2014 NFL Draft: Highlighting Top Mid-Round Receivers in Loaded Draft Class

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst IMarch 18, 2014

2014 NFL Draft: Highlighting Top Mid-Round Receivers in Loaded Draft Class

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    Wide receiver is by far the deepest position in the 2014 NFL draft, which is already stacked with talent at nearly every spot on the field. 

    There are big names like Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans who will get drafted very early in the first round. There are as many as seven or eight different guys who could hear their name called in the first round as well.

    But the third, fourth and fifth rounds will also see a number of talented receivers get taken later than they would have in a more normal draft class.

    These five wideouts are very talented and will make for phenomenal value picks on draft day in the middle rounds.

Josh Huff, Oregon

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    Huff was extremely productive in 2013, with six 100-yard games while tying Oregon's all-time single season touchdown record with 12. 

    At 5'11" and 206 pounds, Huff isn't a physically imposing player (which is a theme with these mid-round receivers), but he's an electric athlete.

    His quickness and speed in the open field made him such a dynamic weapon for Oregon, and he could excel in a slot role in a fast-paced offense in the NFL.

    The biggest knock on him is his lack of physicality and proven ability to separate from cornerbacks at the line of scrimmage. Oregon's offense got him in space without him having to do much and how he operates in traffic remains to be seen.

Cody Latimer, Indiana

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    The biggest receiver on this list, Latimer is a really underrated wideout who excelled on a talent-starved offense over at Indiana.

    He isn't the kind of player who stands out in physical tests and doesn't have incredible highlight tapes, but he's a really strong, steady player.

    At 6'2", 215 pounds, Latimer is a long and powerful receiver who is coordinated and hard to knock off the ball. A former basketball star in high school, Latimer's raw strength and leaping ability is evident in his play.

    He's not the kind of guy who will put an offense on his back as the No. 1 guy but with some seasoning he certainly has a future as a potential No. 2 receiver.

Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin

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    An all-state quarterback in high school and former walk-on at Wisconsin, Abbrederis is a well-rounded, gritty football player who has proven that he will do what it takes to succeed.

    His 6'1", 195-pound frame is stronger than it looks, and Abbrederis is the kind of receiver who will battle for balls in the air and give up his body to make a play.

    His hands are very solid, but he doesn't have the elite speed that is necessary for him to play on the outside in the NFL.

    While his ceiling isn't too high, but I also feel very confident that Abbrederis will be a successful NFL player. He fits best as a slot receiver.

Robert Herron, Wyoming

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    Herron is one of the most intriguing players at any position in the draft, and I am a big believer in his natural talent. 

    After a slow start to his career at Wyoming, he really found his stride as a senior in 2013 and had 72 catches with nine scores, and he is very much still growing as a player.

    An incredibly fast quick-twitch athlete, Herron is only 5'9" but is not afraid of contact and has the ability to weave through the secondary and come up with a big play. His ability to separate off the line of scrimmage is very impressive.

    He was extremely impressive at the Senior Bowl and although he didn't light up the combine he still had very solid numbers across the board. Herron is a guy with a high ceiling who could end up being one of the steals of the draft.

Mike Davis, Texas

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    Davis is a hard prospect to figure out, because he has been relatively inconsistent throughout his college career and can be very frustrating at times.

    At 6'0", 197 pounds with nearly 33" arms, Davis is a long and deceptively powerful receiver who has really good straight-line speed.

    He gets into problems when he has to change directions, and his coordination and route running are not up to par. Davis is the kind of guy who will miss easy catches that drive coaches and quarterbacks crazy.

    It's hard to say exactly how he fits in at the next level, and NFL teams will have to make sure they know they are getting a guy who is primarily a deep threat for now.