Scouting Report: Wide Receiver Rankings

Thomas Frank Carr

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst

2014 Wide Receivers  

1. Sammy WatkinsClemson

2. Odell Beckham LSU

3. Marqise Lee USC

4. Mike Evans Texas A&M

5. Brandin Cooks Oregon State

6. Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt

7. Allen Robinson Penn State

8. Davante Adams Fresno State

9. Donte Moncrief Ole Miss

10. Kelvin Benjamin Florida State

11. Josh Huff Oregon

12. Jared Abbrederis Wisconsin 

13.Jalen Saunders Oklahoma

14. Quincy Enunwa Nebraska

15. Jarvis Landry LSU

16. Cody Hoffman BYU

Overview 

The 2014 draft class is considered by some to be one of the deepest draft classes in recent memory. While there is considerable talent don't expect every one of them to be the go to guy on their teams. This draft is full of pieces that could fit nicely into a recieving corp to compliement other top receivers. There are also some players who did themselves a disservice by coming out too early. Players like Kelvin Benjamin, Mike Evans, and Jarvis Landry could have stood another year in college to work on their games. However, the departure of high profile quarterbacks like Manziel and Mettenberger probably Evans, Beckham and Landry to leave early.

Evans Overrated

As you may have noticed I do not have Mike Evans as my second best receiver. That is because he isn’t the second best receiver in this draft. Evaluators and pundits see his immense size and leaping ability and salivate at his potential. But if you look closer at his actual game, he leaves a lot to be desired right now. I may very well be wrong in five years and could be one of the best receivers in this draft by then but he isn’t right now. He will have a hard time transitioning to the next level.

Allen Robinson

We also have our first Penn State player scouted in Allen Robinson. Robinson is another player who could have stayed in school and helped his stock out by simply not being in this draft with so many receivers. That being said, he didn’t have much left to prove at Penn State. He can’t improve on the one thing he lacks and that is speed. He will be a good player at the next level but he simply isn’t fast or very explosive. He has the tools to be a day two steal but won’t ever be a true No. 1 Wide receiver.

*UPDATE: Robinson shed weight and had a very good pro day. He ran sub 4.5 and proved that he's got the deep speed to make an impact in the NFL. He's still not as explosive as you would like in a number one receiver but he's flirting with the first round now. 

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