Senior Bowl: Wednesday Receiver Rankings

A receiver on the North squad clearly established himself as the best on his team and overtook the top spot because the best on the South squad didn't spend much time working at receiver Wednesday. Here's what we saw from the receivers on Wednesday at the Senior Bowl.

1. Jacoby Ford, Clemson
Jacoby Ford's stock is on the rise. He was clearly the best receiver for the North on Wednesday morning, displaying his blazing speed, finding the creases in the defense and catching pass after pass. He got away from press coverage nicely by getting a quick release off the line and ran smooth routes, getting in and out of his cuts quickly. He guaranteed he would run a 4.2 or better at the NFL Scouting Combine in less than a month and he probably will. His size may concern some people (about 5-9, 180), but he adds value as a return man as well.

2. Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss
McCluster spent the majority of practice working with the running backs, but that's likely because NFL teams wanted to see what he the versatile Ole Miss alumnus could do working against college all-stars at that position. He showed he's a willing blocker picking up the blitz, but no matter where he is, his speed and ability to separate can't be denied. He is ranked second among receivers because that's his projected position for the NFL. Despite not getting much work there Wednesday, he can't be denied one of the top spots in our rankings. He's just too explosive.

3. Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati
Gilyard had a good day Wednesday, but he was clearly outdone by North teammate Jacoby Ford. Gilyard is a quick receiver and uses his hands to keep defensive backs off him when running deep routes. He and Ford were the primary punt returners at practice.

4. Shay Hodge, Ole Miss
Hodge could be selected before Gilyard, but he has been battling an ankle injury, which could be limiting his ability to separate like he has shown he can in the past. Despite the injury, he showed great ball skills adjusting to one sideline pass and made the acrobatic catch. He also knows how to keep his body between the ball and the defender.

5. Andre Roberts, The Citadel
Roberts is improving his stock with a solid week in Mobile. On Wednesday, he made a nice adjustment to the ball on a fade route, catching it in the end zone during one-on-one drills. He doesn't mind a good hand fight with defensive backs and knows how to keep routes alive.

6. Taylor Price, Ohio
Price continues to get good extension and pluck the ball out of the air when he has a chance. He has good, consistent hands, but he just doesn't seem to have the quickness of the other top receivers.

7. Riley Cooper, Florida
Cooper made a nice one-handed catch and showed good hands throughout many of the sessions, catching some passes thrown behind him. However, he has been a bit inconsistent and it's uncertain if it's an effort issue or if he's fighting through a minor injury.

8. Jeremy Williams, Tulane
Williams had one pass go right through his hands, but he also had a nice touchdown grab on a slant pass that was perfectly thrown by Jarrett Brown. Williams' quickness was evident on an end-around, but it feels like he should be able to get better separation with his quick feet.

9. Danario Alexander, Missouri
Alexander runs smooth routes, but he continued to struggle with creating space between him and the defensive backs. For a bigger receiver, he was getting held up at the line of scrimmage, but he shows a good desire to go and get the ball, high-pointing it nicely.

10. Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh
Dickerson looked comfortable finding the ball in traffic, but his quickness might continue to be an issue and he was caught not coming back to the ball on at least one occasion.

11. Donald Jones, Youngstown State
Jones was an addition to the workouts on Wednesday, starting practice without shoulder pads and a jersey before they arrived for him. Physically, he's a solid-looking specimen, but he wasn't getting free often enough and balance was a repeated concern as he tended to go to the ground often when trying to make a move.

12. Joe Webb, UAB
Webb made a nice one-handed catch, but he also had the ball taken away from him in the middle of the field on a Perrish Cox interception. Webb also looked like he could be forced off his routes too easily by cornerbacks during one-on-one drills.

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