This senior WR class is what I would call top heavy, there are 10 to 11 very good WR prospects that I like a lot but after that you get into a grey area where the risk gets higher and the reward appears to me to be lower. This class is kind funny because it’s not dominated by any one guy where you’re know without a shadow of a doubt that he is the top dog. That also plays out when you talk about value, because if the draft tomorrow it would not shock us to not see a single senior WR taken in the first round.
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Most Intriguing Prospect: Conner Vernon, Duke, #10 2013 WR
Vernon is among the most consistent WR’s in this class and in the entire country. He’s not a guy whose going to dazzle you with acrobatic catches, blazing speed, and big plays, but he consistently goes out there runs good routes, makes big catches, and moves the chains. He’s not a big stat WR but he is the guy who knows how to get open at the sticks on third and long. He’s also the guy the QB knows that no matter what he can count on him to make the big catch in the big moment. Everybody wants to talk about how much Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe can do with a QB but he’s done a great job bringing Vernon along.
Game to Watch: 10/27, v. Florida State
Vernon will see plenty of 2014 CB Xavier Rhodes (#2 2014 CB) in this game and it will be a great test of Vernon’s route running and ability. Rhodes is a more athletic player than Vernon but Vernon has more experience and was successful last year v. FSU (6 catches, 88 yards).
Other 2013 WR Notes:
-The top WR in our rankings is Aaron Dobson of Marshall, the big playmaker will get dinged by many for his lack of deep speed, but don’t be surprised if he times better than expected. He’s a lanky WR with a long stride and with enough training he could turn in a faster than expected time.
-Tavon Austin (West Virginia, #2 2013 WR) is the top slot option in the senior class and really has shown more this season in terms of route development and versatility. He’s a danger to score every time he touches the ball and he has incredible speed and vision. Austin is going to get well deserved Percy Harvin comparisons.
-The name many of you may not yet know is that of one of the nation’s leading WR’s in Quinton Patton (Louisiana Tech, #3 2013 WR). Patton is one of the most gifted pass catchers in this class. He has phenomenal hands to go along with deceptive speed and solid size. Patton isn’t going to blow people away with his athleticism but all he does is produce.
-The top small school prospect remains Aaron Mellette (Elon, #7 2013 WR) but watch out for Tyrone Goard (Eastern Kentucky, #10 2013 WR). Goard has put up big time performances week after week this season why Mellette struggled to get going. Mellette still has dominant traits to his game but he needs to show the consistency that got his stock this high in the first place.
-Two of my favorite WR’s targets down the rankings are TJ Moe (Missouri, #17 2013 WR) and Chad Bumphis (Mississippi State, #20 2013 WR). Both players are likely slot prospects at the next level, but both bring interesting dynamics to a potential team. Moe is one of the most sure handed players in the draft, and has great field awareness to know where he is on the field and what the down and distance is. While Bumphis has very underrated speed and quickness and with the emergence of a real QB at Mississippi State his notoriety is on the rise.
Much like RB, and FB the junior WR class is incredibly talented. There could be as many as eight (yes I said eight) first round prospects among the group. Similarly to the senior class though it’s not clear who the top guy is and you can ask five different people and get five different answers. If there is a mass exodus of early entrant WR’s you could very well see the most talented and deepest WR draft ever.
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Most Intriguing Prospect: WR Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech, #3 2014 WR
Everybody knows about Rogers off the field problems. He’s far from a saint, and that’s going to scare teams off, but what’s more concerning is the reported rumors about how much of a pain Rogers was in his own locker room. It was clear from the moment Rogers switched his commitment from UGA to Tennessee and got into a verbal exchange with UGA SAF Bacarri Rambo that he had an attitude and maturity issue. The question for Rogers is has he grown up since the debacle at Tennessee? If that answer ends up being yes, you could be looking at the first WR taken because that’s how talented this kid is.
Other 2014 WR Notes:
-Can you only imagine if the above mentioned Rogers could of stuck it out at Tennessee? Tyler Bray (#1 2014 QB) would be throwing passes to Rogers, Justin Hunter (#2 2014 WR) and Cordarelle Patterson (#6 2014 WR). Talk about an unstoppable vertical passing attack.
-Lost in the transition to an Air Raid offense is WR Marquess Wilson (Washington State, #4 2014 WR). He may not be having the big year that many of his counter parts are having but he’s just as talented and highly thought of in NFL circles.
-A guy who I think is flying way under the radar is Cody Hoffman (BYU, #7 2014 WR). He has great size and deceptive speed, but even more impressive is his acrobatic ability to go up and get the football. Hoffman may have one of the best catch radiuses of any prospect in the country.
-Brandon Kaufman (Eastern Washington, #10 2014 WR) is a prospect who many are going to label as too slow for the NFL but don’t believe the hype. This kid is legitimate and he’s finally learning to utilize his massive size advantage against smaller and faster DB’s. Kaufman is the kind of WR that even when he’s covered he’s actually open.
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