2013 NFL Combine - Receiver Analysis
Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins
Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins
Posted Feb 18, 2013

Pre-Combine quick looks at the wide receivers invited to Indy.

2013 NFL Pre-Combine

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Last year 2012 CFN Pre-Combine WR Rankings

- 2013 CFN Pre-Combine QB Rankings, No. 11 to 25 

1. Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee 6-3, 205 (Jr.) Proj. 1
Positives: Very big, very fast, and very quick for his size. He has No. 1 wide receiver tools and is the one guy in the draft who looks like the next big thing. … Almost looks like he's running in slow motion – he's that smooth. Absolutely brilliant when he gets the ball on the move. … Great at fighting for the ball. Isn't afraid to use his body to make things happen in traffic.

Negatives: Needs to be a more natural receiver. He has good hands, but not great ones. He'll fight the ball a little bit too much. … Still emerging. For good and bad, he might not have reached his potential quite yet. A bit raw and might not be a killer for a few years. … The focus will be on now. He was a part of a great receiving corps, but now he'll have to be ready to be the No. 1 man.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? He'll eventually emerge as a top receiver and go-to target.

2. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson 5-11, 205 (Jr.) Proj. 2
Positives: Nice combination of size and route-running ability. He comes in and out of his breaks and cuts well and is able to make himself open with one move. … Tough. He might not be a huge receiver, but he's able to bounce off tacklers and is able to hold up when getting popped. He's never going to be afraid to go across the middle. … A great blocker for his size. He'll get physical and will do all the little things necessary to make an offense work.

Negatives: Not huge. He doesn't have the giant unstoppable size of a Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. … Excellent speed, but not elite wheels for his size. He's not a 4.3 blazer. … He's going to be a marked man now. He's going to be expected to be someone's go-to target, but he might be at his best as a No. 1A guy or a complementary playmaker.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? A long-time starter who'll be a major factor right away.

3. Keenan Allen, California 6-3, 210 (Jr.) Proj. 1
Positives: A great combination of speed and size. He has the raw tools and the frame to become the top target in a high-octane passing offense. He goes after the ball and uses his body well. … Tough to get down. He's going to come up with yards after the catch after being hit, not just when he gets into the open. … Great at fighting to get open. He manages to make himself free with his quickness and his physical ability.

Negatives: Fast, but not a true blazer who's going to take the top off a defense. He might turn into a more of a possession target who makes the midrange play over the home run. … Banged up. He has a few leg problems that aren't too bad despite knocking him out of the last three games, but might be just enough to require a long look. … He was much, MUCH better as a sophomore than a junior. Quarterback play was a part of it, but he didn't exactly help the cause before getting hurt.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? A potential No. 1 receiver, but he'll flourish if he doesn't have to be The Guy as a part of a passing game.

4. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech 6-2, 195 Proj. 3
Positives: Extremely productive. Looks and plays the part as the main man for the high-octane passing offense. Even when he was the marked man, he came through. Absolutely destroyed Texas A&M and kept getting better as last season went on. … Great character. Extremely coachable. The type of guy you want to be a part of your team and your passing game. … Smooth as glass. No wasted motion and great at working himself open. Great route runner.

Negatives: Fights the ball a bit. He has nice hands, but he'll put some grabs on the ground that he should be making. … While he's not going to be shy when it comes to contact, he has to go after the ball a little bit better. He was used to having the ball come to him, and he's going to have to start fighting corners on a regular basis. … Raw speed might not be there. He's not a blazer.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? A rock-solid starting pro for the next several years.

5. Terrance Williams, Baylor 6-2, 205 Proj. 3
Positives: The upside is limitless. Does he want it? If he has everything working and is in the right frame of mind, he has the tools to become a special playmaker. … Has the size, speed and talent. He's great at getting deep and he plays fast with the ball in his hands. … Great blocker. He uses his frame well and isn't afraid to hit someone. Coaches will love him on running plays.

Negatives: It's all there, but … ? The only real question mark is whether or not he has the I Want To Rip Your Heart Out attitude. Does he want to be a special player? … Struggles a wee bit on his consistency. He has good hands but doesn't suck everything in. … Might be considered a one-trick pony. He's a deep threat and a vertical playmaker, but he'll have to come up with big plays across the middle on a regular basis.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? A good pro who'll blow up now and then with a few monster games to suggest he could be something truly special.

6. Justin Hunter, Tennessee 6-4, 205 (Jr.) Proj. 2
Positives: Rare tools. He could be the complete package and the most talented receiver in the draft in terms of size, speed and athleticism. … Has the wheels to get deep on a regular basis, but he's also able to use his toughness and size to make plays in traffic. … A really, really nice pass catcher. He was better at making the grab before getting hurt, but he has excellent hands who effortlessly grabs the ball.

Negatives: His knee. He came back and was more than fine, but he suffered a torn ACL earlier in his career. … Of his nine touchdown catches last season, six came against Georgia State and Troy. Of the 18 career scoring grabs, just six came against SEC defenses. … Has room to get a little bigger, and he could stand to be more effective against NFL defensive backs if he gets to a rocked up 215. Will that take away from his speed?

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? An excellent starter who'll be an elite complementary target next to a good No. 1.

7. Tavon Austin, West Virginia 5-9, 175 Proj. 2
Positives: Fast, fast, fast, fast, FAST. Great with the ball in his hands in a variety of ways and is always able to come up with a big burst of speed whenever he gets the chance. … A great runner in an open field with the potential to become a special slot receiver. He's going to be uncoverable at times. … Always producing. He doesn't need a lot of room to make one cut and fly.

Negatives: Size is going to be a problem. He was able to get by in college, but he won't be able to take a licking at the next level going across the middle. … He'll be used as a kick and punt returner, but his future will be as a receiver. He needs to work on becoming a full-time wideout, and while he could be a difference maker, it'll be as a fun toy to play with. … He'll be limited in what he can do for a passing game. He's strictly an inside target.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? He'll be a flash of lightning who'll take over a game or two on his own. However, he's not going to be a superstar receiver who'll make ten grabs a game.

8. Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas 6-3, 209Proj. 4
Positives: A big target who uses his frame and size extremely well and is great at getting physical when he needs to be. He fights off defenders without a problem. … The big question was whether or not he could handle being the No. 1 guy, and he stepped up his game in a miserable season. … Fast. He has the right combination of skills to look and play the part. He looks like an NFL wide receiver.

Negatives: Not the most natural of receivers and needs refinement. He needs to be a sharper route runner. … Has to be far better at going after the ball. He's not the type of receiver who'll make a grab in a range. You can't just throw it to a spot. … Might be a one-trick guy at the next level. Send him deep and hope for the best – can he do it all?

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? A solid complementary target who'll be a good No. 3 and a nice part of an ensemble.

9. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia 5-10, 190 (Jr.) Proj. 5
Positives: Always coming up with big plays and huge stats. Unstoppable last season, he always found ways to get open and had an uncanny knack of always being where Geno Smith needed him to be. … Smooth as glass. Moves extremely well and is always working to get open. … A nice pass catcher who makes every grab that comes his way. He's a playmaker.

Negatives: Doesn't have the raw tools. He's not big, not all that fast and he's not that strong. He's a better football player than a prospect. … He was part of a gimmicky offense that threw and threw and threw. It helped to have the top quarterback in the draft getting him the ball. … Not physical. He's an open space receiver who has to make things happen in the clear. He's not going to do much in traffic.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? He'll flourish in the right offense, but he'll never be a go-to target. He'll be a good No. 3 who makes plays in single coverage with all the attention on the other receivers.

10. Robert Woods, USC 6-1, 190 (Jr.) Proj. 3
Positives: The potential is there to be an even better pro than a collegian, at least after a little bit of a drop-off last season after a monster 2011. … A great pure receiver. He was fantastic over the last two years against top competition and in some huge games. He's a target who's ready to roll from Day One. … While he's not built for it, he's not afraid to hit, be hit or block. He'll at least try to be physical and won't shy away from contact.

Negatives: Needs to bulk up a bit. He has a good body and a nice frame, but he still needs to fill out a bit. … Not a speedster. He's able to get open and make plays, but he's not going to blow past NFL defensive backs. … Is he going to be able to get past an ankle injury? It might not have been the reason his numbers dropped last season, but he wasn't quite the same player.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? He'll be a can't-miss part of an ensemble cast. He can thrive as a second or third receiver.

- 2013 CFN Pre-Combine QB Rankings, No. 11 to 25