2010 NFL Draft: Top 10 WR Prospects
While there aren't a lot of elite prospects at the wide receiver position in this draft, it is likely that at least 10 will go in the first three rounds. While the majority of the top players at the position are big physical outside receivers, the slot guys, like Tate, Gilyard and McCluster, will get a lot of attention.
1. Dez Bryant
Big and physical with good speed and ability to run crisp routes make Bryant the no brainer top receiver in the draft. I don't give much credence to the NCAA declaring Bryant ineligible to play his senior season. Bryant had a monster sophomore season and should be able to shake off the rust quickly in mini camp.
2. Damian Williams
Williams is renowned for his crisp routes and is big enough and fast enough to a be big time player. Williams was a security blanket for frosh USC QB Matt Barkley all season long and put up very good numbers. Williams can also contribute on special teams as a return man.
3. Golden Tate
Tate is a play maker plain and simple. Even though he doesn't have elite size, he does have a solid all around game and a knack for coming up big in the clutch. Tate's skill set will allow him to step right in and contribute in the right system. He could put up similar numbers to Percy Harvin if he goes to a coach that can utilize his skill set.
4. Brandon LaFell
Lafell never lived up to his potential at LSU but he still has tremendous upside. He is an incredible athlete with great leaping ability that teamed with good size and strength will make him a formidable red zone threat.
5. Arrelious Benn
Much like Lafell, Benn never lived up to expectations. Illinois was a mess, QB Juice Williams in particular, and Benn's production suffered. While Benn is not clear of blame for his bad year, he does have the best combination of size and speed of the top receivers in this draft.
6. Eric Decker
Even though Decker missed a good portion of the season with a broken foot he still put up big numbers for Minnesota. He is a tough player with a go to receiver mentality. Even if Decker doesn't test out as well as expected at the combine, he is a gamer and will contribute in the NFL.
7. Mardy Gilyard
Gilyard's stock has risen significantly since he won the most valuable offensive player award at the senior bowl. His slight build could limit his ability to beat press coverage as an outside receiver but the speedy Gilyard should still make an impact in the slot and the return game.
8. Jordan Shipley
Numbers don't lie and Jordan Shipley is an impact player. He had a great career at Texas and should be a solid possession receiver in the pros.
9. Andre Roberts
Andre Roberts has raised more than a few eye brows and senior bowl practice this week. Great hands and solid routes will take him far at the next level.
10. Dexter McCluster
Is Dexter McCluster a WR or a RB? Who cares, he is a weapon. Teamed with an innovative offensive coordinator McCluster will be giving defenses nightmares for years to come.