NFL Draft Breakdown, Part 2: Wide Receiver

Ben HarrisCorrespondent IFebruary 20, 2008

As the 2008 NFL Draft approaches, a very talented draft class has surfaced. I will break down, position by position the best Quaterbacks, Wide Receivers, and Tailbacks and rank my top 5 for each individual position. Here we go…


I will give you the top 7 WR’s because the draft class is full of talent.

Wide Receiver

1. DeSean Jackson - California

The junior out of Cal displays unheard of speed in college ball that helps him out run, not mention out last, the best secondaries in football. With an incredible sophomore year in 2006 he had career numbers in touchdowns, yards, and yards per catch with an unthinkable 18 yards a touch.


Projected Round: Top 20


2. Malcolm Kelly - Oklahoma


Only missing one game in his sophomore and junior years, Kelly led his Okhlahoma to the Fiesta Bowl. The 6 foot 4 wide out has potential to be as influential as a Plaxico Burress, who as we know has a big impact to the New York Giants. He exploded in his first game this year against North Texas with 150 yards receiving, leading his team to a 79-10 romp. Kelly is the 4th leading receiver in Oklahoma University history.

Projected Round: 1st Round

3. James Hardy - Indiana

Hardy, as a red-shirtted junior hauled in a team leading 79 catches, which led to 1,125 receiving yards. Even though his Hoosiers suffered going just 16-19 during his career, Hardy excelled and led his team to a winning season in 07. Look for Hardy to be an impact player in the NFL, the year of or the year after he is drafted.


Projected Round: 1st-2nd Round 

4. Mario Manningham - Michigan

Manningham was a substantial playmaker in the Big Ten during his three years playing for the maize and blue. Manningham excelled when his team had to make do with backup QB Ryan Mallet. The 6 foot 6 receiver is just another part of the very talented, and very tall, draft class of 2008.


Projected Round: 1st-2nd Round 

5. Early Doucet - Louisana State

The Louisiana native, Doucet was plagued by injury for small parts of his career. Doucet helped fill the empty space on the LSU depth chart when former receivers Craig Davis and Dwyane Bowe left the Tigers for the NFL. Doucet’s speed in his routes, but also knows how to plant and set good blocks. Explosive with the ball, Doucet has provided trouble for many secondaries around the NCAA.


Projected Round: 1st-2nd Round 

6. Limas Sweed - Texas

Although Sweed missed his last seven games as a senior, he compiled just under 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in his four years as a Longhorn. Sweed underwent a successful surgery that repaired a ligament in his left wrist earlier in October. Sweed is said to be at 100% for the combine, which will be his last chance to impress the scouts who doubted him because of his injury.

Projected Round: 2nd Round

7. Devin Thomas - Michigan State

One of the best wide receivers in the NFL Draft is Devin Thomas. Thomas was in the Top 10 WR’s in the NCAA this year in total yards. He also assembled 8 touchdowns in his junior year with the Spartans. Even with a talented quarterback in Brian Hoyer at Michigan State, Devin Thomas will do well with any quarterback of any nature.


Projected Round: 2nd Round

Other WR’s to Look Out For

Lavellee Hawkins - California


Eddie Royal - Virginia Tech


Andre Caldwell - Florida