2009 NFL Draft/Post-Combine - Receivers
Penn State WR Derrick Williams
Where do the top receiver prospects rank as the Combine finishes up? Along with the positives and the negatives for each top prospect, here's the initial ranking for the 2009 NFL Draft receiver class.
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1. Jeremy Maclin, Missouri 6-1, 198
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 1
Post-Combine Skinny: While the 4.45 was seen as a disappointment,
he scored huge points for fighting it out through a slight knee injury.
He might not have had the greatest Combine experience, but everyone came
away impressed overall.
Positives: Can do it all. Can
be a No. 1 receiver, a return man, and a runner … Extreme speed. Can
take any pass the distance …. Tougher than he looks. Played through
ankle injury all of last year.
Negatives: Not all that thick. Isn’t all that physical … He isn’t
going to block anyone … Has to prove he can beat jams at the line.
2. Percy Harvin, Florida 5-11, 192
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 2
Post-Combine Skinny: Showed off that he was well built, could
cut on a dime, and he came up with a nice 4.41. He did was everyone
wanted to see.
Positives: Played like a man
among boys even in SEC play and against Oklahoma. A special talent … A
difference maker … Can be used as a situational runner … Fast, fast,
… Durability … DURABILITY … Not big enough or reliable enough to be a
No. 1 receiver … While tough, he’s not afraid of contact. Considering
his injury history, this is a problem.
3. Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech 6-1, 215
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 3
Post-Combine Skinny: The talk of the Combine, his
foot injury didn't let him run. However, there's more concern than ever
that he might really be more of a high 4.6 guy than a low 4.5.
Positives: Big, physical
receiver … Confident without being a jerk. Not a diva … Functional
football speed better than timed speed … Elite hands.
Negatives: Not fast. He won’t
blaze by anyone at the NFL level … Will fumble. Uses his size, but will
take shots and will lose the ball … A system receiver? He might need to
be in a wide open offense.
4. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland 6-2, 210
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 4
Post-Combine Skinny: Was he really as fast as expected? Oh yeah,
and then some. When you run a 4.3 and measure at 6.2 and 210 pounds,
you'll make a lot of money. He broad jumped an impressive 10'6" and was
extremely quick through the drills.
Positives: Elite speed. With
his size to go along with his speed, he has the tools … Possibly the
best home run hitter in the draft … Tall. Good at using his height.
Negatives: Doesn’t make enough
plays … Mediocre hands … Need work on route running. Need polish on
becoming an all-around receiver.
Kenny Britt, WR Rutgers
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 13
Post-Combine Skinny: With his size, the 4.47 40 and 23 reps had
to have moved him up on several draft boards. The deep speed is there.
Positives: Excellent size and
decent speed … Isn’t afraid to use his size. Can be physical … Nice
hands. Will go after the ball and will win battles.
Negatives: Character. Was
suspended … A diva … Not a burner. Good speed, not great speed.
6. Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina 6-1, 212
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 6
Post-Combine Skinny: While he didn't do anything special, he was
solid with an expected 4.54. No one thought he'd be a deep threat, but
he certainly wasn't slow.
Positives: Ultra-productive …
Great hands. Can make the highlight play as well as the routine … Decent
size and knows how to use it. He won’t get pushed around.
Negatives: Lacks the top-end
speed … Not explosive. Has functional wheels, but he could be erased by
the faster NFL corners … He isn’t going to be flashy in the open field.
7. Derrick Williams, Penn State 5-11, 194
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 7
Post-Combine Skinny: An unmitigated disaster. Sick before the
Combine, Williams didn't work out well with a horrendous, draft-killing
4.64. Known as a speedster, he'll have to make up for it with a big
second workout. Expect a far better performance.
Positives: Can do a little of
everything well … Very quick. Can be a top punt returner and can be used
as a runner … Track speed ... Hard worker. Willing blocker.
Negatives: Didn’t always
produce up to potential as a receiver … Needs polish as a route runner …
Not huge. Might get shoved around a bit by the more physical corners.
Brian Robiskie, Ohio State
22. Austin Collie, BYU 6-1, 200
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 5
Post-Combine Skinny: Everyone seems to be interested in him. He has
the family reputation and he worked out well for his size with
exceptions quickness in the drills and a solid 4.51.
Excellent size with room to add more bulk … Good hands … Tough enough to
go over the middle. Isn’t afraid to take a pop. … Quick enough to be an
occasional punt returner.
Negatives: Doesn’t have top-shelf speed … Not a No. 1 receiver at
the NFL level … More of a grinder than a special receiver talent.
9. Demetrius Byrd, LSU 6-0, 199
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 9
Post-Combine Skinny: The 4.42 confirmed what everyone already
suspected. The extremely long arms stood out.
Positives: Great size/speed
combination … Has all the tools. He’ll wow everyone in workouts … Fast
enough to blow past slower corners, and strong enough to push around the
he going to consistent? … Question marks about ability to digest an NFL
playbook … Not a good route runner.
10. Brandon Tate, North
Carolina 6-0, 183
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 10
Post-Combine Skinny: Still not 100% healthy after his knee
injury, he didn't run or work out. But he showed off big hands.
Positives: Unstoppable at
times when he was healthy … A great returner … Phenomenal athlete with
Got knocked out in 2008 with a knee injury … It was a major knee
injury … Not quite as quick as he is fast. Will need to show
explosiveness after his injury.
11. Louis Murphy, Florida 6-2,
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 11
Post-Combine Skinny: While he didn't generate much of an
overall buzz, his 4.43 proved he has the deep speed to deserve a longer
Positives: Home run
hitter … Can turn it on and blow past top-shelf corners …
Underappreciated. Publicity lost on a team of top players and in the
shadow of Percy Harvin.
Negatives: Overall route running ability … Has grown into a hard
worker, but it took a while … Needs a bit more polish.
Ramses Barden, Cal Poly 6-6, 229
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 12
Post-Combine Skinny: While he slow 4.61 and only benched 17
times, but at 6-6 and 229 pounds, he was athletic enough. However, he
didn't completely make up for the mediocre Senior Bowl.
Positives: Big time production
… Caught 50 career touchdown passes … Produced against Wisconsin and San
Diego State … Big-time size.
Negatives: Speed a concern … Struggled at the Senior Bowl … No. 1
target potential, but he’ll need to work for it.
Juaquin Iglesias, Oklahoma 6-1, 210
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 8
Post-Combine Skinny: It wasn't a good run. Iglesias only ran a 4.56
and immediately got thrown into the possession receiver category. He
didn't stand out in any way.
Positives: Extremely quick and
fantastic after the catch … A good prospect as a kick returner …
Ultra-competitive. Will try to be a playmaker.
Negatives: Will disappear at
times, and will be lost for stretches when he’s not involved … Lacks
jaw-dropping speed … Could be an ideal No. 2 target, but he isn’t going
to be a No. 1.
14. Mike Thomas, Arizona 5-8, 195
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 14
Post-Combine Skinny: He helped himself. He really
helped himself. While he's small, he ran a 4.4, jumped over 40", broad
jumped a fantastic 10'6", and was as fluid and as seamless as possible
in the drills.
Positives: Tough for his size.
Played through injuries … A great battler and will work to be better …
Very quick. Will find the open holes.
Negatives: Size. He’s not big
enough to handle all the shots he takes … Not all that fast … Might need
the right fit. Will never be a No. 1 target.
Kenny McKinley, South
Carolina 6-0, 189
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 25
Post-Combine Skinny: He made himself a lot of money. Not only
was he a bit bigger than expected, his 4.44 proved his potential deep
speed. Was lightning quick in the short drills.
Positives: A battler for his
size with great hands … A true go-to target who handled himself well
against SEC corners … Always seems to find ways to make himself open.
Negatives: Needs to get
stronger. A lot stronger … Isn’t quick enough or fast enough to make up
for his lack of size … Won’t be able to block anyone.
16. Jarett Dillard, Rice 5-10, 191
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 16
Post-Combine Skinny: There was no questioning his
college production, and now there's no questioning his athleticism. His
4.53 was decent, but the 42" vertical raised some eyebrows. The 10'9"
broad jump was special. However, he has small hands.
Positives: An all-timer of a
producer … Excellent athlete who can jump out of the stadium … A scoring
machine. Great around the goal line.
Negatives: Lacks elite speed …
Needs to prove he can be an NFL route runner, and needs to work a bit …
Needs to get stronger.
17. Jeremy Childs, Boise State 6-0, 200
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 17
Post-Combine Skinny: He ran a disastrous 4.62. He was quick in
the other drills, but he just pigeonholed himself as a possession
Positives: Dangerous. A
productive playmaker whenever he had the ball in his hands … Physical
for his size … Good, willing blocker.
Negatives: Character issues.
Was suspended for academic issues … Not a blazer for his size … Needs to
be a more efficient route runner.
Mohamed Massaquoi, Georgia 6-2, 210
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 15
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't show off anything special
outside of his jumping ability. The 4.6 wasn't great for his size, but
the 10'7" broad jump was fantastic.
Positives: Excellent speed. Great on the outside and great at
getting deep … A battler. He’s a baller who’ll fight for the ball … Nice
quickness against physical defenders.
Negatives: Average hands …
While he beefed up a bit, he’s still wiry and lanky … Good wheels, but
19. Patrick Turner, USC 6-5. 223
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 19
Post-Combine Skinny: Considering his speed is the question
mark, his decision to not run the 40 sent up major red flags. He ran
through the drills and was fine.
Positives: Tremendous size and
strength … Excellent route runner … Tough and not afraid to go over the
middle and take a shot.
Negatives: Not a blazer … Not as productive as he should’ve been as
a No. 1 receiver at USC … Doesn’t catch everything.
Greg Carr, Florida State
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 18
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't At The Combine
Underutilized producer who was great at getting jump balls … Big-time
size. A matchup nightmare … Hard-worker. He could make himself into a
devastating No. 3 receiver/goal line specialist.
Negatives: Slowwwwwwww … Takes
a while to get going … Not as physical as he should be for his size.
21. Kevin Ogletree, Virginia 6-1, 196
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 21
Post-Combine Skinny: It was a nice few days for the big
question mark. Ogletree showed he's fully past his knee injury with
4.45 40 and a 4.08 in the cone drill; the best among the receivers.
Positives: Good speed and
excellent hands … Graduated from Virginia … Solid blocker.
Negatives: Coaching staff not
sad to see him go … Not a deep threat … Doesn’t do any one thing at a
top NFL level … A year removed from a major knee injury.
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 22
Post-Combine Skinny: It wasn't a great workout, but he showed
off excellent quickness. The hands in the drills were fine, but they
weren't good enough to overcome the 4.6 40. Proved he'll be a possession
Positives: Big-time producer
coming off a dominant season … Great worker who’ll do what’s needed to
improve … Excellent route runner.
Negatives: Not fast. He won’t
get any separation on NFL corners … Won’t catch everything … Needs to be
23. Brian Hartline, Ohio State
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 23
Post-Combine Skinny: He had a nice overall workout. He was
quick and fluid through the cones and came up with a decent 4.53. He was
who everyone thought he was.
Positives: Good size … Quick
and productive … A solid punt returner as well as a strong No. 2
Negatives: Not a
blazer … Needs a ton of work on his route running to make up for his
lack of NFL athleticism … Will get pushed around.
Kelly, Clemson 6-5, 204
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 24
Post-Combine Skinny: The 4.55 wasn't bad for his size, and the
leaping ability was decent jumping up 38". He has to get much, much
stronger after lifting 225 pounds just 11 times.
Positives: Ultra-productive …
Great size and good football speed … Fights for every ball.
Negatives: Not fast … Needs to
hit the weights and he has to get stronger … Might have a tough time
getting open against an NFL secondary.
Deon Butler, Penn State 5-10, 182
Pre-Combine Position Rank: NR
Post-Combine Skinny: Considered too small before the Combine to
be much of a factor, he ripped off a 4.38 and was just as quick in the
Nice overall production when
used in the offense ... Fast. Always seems to get open ... A playmaker.
Size. He's small. Wiry ... He's
always been a bit of a second-fiddle. Isn't a No. 1 target ... Not