Top 10 wide receivers in the 2013 NFL Draft
- Published: Feb. 19, 2013 at 03:45 p.m.
- Updated: Feb. 20, 2013 at 05:11 p.m.
With a nice blend of slot and outside targets, this crop of pass catchers will fill a variety of needs. Let’s look at the top 10 prospects heading into the 2013 NFL Draft.
10. Terrance Williams, Baylor
Many rank him higher, but I think Williams is best suited as a receiver asked to stretch the field. The question is if he can take the next step like Torrey Smith did, showing more dependable hands and growth from a limited route tree. Round projection: 2-3
9. Marquise Goodwin, Texas
Instead of being limited by his own skill, Goodwin was held back by the Longhorns offense. The speedster showed a surprising amount of comfort with the full route tree in Mobile and should only improve with time. Round projection: 2-3
8. Robert Woods, USC
With the offensive focus squarely on Marqise Lee in 2012, Woods took a bit of a step back. His refinement on intermediate patterns should pay dividends, as long as Woods' ankle injury checks out. Round projection: 2-3
7. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
A vertical burner in the mold of Mike Wallace, Wheaton is actually further along in his development than Wallace was coming out of Ole Miss. His catch radius and route combinations help make him a lethal downfield option. Round projection: 2-3
6. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
Bailey was a great counterpart to Austin, a reliable safety net to depend on in the red zone. I believe Bailey has more than enough talent to work his way up an NFL roster as a No. 2 receiver. Round projection: 2-3
5. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
The smooth and graceful Patton won't scare corners with blazing vertical speed, but his body control and consistency will draw plenty of attention from his quarterback. His game is very reminiscent of Reggie Wayne. Round projection: 1-2
4. Keenan Allen, California
Perhaps the forgotten man of the group, Allen suffered from poor quarterback play and an injury that limited the final weeks of his Cal season. The wideout creates separation with explosive cuts and breaks in his routes and uses his body well against corners. Round projection: 1-2
3. Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Tavon Awesome should be in a category of his own. The shifty slot target is a blur in the open field, forcing missed tackles due to unnatural cuts. A creative offensive coordinator will have a field day getting Austin the ball in the open field. Round projection: 1
2. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
Comparing favorably to Roddy White, Hopkins' talent sneaks up on his opponents. He wins with technical route running and strong hands at the catch point. Teams will appreciate his plug and play style. Round projection: 1
1. Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
He only has one season at the FBS level under his belt, but Patterson makes plays as a wideout, running back, and returner. The Volunteer tends to body catch too often, but there are very natural elements to his game teams will want to build on. Round projection: 1