Over the year's I've had the opportunity to evaluate well over two thousand receiving prospects and although most possessed positive position qualities only a handful of these pass catchers (Wes Chandler, Jerry Rice, Anthony Carter, Sterling Sharpe, Randy Moss, Art Monk), were what I considered the total package.
Well, I believe in one Michael Crabtree, we are about to add another name to that exclusive list. He has outstanding size, rare speed, excellent body control, great hands, and the ability to score from any place on the football field.
The next four receivers (all juniors) led by the multi-talented Percy Harvin aren't too shabby either. The Florida product has excellent hands, gets in and out of a route extremely well and with the football under his arm is extremely dangerous after the catch.
Missouri Jeremy Maclin is a big vertical threat with speed to burn (runs extremely well in his pads). An excellent returner with very good run after the catch instincts, I believe Jeremy lacks only some route running polish to become a star in the National Football League.
You can't draw them up any prettier than the U. of Maryland's Darrius Hayward-Bey. He's big (excellent muscle peaks and proportion) and has rare foot speed. His workout numbers alone insure me he will be a top round selection, but I have two major problems with this player; he never appeared to play to his confirmed 4.29v / 40 time and I have some questions as to his ability to catch the football (I just don't see him as a natural hand catcher). Now don't get me wrong, he's far from spastic in this area, but I believe he fights the ball some. Remember, the position is called wide receiver gang and not wide runner.
Hakeem Nicks is as gifted an natural a receiver as I seen in some time. He's very impressive athlete with playing strength and explosiveness (even cut upper and lower body with excellent muscle peaks) will need to watch his weight during the off season. He has a strong medium stride and shows the ability to change directions very smoothly. I liked his leaping ability, timing, and ability to easily outmuscle defenders for the football. Will high point the ball and expose his body to hits.
I felt he played big and really takes advantage of his size. I thought he was sudden in and out of a break. Has very good hands, can snatch the ball, adjust and will catch on contact. Excellent concentration and can make the circus catch. Can out muscles defenders for the football started as a freshman and lines up predominately as their x in their two receiver set.
Hakeem ran particularly sharp routes, got out of his breaks well, got his head around, located the football, and got up field after the catch. After the catch, I didn't think he was particularly creative, but he is very strong and competitive.
Brian Robiskie is a very talented receiver with size and catching ability. He isn't flashy, but at games end he does many things that can contribute to winning football games. His dad Terry was an excellent player at LSU and is a long time NFL coach and it appears he has passed along much of his football knowledge to Brian. I look for him to make an immediate impact at the professional level, first as a slot receiver in a queen set and eventually as a strong number two receiver.
Beyond the top six there are a number of talented players who could well impact at the next level. My advise to personnel directors throughout the league; when in doubt, always go with the receiver with speed!
|1||Crabtree, Michael||Texas Tech||6013v||215v||4.45e||1.13|
|4||Nicks, Hakeem||North Carolina||6006v||212v||4.52v||1.17|
|6||Robiskie, Brian||Ohio St||6027v||209v||4.49v||1.19|
|7||Williams, Derrick||Penn St||5114v||194v||4.57v||1.24|
|8||Tate, Brandon||North Carolina||5117v||183v||4.45e||1.25|
|14||Butler, Deon||Penn St||5103v||182v||4.32v||1.39|
|19||McKinley, Kenny||So Carolina||6003v||189v||4.42v||1.45|
|23||Knox, Johnny||Abilene Christian||5114v||185v||4.33v||1.49|
|25||Foster, Brooks||North Carolina||6004v||211v||4.49v||1.55|
|30||Hackendorf, Kole||No Dakota St||6017v||191v||4.42v||1.62|
|31||Carr, Greg||Florida St||6053v||217v||4.58v||1.63|
|32||Barden, Ramses||Cal Poly (SLO)||6060v||229v||4.58v||1.64|
|33||Guice, Dudley||Northwestern St||6023v||209v||4.41v||1.67|
|37||Stroughter, Sammie||Oregon St||5093v||189v||4.57v||1.72|
|39||Collins, Dobson||Gardner Webb||6007v||181v||4.48v||1.76|
|Byers, Jarrett||NE Oklahoma St||5104v||181v||4.42v||1.80|
|Halman, John||Concordia (AL)||6014e||200e||4.55e||1.80|
|Arceneaux, Emmanuell||Alcorn St||6020v||206v||4.49v||1.90|
|Denmark, Clarence||Ark (Monticello)||5091v||179v||4.31v||1.90|
|Edwards, Willie||Bethany College||6013v||212v||4.51v||1.90|
|Childs, Jeremy||Boise St||5115v||200v||4.64v||1.90|
|Bayes, Shawn||Kent St||5102v||176v||4.43v||1.90|
|Edelman, Julian||Kent St||5103v||195v||4.49v||1.90|
|Lawrence, Quinten||McNeese St||5115v||184v||4.42v||1.90|
|Smith, Jamayel||Mississippi St||6003v||186v||4.54v||1.90|
|Gant, Ed||No Alabama||6013v||197v||4.46v||1.90|
|Hartline, Brian||Ohio St||6015v||195v||4.54v||1.90|
|Pruitt, Julius||Ouachita Baptist||6017v||208v||4.43v||1.90|
|Norwood, Jordan||Penn St||5107v||184v||4.61v||1.90|
|Edison, Dominique||S F Austin||6021v||204v||4.47v||1.90|
|Richmond, David||San Jose St||6016v||197v||4.62v||1.90|
|Harris, Jaron||So Dakota St||6004v||193v||4.46v||1.90|
|Johnson, Taurus||So Florida||6002v||206v||4.52v||1.90|
|Gibson, Brandon||Washington St||6001v||208v||4.62v||1.90|
|Jones, Michael||Arizona St||6034v||211v||4.56v||1.90|