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There are plenty of solid receivers in Mobile, but Jordan Matthews is head and shoulders above the rest of the group.
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt; 6'3", 206 lbs
2013 Stats: 112 REC, 1,477 YDS (13.2 YPC), 7 TDs
Jordan Matthews is clearly the best receiver at the Senior Bowl, but he's been impressing scouts with his intelligence, preparation and work ethic. According to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer, Matthews took the uncommon approach of scouting cornerbacks on the opposing roster...in an all-star game.
The Commodore is the complete package and almost certainly won't be on the board for Baltimore's second-round pick if he continues to perform this well. Matthews has already caught the eye of NFL execs and analysts for his performance in drills, and NFL Network's Charles Davis had this to say about the wide receiver:
He will go into the briar patch, take his hits and keep on ticking. I never worry about that part with him. Obviously, people are going to want to know what he runs (at the combine). All in all, I think he's a big-time prospect. Let's face it: How many quarterbacks threw to him at Vanderbilt? Try to name them all. Yet everyone knew he was coming each week in the SEC.
Davis touches on two key points. First, he never had a particularly great quarterback throwing him the ball, nor was he in a gimmicky, high-volume college offense. Matthews' numbers aren't inflated, and that's impressive considering the lack of talent around him.
Secondly, he lacks elite athleticism. He won't blow people away at the combine, but sleeping on Matthews would be a mistake. He has enough short-area quickness to create separation, and he's so solid in every aspect of the position that he's a safe pick.
He probably won't be the Ravens' first-round pick if they stay where they are (currently No. 16 or 17), but they could trade back in the first or trade up in the second to nab the playmaking receiver.
Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin; 6'2", 188 lbs
2013 Stats: 78 REC, 1,081 YDS (13.9 YPC), 7 TDs
Baltimore is almost certainly going to spend an early draft pick on a receiver, but it wouldn't be at all surprising to see them double-down on the position like they did in 2011 (Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss). If that's the case, Jared Abbrederis is an intriguing target to keep in mind.
Abbrederis was an extremely productive receiver at Wisconsin (over 3,000 career yards), but he's mostly flying under the radar as an NFL prospect.
That may change after the Senior Bowl, where he's standing out from the crowd according to Andy Fenelon of NFL.com.
He's an underrated athlete, a smart football player and a very advanced route-runner, and those three traits will serve him well at the next level. The route running in particular is his best asset and would make him a welcome addition to the Baltimore receiving corps.
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com (a former Ravens scout) likened his route-running ability to Robert Woods (formerly of USC and now with the Buffalo Bills):
Abbrederis isn't a "sexy" draft prospect, but he's solid, reliable and could be a valuable late-round steal for Ozzie Newsome and co.