2013 NFL DRAFT: WIDE RECEIVERS
By: Marcus Mosher
1. Tavon Austin – West Virginia
5-9, 179 lbs.
With the recent success of Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb as “Jokers” in the Spread Offense, Tavon Austin has the potential to be a star in today’s NFL. Austin at West Virginia did most of his damage as a slot WR racking up 112 receptions for 1280 yards and 12 touchdowns, but his game against Oklahoma might be his most impressive. Austin received 22 carries against Oklahoma, most coming from the backfield, and dazzled many with 344 rushing yards and two TD’s to go along with 4 receptions for 82 yards. In a draft without a lot of offensive weapons, Tavon Austin will be a premier playmaker that NFL teams covet. He will be a first round pick who will make a big impact right away for an NFL team.
2. Cordarrelle Patterson – Tennessee
6-3, 205 lbs.
Patterson only spent 1 season at Tennessee after being a Junior College transfer, but he did not fail to impress during his short collegiate career. Patterson is an electric player who is physically ready to dominate in the NFL, but he needs to refine his route running before he can become an elite player. Patterson has the rare combination of size, speed and explosiveness that will have coaches drooling come April. Look for Patterson to be the first wide receiver off the board early in the 2013 Draft.
3. DeAndre Hopkins – Clemson
6-1. 214 lbs.
DeAndre “Nuke” Hopkins is one of my favorite players in the entire 2013 draft class. Hopkins was ultra productive in 2012, catching 82 passes for 1,405 yards and a ridiculous 18 touchdowns. Hopkins might be the most NFL ready WR because of his ability to run precise routes and strong hands. Hopkins has drawn comparisons to Roddy White and Reggie Wayne as Z-Recievers who can dominate inside and outside of the numbers. Hopkins would be an ideal #2 WR for a team in the late part of the 1st round.
4. Keenan Allen – California
6-3, 210 lbs.
Keenan Allen is the ideal #2 wide receiver in the league today. Allen is a long, athletic target with a huge catching radius. Allen isn’t a burner, only running an unofficial 4.71 forty at his pro day, but that doesn’t take away from what he does best. Keenan Allen can dominate with the football in his hands and can dominate on the outside. Allen’s best fit would be as a #2 target in a west coast offense. He reminds me of Jordy Nelson in Green Bay.
5. Markus Wheaton – Oregon St.