Wide receiver rankings for the 2013 NFL Draft

2013 NFL Draft Rankings: Wide Receivers

3/11/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Wide receiver rankings for the 2013 NFL Draft6. Keenan Allen (California): I don't have Allen ranked as high as a lot of other people, and that's not to say that I don't like him - it's just that I believe the rest of these receivers are special as well. Allen possesses great size for an NFL receiver at 6'2'' 206, and he uses his body well to shield defenders from quarterbacks' passes. He's a great route runner, especially against zone defenses, in which he can often find holes in the coverage. He shows nice balance and can make good things happen after the catch. However, he has solid but not great speed, and may not ever be able to become a vertical threat at the next level. Injuries are also an issue. He was hindered by a knee injury in 2012 and missed the combine due to a longer-than-expected recovery.

7. Quinton Patton (Louisiana Tech): Patton is a well-rounded prospect who possesses a number of different strong qualities. He can run well and is smooth in his routes, can go up and fight for 50/50 balls (often snatching them away from defenders), and can gain yards after the catch. I had a particularly hard time ranking Patton, and considered him as high as 4th, but ultimately slotted him in here. Rogers' physicality, Woods' playmaking ability, and Allen's ability to get open is what dropped Patton to this spot. Don't think that I don't like his game, however. He's well developed and was incredibly productive during his two years at Louisiana Tech, and could make an immediate impact at the next level.

8. Aaron Dobson (Marshall): At 6'3'' 210, Dobson might have the best size of any receiver in this draft, and he has great athleticism to go with it. He doesn't have elite speed, but is fast enough to get down the field and allow quarterbacks to heave the ball in his direction. If you watch some of his college highlights, you'll see some unbelievably impressive grabs - one in particular where he basically backhands the football like a first baseman fielding a short hop. His college production was mediocre due to catching passes from a subpar quarterback, but his size and athleticism could draw him some looks in the late-first/second round.

9. Stedman Bailey (West Virginia): This guy won't be the flashiest draft pick, but I think whoever drafts him will be getting a safe underneath receiving option. He's not very big or athletic, but he's quick with a great knack for getting open. Unlike his teammate Tavon Austin, he's not a threat to catch a short pass and leave eleven defenders in a cloud of dust, but he has great hands and should be a reliable security blanket at the next level.

10. Justin Hunter (Tennessee): Like his teammate Cordarrelle Patterson, Hunter relied almost strictly on athleticism to produce in college. He has great speed and explosiveness, which he displayed at the combine by running a 4.44 forty and posting the highest numbers in vertical jump and broad jump. He is not a polished receiver, however, as he struggles to beat press coverage, is not a precise route runner, and drops too many catchable passes. He has more upside than some of the players ahead of him on this list, but as of now, I think he's too big of a risk to take over the nine other receivers.

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