8. Weight: 175. 40 Time: 4.34. Projected Round (2015): 6-FA. 4/27/15: The speedy Worthy was a play-maker for Troy the past few seasons on offense and special teams. The senior led the team with 44 receptions for 428 yards and three touchdowns in 2014. He also returned 27 kicks for 794 yards and two touchdowns. At Worthy's pro day, the 5-foot-8, 175-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds while posting other good times in less-than-ideal conditions. Worthy has received interest from the Falcons, Texans, Lions, Rams, Bears and Titans .
Austin Hill, WR, Arizona
Height: 6-3. Weight: 212. Projected 40 Time: 4.58. Projected Round (2014): 6-FA. 4/27/15: Hill showed glimpses of his old form in 2014, but wasn't consistent. He finished the year with 49 receptions for 635 yards and four touchdowns. Hill had a good week of practice at the East-West Shrine, but didn't snag a Combine invite.
8/27/14: Hill didn't play in 2013 after tearing his ACL in the spring. He had a massive 2012 season for Arizona and was one of the top receivers in the Pac-12. Hill caught 81 passes for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns. The sophomore absolutely destroyed USC with 10 catches for 259 yards. He also had big games against Stanford (11-165-2) and Nevada (8-175-2). It was a tremendous season that saw him become Matt Scott's No. 1 receiver.
Hill had 21 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman backup.
Personal: Psychology major.
Kasen Williams, WR, Washington
Height: 6-2. Weight: 216. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2014): 6-FA. 4/27/15: Williams recorded 20 receptions for 189 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. He wasn't used much by Washington's new coaching staff and could have been slowed down by lingering issues from his 2013 injury. Williams put together a solid week at the East-West Shrine, but did not receive a Combine invite.
8/27/14: Williams played well for Washington in 2013 with 29 receptions for 421 yards and a touchdown. He fractured his leg in late October and missed the final five contests.
Williams had a very impressive sophomore season. Even though the Huskies had a tremendous tight end in Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Williams ended up leading the team in receiving. He did that despite quarterback Keith Price having a disappointing junior year. Williams totaled 77 receptions for 878 yards and six touchdowns in 2012. His only 100-yard receiving game of the season came against Stanford (10-129).
Williams has good size with exceptional leaping ability to make catches over defenders. The senior needs to use 2014 to show the speed and quickness to consistently get separation. He hurt his stock in 2013 with a traffic arrest on suspicion of DUI.
Matt Miller, WR, Boise State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 220. Projected 40 Time: 4.56. Projected Round (2015): 7-FA. 4/27/15: Miller totaled 28 receptions for 461 yards and three touchdowns in his five games. He missed the remainder of the year after having surgery to repair ligament damage in his left leg. Miller looks like a big possession-receiver candidate for the NFL. He did not receive a Combine invite.
8/27/14: Miller has good size and some quickness. He caught 88 passes for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013. Miller provided a nice 2011 season as a redshirt freshman for quarterback Kellen Moore. Miller started eight games and set Broncos freshman receiving records with 62 receptions for 679 yards and nine touchdowns. He was solid with 66 receptions for 769 yards and five touchdowns in 2012.
Levi Norwood, WR, Baylor
Height: 6-1. Weight: 180. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2015): 7-FA. 4/27/15: Norwood made 35 catches for 319 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. A wrist injury caused him to miss three contests, and he was supplanted by K.D Cannon and sophomore Corey Coleman. Norwood did not attend the Combine.
8/27/14: Norwood contributed the past two seasons while playing behind other receivers. He chipped in 40 catches for 487 yards with a score in 2012. Norwood produced some big plays for the Bears in 2013 with 47 receptions for 733 yards and eight touchdowns. The senior should see more targets in 2014.
Damiere Byrd, WR, South Carolina
Height: 5-9. Weight: 170. Projected 40 Time: 4.39. Projected Round (2015): FA. 4/27/15: Byrd caught 20 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns in 2014. He did not participate in the Combine.
8/27/14: Byrd is extremely fast, but he hasn't had a season of big production during his college career. In 2013, Byrd hauled in 33 receptions for 575 yards as a junior. As a sophomore, he had 14 receptions for 366 yards. Byrd needs to produce more as a senior.
Christion Jones, WR, Alabama
Height: 5-11. Weight: 187. Projected 40 Time: 4.45. Projected Round (2015): FA. 4/27/15: Jones hauled in 19 receptions for 264 yards and one touchdown during 2014. He averaged 8.4 yards per punt return and 25 yards per kick return as well. For the NFL, Jones is a backup receiver who will have to earn a roster spot as a returner. He did not participate in the Combine.
8/27/14: Jones had a coming-out party in the 2013 season opener against Virginia Tech. He did his best Devin Hester with a punt return (74 yards) and a kick return (93 yards) for a touchdown in the first half. The kick return was especially impressive as Jones spun off a tackle to break free down the sideline. In the third quarter, he streaked down the field and made an over-the-shoulder catch for a 38-yard touchdown. Jones doesn't receive a lot of targets in the passing game, but he has continued to produce as a returner.
Jones had 36 receptions for 349 yards with two touchdowns in 2013. He averaged 14.4 yards per punt return with 29.3 yards per kick return. Jones entered 2013 with 25 career receptions for 328 yards with four touchdowns. He had averaged 10.6 yards per punt return.
Jaxon Shipley, WR, Texas
Height: 6-1. Weight: 193. Projected 40 Time: 4.51. Projected Round (2015): FA. 4/27/15: Shipley totaled 57 receptions for 577 yards and one touchdown in 2014. He was not involved in the Combine.
8/27/14: In 2013, Shipley hauled in 56 passes for 589 yards and one touchdown. As a freshman in 2011, he caught 44 passes for 607 yards and three touchdowns in five starts. Shipley started 10 games in 2012 and totaled 59 receptions for 737 yards.
Personal: Son of Bob Shipley, coach at Brownwood High School in Brownwood, Texas. Younger brother of Jordan Shipley.
Andre Debose, WR, Florida
Height: 6-0. Weight: 190. Projected 40 Time: 4.38. Projected Round (2015): FA. 4/27/15: Debose was supposed to be a bigger part of the Gators' passing offense in 2014, but he had only one reception for negative three yards. With Florida's awful quarterback play, Debose and the receivers had zero opportunity to shine. In return duties, Debose averaged 25 yards per kick and 14 yards per punt with one for a touchdown. Special teams is Debose's only hope to stick on an NFL roster. He did not participate in the Combine.
8/27/14: Florida was planning on featuring Debose in 2013, but he tore his ACL in training camp and was out for the season. He wisely decided to return to Florida and be a sixth-year senior in 2014. Debose was phased out and passed up on the depth chart for the Gators in 2012. He has some potential as a kick and punt returner. Debose returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown against Louisville in the Sugar Bowl. The junior averaged 28.3 yards per kick return.
Debose showed what he is capable of in 2011 when he, separately, burned both LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick for 65-yard touchdown receptions in back-to-back games. Both Claiborne and Kirkpatrick were top-20 picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Debose caught 16 passes for 432 yards and four touchdowns in 2011. The redshirt sophomore also returned kickoffs and averaged 27 yards per return. Debose has great speed and is a home-run threat.
George Farmer, WR, USC
Height: 6-1. Weight: 220. Projected 40 Time: 4.59. Projected Round (2015): FA. 4/27/15: Farmer was a former superstar recruit who never played up to the hype. He missed 2013 with a knee injury and came back to record 25 receptions for 314 yards and four touchdowns in his final season for the Trojans. Farmer should have gone back to school and could easily go undrafted. He did not participate in the Combine.
Tommy Shuler, WR, Marshall
Height: 5-7. Weight: 188. Projected 40 Time: 4.59. Projected Round (2015): FA. 4/27/15: Shuler totaled 92 receptions for 1,138 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014. He did not participate in the Combine.
8/27/14: Shuler caught 106 passes for 1,165 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013. He took advantage of double-teams on Aaron Dobson in 2012 and produced a massive sophomore season. Shuler caught 110 passes for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns. He is very undersized and will have to be a slot receiver in the NFL.
Nigel King, WR, Kansas
Height: 6-3. Weight: 210. Projected 40 Time: 4.57. Projected Round (2015): FA. 4/27/15: King was one of the head-scratching decisions in terms of players who entered the 2015 NFL Draft when they should have returned to school. King caught 30 passes for 537 yards and a touchdown in 2014. In 2013, he hauled in 33 passes for 450 yards and four touchdowns.
King has size, but is said to lack speed. He did not participate in the Combine.
Devin Gardner, WR/QB, Michigan
Height: 6-4. Weight: 210. Projected 40 Time: 4.69. Projected Round (2015): FA. 4/27/15: Gardner's accuracy, decision-making and ball placement are his fatal flaws. He completed 62 percent of his passes in 2014 for 1,896 yards with 10 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Gardner was benched against Minnesota, but returned to the starting lineup against Rutgers. He should play wide receiver in the NFL.
8/27/14: Gardner completed 60 percent of his passes in 2013 for 2,960 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. After playing well against Notre Dame, he struggled against Toledo, Connecticut and Michigan State. Gardner threw for 503 yards against Indiana. He also totaled 483 net yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground across the season.
Gardner began 2012 as a wide receiver before starting four games at quarterback to end the year. The junior completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,219 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also ran for 101 yards and seven touchdowns. As a receiver, Gardner caught 16 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns.
Gardner is a good athlete who could be subject to a lot of debate about his future position in the NFL. He needs a strong fifth year in 2014 and needs to show the ability to be an effective pocket passer if he wants to remain a quarterback. Michigan has new offense that is supposed to fit Gardner better and produce a more consistent passing attack.