2013 NFL Combine - WR Analysis No. 11-25
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Michigan QB Denard Robinson
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Posted Feb 18, 2013


Pre-Combine quick looks at the wide receivers invited to Indy. No. 11 to 25

2013 NFL Pre-Combine

WR Rankings - No. 11 to 25


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- 2013 CFN Pre-Combine QB Rankings, The Top Ten 

11. Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech 6-3, 208 (Jr.) Proj. 2
Positives: The talent is undeniable. He has the size, the speed and the strength that’s a perfect fit for the NFL. An absolutely bear when he gets the ball in his hands on the move. … Physical. There’s no shoving him around and forget about trying to get a ball when it’s thrown in his direction. He’ll go after it. … Fluid. Runs effortless routes and moves like a much smaller target.

Negatives: Is he worth the problems? He washed out at Tennessee getting booted off the team when he had everything going his way. He’s going to have to interview really, really well. … He’s not a speedster. He’s a big, strong target, but he’s not going to take the top off a secondary. … Not consistent. He has to learn to do all the little things right and not just get by on being physically superior.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He’ll turn out to be fine. He’ll be a solid starter who’ll be one of the steals of the draft. However, it’s going to take a strong head coach to handle him.

12. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State 6-0, 182 Proj. 3
Positives: Smooth as glass. He’s absolutely fluid when it comes to getting into the open field. There’s no wasted motion. … Fast and extremely quick. He gets in and out of his breaks in a hiccup. He’s going to test among the fastest and most athletic receivers in the draft. … Not big, but physical. Not afraid of contact in any way.

Negatives: He’s willing to block, but he’s not very good at it. He’ll never shove anyone out of the way. … For all his speed, quickness and athleticism, he’s not all that great at getting open. Good defenders stick to him without much of a problem. … He’ll get overwhelmed by the more physical corners. He needs to work in open space.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? A speedster who’ll fit a niche. He’d be perfect for the team like Chicago or Seattle that could use one

13. Aaron Dobson, Marshall 6-3, 204 Proj. 3
Positives: Great size with the NFL look. He’s built like a next-level receiver with the ability to handle himself well against the more physical defensive backs. … Great in traffic. Not afraid of contact and almost seems better when he has to fight for a ball. Grabs everything. … Nice hands. Not a lot of drops and great at going after the pass and making the tough catch.

Negatives: Not fast. He’s not going to get past anyone and won’t be able to shake any NFL corner deep. … Held in check as a scorer last year. Followed up a 12-touchdown season with just three scores and only one after September 15th. … Not a good blocker. He’s physical, but he’s just not all that great for the running game.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He’ll be a solid pro and a good part of a system. He won’t be a No. 1 and will fight to be a No. 2.

14. Denard Robinson, Michigan 5-11, 195 Proj. 5
Positives: Elite speed and elusiveness. Electrifying in the open field, he has the potential to be devastating once he figures out the subtle nuances of being an NFL wide receiver. … The ultimate home run hitter who can be used in a variety of ways. He could make a roster simply because he can be used as a running back, emergency quarterback, returner, receiver and Wildcat runner. … Sets up his blocks well and sees the whole field. Just find a way to get the ball in his hands and go.

Negatives: He still needs to learn how to be a wide receiver. He didn’t exactly look the part once he switched positions in his senior year. … Durability. Always dinged up and always seemed to be knocked around and bruised in some way…. He’s not an NFL quarterback in any way. If he’s under center, it’s only as a runner.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He’ll never be a superstar wide receiver, but he’ll be functional enough to stay around the league for a long time. Some creative offensive coordinator will love him.

15. Marquess Wilson, Washington State 6-4, 183 Proj. 5
Positives: Great height with a nice frame to add more pounds. He could get up to a solid 195-200 pounds without a problem. … A bit of a nasty streak. Wants to make the big play and has no problems getting physical when he needs to. … Quick for a player of his size. He might be lanky and he might be a bit of a long strider, but he comes in and out of his breaks well.

Negatives: How much was his finish at Wazzu Mike Leach and how much was it his? He was suspended from the team and didn’t seem to ever mesh with the new staff. .. He’s not a blazer. He takes a while to gear up and get flying, even though he’s quick out of his cuts. … Not all that physical over the middle. He’ll block, but he’s not all that good at it.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? Just a guy. He’ll make a team, but he won’t make a huge impact.

16. Tavarres King, Georgia 6-1, 200 Proj. 4
Positives: Silky smooth. Moves tremendously well and is fluid out of his breaks and cuts. He has no problems with the quicker, more athletic cornerbacks. … A good deep target with the speed to blow past single coverage. He could find a nice niche as a No. 3 home run hitter. … Still improving. He needs to get a little stronger and he could use a little polish, but he might be just scratching the surface.

Negatives: Battles the ball and has average hands. He’ll make the occasional big play, but he also comes up with way too many drops. … Just okay in terms of production. He was good, but he was never among the elite of the elite SEC receivers. He didn’t take the next step forward. … Not all that big and not physical. He’s a finesse player who relies on his speed and quickness.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? A good third option. He’ll be a part of a passing game but will never be the go-to target.

17. Marquise Goodwin, Texas 5-9, 179 Proj. 5
Positives: Fast, fast, FAST. If he’s not the fastest player in the draft, he’s in the team photo. An elite athlete and college track star with leaping ability and freakish wheels. … Not just a deep threat. He can go across the middle and can run a good route tree. … Can be used as a dangerous kick or punt returner and will get the ball in his hands in a variety of ways.

Negatives: No, he’s not going to do anything more than take off. He’ll be a home-run hitting deep threat. That’s it. … Can get shoved over by a light breeze. Not physical in any way. … Not a natural receiver. He’ll have to work on his hands and consistency.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? A pure specialist. Get on the field, blow the top off the coverage. Go try to do it again.

18. Josh Boyce, TCU 5-11, 205 Proj. 5
Positives: Physical. Has a strong, thick body and he isn’t afraid to use it and beat people up. … Quick and can do a little bit of everything. He doesn’t have a problem blocking, going across the middle, and doing whatever he has to. … Great hands. He doesn’t make any mistakes and doesn’t drop passes. Reliable.

Negatives: Doesn’t quite have NFL tools. This is it. This is as big as he’s going to get and this is as good as he’s going to be. … Not a blazer. He’s more about being physical and getting involved in several parts of the game than he is ripping off a big deep play. … Yeah, he’s going to hit people, but he’s not a great blocker.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? Coaches are going to love him, and he’s going to be a decent player, but he’ll never be a main target.

19.Rodney Smith, Florida State 6-6, 219 Proj. 5
Positives: HUGE. He’s a tall receiver who’s built like a thin tight end. A matchup nightmare. … Fast and athletic. He’ll be dangerous deep and he’ll outplay corners when the ball is in the air. Quick for his size. … Good hands. He’ll work to make a play.

Negatives: Doesn’t play like he’s 6-6 and around 220 . He needs to be more physical and has to be tougher. He’s more of a speed, finesse receiver than a beat-him-up type of playmaker. .. Not all that productive. He was fine, but it’s not like he took the ACC by storm. … Not polished. He needs to work on the little things to be better.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He’ll break hearts. He looks the part and some teams will think there’s the potential to be special, but he won’t emerge as anything more than third or fourth target.

20. Chris Harper, Kansas State 6-1, 228 Proj. 5
Positives: The former Oregon quarterback has adjusted his game. He thinks like a quarterback and finds ways to get open. He sees the field and the plays well. … Thick. He’s not really built like a wide receiver, but he’s fast and he’s tough. He has a great build. … Tough with nice hands. He’ll make the tough play and he’ll fight for the ball.

Negatives: Still learning his craft. He’s getting better at becoming a pure receiver, but he’s still not totally polished. … He needs to be a better route runner. He’ll do what he needs to, but he needs to refine his technique. … He wasn’t a part of a high-octane passing offense. He needs to get used to becoming a regular reliable pass catcher.

Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He could surprise with a little bit of time and seasoning. There might be a hard ceiling on what he can become, but he’s a different kind of receiver. Some scouts will like what he brings.

21. Ace Sanders, South Carolina 5-8, 175 (Jr.) Proj. 5
22. DeVonte Christopher, Utah 6-1, 200 Proj. 5
23. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M 6-0, 206 Proj. 4
24. Kenny Stills, Oklahoma 6-1, 190 (Jr.) Proj. 5
25. Conner Vernon, Duke 6-0, 193 Proj. 6

- 2013 CFN Pre-Combine QB Rankings, The Top Ten 
 
 

















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