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Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders
Hands: 32/50; Route Running: 15/30; Speed: 19/20
A small wide receiver coming out of North Carolina State in the 2012 draft, T.J. Graham struggled to find his way as a route-runner in his first season. As an athlete, his speed and agility are top end, and he shows good ability to get in and out of breaks in his routes with nice burst. When asked to make hard cuts and break off his route, Graham can too often round off his cuts, which allows defenders to jump the ball. He has potential but remains a developing player.
Hands: 35/50; Route Running: 14/30; Speed: 17/20
There were not big expectations for this undrafted free agent from Temple, but Rod Streater made an impact early in the Raiders’ 2012 season. He plays with good quickness and has enough speed to be an impact with and without the ball. He showed good hands as a receiver, limiting drops on the edge but struggling to secure tough grabs in traffic over the middle. While not a deep threat, Streater has upside as an intermediate, possession receiver.
Hands: 32/50; Route Running: 17/30; Speed: 17/20
The “other” Steve Smith played in nine games in 2012, showing that he still has the quickness and route-running ability to be an asset as a depth wide receiver. He doesn’t have the consistency in his hands to be a trusted threat on the edge, but when lined up in the slot as a third or fourth option in the passing game, he still adds value. Smith won’t run away from coverage, but he does show nice quickness underneath. If fully healthy in 2013, he could be a nice veteran option in the slot.
Hands: 40/50; Route Running: 12/30; Speed: 15/20
A big, strong receiver with the length to attack the ball, Armon Binns is a developmental wide receiver with nice hands but shaky route running. Binns doesn’t have the speed to run away from coverage or pick up yards after the catch. Still, he can use his body to make breaks on the ball and keep defenders from jumping routes as a possession receiver. He has to become more aware on option routes to find soft areas in coverage, but with his size and hands, there’s good potential. If injury hadn’t struck, Binns may have developed into a bigger target in the Cincinnati offense in 2012.
Hands: 32/50; Route Running: 16/30; Speed: 20/20
Mike Thomas doesn’t have the size to stretch the defense vertically or beat defenders in one-on-one situations, but he has a ton of speed in the open field. His route running has improved, and his ability to make breaks in his routes has allowed him to find openings and sit down in zones. He can be weak in getting off the ball and has to become more consistent in bringing the ball in. His drops and limited catch radius keep Thomas from being a higher-ranked player.