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East West Shrine Game 2013: Evaluating Draft Stock of Top Wide Receivers

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 01: Keenan Davis #6 of the Iowa Hawkeyes catches a pass as he is hit by Rashaan Melvin #11 of the Northern Illinois Huskies at Soldier Field on September 1, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Michael DulkaContributor IJanuary 19, 2013

The East West Shrine will display some talented wide receivers trying to improve their draft stock. The week of practice has given scouts plenty of chances to see the wide receivers in action before a game-setting viewing this afternoon. 

With many of the wide receivers in the game, there is disagreement with their draft stock. The wide receivers listed have been some of the most impressive during the week of practice in St. Petersburg.

 

Theo Riddick, Notre Dame 

Riddick has played wide receiver all week despite playing mostly running back at Notre Dame. He has the speed and ability to make defenders miss to be an effective slot receiver. His ability to play with positions could make him attractive to teams that would use him to do both. The combo WR/RB has gotten more prevalent lately with Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb having success.

Riddick is the 15th best running back and 160th ranked player according to Bleacher Report's own Matt Miller. Riddick is likely to be selected around the fifth or sixth round, but that could change depending on how teams plan to use Riddick.  

 

Keenan Davis, Iowa

Davis has been one of the most impressive wide receivers during the practice week. The 6'2", 216-pound wide receiver has nice size, but struggles to consistently use it to his ability. Davis isn't a flashy wide receiver, but he is very reliable in catching the football.

Davis is trying to break into the draft. The best case scenario for Davis would be getting drafted in the sixth round and worst case would be not getting any looks as a free agent.

The strong week of practice should help him more toward the best case scenario.   

 

Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech  

Viewed as probably the best all-around wide receiver in the game, Davis has done well during the practice week. The 6'4", 232-pound receiver has great size and uses it well. He was great at stretching the fielding at Virginia Tech and can be expected to do similar in the NFL

Davis is viewed with much disagreement.

Walterfootball.com has Davis ranked as a third or fourth rounder, while CBSSports.com has him as a sixth rounder. It seems that Davis' draft stock depends on how he is viewed by each team. 

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