Not A Great Year To Draft A Wide ReceiverBREAKING NEWS, Eagles Draft, News, NFLDraft Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
The Eagles could use a talented, speedy with receiver with some size, but I don’t think they’re going to use one of their top picks to draft one of them. They have so many needs on the defensive side of the ball as well as the talented offensive and defensive lineman are much better than this year’s crop of wide receivers.
The most talented wide out prospect coming out in this year’s draft is
Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee – 6’3″ 205 – 4.42 - At 6’3″ 205, he’s also and outstanding punt returner, which says it all. This guy is by far the most talented wide receiver in this year’s draft. sgot good hands, 4.4 speed and he has great size.
On top of his size and speed is his ability to run with the football after the catch. He would be a great pick up, but I don’t see the Birds grabbing him with their first pick and I don’t think he will be available after that.
Keenan Allen, California, 6-3, 205 — Allen seems to have 4.4 to 4.5 speed which is good but not great on the NFL level. He will run at his upcoming Pro Day and will affect how high he’s drafted. He’s the most developed wide out in this year’s draft because he can run every route required by an NFL coach.
Allen is also a smart receiver, who is capable of reading defenses and finding the opening. He’s got the size and toughness to go across the middle. Allen has shown us he can go up and take the football away from defenders. Although not a burner he can get deep on defenders. Allen isn’t the ball carrier that Patterson is, but he does have the ability to pick up yardage after a catch.
Robert Woods, USC, 6-1, 190 — 4.51 - Woods is an ideal slot receiver, who doesn’t have great deep speed, but he has the quickness and running ability to be outstanding slot. The USC standout is capable of making the great catch in a crowd, plus he’s a smart savvy football player, who should be able to decipher the nuances of playing the slot in the NFL. The Birds could draft Woods as an upgrade to Jason Avant in the slot, but that’s unlikely because the Birds have so many needs in other places.
Tavon Austin, West Virginia, 5-9, 174 — 4.34 - Austin is nearly impossible to cover man-to-man because of his 4.3 speed and amazing quickness. He’s a threat to make a play if he’s lining up at WR, RB or in the slot. The young man is electric when he has the football in his hands. He has game breaking speed and big time play making ability. The West Virginia product would flourish in Chip Kelly’s system because of his ability to utilize speed and versatility. The Birds already have the diminutive Damaris Johnson, so I don’t see them drafting Austin, who will likely go in the first round.
Justin Hunter, Tennessee, 6’4″, 196 – 4.44 - I see Hunter as a guy the Eagles could go after because he’s got great size, speed and most importantly unlimited potential. This young man could be a bonafide top ten wide receiver in the NFL in two years. He suffered a knee injury a couple of years ago and still hasn’t regained his confidence and fearlessness, but he will go up and make the acrobatic catch. In a couple of year, this young man could be an awesome player on the NFL level because his size speed leaping ability are very impressive.
DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson, 6’1″, 214 — 4.57 - Hopkins is a strong, tough and physical all around receiver, who can contribute to a team in many ways. He will block for teammates and catch the football in a crowd. He’s willing to take a big hit but hang onto the football. Hopkins is effective running with the football after the catch. He’s not blazing fast but he runs good routes and can get open deep.
• Terrance Williams, Baylor, 6-2, 205 — 4.52 - Williams is very much like Hopkins in that he has good size and is a tough, physical receiver. The young man has deceptive speed and has shown he can get open deep, but that’s not his strength. He can make the tough catch, but he has also shown he can drop the easy one. He will need to learn a more complex passing attack, but he could a good third receiver.
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