1. WR Calvin Johnson - Georgia Tech – 6-foot-5, 239 - 4.35
Calvin Johnson is the ultimate weapon at wide receiver. He's too big for the speedy man-to-man corners and he's too fast for the corners that typically play in a Cover 2 zone. He also has fantastic hands and superb body control, but to cap it all off he always gives maximum effort. Talent-wise, he's along the lines of Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, but character-wise he's more comparable to Marvin Harrison or Torry Holt.
2. WR Jason Hill - Washington State – 6-foot-1, 204 - 4.32
Jason Hill has quietly snuck his way into the top 10. Known as an intelligent player with superb concentration who runs crisp routes, Hill wowed NFL scouts even further when he turned in a 4.32 forty time at the NFL combine. When studying him on film he often reminds me of Tim Brown or Rod Smith in their younger days.
3. WR Ted Ginn, Jr. - Ohio State – 5-foot-11, 178 – 4.28
Rumored to have a forty time in the 4.2's, Ted Ginn Jr. has consistently run past college cornerbacks as if they were standing still (just ask Aaron Ross and Leon Hall). He'll be one of the fastest players in the NFL on the day he's drafted, so I would expect that trend to continue. He's also a fairly decent route runner and has much better hands than most scouts give him credit for. He could use a little work on some of the finer points of the position, but all of that comes through coaching (and this young man is very coachable). When I compare him to current NFL players he's a shiftier version of Carolina's Steve Smith.
4. WR Robert Meachem - Tennessee – 6-foot-2, 214 - 4.39
Robert Meachem is a mature player at his position and the most well-rounded of this year's class. In any other year he'd be the top receiver in the draft, but with this group he rounds out the top four that have the word "special" attached to their names.
His size and weight-to-speed ratio is marvelous, but his balance and body control are also top notch. He's silky smooth in and out of his breaks and also has the awareness to find the open pockets against the zone. You'll rarely see him drop a pass, and as long as the quarterback can put the ball within a four-yard radius of where Meachem's standing he'll usually come down with it. When I compare him to current NFL players he has the physical nature of Arizona's Anquan Boldin but runs more like the Colts' Reggie Wayne.
5. TE Greg Olsen – Miami – 6-foot-6, 254 - 4.51
As the latest top tier tight end prospect to hail from the University Of Miami, Olsen dazzled NFL scouts with his performance at the combine. Underutilized as a senior, Olsen doesn't have flashy numbers, but what he does have is flashy talent. He's a strong route runner with steady balance and good awareness. As long as he stays healthy he'll have an immediate impact for the team that drafts him.
6. WR Anthony Gonzalez - Ohio State – 6-0, 193 - 4.44
Gonzalez is one of the more underrated players in the 2007 draft class and from a fundamentals standpoint he's as polished a receiver as you'll ever see in the college ranks. Going into the combine he was viewed as nothing more than a possession receiver, but his 4.44 forty proved he'll have instant value as an NFL flanker.
7. WR Dwayne Bowe - LSU – 6-foot-2, 221 - 4.51
Dwayne Bowe's 40 time was extremely disappointing, but if you see him on film he's one of those athletes that plays faster than the stop watch. This is probably due to Bowe's awareness and his uncanny ability to locate the ball in mid-flight and make adjustments. The level of balance and the body control he displays is amazingly rare and he can track a pass better than any wide receiver in this year's draft. When forecasting his game he's best suited to play the slot, where he can use his size to bang inside and go over the middle. Did I fail to mention he also catches everything?
8. WR Craig Davis - LSU – 6-foot-1, 200 - 4.37
Davis is a high-ceiling player with explosive speed, soft hands, intelligence and toughness. While he's already a talented player, he still has a lot of room to grow and it's exciting to think about how much better he'll become once he refines his game in the NFL.
9. WR Aundrae Allison - East Carolina – 6-0, 198 - 4.39
Allison is an elusive runner with sudden and explosive speed. He can change gears in an instant and juke defenders right out of their shoes in the open field (similar to a Dante Hall). He was a man among boys in Conference USA will still be tough to defend in the NFL. As an added bonus he'll also be able to double as a punt and kick returner for the team that drafts him.
10. WR Sidney Rice - South Carolina – 6-foot-4, 200 - 4.50
Rice is a lanky "inside the 20's" type of receiver and once he reaches the NFL he'll do most of his damage on the short field. His value has dropped a little because of his 40 time, but what he lacks in flat-out speed he more than makes up for with his silky smooth transition (he makes route running look effortless). When you throw in his reliable hands Rice is going to be a steal in the late second or early third round.
11. WR Dwayne Jarrett - U.S.C. – 6-foot-4, 219 - 4.57
Jarrett has almost fallen off of the map due to his slow 40 times, but like Dwayne Bowe he'll likely find his niche playing in the slot for a team running the West Coast Offense.
12. WR David Clowney - Virginia Tech – 6-0, 188 - 4.36
Clowney is a lightning-fast playmaker that will initially see NFL action as a kick returner. He'll need to bulk up a bit and refine his game before he takes too many snaps at wide receiver.
13. WR Johnnie Lee Higgins - Texas-El Paso – 6-0 186 - 4.40
Higgins is a breakaway receiver with top tier physical talent. With good hands, blazing speed, and strong balance, he's a better receiver than most give him credit for. If he falls into the third round he could be the steal of the draft.
14. WR Yamon Figurs - Kansas State – 5-foot-11, 174 - 4.30
Yamon Figurs and David Clowney are so similar to one another I'm giving Figurs the same evaluation I gave Clowney. Figurs is a lightning fast playmaker that will initially see NFL action as a kick returner. He'll need to bulk up a bit and refine his game before he takes too many snaps at wide receiver.
15. TE Kevin Boss - Western Oregon – 6-foot-7, 252 - 4.78
In a draft that's horribly weak for pass-catching tight ends, Kevin Boss has leap-frogged the Zach Millers and Scott Chandlers of the world. His basketball background and his six touchdowns in only six games (also had 33 catches for 403 yards) has NFL scouts buzzing over his potential.
16. WR Steve Smith - Southern Cal – 6-0, 195 - 4.58
Despite his "big name" in college, Smith will be a possession receiver in the NFL.
17. WR Legedu Naanee - Boise State – 6-foot-2, 225 - 4.41
As one of my sleeper picks, Naanee has the best combination of height, weight and speed of all the players left on the board. This isn't the only reason why he's slotted at 17, however – he can play. In 2006 Naanee was Boise State's leading receiver and a first team All-WAC selection.
2007 NFL Draft Value Board - WR & TE
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