Bill's Combine Research: Wide Receivers

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Packer Report's Bill Huber is getting ready for the Scouting Combine, and is sharing some of his research of the 328 players who will be testing for and talking to the Green Bay Packers and the NFL's other 31 teams. We continue with the 47 wide receivers — easily the most among any position group. All heights and weights are from the schools and, therefore, are not official.

— Joe Adams, Arkansas (5-11, 190): In 2009, he was having trouble with migraines, and an MRI revealed he had suffered a mild stroke. He returned to action later in the season, and leaves Arkansas as one of the better receivers in school history and a dominant punt returner. As a senior, he averaged 16.9 yards on punt returns with an incredible four touchdowns to go with his 54 catches for 652 yards and three scores. He was a teammate at Arkansas and Central Arkansas Christian high school with Packers tight end D.J. Williams.

— Timothy Benford, Tennessee Tech (6-1, 195): The sure-handed Benford was named Tennessee's college player of the year — ahead of players from Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Memphis. As a senior, he caught 65 passes for 923 yards and five touchdowns, running his career totals to 217 receptions and 3,104 yards — both of which rank second in Ohio Valley Conference history. His brother, Willie Davis, plays running back for South Florida.

— Travis Benjamin, Miami (5-10, 175): Benjamin finished his Hurricanes career ranked sixth in program history with 2,146 yards and third with 3,874 all-purpose yards. Like many Miami players, he's fast — with a 40-yard time as low as 4.27 seconds.

— Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (6-1, 215): Blackmon, a junior, produced triple-digit catches for the second consecutive season, finishing with 122 receptions for 1,522 yards (12.5 average) and 18 touchdowns. He was even better as a sophomore, with 111 receptions, 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns. He won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver both seasons, joining Michael Crabtree as the only two-time winner of the award. In his high school yearbook, his photo is next to a caption that reads, "most likely to appear in Sports Illustrated." He's a natural, whether being an all-state football and basketball player in high school to quickly picking up snowboarding, roller hockey and the long jump (he won the state title in his only year competing). He even played the drums at halftime for part of his high school career.

— Jarrett Boykin, Virginia Tech (6-2, 218): Boykin started 45 of a possible 54 games, catching 184 passes for 2,884 yards and 18 touchdowns, breaking Antonio Freeman's school records of 129 catches for 2,206 yards. Boykin isn't fast but has enormous hands, and has impressed his teammates with his drawing ability.

— LaVon Brazill, Ohio (5-11, 191): After missing most of 2010 with hand and knee injuries, Brazill had a breakout senior season with 74 catches, 1,146 yards (15.5 average) and 11 touchdowns. He returned three punts for touchdowns as a sophomore. Brazill didn't play sports until his senior year of high school, with Ohio being the only FBS school to show interest.

— Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma (5-10, 188): Broyles, the FBS record-holder with 349 career receptions, had his senior season end with a torn ACL on Nov. 5 against Texas A&M. Broyles caught a whopping 131 passes as a junior and had 83 through nine games as a senior. He scored 45 career touchdowns (breaking the Big 12 record of 42 held by former Oklahoma State star Rashaun Woods) and boasted a career average of 11.1 yards per punt return. Not bad for a player who originally committed to play cornerback at Oklahoma State.

— Gregory Childs, Arkansas (6-3, 215): Childs entered his senior season ranked in the top 10 in school history in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. In eight games as a junior, he caught 46 passes for 659 yards and six touchdowns but his season ended with a torn right patellar tendon. He didn't have a big bounce-back season, with 21 grabs for 240 yards and no touchdowns.

— Danny Coale, Virginia Tech (6-0, 200): Coale ranks just behind Boykin on Tech's career receiving charts with 165 catches for 2,658 yards. He also returned punts and filled in as the punter (averaging 43.5 yards on 13 punts). He won the ACC's James Tatum Award as the conferences top senior student-athlete.

— Josh Cooper, Oklahoma State (5-11, 195): Overshadowed throughout his career by Dez Bryant and Blackmon, Cooper caught 71 passes for 715 yards and three touchdowns as a senior. While Blackmon got the accolades, it was Cooper that was quarterback Brandon Weeden's "security blanket." Coach Mike Gundy compared Cooper to New England's Wes Welker.

— Juron Criner, Arizona (6-4, 215): Criner ranked fourth in school history with 209 catches and 2,859 yards and tops the charts with 32 touchdowns. He had a monster junior season, with 82 catches for 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns. He wasn't quite so good as a senior, with 75 catches, 956 yards and 11 touchdowns, though he missed time with an appendectomy.

— B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State (6-2, 215): Cunningham tops the MSU charts with 218 catches and 3,086 while tying for second with 25 touchdowns. That's quite an accomplishment considering the Spartans' receiver history includes Andrew Rison, Charles Rogers, Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason. As a senior, he tied the school record with 79 receptions and tied for the Big Ten lead with 12 touchdown grabs.

— Patrick Edwards, Houston (5-9, 175): The go-to receiver for record-setting Case Keenum, Edwards caught 89 passes for 1,752 yards (19.7 average) and 20 touchdowns as a senior to win Conference USA player of the year honors. He capped his career with 10 catches for 228 yards and two scores against Penn State, and he devastated Rice for seven catches for 318 yards and five touchdowns. The former walk-on finished his career with 282 catches, 4,471 yards and 43 touchdowns — pretty incredible considering he suffered a compound fracture of his leg when he ran into a motorized cart while trying to make a catch at Marshall during his redshirt freshman season.

— Michael Floyd, Notre Dame (6-3, 224): In the great history of Notre Dame football, Floyd is only the 10th player to be named the team's MVP twice. He caught 100 passes for 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior. His team captaincy was stripped after being arrested for drunken driving in March 2011, and he was cited in his home state of Minnesota for underage drinking in 2009 and 2010, as well. His first career catch went for a touchdown, making him the first Notre Dame freshman to score a touchdown in a season-opening game. Floyd was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Minnesota as a junior and senior at Cretin-Derham Hall in Saint Paul, Minn. — the school that produced Chris Weinke.

— Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M (6-4, 220): Fuller, who decommited from Oklahoma to sign with the Aggies when they hired Mike Sherman as coach, obliterated the school records for receptions (231) and receiving yards (3,092) held by former Packers receiver Terrence Murphy, and also holds the school record with 34 touchdown receptions. The four-year starter finished his career having caught at least one pass in every game he played (46). However, he was benched at one point in the season and battled a case of the drops. Fuller's father, Jeff, played safety for the 49ers for six seasons but had his career cut short by a spinal injury.

— Chris Givens, Wake Forest (6-0, 195): Givens declared for the draft following a junior season of 83 receptions for an ACC-leading 1,330 yards and nine touchdowns. His three-year totals were 163 catches for 2,473 yards and 21 touchdowns, the latter figure ranking third in school history. Givens, a high school running back, had his junior and senior high school seasons end with torn ACLs.

— T.J. Graham, N.C. State (6-0, 180): Graham finished the year with 46 catches for 757 yards and seven touchdowns, including seven grabs for 176 yards and two scores against Cincinnati. He's the school's all-time leader in kickoff returns (137) and kickoff return yardage (3,153), and returned two punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns in his career. He finished third in the 100 meters at the 2007 Nike Nationals.

— Darius Hanks, Alabama (6-0, 185): Hanks caught 26 passes for 328 yards and one touchdown as a senior and just 84 for 1,150 and seven for his career. Hanks was a standout shortstop at Norcross (Ga.) High School and would have been drafted but told scouts that he was going to focus on football.

— Junior Hemingway, Michigan (6-1, 222): Hemingway was named MVP of the Sugar Bowl by scoring two touchdowns against Virginia Tech. He led the Wolverines with 34 catches for 699 yards. At Conway (S.C.) High School, not only did he catch 23 touchdown passes but he threw for nine scores.

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— Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech (6-5, 206): The towering Hill, an early entrant, was a big-play receiver in the Yellow Jackets' wishbone attack. He caught 28 passes for 820 yards and five touchdowns, his 29.3 yards per reception leading the nation. As a high school senior, he won the Georgia state title in the long jump with a leap of 25 feet, 8 3/4 inches. That would have placed ninth at 2008 Olympics.

— T.Y. Hilton, Florida International (5-10, 175): Hilton not only led the team with 72 catches for 1,038 yards and seven touchdowns, but he averaged 23.2 yards on eight punt returns with a 97-yard touchdown and averaged 30.4 yards on kickoff returns. In 2010, he was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and he's a four-time all-SBC first-team selection. Hilton planned on going to West Virginia, but on the eve of signing day, he placed two hats in front of his infant son. One was of West Virginia, the other of Florida International. His son grabbed the FIU hat all eight times.

— Jerrell Jackson, Missouri (6-1, 185): Jackson, a hero of the 2010 upset of No. 1 Oklahoma with his go-ahead, 38-yard touchdown catch, caught 17 passes as a senior after making 50 grabs as a junior. He was a second-team all-Big 12 academic selection in each of his final three years.

— Alshon Jeffrey, South Carolina (6-4, 229): In three seasons, Jeffrey put up stats better than Sterling Sharpe, Robert Brooks or Sidney Rice. He left as the school's career leader in receiving yards with 3,042, the second-highest total in SEC history and one of just three players in conference history with more than 3,000 career receiving yards. He had 49 catches for 762 yards and eight touchdowns in 2011, including four catches for 148 yards and a touchdown in a Capital One Bowl victory over Nebraska. At Calhoun County (S.C.) High School, he led the basketball team to four state titles. Jeffrey didn't start playing football until the middle of his sophomore year. He showed up to practice on a Monday and caught his first touchdown pass that week.

— A.J. Jenkins, Illinois (6-0, 190): Jenkins caught 77 passes during his first three seasons before erupting for 90 catches for 1,276 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. Against Northwestern, he caught 12 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns, the yardage figure being the third-highest in 115 years of Big Ten football.

— Dwight Jones, North Carolina (6-4, 225): Jones was a second-team all-ACC pick as a senior after leading the league with 85 receptions and 12 receiving touchdowns. His reception total was the fifth-best in ACC history. His 1,196 receiving yards fell just short of Hakeem Nicks' single-season record of 1,222. Not bad for a guy who had five catches in his first two seasons. Jones was dogged by academic problems, spending a year at a prep school, but is closing in on his degree.

— Marvin Jones, California (6-3, 202): Jones finished his career among Cal's all-time leaders in receiving yards (2,260, sixth), receptions (156, tied for seventh) and receiving touchdowns (13, tied for eighth). He made at least one reception in each of his past 38 games — all starts — over his final three seasons. He earned a degree in African-American studies in just three-and-a-half years, an impressive feat with two young children. After he graduates, he wants to start a nonprofit for inner-city children.

— Jermaine Kearse, Washington (6-2, 208): The team captain concluded his career with 180 catches for 2,871 yards and 29 touchdowns, figures that all rank second in school history. He scored four touchdowns against Oregon State in 2010.

— Keshawn Martin, Michigan State (5-11, 189): Stuck in the background behind Cunningham, the do-it-all Martin left East Lansing ranked second in punt return yards, 10th in all-purpose yards and 11th in receptions. He scored 17 total touchdowns: 10 receiving, three rushing, two on punt returns, one passing and one on a kickoff return. Among players active last season, only the aforementioned Hilton and Western Kentucky's Darrius Brooks scored touchdowns in five different ways in their careers. As a senior, he posted career-best numbers of 66 catches for 777 yards.

— Rishard Matthews, Nevada (6-2, 215): Matthews caught 91 passes for 1,364 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior, plus averaged 13.3 yards with a touchdown on punt returns. A junior-college transfer, he made his presence felt in 2010. In a shocking upset of Boise State, he caught 10 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown and had a 44-yard touchdown run. In the bowl game against Boston College, his 72-yard touchdown on a punt return was Nevada's first since 2001.

— Marquis Maze, Alabama (5-10, 180): Maze led the national champions with 56 catches for 627 yards and a touchdown, plus averaged 13.2 yards with a touchdown on punt returns and 28.5 yards on kickoff returns.

— Marvin McNutt, Iowa: (6-4, 215): McNutt holds school records for receiving yards in a season (1,315) and career (2,861), as well as single-season (12) and career touchdown receptions (28). As a senior, his 82 receptions tied the school record. Those are prolific numbers from a player who earned all-state honors as a quarterback at Hazelwood Central in St. Louis, Mo., and made the switch to receiver during his redshirt freshman season.

— Kashif Moore, Connecticut (5-10, 175): Moore caught 41 passes for 604 yards and five touchdowns as a senior, giving him career totals of 126 catches, 1,700 yards and 14 total touchdowns. Last year at the Big East Championships, he finished seventh in the 60 meters and ran the opening leg of the 400-meter relay that won the event and broke a 9-year-old school record. In the Huskies' Fiesta Bowl game against Oklahoma on Jan. 1, 2011, Moore wore the No. 6 that belonged to slain teammate Jasper Howard.

— Derek Moye, Penn State (6-5, 210): Moye finished his career ranking third in the Penn State record book in receiving yards (2,395), fourth in receiving touchdowns (18) and fifth in career receptions (144). The co-captain caught 40 passes for 465 yards and three touchdowns as a senior, all team-leading figures, despite missing time with a broken foot. Moye won the 200- and 400-meter state champions while a senior at Rochester (Pa.) High School.

— Chris Owusu, Stanford (6-2, 200): After being limited to seven games as a junior due to various injuries, Owusu's college career came to an end when he was taken off the field in an ambulance against Oregon State on Nov. 5 with his third concussion in 13 months. He won the team's Jim Reynolds Team Award as the senior with the most courage. He finished his career with 102 catches for 1,534 yards and 10 touchdowns, plus averaged 27.3 yards per kickoff return with three touchdowns.

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— Eric Page, Toledo (5-10, 180): It's not often a player from the MAC enters the draft early. In three seasons, Page caught 306 passes for 3,446 yards. His receptions total obliterated the school record held by the Saints' Lance Moore (229) and was 43 shy of the FBS record held by Broyles. Page's 31 career touchdowns include four on kickoff returns and one on a punt return. He caught 125 passes in 2001, and his 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown highlighted a 42-41 victory over Air Force in the Military Bowl. He's one of three players in FBS history to be voted first-team all-conference at three positions (receiver, kickoff returner and punt returner). His 82 receptions in 2009 led all freshmen nationally, and in 2010, he was Toldeo's first All-American in 35 years after returning three kickoffs for touchdowns. At Springfield High School in Toledo, he was a quarterback with 8,800 yards of total offense.

— Devier Posey, Ohio State (6-2, 210): Posey's senior season was a bust, starting with a five-game suspension in the school's tattoo scandal and five more games for accepting too much money from a summer job. He caught 12 passes in three games. Still, in Buckeyes history, Posey ranks sixth with 136 receptions, seventh with 18 touchdown grabs and eighth with 1,955 receiving yards. That's impressive work considering the Buckeyes have had seven receivers drafted in the first round in the last 20 years.

— Brian Quick, Appalachian State (6-5, 220): No small-school player has generated as much buzz leading to the draft as Quick. He finished as the program's all-time leader in receptions (202), receiving yards (3,418) and touchdown catches (31). As a senior, he caught 71 passes for 1,096 yards and 11 scores. A basketball standout who drew some Division I scholarship offers, Quick played only one year of high school football. He made his presence felt as a freshman by blocking a field goal against Michigan, which set up the winning drive in one of college football's all-time upsets. He developed into a dominant receiver, with "food poisoning" being the only way to stop him, according to Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken.

— Rueben Randle, LSU (6-4, 208): Randle declared for the draft following a junior season of 53 catches, 917 yards and eight touchdowns. He ranked third in the SEC with 17.3 yards per reception. An All-American at Bastrop (La.) High School, he accounted for 32 touchdowns as a quarterback as a senior and caught 18 touchdown passes for state championship teams as sophomore and junior. Sam Bradford tried to recruit him to Oklahoma and Julio Jones did the same at Alabama. He's been compared to Randy Moss.

— Gerell Robinson, Arizona State (6-4, 222): After catching just 58 passes in his first three years, Robinson's senior season was one of the finest in school history, with his 1,397 yards on 77 catches ranking second and third, respectively. He closed his career with 13 catches for 241 yards in the Las Vegas Bowl. He was an All-American at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz., which produced Terrell Suggs, for his play at quarterback and safety.

— James Rodgers, Oregon State (5-7, 188): The older brother of Atlanta Falcons rookie running back Jacquizz Rodgers, James established a school record with 222 receptions including an OSU-record 91 catches in 2009. He owns the Oregon State career record with 6,377 all-purpose yards and is the first player in OSU history with 1,000 rushing yards and 2,000 receiving yards. He averaged 24.7 yards per kickoff return and 13.7 per punt return for his career. Rodgers was lightly recruited out of Richmond, Texas — only Texas State offered a scholarship until Oregon State took notice — and earned a degree in speech communication in three-and-a-half years. It's a rags-to-riches story of sorts for the brothers, whose father is in prison on drug charges.

— Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers (6-2, 215): Sanu enters the draft following a junior season in which he set a Big East record with 115 receptions — shattering Larry Fitzgerald's record of 92. His 1,206 receiving yards ranks third in school history and eighth in conference annals. His 210 career receptions also are a Rutgers record. He arrived at Rutgers as a safety, moved to receiver and caught 10 passes in his first game. Sanu did it all: He finished with 653 career rushing yards and nine touchdowns, threw three touchdown passes and intercepted a pass as a junior, owns the longest run in school history (91 yards as a junior) and returned punts as a senior. He'll turn 23 before his rookie season begin. He was too old to play as a senior at South Brunswick High School because he was 19, but rather than enroll at a prep school, he practiced with the team, anyway, to make his teammates better.

— Tommy Streeter, Miami (6-5, 215): Streeter declared for the draft following a junior season in which he posted team highs of 46 catches for 811 yards, good for an ACC-leading 17.6 per grab. That came on the heels of a combined five catches his first two seasons, but new coach Al Golden took advantage of Streeter's size and speed (4.36 in the 40). Streeter played at the same high school as his quarterback, Jacory Harris and linebacker Sean Spence, whose one of the touted linebackers in this draft.

— Nick Toon, Wisconsin (6-3, 220): Toon had one of the best seasons in Badgers history, with 10 touchdown catches (second in UW history), 64 receptions (tied for third) and 926 receiving yards (sixth). He had a career-high nine grabs for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Rose Bowl against Oregon. Toon is the son of Al Toon, the former Badgers standout who was on course for a Hall of Fame-caliber career with the Jets until being driven from the game with concussions. Al Toon serves as a member of the Packers' board of directors.

— Jordan White, Western Michigan (6-0, 215): White, a sixth-year senior, had a monster final year with 140 catches for 1,911 yards and 17 touchdowns, with the latter figure breaking Greg Jennings' record of 15. The yardage mark is a MAC record, as is his 4,187 career receiving yards, and he's tied with the aforementioned Page atop the MAC charts with 306 career receptions. He ended his career with a bang with 15 catches for 265 yards in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Purdue. He missed the 2006 (right knee) and 2008 (left knee) seasons with torn ACLs. His father, James, played collegiately at LSU and made the Cleveland Browns' roster as an undrafted free agent. In 2008, he suffered a brain aneurysm while driving, hit a pickup truck head-on, and has been in a come ever since. Jordan White has worked on his route-running with Jennings.

— Jarius Wright, Arkansas (5-10, 180): Wright emerged as the Razorbacks' No. 1 receiver, finishing with 66 catches for 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns — all of which set school records. He demolished Texas A&M with 13 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns.

— Kendall Wright, Baylor (5-10, 190): Wright rewrote the Baylor record book during his four seasons, finishing with 302 catches, 4,004 yards and 30 touchdowns. As a senior, he caught 108 passes for 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns. In fact, he led the team in receiving all four years and caught a pass in all 50 games. Wright played in 10 games on Baylor's basketball team as a freshman and won state titles long jump and triple jump at Pittsburg (Texas) High School.

— Devon Wylie, Fresno State (5-9, 185): A part-time starter at receiver, Wylie used his blazing speed (4.25 in the 40 in 2009) to make his mark returning punts. His 15.4-yard average in 2011 ranked fifth nationally, and he returned punts for touchdowns against No. 10 Nebraska and No. 5 Boise State. He had a six-game streak with at least one punt return of 30 yards. As a receiver, he had a 47-yard touchdown against Wisconsin in 2008 and a 70-yard touchdown against Wisconsin in 2009. After missing 2010 with an injury, he had career highs of 56 receptions and 716 yards in 2011.

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