Football / Sports

Evaluating wide receivers for the NFL draft

CREAM OF THE CROP

Player, school, height, weight

Sammy Watkins, Clemson, 6-1, 211

-- Many think he's the best wide receiver to come out of college since Julio Jones and A.J. Green in 2011.

Mike Evans, Texas A&M, 6-5, 231

-- Hands, speed, and leadership: the big WR that everyone's looking for these days in the NFL.

Odell Beckham, Louisiana State, 5-11, 198

-- Set LSU single-season mark in 2013 for all-purpose yardage (2,315) -- that's 178.1 per game.

Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, 5-10, 189

-- Gifted slot receiver set single-season Pac-12 records for catches (128) and yards (1,730) in 2013.

Marqise Lee, Southern Cal, 6-0, 192

-- Might have topped the list at WR this year if not slowed by knee, shoulder injuries in 2013

Don't overlook: Davante Adams, Fresno State; Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State; Martavis Bryant, Clemson; Bruce Ellington, South Carolina; Jarvis Landry, LSU; Cody Latimer, Indiana; Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt; Donte Moncrief, Mississippi; Allen Robinson, Penn State.

Fun fact: Sonic Boom: that's the nickname for Oregon State's dynamic playmaker, Brandin Cooks.

Quotable: "Everybody chased rabbits back in the day, when you were small. I mean, they were good to eat. They're really good if you've never had them before. But that also helps you with speed and agility and stuff like that." -- Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin, on chasing rabbits in his hometown of Belle Glade, Fla..

Rating the field: There should be five or more WRs taken in the opening round, and it would be surprising if Watkins and Evans didn't go in the top 10. It's considered one of the deepest positions in the draft this year, with starting-caliber talent available into the third round.

Rams' needs: All five main wide receivers from 2013 return: Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and Brian Quick. The team also added former Tennessee Titan Kenny Britt in free agency. However, there is no clear-cut No. 1 wideout in the group, which is why the thought of Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans in a Rams uniform is enticing.

Local line: L'Damian Washington and Marcus Lucas of Missouri project as late-round picks; so does Walter Powell of Murray State (Hazelwood East HS).

(c)2014 St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at www.stltoday.com

Distributed by MCT Information Services


Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus