Summary: Entering the 2012 season, Robert Woods was viewed as a high first-round pick and the top wide receiver eligible for the 2013 draft class. Woods was coming off a prolific sophomore season where he was one of the most productive wideouts in the nation. However, Woods never got on track as a junior but still illustrated that he is an NFL starting-caliber receiver.
To start out his Trojans career, Woods caught 65 passes for 792 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman in 2010. He was just scratching the surface and began his sophomore campaign in dominant fashion. In the opener against Minnesota, he had a record-setting game with 17 receptions for 177 yards and three touchdowns. Woods then broke his own record three weeks later against Arizona, catching 14 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Woods was imposing his will on offenses all season as he and Matt Barkley destroyed the PAC-12. Woods totaled 1,292 yards on 111 receptions and 15 touchdowns.
Throughout the offseason, Woods was dealing with a nagging ankle injury. It carried over into the 2012 season and Woods didn't look the same. 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 totaled 76 receptions for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012. His only 100-yard receiving game was against a terrible Colorado team. He 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. With Woods at less than 100 percent, Marqise Lee took over as the No. 1 receiver and became the primary option for Barkley. After a frustrating season, Woods entered the 2013 NFL Draft.
Woods helped elevate his stock with a quality performance at the Combine. He did extremely well in the field drills, displaying good route-running and hands. His 40 time of 4.51 met or exceeded expectations.
Woods looks like a solid No. 2 NFL wideout. He is a good all-around receiver. He has good hands, runs good routes, is a good blocker and is NFL ready. He could be a good possession receiver in the short to intermediate part of the field and will help move the chains. If defenses aren't mindful of him, he has the potential to burn them downfield. He also could contribute as a punter returner. He averaged six yards per punt return in college.
As a receiver, Woods is kind of a jack of all trades. If he goes to pass happy offense, he definitely is capable of providing good production. Woods' draft stock is fluid. He could go late in the first round and shouldn't fall out of Round 2.
Player Comparison: Roddy White. Woods and White have similar skill sets. Both receivers have some size and speed, but aren't overly big or fast. Once the Falcons got Matt Ryan, White broke out as one of the most consistent receivers in the NFL. He has had a number of excellent seasons for Atlanta since being a late first-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. Woods is the same size as White (6-0, 211), and both receivers can produce some impact plays along with clutch receptions to move the chains. Woods could go late in the first round like White, but might fall to the second round.
NFL Matches: Indianapolis, Houston, Green Bay, New England, Detroit, Pittsburgh, New York Jets, St. Louis, Minnesota
There are many teams that could draft Woods in the first or second round. The Colts, Texans and Packers could all consider Woods in the first round. However, higher-rated receivers will probably be available. Woods would be a great value pick for Houston or Green Bay in Round 2.
New England probably will target a receiver early. The Patriots need some young talent at the position. Woods could be in play for their first- or second-round pick.
Detroit wants to get a receiver to complement Calvin Johnson, and Woods would be a good fit. The Lions have shown some interest in him. Woods could be a dangerous No. 2 in Detroit's pass happy offense.
The Jets could consider a wide receiver because they really need to upgrade the talent on their offense. New York seems most likely to target a receiver on the second day of the draft or in the mid-rounds. Woods would make sense as a Jet in the second round.
If the Rams pass on a wide receiver in the first round, they would definitely be in play for Woods in Round 2.
The Steelers to replace Mike Wallace, and they have shown interest in Woods. He could be a target for them in the second round.
Minnesota needs more receivers to work with Christian Ponder. A reliable wideout who can make tough catches in traffic would be a good aide to the young signal-caller. If the Vikings target another position in the first round, Woods would be a good value in the second round. The Vikings could consider him with one of their first-rounders, but higher-rated receivers will probably be on the board. It wouldn't be surprising if the Vikings trade up in Round 2 to select Woods.