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Robert Woods is the most pro-ready wide receiver in the 2013 NFL draft.
Robert Woods began the 2012 college football season as a preseason All-American and USC's No. 1 wideout. He was expected to build on his 2011 campaign that saw him grab 15 touchdowns and nearly 1,300 yards.
Enter Marqise Lee.
Lee had one of the most dominant receiving seasons in recent memory and will likely be in the discussion as a top three selection for the 2014 NFL draft. As a result, It became easy to "forget" about Woods.
Don't make that mistake.
Woods is the most pro-ready wide receiver in the 2013 NFL draft class. He's a smooth, gliding athlete that makes route-running look easy. His game film showcases a player that has everything you look for in a wide receiver prospect.
At 6'0" and 201 pounds, Woods has adequate overall size for the position, but he won't be a receiver that can routinely win versus physical coverage.
And he won't have to.
Woods has great acceleration off the line of scrimmage, and his sharp, space-creating cuts cause him to be a difficult matchup for even the most experienced defensive back.
The most appealing aspect of Woods' game is the fact that his quarterback doesn't have to be perfect with his throw when targeting him. He has great body control and is a pure hands-catcher; he can pluck the ball out of the air even if it's thrown somewhere away from his body.
Woods' catch-radius extends much farther than his 6'0" frame would suggest.
In the open field, Woods isn't going to make a ton of guys miss. But he will set up his blocks, take great angles and be a threat to take it the distance.
Woods has the ability to make a play in the short, intermediate and vertical passing game. He's an all-around talent that will have very few limitations at the next level. He can play on the outside or in the slot and is a nice combination of possession receiver and big play threat.
And he's scrappy, too.
Woods will throw himself into a block in the running game.
Within the next three seasons, Woods will evolve into a legitimate No. 1 wideout in the NFL. He has a chance to be one of the better receivers in the league and should be a first-round selection.
But will he be?
Probably not. The NFL obsesses over size and speed. And Woods is, well, average in that department. But his film doesn't lie. He's a special player.
Woods might end up being the fourth or fifth wide receiver selected in the 2013 NFL draft. And while it's easy to fall in love with the checklist of attributes that guys like Keenan Allen and Cordarrelle Patterson possess, it's a player like Robert Woods that will simply produce in the NFL.
Most Likely Landing Spot:
San Francisco 49ers, 31st pick (first round)
Other Potential Landing Spots:
Buffalo Bills, 41st pick (second round)
San Diego Chargers, 45th pick (second round)