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2013 NFL Draft - Wide Receivers No. 21-35

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 15, 2013


From a college football perspective, the analysis of the top wide receiver prospects.

2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings

WRs - No. 21 to 35


By Pete Fiutak
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- 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings
- Receivers - No. 11-20
     
21. Kenny Stills, Oklahoma (Jr.) 6-0, 194
The production and numbers are inflated as part of a high-powered passing game – name the last Oklahoma receiver to do much of anything at the next level – but he has decent size and amazing speed. With the raw wheels to fly through a defense and kill people deep, he has uncoachable deep speed and can be a one-trick pony. The problem is that he’s not a midrange route runner and he’s not a blocker in any way. While he’s a little bit zany and he’s not your typical football player, his speed will be enough to find a job.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

22. Lanear Sampson, Baylor 5-11, 204
While he never really stood out on a team full of offensive weapons, he was able to do his part and put up nice numbers in the pass-happy offense. With good strength for his size and good deep speed, he has nice tools and a tremendous Combine weight room workout with his toughness translating to the field. He fit in well and didn’t have a problem playing second and third fiddle when needed, and he could easily slip in and play the same role at the next level. He might not be perfectly rounded out as a prospect, but he knows how to play the game and produce.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

23. Rodney Smith, Florida State 6-4, 225
Big, strong and fast enough to get by, he plays large and is an intimidating force when dealing with smallish defensive backs. Not an X, he’s an inside target who needs to use his body, long arms and size to make midrange plays and keep drives going. He’s missing the raw deep speed and isn’t an elite athlete who’ll scare anyone down the field, but he could become a dominant goal line presence and could play a bit like a second tight end if he grows into more of a blocker.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

24. Marquess Wilson, Washington State (Jr.) 6-3, 194
With great height and a ice frame, he can get bigger and stronger without a problem and be a 205-pound rock of a target. With a nasty streak, he’s always looking to make the big catch and the big play, fighting with defensive backs when he has to while also showing off nice quickness for a player of his size. Now he has to get stronger and be able to handle the jams and presses. There were problems at Wazzu with head coach Mike Leach, never meshing with the new staff and having major problems handling the criticism and fire. However, if he can become best friends with an NFL strength and conditioning coach and do the work needed to change around his body type, he could be a cheap late get.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

25. Jasper Collins, Mount Union 5-10, 183
Extremely productive at the lower level, he’s a textbook route runner who always gets open and always catches everything that comes his way. While he’s not fast and he doesn’t have an NFL frame or body, he’s smart enough and crafty enough to find a role as a reliable go-to target on third downs. Tough as nails, he’ll take shots and won’t be afraid to go across the middle, but that gets him in trouble. He won’t get down the field and he’ll get banged up way too easily, but he’s a very, very good football player who’ll make a team with his punt return skills and hands.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

26. T.J. Moe, Missouri 5-11, 204
He’s too small, too slow and not physical enough, but when he’s right he finds ways to make things happen. Banged up throughout last season, he never was able to quite show what he could do against the SEC defensive backs, but he’s weight room strong, functionally quick and extremely good at finding the seams and holes. When the quarterback play was solid and he was healthy, he was a big-time producer in a high-powered, Blaine Gabbert-led offense. He’ll do whatever is asked and he’ll make lots of short-to-midrange plays in dink-and-dunk system that allows him make plays on the move.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

27. Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech 6-3, 233
More of a prospect than an actual football player, he’s the prototype with great size, great bulk and a look right out of central casting. He’s not a blazer, but he’s fast enough for a player of his size looking more like a tight end than an outside deep threat. Great at using his body and frame, he’ll outfight defensive backs for the ball. Now he has to translate his potential into production. The consistency isn’t there and he doesn’t do the little things right. While he’ll fight for the ball, he doesn’t block and he isn’t quick enough to do much as a short-range receiver. He could be maddening because he has so much to offer, but the switch has to be flipped.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

28. Conner Vernon, Duke 6-0, 196
The raw measurables are awful. He’s painfully slow, he’s not strong and he’s not quick. There’s no NFL athleticism and a rock hard ceiling with no upside whatsoever because he just doesn’t have any of the tools. However, he’s a heck of a football player who produced even though he was keyed on by every defensive coordinator. He plays quicker and faster than he times as a rock of a route runner and with the right attitude and fight for a No. 3 receiver. He’ll never by anyone’s go-to guy, but as long as there are talented receivers to take the heat away, he’ll serve a role for a long time as a decent part of a passing game.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

29. Brandon Kaufman, Eastern Washington (Jr.) 6-5, 216
While he’s lumbering and way too slow, he’s a massive target who put up huge numbers at the lower level cranking out 1,850 yards and 16 scores last season. Missing the tools, he’s not going to blaze past anyone and he doesn’t uses his size well, needing to get far stronger and tougher, but he’s a talented player who sucks in everything that comes his way with the potential to grow into a receiving tight end if he can add another 15 pounds or more. He’ll never hit anyone and there’s a hard ceiling on what he can do, but there’s too much production – even at the lower level – to not get an extremely long look.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

30. Alec Lemon, Syracuse 6-1, 202
Simply a good wide receiver, he has great hands, cuts on a dime and is extremely reliable and consistent. He’s not fast and he doesn’t have the right frame and body type, needing to get far stronger and in better NFL shape. He’ll do whatever a team needs and he’ll become a quarterback’s best friend on third downs, but he’ll be nothing more than a possession receiver who fails to do much of anything in the open field. Even with all the knocks and negatives, he’s a good enough football player to be someone’s dependable No. 3.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

31. Mark Harrison, Rutgers 6-3, 231
Really big and really fast for his size, he’s a dangerous receiver with the ability to work like a second tight end on the inside, but blaze away on the outside in an X role if needed. One of the bulkier receivers in the draft, he isn’t afraid to get nasty and his someone. However, he’s a bit too big and too fleshy, needing to flip the switch and get into elite shape. Now he has to show he wants it. He’s great in workouts with the intriguing tools to use in a variety of ways, but he has to blossom once he gets around a passing attack that likes to air it out more than Rutgers did.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

32. Aaron Mellette, Elon 6-2, 217
With good size and nice athleticism, he’s a decent prospect with a little bit of upside. A midrange receiver, he’s not going to blaze past anyone and he’ll have a hard time outmuscling an NFL defensive back, but he’s good at working his way open and does a good job of making the tough short-range catch. Not a starting receiver, he could work as a decent No. 4 or 5 target who sees time as a key backup in several roles.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

33. Zach Rogers, Tennessee 6-0, 179
A superstar high school player, he never lived or played up to the billing even though he’s a good route runner and a try-hard type who’ll do whatever is needed. While he’s speedy and quick, he’s not a blazer and struggles to separate and will get blasted by any defensive back able to put a lick on him. The frame and body aren’t right with a lean look and not enough mass for a player without elite wheels, but coaches will love him and he’ll be an impossible cut from a camp.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

34. Tyrone Goard, Eastern Kentucky 6-4, 205
Very tall, very smart and very fast, he could be devastating with a little bit more time and effort in the weight room. With a great frame, long arms and deep skills, he looks the part and plays even bigger than his size with the ability to go up and get the ball. Not physical, he has to get functionally stronger and has to be more of a fighter. He’ll get beaten up by any and every NFL corner, but he could still be a dangerous deep threat as a fourth receiver. The biggest problem is his head after missing time with concussions. There’s upside as a free agent.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

35. Ryan Spadola, Lehigh 6-1, 204
Fast, big and quick, he’s great in workouts with a non-stop motor. Always working and always trying to find ways to get open, he’s a solid route runner who doesn’t make mistakes and can be used as a reliable short-range target. A special teamer, he’s crafty on returns and can be used in a variety of ways. He’ll never get deep and he’s not an elite athlete, but he could be a camp favorite who’s tough to cut.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

- 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings
- Receivers - No. 11-20