2013 NFL Draft Rankings: Wide Receivers
Every team in the NFL wants the chance to grab the next Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, or Julio Jones.
Unfortunately, only a few teams will have that opportunity in the 2013 NFL Draft with Cordarrelle Patterson and Keenan Allen being the two that stand out amongst the other receivers.
Patterson is my clear cut number one with his comparable Julio Jones-type play. He will make plays across the middle of the field or down field with his size near the end zone.
Allen has the potential to be a burner with a very good sized frame at 6’3. While these two studs are the cream of the crop, that doesn’t at all mean there isn’t more talent at wide receiver. Tavon Austin showed his explosiveness at the combine, while Ryan Swope’s stock jumped with a nice 40 time, as well. There are several solid talents at the receiver position. Let’s break them down and rank them:
1. Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
Patterson is an absolute boss. He has the size, speed and skill-set to be a special player at the next level. His main knock is he’s still raw and inexperienced.
2. Keenan Allen, Cal
Allen is a burner with a solid all-around skill-set. He isn’t afraid of contact or going over the middle, and can work magic with the ball in his hands. He’s more polished than Patterson but arguably has a slightly lower ceiling.
3. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
Hopkins has solid size and break-neck speed to go along with reliable hands and solid route-running ability. He really blew up in 2012 and is arguably fairly underrated going into the draft.
4. Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Austin isn’t the biggest or strongest, but he’s a speed demon with loads of explosiveness and versatility. He’ll be a dangerous weapon.
5. Justin Hunter, Tennessee
Hunter has a very nice combo of size and speed. His 2011 knee injury hurt him, but he’s well on his way to returning to his previous form. He’s another underrated talent.
6. Robert Woods, USC
Woods has solid size and speed. He needs to get a lot tougher and be more willing to be physical at the next level. A bit of a down year in 2012 could have hurt his stock.
7. Terrance Williams, Baylor
Quicker than fast, Williams is a bit underrated because he’s not quite as physically imposing as some of his draft-mates. He’s a very prolific receiver with a good amount of upside.
8. Aaron Dobson, Marshall
Really nice size and flashed elite red-zone ability in 2011. Not the most productive guy and not overly explosive or fast.
9. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
Has decent size and speed, but is far from a burner. Lacks great strength or explosiveness. Route-running needs work.
10. Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech
Rogers is a highlight reel receiver. He has nice size and speed, but character and consistency issues could hurt his draft stock.
11. Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas
Solid size/speed combo. Very nice senior season. Hasn’t shown to have a nose for the end-zone. Not the fastest guy in the world.
12. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
Bailey could be a great slot receiver at the next level. He’s fast and shifty, but he doesn’t have the best size.
13. Marquess Wilson, Washington State
Great size and solid speed. Needs to hit the weight room. Too frail for how big he is.
14. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
Blew people away at the combine with 4.3 speed. Has good play-making ability and reliable hands. Lack of great size could force him into the slot.
15. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
Pretty explosive with nice straight-line speed. Reliable receiver who can make a lot of big plays. Had a huge senior year. Lacks size and strength.
16. Ace Sanders, South Carolina
Decent speed and great play-making ability. Lacks size and strength. Not very productive in college.
17. Aaron Mellette, Elon
Has great size and strength. Not a speed demon. Insanely productive for three seasons. Faced weak competition.
18. Chris Harper, Kansas State
19. Erik Highsmith, North Carolina
20. Kenny Stills, Oklahoma
Decent size and speed, but not very explosive or eye-popping. Just a solid prospect with a low ceiling.
21. Marquise Goodwin, Texas
Absolute burner that should be utilized as a slot receiver with big upside. Still fails to catch the ball with his hands, which hurts him severely.
22. La’Rod King, Kentucky
23. Tyrone Goard, Eastern Kentucky
24. Conner Vernon, Duke
Pretty athletic with great, soft hands. Runs crips routes, better speed than advertised. Perfect for the slot at the next level. Could be late-round gem.
25. Dan Buckner, Arizona
26. Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech
27. Tavarres King, Georgia
28. Josh Boyce, TCU
29. Brandon Kaufman, Eastern Washington
30. Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech
31. Emory Blake, Auburn
Solid size and speed combo. Has some play-making ability but lacks elite speed.
32. Alec Lemon, Syracuse
33. Keenan Davis, Iowa
34. Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State
35. Mike Shanahan, Pittsburgh
36. Lanear Sampson, Baylor
37. Darius Johnson, SMU
38. Marcus Sales, Syracuse
39. Denard Robinson, Michigan
Pretty special athlete with outstanding versatility. Showed good speed. Raw receiver. Is he a wide out or a running back? Is he done playing QB?
40. Skye Dawson, TCU
41. DeVonte Christopher, Utah
42. Roy Roundtree, Michigan
43. Marlon Brown, Georgia
44. Denard Robinson, Michigan
45. Uzoma Nwachukwu, Texas A&M
46. Alan Bonner, Jacksonville State
47. Jasper Collins, Mount Union
48. Jason Thompson, New Haven
49. Rodney Smith, Florida State
50. Chuck Jacobs, Utah State
51. Dyrell Roberts, Virginia Tech
52. Ryan Spadola, Lehigh
53. Josh Jarboe, Arkansas State
54. Kenbrell Thompkins, Cincinnati
55. Chris McNeill, Wyoming
56. Luke Tasker, Cornell
57. T.J. Moe, Missouri
58. Tyler Shaw, Northwest Missouri State
59. Jaron Brown, Clemson
60. Darryl Stonum, Baylor
61. Mark Harrison, Rutgers
62. Reggie Dunn, Utah
63. Taylor Stockemer, Arkansas State
64. Sam McGuffie, Rice
Former running back. Guy can fly and is elusive. Has only been a true WR for one year. Could be interesting in the slot.
65. Dominique Sandifer, San Diego State
66. Jamal Miles, Arizona State
67. Rodrick Rumble, Idaho State
68. Rashad Ross, Arizona State
69. Jheranie Boyd, North Carolina
70. Michael Smith, UConn
71. Russell Shepard, LSU
72. MarQueis Gray, Minnesota
73. Nicholas Edwards, Eastern Washington