One of the strengths of the 2013 class as of now appears to be the wide receivers. The class is loaded with potential top 10 picks with Robert Woods, Keenan Allen, and Marquess Wilson all fitting that type of prospect. Woods could end up being a top 3 pick and the highest WR taken in a long time. Outside of the “big three” there are plenty of other impressive prospects like Justin Hunter and Da’Rick Rogers from Tennessee who both possess great height, weight, and speed. Kenny Stills is incredibly productive and Cobi Hamilton will look to replace Arkansas’s three NFL Wide Receivers. If there are any names I am missing, let me know in the comments
Today I will take a look at the WR class quickly while I work on getting a 2 round Mock Draft out there. Look for that to publish later tonight or tomorrow at some point.
This class has 33 draftable WRs but the facts of past drafts tell you that 18 to 23 WRs will be drafted. That means their will be 10 or more UDFA WRs that will be worthy of making a roster.
1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State – Blackmon has emerged as the clear #1 WR in this draft and should be a top 5 draft pick come April. The Vikings, Rams, and Browns will target him from 2 through 4.
2. Mohammed Sanu, Rutgers – I have Sanu over Jeffery and Floyd and that will draw a lot of criticism. However, Sanu clearly performed better than both of them this year, and by a wide margin. He has better hands than both. Runs better routes than both. Has more speed than both and is a smarter player than both. Just because he doesn’t have 6’4″ size does not matter to me. He is 6’2″ 215 pounds and has the potential to be stud in this league. He just broke Big East WR records that Larry Fitzgerald held with out a QB that should have been starting on any other Big 6 conference team.
3. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina – Jeffery is fantastic player that suffered from awful QB play. He should still be a top 15 to top 20 pick but if he had good QB play, he could have been a top 5 pick. The team that lands him is going to get him a fantastic player that could be a top 5 WR in the NFL.
4. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame – Floyd came into the year with tons of character questions but he straitened out his act this year and performed fantastically. He should be a mid first round pick and provides a special player with 6’4″ height and 4.4 speed.
5. Kendall Wright, Baylor – Wright is a burner that can also be a dangerous kick returner. Because of his speed and route running along with his value as a KR, I see him as a late first round pick this year to a team in need of a #2 WR and KR prowess. I think he will end up at Houston or New England come April.
See the rest of the incredibly deep and talented WR class after the jump.