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Patrick Turner (WR)
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 223
College: USC
Conference: Pac-12
Hometown: Nashville, TN
High School: Goodpasture
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Selected by: Miami Dolphins
Round: 3
Pick (Overall): 23 (87)
Pick Analysis: The Dolphins pick up Turner to become their big target in the middle of the field. With exceptional size and hands, Turner could become a prolific scorer in the Dolphins' red-zone offense.
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High profile disappointments Mike Williams and Dwayne Jarrett might have tainted scouts' perceptions of tall USC receivers, but a breakout 2008 campaign and subsequent impressive Senior Bowl has scouts rethinking their stance on Turner.

After only flashing the potential promised when the highly-regarded high school recruit from Nashville signed with the Trojans, Turner finally unleashed his talents in his senior season, earning second-team All-Pac-10 accolades by catching 49 passes for 741 yards and 10 touchdowns. With a playmaker opposite him (junior Damian Williams), Turner's 6-5, 221-pound frame and surprisingly quick feet helped him become one of the country's better possession receivers.

If similarly protected in the NFL, he could be the first big receiver from the land of Troy since Keyshawn Johnson to make good on his unique talents. Had an arm span of 33 1/4 inches and a hand span of 9 5/8 inches at the combine.

High School

He had 48 receptions for 800-plus yards and 11 touchdowns in 2004 at Goodpasture High in West Madison (Tenn.). As a junior, he caught 56 passes for 955 yards (17.1 avg.) with 12 TDs. He was a Student Sports Sophomore All-American in 2002 when he had 56 catches for 1,033 yards with 14 TDs. He also was on the basketball and track teams at Goodpasture.

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Positives: Long, lean build with adequate overall muscle development. Long arms and big hands. Good lateral quickness and hand play to get off the line of scrimmage cleanly. Better foot quickness and balance as a route-runner than most receivers of his height. Good vision and willing to cut back inside against the grain to generate yards after the catch. Times his leaps well and has the strength to go up and make the catch with defenders draped on him. Can track over his shoulder and can extend. Stepped up his play as a senior and was a pleasant surprise at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Negatives: Relies on build-up speed to get downfield. Lacks the burst off the snap or out of his breaks to threaten defenders, potentially allowing NFL-caliber cornerbacks to stick in his pocket on underneath and intermediate routes. Not the physical dominator his size would indicate. Doesn't use his size and strength often enough to generate separation from undersized defenders. Lacks the agility in the open field or the strength to run through tackles to be much of a playmaking threat after the reception.

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