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After taking one look at this list, it makes me realize how cut-throat the competition in the NFL must be.
Two of these receivers were among the most prolific receivers in NCAA history(Chris Williams and Brennan Marion) and went undrafted. One was an extremely reliable and dependable receiver for his team throughout his career(Brian Hartline) was drafted in the second round. The final one had an excellent senior campaign for his team(Patrick Turner) and was drafted in the third round.
If you think these guys are competing for playing time, you better think again. Try simply making the Dolphins roster. They might be able to play eventually, but this season playing time at wide receiver looks extremely slim.
The Dolphins are already loaded with a plethora of targets, not to mention there are running backs like Ricky Williams, Ronnie Brown, and Patrick Cobbs that catch passes out of the backfield extremely often.
Wide receiver Chris Williams out of New Mexico State was one of my favorite receivers in the draft. Sure, the Aggies aren't on television that much but I've read about the tandem of Williams and QB Chase Holbrook for years at New Mexico State.
During his four-year career with the Aggies, Williams hauled in an eyebrow-raising 246 catches for 3,555 yards and 32 touchdowns. He was helped by the fact that New Mexico State and head coach Hal Mumme love to pass the football(think Texas Tech), but Williams still left his mark as one of the most decorated receivers in NCAA football history.
The one factor that might make Williams struggle is his size. Listed at a miniscule 5'8, 157 lbs. it will be tough to for the smallish Williams to survive against most corners in the NFL.
Another receiver that was a treat to watch was Tulsa Golden Hurricane wide receiver Brennan Marion. He thrived in offensive coordinator Guz Malzahn's "spread-offense" attack in which the ball was very evenly distributed to a wide variety of players. It didn't hurt that he had the golden-armed quarterback, David Johnson, tossing him the pigskin either.
In two years, all Marion did was set Conference USA and the college football world on fire, snagging 82 catches for 2,356 yards and 19 touchdowns. He established himself as one of the best big play threats in college football, shredding opposing secondaries for over 25.9 yards per catch during his two-year career.
The third receiver is the one who is catching onto the team's offense the quickest, according to the Sun-Sentinel(May 28). Brian Hartline was a very reliable and sure-handed receiver for the Ohio State Buckeyes over the past few years.
He never posted eye-popping stats for the Buckeyes, but his reliable hands cannot be disputed. During his three years with the Buckeyes he snatched 90 catches for 1,429 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Those numbers are definitely down a bit, because in 2008 he had a true freshman quarterback who was a below average passer at best in Terrelle Pryor.
Since he seems to be picking up the offense rather quickly, I'd look for Hartline to lock up his roster spot for the 'Phins before the season starts. The recently married Buckeye hopes that his marriage with the Dolphins turns out to be a long and healthy relationship as well.
Wide receiver Patrick Turner out of USC was one of the most decorated receivers in the country coming out of high school. College football recruiting fanatics will remember him as the player who was rated ahead of DeSean Jackson for the honor as the nation's top receiver.
Then after Jackson set the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on fire, Jackson was moved up to the nation's top receiver and Turner was moved down to second.
Many people were wondering when, if Turner would ever break out. He was named to the 2008 All-Pac 10 second team, after he put up decent numbers, snagging 47 passes for 741 yards and ten touchdowns.
His size(6'5, 221 lbs.) will surely give him a leg up on the rest of the receivers on this list and make him an attractive red-zone target for Chad Pennington.
Who will rise to the cream of the crop out of these receivers? Only time will tell, but it sounds like Brian Hartline has an early advantage on the competition. It should be a very interesting position battle!