The 2013 WR class is one that is full of potential, but as our Scouting Director said yesterday on Twitter, not one of the players has him sold yet. The class could be special if all the players below and others continue to develop but all have large question marks looming and should lead to a competitive and exciting rankings war among the prospects and analysts.
1. Cobi Hamilton-Arkansas
The only Arkansas WR left it seems after Jarius Wright, Greg Childs, and Joe Adams all graduated. Hamilton will still have QB Tyler Wilson and those two should combine for plenty of big plays, and touchdowns. Look for Hamilton to stay at the top all year long.
2. Aaron Mellette-Elon
Aaron Mellette will attempt to not only duplicate Brian Quick’s success this past year but succeed it. Mellete who is just a smidge smaller than Quick, but still has plenty of athleticism, and the ability to get open. Mellette went over 100 yards in 9 of his 11 games last year.
3. Tavon Austin-West Virginia
Tavon Austin may be one of the fastest men in all of CFB and that’s good given his lack of height and bulk. He’s already getting the Percy Harvin comparisons and it makes sense since West Virginia uses him similarly. We want to see Austin actually run some routes though in 2012.
4. Aaron Dobson-Marshall
Surprised? Don’t be, Aaron Dobson may be the best WR you’ve never heard of behind Aaron Mellette. He’s a big down the field target who loves to go up and get the deep ball over small CB’s. He almost left early last year but is back again to dominate the CUSA.
5. Terrance Williams-Baylor
Williams had a career year last year with RGIII tossing the ball and Kendall Wright attracting coverage, how he responds this year is the question. New QB Nick Florence did have some success with Williams last year connecting on a 40 yard score v. Texas Tech.
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6. Ryan Swope-Texas A&M
A lot of people wanted to talk about Jeff Fuller going into last year but it was Ryan Swope who clearly stole the show. Swope who will draw comparisons to Wes Welker is not the same player. He runs good routes with strong hands, but does not display the same quickness or athleticism.
7. Emory Blake-Auburn
Blake is one of the more underrated WR’s in this class. He has deceptive speed and was one of the more dangerous weapons for Auburn last year. He doesn’t have dominant size and blow you away speed but Blake does all the little things right which make him even more intriguing.
8. Dan Buckner-Arizona
Buckner went on a pretty good tear to start the season and the hope is that with his size and a new QB his game will continue at the same pace it started last year at. The concern is that Buckner went catchless in two of his last three games and that can’t happen again.
9. Quinton Patton-Louisiana Tech
This list is full of surprises and part of that is because of how little fully developed talent exists in this WR class. You may not know Patton now but you’ll want to know him by August. He went over 1,200 yards last year with 12 TD’s and was the crème of the WAC crop.
10. Josh Jarboe-Arkansas State
The former 5 star Oklahoma recruit never played a down for the Sooners before leaving the team and heading to the Sun Belt and playing for Troy. At Troy Jarboe’s issues persisted and he was eventually dismissed and landed at Arkansas State. With Dwayne Frampton now gone look for Jarboe to build on a very good Junior year.
2014 Top 5 WR’s
1. Robert Woods-USC
Woods would likely be the #1 WR overall if he declares. He is the smoothest route runner in this class.
2. Keenan Allen-California
Allen is the big down the field WR who hasn’t gotten lost a little bit playing on the West Coast.
3. Justin Hunter-Tennessee
Justin Hunter was a touchdown machine in 2011 before his knee injury, if he’s back look for Tennessee to be much better.
4. Marquess Wilson-Washington State
Another West Coast WR who gets overlooked, with Mike Leach now in charge look for Wilson to put up huge numbers.
5. Da’Rick Rogers-Tennessee
Hunter’s teammate and more physical counterpart, Rogers needs a quiet year so he can lose the Diva label while putting up big numbers.