Robert Woods Pro Day: Teams USC Star Receiver Could Transform in 2013

Bryan ShafferFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24:  Robert Woods #2 of the USC Trojans makes a catch for a touchdown in front of Bennett Jackson #2 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to trail 10-7 to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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At USC's Pro Day, wide receiver Robert Woods had a lot to gain.

His draft position is estimated to be anywhere from the first to third round, so a good showing would have helped him out tremendously.

He did look good on some passes from Matt Barkley, but some people, such as Marcellus Wiley, were not impressed with his slow 40-time. 

Regardless of what his draft stock ends up being, there are many teams who could use Woods on their roster.

New England Patriots

The Patriots have had the number one scoring offense in the NFL two of the last three seasons.

After Brandon Lloyd's departure and Wes Welker's signing with the Denver Broncos, the Patriots prolific offense now has some question marks.

Woods could help fill the void at receiver for New England. He is the kind of possession receiver that Tom Brady loves to throw to, so he would fit well into the system.

It would be nice to have Woods and newly acquired Danny Amendola lining up in the same offense, and Brady would certainly make the best use of each of their talents. Additionally, with Amendola's injury concerns, it would give the Patriots a guy to depend on if he were to go down.

As the Patriots love getting guys who slip in the draft, they would be wise to take a chance on Woods if he were to slip to the second round.


Washington Redskins

The fact that Robert Griffin III took the Redskins to the playoffs last season was remarkable.

No, it is not just because they had the third-worst pass defense in the league. Nor is it the fact that he won the competitive NFC East as a rookie.

It was the fact that he did it without any semblance of a receiving corps.

Pierre Garcon led the Redskins with 633 receiving yards, and he missed six games due to injuries.

For the Redskins to take advantage of Griffin's skills as a passer, they need to get another dependable receiver that he can target.

They already have a good downfield threat in Garcon, and Woods would give them the possession receiver they lacked in 2012. The 111 receptions he racked up in 2011 show the extra dimensions he could add to the Redskin's offense.

Plus, with Woods possibly dropping into the second round, the Redskins, who traded away their 2013 first round pick, are well positioned to grab him.

St. Louis Rams

With Amendola signing with the Patriots, the Rams' receiving depth is pretty shallow right now. No receiver other than Amendola caught more than 51 passes from Sam Bradford in 2012, and no one gained more than 700 yards.

Bradford could really use a replacement for Amendola, and Woods could be it. Bradford and the St. Louis offense struggled immensely without their possession receiver in 2012, never scoring more than 20 points in the five games Amendola missed.

It Bradford were able to develop the kind of chemistry with Woods that he had with Amendola, the Rams would be in much better shape heading into 2013.