The top two receivers available in the 2011 draft are unquestioned, but which comes off the board first remains a mystery. For a long time, Georgia’s A.J. Green was the consensus top receiver available and the top overall prospect according to a few. That was until Alabama’s Julio Jones turned heads with a spectacular Scouting Combine performance. It will likely come down to an individual team’s preference, but both have a good chance to go in the top 10 and neither will slip past St. Louis at 14.
The most interesting aspect of this group will be seeing who emerges as the third wide receiver. Pittsburgh’s Jon Baldwin has outstanding size, but a disappointing 2010 season has caused some to sour on him, especially with locker room issues that label this talented receiver as one who will throttle down and go through the motions when not heavily involved in the game plan. Other teams may prefer the speed of Maryland’s Torrey Smith, and even Miami’s Leonard Hankerson has been getting some late first-round hype after a good Senior Bowl showing. One of the three could factor into the draft’s first day, but none will escape Round 2.
The second and third rounds will also feature a group of versatile performers who offer big-play ability in a smaller package. Kentucky’s Randall Cobb is a converted quarterback who served as the Wildcats’ “Mr. Everything,” as he produced in every aspect including receiving, rushing, returning and passing. Boise State’s Titus Young has heard comparisons to the Eagles’ DeSean Jackson for his explosiveness, but failed to provide the same special teams impact as the former Cal standout and isn’t as good of a prospect, especially with his coaches having to constantly suspend him for numerous infractions.
Troy’s Jerrel Jernigan is the smallest of that trio and is sure to move to the slot at the next level, but has rare speed and run-after-the-catch ability. He is likely to provide immediate impact as a return specialist but needs to refine his route running skills. Two west coast receivers that could be nice late-round finds are Stanford’s scrappy Doug Baldwin, a great gunner on special teams with Wes Welker-like ability working in tight areas. San Diego State’s Vincent Brown has had tough times with an ankle issue but has verified 4.48 speed that should ease concerns after he ran the drill in the 4.7 range at the Combine.
The third and fourth rounds will feature several intriguing prospects. Indiana’s Tandon Doss has second-round ability and could develop into a terrific No. 2 receiver in the NFL, but surgery on both groins has prevented him from working out thus far in the pre-draft process, raising red flags about his durability. North Carolina’s Greg Little is a converted running back who offers great size and physicality with great hands, but was suspended for the entire 2010 season and may end up spending well over a year and a half away from football considering the current labor situation.
Nebraska’s Niles Paul is another thicker receiver whose build is more commonly seen on a running back, but his inability to consistently gain separation is starting to earn comparisons to former Redskins busts Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas. The biggest steal in the mid-tier group could be totally misused Tennessee split end Denarius Moore, a player with Amani Toomer-like tackle-breaking ability.
Abilene Christian’s Edmond Gates is a Division II standout who has turned some heads with a solid performance at the Combine, but turn on the tape and he can back up his numbers. Gates displays blazing speed to challenge vertically and can turn a short pass into a big gain. Mount Union’s Cecil Shorts is another unknown talent that might have not faced top-evel competition, but has been dominant in several postseason all-star games to back up his impressive college statistics.
POSITION REPORT CARD: Only two receivers are first-round locks (and they are very high-caliber prospects in any year), but this group is loaded in probable second-day selections. The wild card in this equation are two Southeastern Conference receivers who lacked a quality quarterback to get them the ball — Cobb, who brings instant value as a return specialist and the best route runner in this class, and Moore. Combine that with some of the depth in the later rounds, and I’m willing to give this crop of wide receivers a B-minus.
CREAM OF THE CROP
Good News: Fantastic size and strength to beat press coverage…Uses it to his advantage to out-muscle defenders for the ball…Can make the tough catch in traffic…Improved as a route-runner…Shows adequate ability to plant-and-cut to create separation…Recognizes soft spots in the defense and settles in...Great run after the catch ability…Strong runner with the ball in his hands and can break through tackles…Flashes a mean stiff arm…Great effort as a blocker.
Bad News: Inconsistent hands due to lapses in concentration, although he can still make the “wow” catch…Not a true burner despite what his 40 time may indicate…Has been banged up in his career, but is willing to play through injuries.
2010 Statistics: All-American second-team selection by the Associated Press…Named Alabama’s Most Valuable Player…Caught 78 passes for 1,133 yards (14.53 ypc) and seven touchdowns…Added 135 yards and two more scores on eight carries (16.88 ypc).
Prediction: Jones has the size and strength combination seen in a lot of today’s top receivers such as Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson and Dwayne Bowe. He grabbed everyone’s attention at the scouting combine with a stellar performance and is contending with Georgia’s A.J. Green to be the first receiver off the board. Ultimately it will probably come down to a team’s preference, but Jones won’t escape the top 14 picks.
Good News: Rare body control to make the highlight reel catch…Displays truly amazing hands and plucks the ball out of the air with ease…Spectacular concentration to catch in traffic or while adjusting to the football…Shows great leaping ability and timing when high-pointing the ball in the end zone…Can hang on to the ball over the middle…Very good acceleration and can get to top speed in a hurry…Long strider who can eat up a cushion.
Bad News: Thinly built and lacks great strength to outmuscle bigger defenders…Isn’t going to make a lot of defenders miss after the catch, although he is stronger than you would expect and doesn’t go down easy…Frail frame and has suffered some hit-related injuries (bruised lung, sprained shoulder)…Decent speed but is not a true burner...Gives good effort as a blocker but isn’t the strongest in that aspect.
2010 Statistics: All-American second-team choice by the Walter Camp Football Foundation…Caught 57 passes for 848 yards (14.88 ypc) and nine touchdowns.
Prediction: Green has dominated the SEC since his arrival as a true freshman in 2008. Before the combine, he was a consensus choice as the top wide receiver available. An eye-opening effort by Julio Jones has left some questioning that notion, but turn on the tape and Green is still a tremendous physical talent. Few receivers at any level possess hands like Green and he’s turned the highlight-reel catch into a thing of the norm. As I said with Jones, it will probably just come down to preference, but Green will be off the board after the first 10 selections.
BEST OF THE REST
Good News: Excellent run-after-the-catch ability…Displays shifty elusiveness with the ball in his hands and good burst when cutting up field…Good balance to stay on feet through arm tackles…Solid as a route runner due to his quickness and burst…Good vision after the catch and as a returner…Very good hands and flashes the ability to make the “wow” catch…Shows toughness to make the catch over the middle and hang on to the ball despite taking a hit…Versatile player who can contribute in the return game as well…Former quarterback with plenty of experience in the Wildcat (or “WildCobb” as Kentucky called it).
Bad News: Average top-end speed and isn’t a true burner...Undersized and may be relegated to slot duties at the next level, where he took most of his snaps last season…Lacks great leaping ability…Has had some injuries throughout his career, but has been relatively healthy over the past two seasons.
2010 Statistics: All-America first-team selection as an all-purpose player by the Associated Press and a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award, given to the most versatile player in college football…Caught 84 passes for 1,017 yards (12.11 ypc) and seven touchdowns…Gained 424 yards with five more scores on 55 carries (7.71 ypc)…Added 736 yards on 31 kickoff returns (23.74 avg) and 219 yards with one touchdown on 28 punt returns (7.82 avg).
Prediction: Cobb is one of my favorite receivers on the board in 2011. The guy is simply a game breaker with the ability to take it to the house any time he touches the ball. He will likely contribute early considering his versatility. As a receiver, Cobb has a knack for taking the short passes and turning them into big gains. He’s a dynamic return specialist and also saw plenty of success as a Wildcat quarterback. That versatility should warrant a second-round selection.
Good News: Good straight-line speed makes him a great vertical threat…Tracks the ball very well over the shoulder…Solid run-after-the-catch ability…Shows great acceleration to gain yards with the ball in his hands on shorter routes…Quick feet to make defenders miss or release from the line of scrimmage...Good balance…Great intangibles with high character…Also an explosive kickoff returner. Smith could be a steal in the second-round (Detroit picks 44th overall) if he's still available.
Bad News: Tries to body catch too much, leading to dropped passes...Route running is decent, although he isn’t asked to run a large variety of routes…Relies on his speed and athleticism to gain separation and could improve technique…Isn’t going to outmuscle a lot of defenders for the ball.
2010 Statistics: All-ACC first-team selection…Caught 67 passes for 1,055 yards (15.75 ypc) and 12 touchdowns…Added 585 yards on 30 kickoff returns (19.50 avg).
Prediction: It seems every few years Maryland produces another athletic freak that dazzles in pre-draft workouts. While Smith failed to garner the national attention of some of the other pass catchers, he produced great combine numbers and proves on tape he’s one of the most explosive vertical threats available. He is one of a few players in contention to be the third receiver chosen and could sneak into the late first round. If not, he won’t escape the early portions of the second.
Good News: Provides a huge target with a fantastic vertical (42 inches)…Can high-point the ball and displays the strength to take it away from the defensive back…Tracks the deep ball very well…Very long strider that can eat up a cushion with deceptive speed…Usually snatches the ball out of the air with huge hands…Displays the ability to make the highlight-reel catch and is willing to lay out for the football…Finds the soft spots in the zone and settles in as a route runner.
Bad News: Needs to prove consistency as a route runner, as he was mostly used on go-routes in 2010…Long frame prevents him from being overly quick/sudden as a route runner…Average run after the catch ability and isn’t going to elude a lot of NFL defenders…Character concerns regarding maturity…Production dipped from sophomore and junior seasons, as he constantly throttled down when frustrated about his lack of balls targeted to him.
2010 Statistics: All-Big East first-team selection…Caught 53 passes for 822 yards (15.51 ypc) and five touchdowns.
Prediction: Baldwin entered the season as a surefire first-round pick, but a less-than-stellar junior campaign has left many questions. Aside from seeing a drop in production, the Panthers receiver voiced his displeasure with Tino Sunseri, Pittsburgh’s first-year starting quarterback, and the play-calling, which most often required him to run deep routes. Those comments raised red flags regarding Baldwin’s level of maturity and attitude. Still, the receiver has unquestionable natural talent when you take into account his enormous size, big hands and amazing leaping ability. In my mind, he’s the third-best receiver available. Teams considering a wide receiver late in the first round will have to decide whether they prefer Baldwin’s size or Torrey Smith’s speed. Worst case, Baldwin slips into the mid-to-late second round, but “buyer beware” as he can be an obvious cancer in the locker room.
Good News: Outstanding burst out of his stance and explodes off the line of scrimmage against off coverage…Uses quick agility and burst to get by press coverage…Excellent route runner…Explosive and sudden in and out of his breaks to create separation…Can recognize soft spots in the zone…Great run-after-the-catch ability…Has the quickness to elude defenders and the acceleration and burst to turn short passes into long gains…Tracks the ball well over the shoulder…Flashes the ability to snatch the ball out of the air.
Bad News: Lacks size and has a slight frame…Doesn’t show strength and can struggle to get off a tougher jam…Not quite as versatile as expected and hasn’t offered a lot of production as a punt returner (he was an accomplished kickoff returner, but may lack the size to contribute there at the next level)…Character concerns – suspended for nearly all of the 2008 season…Lacks the size and strength to be overly effective as a blocker. Young could be a second- to third-round pick by the Lions, who expressed an interest in him back in February.
2010 Statistics: Set Boise State career (3,063) and season (1,215) records for receiving yards…Caught 71 passes for 1,215 yards (17.11 ypc) and nine touchdowns…Gained 94 yards with another score on 14 carries (6.71 ypc)…Added 564 yards on 24 kickoff returns (23.50 avg) and 43 yards on four punt returns (10.75 avg).
Prediction: Young’s not the prospect Desean Jackson was because I don’t believe he’s as explosive (then again, who is?) and doesn’t have the same kind of speed. He’s not quite as versatile either, as he has little experience returning punts. Still, Young has big-play ability and if you need further evidence, I offer the following statistic: of Young’s 25 career touchdown receptions, 16 have been 40 yards or longer, including eight of 50 yards or longer and two of at least 80 yards. He should be selected in the mid-to-late second round or early in the third, but there are serious concerns about his mental makeup. He’s one of those guys who reminds me of a line from a Styx song (why must you be such an angry young man).
BOOM OR BUST
Good News: Sells double-move with good head fakes…Recognizes and takes advantage of mistakes in coverage…Good toughness to make catches over the middle and hang on to the ball while taking a shot…Flashes the ability to extend outside his frame and make great catches…Solid body control to adjust for the football…Deceptive deep speed…Solid agility coming off the line to beat press coverage.
Bad News: Not overly quick and has a tendency to round cuts…Doesn’t have a lot of explosion or suddenness as a route runner…Has a tendency to bounce step out of his stance when defenders play off…Lacks great acceleration and has to build up to top speed…Has had some trouble with drops in the past, as he allowed too many balls into his pads, but did show improvement as a senior.
2010 Statistics: Broke Michael Irvin’s Miami record for touchdown receptions in a season…Caught 72 passes for 1,156 yards (16.06 ypc) and 13 touchdowns.
Prediction: Hankerson enjoyed a solid performance at the Senior Bowl that has his stock on the rise. Some have projected him as a potential late-first round pick after that effort. I still don’t view his as a first round prospect and think it’s more likely he will come off the board during the second round.
BEST OF THE REST
Good News: Velcro-like hands – soft and can snatch the ball out of the air with ease…Very natural as a receiver…Adjusts to the football well and displays excellent body control…Outstanding concentration to come down with the catch in traffic…Looks sudden without wasted steps as a route runner…Shows good head fakes on the corner/posts…Flashes the savvy to settle into soft spots in the zone…Willing to take on defenders after the catch and definitely doesn’t shy away from contact…Can take a hit over the middle and hang on to the ball…Versatile and will contribute as a kickoff returner.
Bad News: Doesn’t appear to have great acceleration and burst…Average top-end speed…Shows toughness with the ball in his hands but isn’t overly elusive (flashes enough agility to plant and cut past an over pursuing defender)…Good size but doesn’t look all that strong on the field…Considerable durability concerns.
2010 Statistics: All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection…Became just the sixth player in Big Ten history with 1,000 or more kick return yards in a season…Caught 63 passes for 706 yard (11.21 ypc) and seven touchdowns…Gained 163 yards with another score in 28 carries (5.82 ypc)…Added 1,016 yards on 41 kickoff returns (24.78 avg) and 49 yards on seven punt returns (7.0 avg).
Prediction: Doss is one of the more underrated players available at the position and I believe he has the skill set to develop into a fantastic No. 2 receiver. He was a versatile player at Indiana and can also contribute in the return game. However, he’s been unable to work out during the pre-draft process due to off-season surgery on both groins. Doss had durability issues before the groin, and that could drop him into the fourth round. If Doss is able to prove his health when he finally work outs (April 6th) and turned in a solid performance, he could be a real steal in the third round range.
Good News: Consistently attacks the ball with his hands and can easily adjust to poorly thrown ball...Appears to have strong hands, making most of the tough catch in traffic… Displays very good body control and consistently shows ability to catch over his head…
High points in space and has excellent "trajectory assessment" of thrown ball, especially off-target throws (of which he had plenty at UT)…Adjusts his route immediately to the correct course straight to where the ball will be when it descends…Disciplined route-runner, possessing good effort and technique blocking.
Bad News: Lacks a great initial burst, as he sometimes takes four or five strides for him to get going, even though he does show a second-gear on intermediate and vertical routes…Knows how to tempo his routes and continues to improve his craftiness as a route runner, but lacks ideal change-of-direction skills and rounds off too many of his routes.
2010 Statistics: An All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report…Started all thirteen games at split end, finishing second on the team with 47 receptions, as his 981 yards (20.87 ypc) rank seventh on the school season-record list… Nine of his catches were for touchdowns…Had a pair of 200-yard performances (205 vs. Kentucky and 228 vs. South Carolina), becoming the only player in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision ranks to accomplish that feat in 2010
Prediction: Fifth round, as Moore consistently does a fantastic job of adjusting to the football and could emerge as a late-round steal.
San Diego State/5:11.2-187-4.47
Good News: A vastly underrated talent, Brown showed professional scouts that he has that “Greg Jennings” like ability to not only stretch the field, but to come up with crucial catches in traffic…One of the stars during the week-long practices prior to the prestigious 2011 Senior Bowl, the Aztecs split end had one of the finest seasons in school history during his final campaign...West Coast receiver prospect with the footwork and body control to make a living on slants and crossing routes…Fights through the jam with quickness, though he must use his hands more consistently…Knows where the marker is and will play physically with his man to make sure he gets the first down…Used in the slot and outside…Has just enough speed and route-running savvy to gain a step on his man on deep routes.
Bad News: Has an awkward running style that might limit his elusiveness vs. top athletes at the next level…Has just average straight-line speed…Catches with his body when facing the quarterback and lacks great strength to sustain run blocks vs. NFL corner-backs…Tore ligaments in his right thumb vs. Colorado State in 2009 and the injury still lingers.
2010 Statistics: In 2010, Brown registered the first 1,000-yard receiving performance by a San Diego State player since 2002, while also becoming the 12th Aztec in school annals to reach that lofty total. His 1,342 yards as a senior rank fourth on the SDSU season-record chart, and combined with his three other impressive campaigns, he finished third on the school career-record charts with 209 receptions for 3,110 yards…Led the Mountain West Conference in receptions per game (5.31) and receiving yardage average (104.00 ypg), pacing the Aztecs with a career-best 69 receptions for 1,352 yards (19.59 ypc) and ten touchdowns…His 90-yard grab vs. Utah is the third-longest catch in school history.
Prediction: Fourth to fifth round, as Brown is a solid route runner with good hands, but lacks elite athletic ability and didn’t test well.
Good News: Blazing game speed…Solid hands and flashes the ability to pluck the ball out of the air…Exceptional run-after-catch ability…Displays good vision and balance with the ball in his hands, as well as fantastic burst when he plants and accelerates…Good balance and vision…Slippery and tough to bring down if defenders don’t wrap up…Explodes out of cuts on quick slants…Also excels as a return specialist and has seen great success carrying the ball as a Wildcat quarterback.
Bad News: Played mostly against lesser competition…Primarily used on short, quick routes to take advantage of his run-after-catch ability…Not polished as a route runner and has a tendency to round routes, although he has the physical skill to develop into a great route runner…Lacks size and will be relegated to slot duties at the next level (played mostly in the slot in college).
2010 Statistics: First-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection as a receiver and all-purpose player and second-team choice as a return specialist…Caught 84 passes for 822 yards (9.79 ypc) and six touchdowns…Gained 322 yards with three more scores on 45 carries (7.16 ypc)…Added 630 yards with one touchdown on 25 kickoff returns (25.20 avg) and 306 yards with another score on 23 punts returns (13.30 avg).
Prediction: Jernigan may lack size, but like Randall Cobb, he’s a threat to take it the distance every time he touches the ball. The Troy standout has tremendous versatility, excelling as a receiver, returner and Wildcat quarterback. He gets by as a route runner with his natural ability, but with some teaching, he could develop into a fantastic slot receiver. Expect a franchise to “catch lightning in a bottle” with Jernigan in the second round.
SMALL COLLEGE SLEEPERS
Good News: Fantastic burst and acceleration…Blazing game speed and can challenge the defense vertically…Very explosive in the open-field and has the ability to take any pass the distance…Uses quickness and agility off the snap to beat press coverage, but flashes good hand usage…Explodes off the line of scrimmage…Good concentration to come down with the deep ball over the shoulder or in traffic…Very good hands – can snatch outside his frame…Displays the leaping ability to go up and get the football over a defender.
Bad News: Played against lower-level competition and was simply too fast for Division II cornerbacks…Hasn’t faced defenders with comparable speed…Rounds off routes at times and need to improve his overall route running, although he flashes the ability to sink hips and make sharp cuts…Older than most prospects (Born 6/13/86)…Not going to break a lot of tackles with the ball in his hands and relies on speed to pull away in run-after-catch.
2010 Statistics: Registered just the ninth 1,000-yard receiving season in school history…Caught 66 passes for 1,182 yards (17.91 ypc) and 13 touchdowns.
Prediction: Gates is a small-school prospect with big-time talent. The Division II standout is a vertical terror with game-changing speed and was simply too fast for lower-level cornerbacks. He wowed scouts with a great performance at the combine, but he backs up those numbers on tape. Franchises in need of a dynamic receiver won’t let Gates slip to the fifth round like former teammate Johnny Knox. He should expect to be selected in the third or fourth rounds.
CECIL SHORTS III
Mount Union 5:11.6-205-4.58
Good News: The former high school sensation at quarterback became one of the most prolific pass catchers in Division II history, along with shattering Ohio Athletic Conference marks…Impresses with his ability to turn a short pass into a long gainer or get behind the defensive back to come up with the long touchdown grab, attributes that NFL teams covet…Has very good quickness off the line and elusiveness in the open field after the catch…Lines up outside, in motion and in the slot…Eats up cushion in a hurry and is very effective on crossing routes…Adjusts to poorly-thrown passes, whether low, high or wide and has exceptional ability to get to jump balls…Runs every route in the tree effectively, as cornerbacks can't stay with him when he sticks his foot in the ground…Has good sideline awareness and is willing to mix it up with his man on run plays.
Bad News: Must prove he can get off the line and stay in-bounds against physical pro corners if lined up outside…Defenders can knock the ball out of his hands too easily and he does have inconsistency using his hands to catch the ball in front of him, as he will double-catch some throws with pace…A bit lazy on out-routes, rounding them off…Lacks great strength to block veteran defensive backs and does not use correct blocking angle on the outside.
2010 Statistics: Consensus All-American and unanimous All-Ohio Athletic Conference first-team choice, despite missing the second half vs. Marietta and the entire Heidelberg, Capital and Otterbein contests with an ankle sprain…Started all twelve games he played in at split end, but also saw action at flanker, quarterback, kick returner, punt returner and defensive back, as he led the team for the third straight season with 70 receptions, marking the third consecutive year he tallied more than 1,000 receiving yards (1,196), finishing with 17.09 yards per grab while producing 18 touchdowns…Carried 26 times for 133 yards (5.12 ypc) and a score…Completed 5-of-7 passes for 56 yards, returned 24 punts for 355 yards (14.79 avg led the OAC and ranked 12th nationally) and two touchdowns while also gaining 325 yards with a touchdown on 13 kickoff returns (25.0 avg)…Averaged 167.42 all-purpose yards per game (his 2,009 yards rank fourth on the school season-record list)
Prediction: Shorts should be selected by the fifth round, but the three-time Division III All-American will have to prove his talent translates to the big leagues.
OTHERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Good News: Great size, strength and physicality…Excellent run-after-catch ability as a former running back…Displays outstanding strength for a receiver and can break tackles – even looks to put his head down for extra yardage…Very good balance and vision…Surprisingly great hands and can extend outside his frame and pluck the ball out of the air…Competitive player who uses his strength to his advantage in most aspects…Great leaping ability and can outmuscle defensive backs for the ball.
Bad News: Suspended for the entire 2010 season and has not played football for an entire year (lockout could further hinder development)…Only a full-time receiver for one college season (split time between receiver and running back during previous two) and is still developing at the position, specifically his route running skills…Lacks great speed.
2009 Statistics (Did not play in 2010): Placed fifth on North Carolina’s season record chart for receptions…Caught 62 passes for 724 yards (11.68 ypc) and five touchdowns…Added 166 yards with another score on 29 carries (5.72 ypc).
Prediction: Little has tremendous natural talent and would’ve been a much higher pick had he not been suspended for the entire 2010 season. Combine that with the current labor situation, and the Tar Heels receiver could wind up being well over a year and a half removed from football. That doesn’t bode well for a player that was still developing after spending the early parts of his career switching between running back and receiver. Still, Little could wind up being one of the steals of the draft and won’t last later than the fourth round.
Good News: Possesses a thick build more suited to a running back, giving him nice strength and run-after-catch ability…Tough with the ball in his hands and can run through some tackles…Strong upper body to combat defensive backs…Decent acceleration and enough top-end speed to break longer gains and not get chased down or get behind the defense…Flashes ability to throttle down, effectively dip his hips and cut as a route runner...Can also contribute as a punt and kickoff returner.
Bad News: Has small hands and drops too many passes…Lacks great concentration, also leading to drops…Top-end speed is good enough, but average…Struggles to consistently gain separation and needs to improve as a route runner…As a senior, played in an offense that was run-oriented and rarely showcased his ability as a receiver.
2010 Statistics: Second-team All-Big 12 Conference as a wide receiver and return specialist…Caught 39 passes for 516 yards (13.23 ypc) and one touchdown…Added 464 yards with another score on 19 kickoff returns (24.42 avg) and 160 yards on 14 punt returns (11.43 avg).
Prediction: I admit I’m not the biggest fan of Nebraska’s standout receiver. I shy away from receivers with small hands (under nine inches) and Paul is pushing it at 8 7/8”. It shows on the field as well, as he has some issues with drops and doesn’t display the softest hands. Still, Paul never really got to establish a rhythm last season due to Nebraska’s run-heavy offense. His size and athletic ability could entice a team in the fourth round.
2011 NFL DRAFT RECEIVER RANKINGS
|9||3-4||6.1||LITTLE, Greg||North Carolina||06:02.4||231||4.60|
|10||4-5||6.1||SHORTS, Cecil III||Mount Union||05:11.6||205||4.58|
|13||2-3||5.8||YOUNG, Titus||Boise State||05:11.3||174||4.49|
|14||4-5||5.7||GATES, Edmond||Abilene Christian||05:11.6||192||4.49|
|16||5||5.6||BROWN, Vincent||San Diego State||05:11.2||187||4.48|
|18||5||5.4||JOHNSON, Ronald||Southern California||05:11.2||199||4.57|
|19||5||5.3||PETTIS, Austin||Boise State||06:02.5||209||4.62|
|20||5-6||5.3||KERLEY, Jeremy||Texas Christian||05:09.4||189||4.67|
|22||6||5.2||HARRIS, Dwayne||East Carolina||05:10.3||203||4.63|
|24||7||5.2||JEAN, Lestar||Florida Atlantic||06:03.0||215||4.66|
|25||6-7||5.1||LOCKETTE, Ricardo||Fort Valley State||06:02.1||211||4.41|
|26||6-7||5.1||ROBINSON, Aldrick||Southern Methodist||05:09.5||184||4.48|
|28||7||5.1||BURTON, Stephen||West Texas A&M||06:01.3||221||4.56|
|29||7||5.1||DELL, Mark||Michigan State||06:00.2||193||4.54|
|33||7||5.0||TOLIVER, Terrence||Louisiana State||06:03.4||212||4.62|
|34||7||5.0||SANZENBACHER, Dane||Ohio State||05:11.3||182||4.57|
|35||7-FA||5.0||SAMPSON, DeMarco||San Diego State||06:02.0||204||4.69|
|36||7-FA||5.0||*BROWN, DeAndre||Southern Mississippi||06:05.5||233||4.69|
|39||FA||4.9||BRAZIL, Lavon||Ohio University||05:10.5||184||4.45|
|43||7-FA||4.9||LEWIS, Detron||Texas Tech||05:11.3||209||4.50|
|44||PFA||4.9||SMITH, Courtney||South Alabama||06:04.0||223||4.65|
|45||PFA||4.9||ADAMS, Kristopher||Texas-El Paso||06:02.4||192||4.47|
|46||PFA||4.9||MURDOCK, Orenthal “O.J.”||Fort Hays State||05:10.4||197||4.59|
|48||7-FA||4.9||YOUNG, Jimmy||Texas Christian||06:00.0||204||4.54|
|49||7-FA||4.9||ROBINSON, Armand||Miami, Ohio||05:11.5||201||4.52|
|51||7-FA||4.9||SANDERS, Jockee||West Virginia||05:06.1||181||4.58|
|52||7-FA||4.9||SPENCER, Owen||North Carolina State||06:01.7||195||4.51|
|54||FA||4.8||WILLIAMS, Marshall||Wake Forest||06:00.6||188||4.63|
|55||FA||4.8||HARRIS, Marcus||Murray State||06:01.1||175||4.53|
|56||FA||4.7||AIKEN, Kamar||Central Florida||06:01.1||213||4.45|
|57||FA||4.7||CASTILE, L.J.||Delta State||06:01.7||220||4.54|
|61||FA||4.7||HILLS, Joseph||Tennessee State||06:04.1||201||4.59|
|64||FA||4.7||LEONG, Lyle||Texas Tech||05:11.4||174||4.50|
|65||FA||4.7||NEWSOME, Jamar||Western Michigan||06:00.4||200||4.56|
|66||FA||4.7||NUNEZ, Juan||Western Michigan||06:01.0||183||4.47|
|68||FA||4.7||WEBBER, Raymond||Arkansas-Pine Bluff||06:02.2||218||4.50|
|69||FA||4.7||WILLIAMS, Jarvis||North Carolina State||06:03.6||219||4.51|
|70||FA||4.6||ADAMS, Kurt||Harding, AR||06:04.3||197||4.52|
|71||FA||4.6||BAKER, Perry||Fairmont State||06:00.2||168||4.58|
|72||FA||4.6||BALLARD, Demario||Western Oregon||06:05.4||219||4.49|
|73||FA||4.6||BOGAN, Dontavia||South Florida||06:00.1||187||4.49|
|75||FA||4.6||ELLINGSON, Greg||Florida International||06:03.1||197||4.44|
|77||FA||4.6||HORN, Joe||Ashland, OH||05:11.1||192||4.47|
|78||FA||4.6||JOHNSON, Bart||Texas Christian||05:11.0||195||4.52|
|80||FA||4.6||McCRAE, Terrence||Ohio University||06:02.5||194||4.42|
|83||FA||4.6||TAYLOR, Kerry||Arizona State||06:00.2||196||4.52|
|85||FA||4.6||ZUG, Graham||Penn State||06:01.5||185||4.53|
|86||FA||4.5||AUSBERRY, David||Southern California||06:03.1||235||4.65|
|93||FA||4.5||FLUTIE, Bill||Boston College||06:01.5||186||4.67|
|96||FA||4.5||HAWTHORNE, Tim||North Alabama||06:02.7||212||4.57|
|97||FA||4.5||HOLLAND, Jamere||Lindenwood, MO||05:11.1||191||4.46|
|99||FA||4.5||JOHNSON, Dominique||Cal Poly||06:03.1||228||4.63|
|102||FA||4.5||KAMARA, Duval||Notre Dame||06:03.5||225||4.63|
|105||FA||4.5||LIVAS, Phillip||Louisiana Tech||05:07.3||177||4.47|
|107||FA||4.5||ROUSE, Fred||Concordia, AL||06:01.6||200||4.50|
|108||FA||4.5||SENATUS, Lito||Western Illinois||06:02.0||210||4.71|
|109||FA||4.5||STEVENSON, Gerald||Charleston Southern||05:09.1||166||4.42|
|110||FA||4.5||WARREN, Jamoris||Central Missouri||06:00.3||193||4.66|
|111||FA||4.5||WASHINGTON, Taurian||Ohio State||06:01.0||179||4.51|
|112||FA||4.5||WHITE, Jordan||Western Michigan||05:11.7||214||4.54|
|114||FA||4.5||WYLIE, Devon||Fresno State||05:09.1||182||4.37|
|117||FA||4.4||COX, Landon||Northern Illinois||06:02.5||220||4.67|
|120||FA||4.4||GORDON, Jamaree||Kentucky State||05:09.0||178||4.43|
|122||FA||4.4||JENKINS, Jared||Wisconsin-St Point||06:02.0||212||4.60|
|125||FA||4.4||PAUL, Josue||Central Connecticut||05:11.1||210||4.60|
|128||FA||4.4||PHILLIPS, Mike||Weber State||06:00.5||195||4.50|
|129||FA||4.4||POKU, Jesse||Eastern New Mexico||06:01.2||213||4.56|
|130||FA||4.4||POOTS, Tysson||Southern Utah State||06:01.5||218||4.64|
|131||FA||4.4||QUARLES, Aubrey||Kansas State||05:11.0||202||4.54|
|133||FA||4.4||SCALES, Cordarol||Fort Hays State||06:02.6||216||4.57|
|134||FA||4.4||WALLS, Kashif||West Virginia Tech||06:02.5||198||4.64|
|135||FA||4.4||WATERS, Frankie||Mars Hill, NC||06:00.5||195||4.49|
|136||FA||4.3||ASHWORTH, Luke||Brigham Young||06:00.7||198||4.61|
|137||FA||4.3||BARNES, Dominique||Youngstown State||05:09.5||185||4.45|
|142||FA||4.3||HILLARY, CoCo||Appalachian State||05:08.1||185||4.57|
|143||FA||4.3||MANLEY, Dexter||Elizabeth City State||06:01.2||185||4.75|
|144||FA||4.3||MOORE, Terrance||California, PA||06:00.5||176||4.59|
|146||FA||4.3||POBLAH, Kito||Central Michigan||06:01.3||215||4.49|
|147||FA||4.3||PRESTON, Mike||Heidelberg, OH||06:04.1||204||4.60|
|148||FA||4.3||ROBBINS, ZaVious||Harding-Simmons, TX||05:09.3||177||4.43|
|151||FA||4.3||THOMPSON, Kiare||Grambling State||05:11.7||175||4.72|
|152||FA||4.3||WILLIAMS, Darnal||C.W. Post||06:03.5||218||4.64|
|153||FA||2.5||DEAN, Delashaun||Texas A&M-Kingsville||06:02.5||212||4.71|
|156||FA||2.5||HERNANDEZ, Chris||New Mexico||06:02.5||195||4.56|
|160||FA||2.0||SZCUR, Matt (baseball)||Villanova||05:10.3||203||4.45|