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2011 Post-Combine Buzz - The No. 3 WR Is ...
Maryland WR Torrey Smith
Maryland WR Torrey Smith
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Posted Feb 28, 2011


The buzz after the weekend of the 2011 NFL Combine - Who's the No. 3 receiver?

2011 NFL Post-Combine Buzz

The No. 3 WR Is ...
 

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2011 Post-Combine Buzz
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A.J. Green is going to be the first receiver off the board and Julio Jones will be No. 2, or vice versa. The third receiver in the mix has been up for debate for weeks, and the issue hasn’t exactly been settled.

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Green and Jones are first rounders, possibly top ten overall picks, and the third target probably won’t go until the middle of the second round with a glut of good, but not special, must-have targets.

The best player of the remaining lot is Maryland’s Torrey Smith, a high-character guy who could be a great value pick anywhere after the 30 because of his versatility and his wheels. Great in the workout, he measured a solid 6’1” and 204 pounds with a 4.43 40 and a jaw-dropping 41” vertical. He’ll be the third wideout on most draft boards, and the Combine performance assured him of being a top 50 overall selection.

Also on the radar will be Kentucky’s Randall Cobb, who quietly helped himself with a 4.46 in the 40 and with his always-great attitude. His versatility, his quickness, and his hands could make him a second rounder, while Troy’s Jerrel Jernigan is still in the hunt for a high pick after running a 4.46. Jernigan wasn’t great in the ball drills, but he proved that he’s fast enough to remain one of the hot sleepers.

Boise State’s Titus Young didn’t hurt himself, but he didn’t exactly boost his stock with a 4.53 while measuring a relatively wispy 5’11” and 174 pounds. He looked fluid and he caught the ball extremely well, but it’ll be a tough sell to take him over Smith.

There’s still some question about whether or not Pitt’s Jonathan Baldwin can put it all together and harness all his skills and talents, but his measureables might be too good to ignore after a jaw-dropping workout. Not only was he over 6’4” and 228 pounds, but he ran an effortless 4.5 and jumped out of the stadium with a 40” leap. The upside is there to potentially be the star receiver in the draft, and any offensive coordinator worth his salt will lobby hard for the chance to harness the talent.

Among the most closely scrutinized workouts was from Miami’s Leonard Hankerson, one of the stars of Senior Bowl week and one of the highest risers in most mock drafts. Everyone already knew he had good size, big hands, and used his size and strength well on the field, but his timed speed was going to be the key. A 4.43 answered all the questions, and he was fluid for a big man through the short drills. Above all else, he seemed like he was having fun with the process and wasn’t fazed by all the scrutiny.

This isn’t considered a deep and great receiver class, but two teams will invest tens of millions in Jones and Green while others will be very, very happy with the value they’ll get, and the savings, about thirty picks later.