NFL Draft

Top 10 WRs

With the NFL Draft now less than a month away, I present to you my first edition of my top 10 positional rankings.

You will notice I have 12 players listed here, but that’s just in honor of the depth this draft class possesses at the receiver position. While there are no Calvin Johnson’s or Julio Jones’ in this group, there are more than a handful of legitimate prospects with the potential to become impact players at the next level.

Laquon Treadwell is the consensus number one, and though many will point to his stop watch time (4.65) with doubt, it’s his fluidity and game tape that put him in pole position.

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Baylor’s Corey Coleman has been under heavy scrutiny for his apparent lack of overall skills. He ran a limited route-tree in college, so word of bad route-running and only possessing straight-line speed has surfaced. He also has drop issues, especially in the middle of the field. He ran a 4.37 at his Pro Day and scored 20 TDs through the first eight games of the 2015 season, so going deep is no issue. The issue is that he didn’t score any in the next four games and never came close to 100 yards again. If college teams can figure out how to shut him down, NFL defenses will without breaking a sweat. But if he lands with the right team, those same defenses will be sweating just watching the film on him.

Will Fuller also has the speed (4.32) but as one scout and former NFL receiver said “I hear the DeSean Jackson comparison and I can’t get there. DeSean was faster, tougher and more reliable than Fuller. I’m not saying Fuller can’t play, but I don’t think he’s DeSean.”

Josh Doctson is of a different mold. More of a possession type receiver with the ability to go up and snag the ball out of the air. The Minnesota Vikings seem really interested in what TCU product has to offer, as would he be a great compliment to their young receiving core. An immediate starting job on the outside seems to be in Doctson’s future.

Sterling Shepard rounds out my top five (for this edition anyway). The Sooner may leave something to be desired in terms of measurements, but definitely leaves nothing on the field in terms of effort. The 5’10 slot man not only comes with a ferocious hunger to make plays, but the talent to execute them. I see shades of Steve Smith all over this one.

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NFL Combine: Winners

The NFL combine has come and gone, so toss out those pre-combine mock drafts and reconsider life as we know it. Every year mock drafts are completely re-written post combine due to both great, and disappointing performances from the hopeful athletes.

Every year players get lumped into various categories. Two of the major ones would be workout warriors, and “football players”. Ideally you find a nice balance of the two and feel safer projecting them at the next level.

Here is a list of good football players who had nice workouts to boot, they will surely be at the least, solid pros in the NFL.

Winners

QB Carson Wentz – Showed off his ability to make all the throws – with a ton of zip to boot. As one anonymous NFL scout said  “This guy’s unique. He’s just different. And obviously, he’s 6-5, 230, and can spin it like a mother.”

He ran an impressive 4.77 in the 40-yard dash, real nice for a 6’5 230 lb QB (2nd at the position), and also put up a 3-cone drill of 6.86 seconds, one of only four quarterbacks to accomplish it in under 7 seconds. He will most likely go number 2 overall to Cleveland.

QB Jeff Goff – Put on a passing clinic for everyone in attendance. Wentz may have the better measurables, but many believe Goff is the better thrower. Played at Cal, so he’s seen the bright lights and pressure that comes with the position. Certainly a top 10 pick, and while the Browns like their man, Goff could be the better player down the line. The right fit in the NFL could turn him from a potential serviceable starter to a perennial Pro-Bowler.

WR Braxton Miller – While fans may have felt let down by his 40 time at the NFL Combine, his 60-yard shuttle, 20-yard shuttle, 3-cone drill results were among the elite. His performance confirmed what we saw on on film and why we believe he can make the transition to wide receiver, when so many before him haven’t.

Aside from his competitive drive, he has outstanding feet and explosion in those legs.  He will be a fine route runner once he learns the nuances of the position by translating those skills into separation from DBs at the top of his routes. Get the ball in his hands around the short to intermediate areas and he will find success in the NFL. Update* He ran a 4.33 at his pro day.

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