NFL Draft: The Next Wes Welker?

Wes Welker went undrafted the year he came out for the Draft. The Texas Tech wideout has turned into one of the best in the game. Who could be this year's Welker?

Searching for Welker: Top Slot Receiver Prospects In the Draft
Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting.

1. Kendall Wright, Baylor (can play outside)
2. Joe Adams, Arkansas
3. Devon Wylie, Fresno State
4. Ryan Broyles
5. T.Y. Hilton, Florida International
6. A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
7. Rishard Matthews, Nevada (can play outside)
8. Jarius Wright, Arkansas
9. LaVon Brazill, Ohio
10. Chris Givens, Wake Forest

Other Slot Receiver Prospects: Junior Hemingway, Michigan - Jordan White, Western Michigan - B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State - Keshawn Martin, Michigan State - Julian Talley, UMass - Lance Lewis, East Carolina - DeVier Posey, Ohio State - Tyler Shoemaker, Boise State

INSIDER'S TAKE:   The Patriots aren't really looking for another Wes Welker, they have one, he's been retained with the Franchise Tag.  The team signed two new faces, Brandon Lloyd and Anthony Gonzalez, in free agency. They also re-signed Deion Branch, their original slot receiver.

If  other teams are looking for a Wes Welker type, they're going to have to establish a solid primary option.  When New England's offense was limited due to injuries, teams just doubled or even triple teams Welker to prevent the Patriots from establishing a rhythm.

Eric Galko is a contributing NFL scout for Patriots Insider at  

Eric Galko is the Owner, Director of Scouting of Optimum Scouting and lead editor for  He has been scouting college football for eight years, and for pro teams and other sports professionals for the last four years. Eric is also a  member of the FWAA

NFL Combine Coverage
NFL Draft News
Scout College Football News

Patriots Insider Top Stories