2013 NFL Draft: Most Impressive Wide Receivers After Combine

Mathias AskCorrespondent IIFebruary 26, 2013

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20:  Cordarrelle Patterson #84 of the Tennessee Volunteers pulls in this reception against Robert Lester #37 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Neyland Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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For some wide receivers, the NFL scouting combine was simply another opportunity to solidify their positions as the top receiving prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft.

However, there were others who impressed the scouts with their incredibly athletic ability, which will no doubt have NFL front offices taking a closer look at them heading into the NFL Draft in April.

Here are the most impressive wide receivers in this year’s draft stock after the combine.


Cordarrelle Patterson:

The wideout out of Tennessee is by far the most enticing receiving prospect this year. He finished the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds, which is amazing for a guy with his size. He’s 6’2’’ and weighs 216 lbs, but he can steamroll you down the sideline.

He also has a solid vertical leap of 37”, so look for Patterson to make some spectacular catches during his rookie season.

Until we see how Keenan Allen performs at Cal’s pro day on March 14, Patterson is the undisputed top receiver in the NFL Draft.


Tavon Austin:

Austin concluded a good combine with the second-fastest 40-yard dash among wide receivers and 14 reps on the bench press.



While at West Virginia, Austin proved himself to be a multifaceted player. He played wide receiver, running back and returned kicks and punts.    

There are so many directions teams can go with Austin, and he could prove to be the biggest steal of this year’s draft.


Justin Hunter:

With a 6’4” frame and a 39.5 inch leap, not many cornerbacks can expect to cover Justin Hunter. While often overshadowed by Patterson, his fellow Volunteer, Hunter has attributes, like speed, that should make him a solid addition to any NFL offense.

Hunter was one of the big winners at the combine, leading all wide receivers in the broad jump with 11’ 4” and only lagging 0.02 of a second behind Patterson in the 40.


Marquise Goodwin:

Goodwin’s small size and inability to withstand pressure on the line of scrimmage notwithstanding, his speed is enough to make scouts give him a second look.

He ran a 4.27 40-yard dash, while no other wide receiver clocked in at less than 4.30. It takes more than speed to become an NFL wide receiver, but the ability to create separation is invaluable.

Few were talking about Goodwin before the combine, but thanks to his 40-yard dash, there is a lot of buzz surrounding him.