Tuesday Senior Bowl receiver rankings

A couple of the quicker receivers stood out for their ability to create separation. One of them added to his value with a lot of versatility on offense and special teams. Here's what we saw from the receivers on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl.

1. Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss
He spent the early part of practice working with the running backs, where he was impressive running routes against clearly slower linebackers. But even when he matched up against the cornerbacks as a wide receiver, he almost always created space because of his quick feet and explosion out of the cuts. Because of his height (5-foot-9), he might be limited to the slot as a receiver, but he also returns punts and kickoffs and could line up in the backfield, maybe even in a Wildcat role. His versatility helps increase his value, despite his lack of height.

2. Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati
The relatively lanky receiver showed quick feet all day long and continually got position on the defensive backs in coverage, but he doesn't have a lot of physicality to his game. His quickness said he'd be a good slot receiver, but can he take the punishment inside? His height (6-foot-1) says he can play outside. He adds to his value as a punter returner.

3. Shay Hodge, Ole Miss
Hodge showed good body control all day long, and stayed with the ball throughout the throw, catching one pass after it was deflected by a defensive back. Hodge showed he is not afraid to go across the middle of the field. He didn't display blazing speed, but was steady.

4. Jacoby Ford, Clemson

Ford has the quickness. He tracks the ball nicely, making one catch on a tipped pass that was intended for him. He didn't clearly stand out in any one phase of his game, but he was consistent enough to earn some respect.

5. Andre Roberts, The Citadel
Isn't an overly big frame, but should be big enough to handle the hits. Shows some toughness, but because of his size might not always be able to offer great run support as a blocker. Shows good body control and can set up defenders with the double move. Dropped one catchable ball but also made a couple of tough catches.

6. Danario Alexander, Missouri
Alexander didn't turn out to be terribly productive in the full-team portion of Tuesday's morning practice, but he didn't have a lot of passes coming his way. However, his skills were evident in the individual drills. He has an excellent catch radius and usually grabs the ball out away from his body. He comes back to the ball nicely, but he appeared to struggle occasionally locating the ball in traffic.

7. Jeremy Williams, Tulane
Extended nicely for the ball several times, but can round off his routes, which at times allows the slower defender to stay with him and limits the amount of separation he gets.

8. Riley Cooper, Florida
Showed decent foot quickness, but had an inconsistent day. Has good body control, but he can fight the ball sometimes when trying to make the catch, resulting in dropped passes he should have caught.

9. Joe Webb, UAB
A bigger guy with slower feet. He plays strong, but he doesn't always stay engaged when blocking for a run. Doesn't get enough separation and dropped at least one catchable ball.

10. Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh
He has the size, but he was slow to get off the line and make his cuts. He'll have to improve his quickness for his pro day workouts to increase his stock.

11. Taylor Bell, Ohio
Bell looked too slow with his feet and therefore struggled to get in and out of his breaks and creating separation.

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