Which Wideouts Are Worth Watching at the 2015 Combine?
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Yesterday, we looked at the top ten quarterbacks who will be appearing at this year’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Today, we’re going to breakdown the top ten options at wide receiver. As usual, I promise there will be some recognizable names and some sleepers. Here goes.
1. Alabama's No. 1 WR Amari Cooper has played on some pretty big stages. The National Championship, the Iron Bowl, the first ever college playoffs; I’d say he’s pretty well-prepared for the big leagues from a mental standpoint. Cooper has also played under Nick Saban on Bama’s incredible offense. Look for him to be a top five overall pick.
2. West Virginia WR Kevin White is one of my personal favorites in this year’s NFL draft class. White is talented and definitely makes life difficult for defenders. He also improved markedly from 2013 to 2014, but he’ll still need to impress at the Combine to make his case to NFL scouts.
3. Devante Parker, WR for Louisville, has had just three drops since the 2012 season. That qualifies as good hands, folks. Parker won’t be the best receiver at the Combine, but he ought to be there on draft weekend. I’d love to see him end-up with Derek Carr at the Oakland Raiders.
4. Arizona State's Jaelen Strong isn’t the fastest wideout in this year’s draft, but he’s got good hands from years of playing high school basketball and knows how to adjust his routes on the run. Overall, Strong is a solid talent, but he’ll need to go to a system that has a solid plan for how to utilize him effectively.
5. Tony Lippett, WR for Michigan State, was the team’s No. 1 receiver for two seasons running after beginning his college career at CB. Lippett finished the 2014 year with 11 TDs. He also understands both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball first-hand. That can’t be easily taught, making Lippett a unique find for pro franchises.
6. Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham has strong skills, but he has had a multitude of off-field issues (like two arrests and two suspensions) that may seriously hurt his draft stock, especially in light of Josh Gordon’s recent issues. Scouts are going to be worried, so I see him a mid-rounder, in spite of his clear talent.
7. Devin Funchess, WR out of Michigan, started out at TE and moved to wideout during the 2014 college season. At 6’5, 230 pounds, Funchess has enviable size and will certainly attract attention from NFL scouts, particularly if his number impress in Indy.
8. Arizona WR Austin Hill had an absolutely astounding 2012 season, had to sit out the 2013 season with a knee injury, and returned to the field (to an extent) in 2014. Hill comes from an NFL family, with his dad and uncle both playing in the league at various times. Look for him to go in a mid-round.
9. Sammie Coates, Auburn WR, has incredible speed and, dang, can he jump. Coates doesn’t have the best hands in the world, but he had a nice showing at the Senior Bowl. Despite the problems with his hands, though, Coates has natural athleticism that can’t be taught; he’s got the potential to make it in the pros.
10. Rice's Jordan Taylor is one of my favorite sleeper wide receivers this year. At 6’5, 2010 pounds, Taylor is a little bit of a string bean, but there are gyms to fix that. He’s fast and, despite missing the first three games of the 2014 season, put up over 100 yards in four contests.