NFL Draft 400: Ranking the Top Wide Receivers for 2016

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 7, 2016

NFL Draft 400: Ranking the Top Wide Receivers for 2016

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    The 2016 NFL draft class doesn't feature two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks at the top like last season's did with Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be excited about this year's class. With this draft set to be dominated by defensive linemen and small-school studs, not many people know as many names as they did last offseason.  

    The goal of the NFL Draft 400 series is to change that.

    The top 400 players were tracked, scouted, graded and ranked by me and my scouting assistants, Marshal Miller and Dan Bazal. Together, we viewed tape of a minimum of three games per player (the same standard NFL teams use). Often, we saw every play by a prospect over the last two years. That led to the wide receiver grades, rankings and scouting reports you see here.

    Players were graded on positives and negatives, with a pro-player comparison added to match the player's style or fit in the pros. The top 400 players will be broken down position by position for easy viewing before the release of a top-400 big board prior to the draft.

    In the case of a tie, players were ranked based on their overall grade in our top 400.

Matt Miller NFL Draft Grading Scale

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    At the end of each scouting report, you'll see a final grade that falls somewhere between 4.00 and 9.00. This scale comes from the teaching I received from Charley Casserly, Michael Lombardi and other former and current front-office personnel in the NFL. I tweaked it this year to be more transparent. As a result, each player received a number grade as well as a ranking.

    This applies to all positions across the board.

    Matt Miller's NFL Draft Grading Scale
    GradeLabel
    9.00Elite—No. 1 pick
    8.00-8.99All-Pro—Rare Talent
    7.50-7.99Round 1—Pro Bowl Potential
    7.00-7.49Round 1—Top-15 Player Potential
    6.50-6.99Round 2—Rookie Impact/Future Starter
    6.00-6.49Round 3—Rookie Impact/Future Starter
    5.80-5.99Rounds 3-4—Future Starter
    5.70-5.79Round 4—Backup Caliber
    5.60-5.69Round 5—Backup Caliber
    5.50-5.59Round 6—Backup Caliber
    5.40-5.49Round 7—Backup Caliber
    5.00-5.39Priority Free Agent
    4.50-4.99Camp Player

54. Jared Dangerfield, Western Kentucky

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    Combine Results
    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'1 ½"214 lbs4.7sN/AN/A 

    POSITIVES

    A former wideout at Fort Scott Community College, Jared Dangerfield transferred to Western Kentucky before the 2014 season and was voted honorable mention All-Conference USA in his first year playing in the FBS.

    Playing in a spread offense at WKU, Dangerfield was asked to execute screens and slants while primarily working over the middle of the field. He runs fearless routes and will extend away from his body to make plays on the ball. In the red zone, Dangerfield can be special as a jump-ball player. 

    Dangerfield has the body type to beat press cornerbacks at the line of scrimmage. He has the strength to fight off a jam and enough initial quickness to shake defenders at the snap. 

    Yards after the catch from Dangerfield are limited to what he can get by powering through tacklers. 

    NEGATIVES

    Listed by WKU as a 6'3" receiver, Dangerfield was measured at 6'1 ½" officially. He has a big frame, but his height and length aren't the strength they may appear to be on paper.

    Dangerfield is not a natural hands catcher and dropped 10 passes (on 125 targets) in 2015 alone. 

    Without running a diverse route tree, Dangerfield comes into the NFL with experience only on slants and screens. He'll need extensive work on deep breaking routes and anything vertical. His skill set as a route-runner is best suited for a slot role in the NFL.

    Limited speed on a thick frame keeps Dangerfield from being a threat after the catch in the NFL. He will struggle to find separation up the field with speed and must learn to become a post-up type of receiver. 

    PRO COMPARISON: DeVier Posey, Denver Broncos

    FINAL GRADE: 5.00/9.00 (Priority Free Agent)

53. Jordan Williams-Lambert, Ball State

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    Combine/Pro Day Results
    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'2 7/8"224 lbs4.64s7.03s4.45s 

    POSITIVES

    A two-year starter at Ball State, Jordan Williams-Lambert was a three-time All-Mid-American Conference team selection (second team in 2014 and 2015, third team in 2013). Williams-Lambert caught 200 passes in his college career, going for over 2,700 yards and 23 touchdowns.

    Williams-Lambert has the size and length to be an effective jump-ball receiver. He doesn't shy away from contested catches and will climb the ladder to high-point down the field. When facing the ball—on comebacks and slants—Williams-Lambert is able to hide the ball from defenders with his size.

    As a route-runner, he's best on outside routes where he can get his large frame between the defender and the ball. Limited hip flexibility and speed means Williams-Lambert has to win with power. He shows enough toughness and strength to get open underneath.

    NEGATIVES

    Listed at 6'3", Williams-Lambert measured in at 6'2 ¾" at his pro day. At 224 pounds, he's built like a short tight end, not a receiver. That thick build limits his fluid movement skills. Williams-Lambert turned in a poor 4.64-second time in the 40-yard dash. His positional drills were equally disappointing, as Williams-Lambert struggled to show burst or flexibility in his routes.

    With nine drops on 143 targets, Williams-Lambert showed good but not great hands. He will focus on the defense before securing the ball away over the middle, leading to easy drops. Down the field, Williams-Lambert shows better concentration.

    Williams-Lambert doesn't offer much as a route-runner over the middle. He doesn't have the twitchy skills needed to separate in a short area. Without true speed or burst, Williams-Lambert becomes a below-average player on the move.

    PRO COMPARISON: Brice Butler, Dallas Cowboys

    FINAL GRADE: 5.00/9.00 (Priority Free Agent)

52. Devin Lucien, Arizona State

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    Pro Day Results
    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'0 ½"201 lbs4.49s6.93s4.30s

    POSITIVES

    A redshirt senior who began his career at UCLA, Devin Lucien graduated and transferred to Arizona State for one final season of college football. With 10 starts at ASU, Lucien grabbed 66 catches for eight touchdowns and 1,074 yards.

    On 98 targets, Lucien dropped just three passes. In 2015 he showed himself to be a versatile receiver able to work the deep areas of the field while also catching short-to-intermediate balls and picking up yards after the catch.

    On short routes that require separation, Lucien can win with quickness and footwork. He's an urgent, straight-line player who quickly gets into his route and runs with power.

    With 4.4 speed, Lucien can pick up yards after the catch. He looks for yards after the catch and will slip tacklers who go high on him on the edges.

    NEGATIVES

    Lucien could barely crack the lineup at UCLA—just eight starts—and will be 23 years old in his rookie season. After suffering hamstring issues in his final season, Lucien's production isn't that of a top-tier receiver.

    When asked to win on contested catches, Lucien doesn't have the power to beat defenders to the ball. He's not aggressive enough at the catch point down the field. Part of the issue is that Lucien is not explosive enough to separate over the top. Despite his 4.4 speed on the track, he doesn't show that speed on film when running in-phase with a cornerback.

    The quick twitch needed to win on underneath routes isn't there for Lucien, who plays stiff with an upright style. His thin frame will also get tossed around at the line of scrimmage. He needs to be protected by alignment so he's not pressed at the line.

    PRO COMPARISON: Jeff Janis, Green Bay Packers

    FINAL GRADE: 5.00/9.00 (Priority Free Agent)

51. Johnny Holton, Cincinnati

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    Combine Results
    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'0 "190 lbs4.54sN/AN/A 

    POSITIVES

    One of the many talented receivers at Cincinnati, Johnny Holton has the potential to be the best of them all. A former JUCO player (College of DuPage), Holton has upside and big-play ability.

    A strong-handed receiver, Holton dropped just two passes in the last two seasons of our charting. He looks the ball in without losing concentration and is able to adjust his body to find the ball over either shoulder.

    Working primarily as a deep threat, Holton showed the speed and body control to win over the top. With speed on tape that looks to be in the 4.4 range, Holton can gain separation with acceleration. He has the straight-line speed to win vertically over even speedy cornerbacks.

    When given chances to pick up yards after the catch, Holton has the juice to do so with daylight in front of him. He's also reliable as a return man when put back to catch kicks and punts.

    NEGATIVES

    A bad hamstring limited Holton to just 17 catches in 2015. The logjam at receiver kept him to just 46 catches in the past two seasons. A lack of production will be the first thing scouts tear apart when discussing Holton's game.

    Holton has almost no experience running routes over the middle, or catching the ball there. He can be timid in traffic and show alligator arms when confronted. There's not much fight in his game. Holton's film shows a player who would much rather run deep routes than ever play over the middle.

    The hamstring injury hurt Holton's time at the combine, where he ran a 4.54 time. Holton then turned heads with a 4.42-second 40 at his pro day. With the hamstring limiting him for much of the season, Holton has to prove to teams that he's tough enough to play between the hashes.

    PRO COMPARISON: Chris Owusu, New York Jets

    FINAL GRADE: 5.00/9.00 (Priority Free Agent)

50. Rashawn Scott, Miami (Florida)

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    Combine Results
    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'0 "199 lbsN/AN/AN/A 

    POSITIVES

    A high school track star who was expected to bring big-play ability to Miami, Rashawn Scott failed to develop into a reliable playmaker. His potential, though, makes him worthy of a look.

    A trait-based player without consistent production, Scott showed natural ability to pull away from defenders in coverage. Scott was effective getting down the field with straight-line speed and was able to track the ball in well over the top. In our charting, he dropped just one pass thrown over 10 yards all season.

    Route running could become a strength for Scott. He has the instincts and body control to hide his route from defenders and keep them on their heels. He's able to throttle down to make cuts and re-establish his speed out of breaks. Scott has some dog to his game and won't back down from press coverage.

    NEGATIVES

    Scott managed just 91 catches in four seasons at Miami and played in only 29 games during that time. Due to injuries (shoulder) and suspensions, Scott did little more than flash potential. Injuries bit him again when he wasn't able to run at the combine due to a knee injury.

    With four drops on the year—including two in the team's bowl game against Washington State—Scott puts the ball on the turf more than you'd like. He can get flustered by tight coverage and let it get to his head for the entire game.

    The inability to stay healthy is frustrating when watching Scott, because he does flash potential. If an NFL team can get him on the field regularly and coach him up as a route-runner, he could be a steal of the draft. Betting on his maturity and his health are big risks, though.

    PRO COMPARISON: Brandon Tate, Cincinnati Bengals

    FINAL GRADE: 5.00/9.00 (Priority Free Agent)

49. Cody Core, Ole Miss

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    Combine/Pro Day Results
    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'2 "205 lbs4.47s6.75s4.4s

    POSITIVES

    Cody Core has the size and speed NFL teams are looking for, and with 83 catches for almost 1,300 yards in his career, he has flashed the production ballclubs want.

    Core has shown reliable hands. On 60 targets he dropped three passes, per our charting, and didn't shy away from passes over the middle. He has the frame to hang with linebackers and safeties in traffic and doesn't lessen his catch radius when the ball is out in front of him.

    The Ole Miss offense asked Core to diversify his route tree, and he showed ability as a deep threat on the edges and an intermediate target in the middle of the field. Core is able to play above the turf and will go up and get high passes down the field or in the red zone.

    NEGATIVES

    Core was really just a factor in the last two seasons and never caught more than 41 balls in a season. Core's lack of production opposite Laquon Treadwell will raise concerns.

    A bit of a body-catcher, Core must adjust to the close quarters of NFL defenses and learn to attack the ball with his hands. He has the hand size (10 ") to be much more aggressive snatching the ball out of the air.

    Route running at an NFL level is a concern for Core, who on tape didn't show the explosive hips and feet to consistently separate from defenders. He's not twitchy and doesn't have the short-area burst to create space between himself and the coverage. His overall route game needs refinement.

    The same lack of explosive ability limits Core as a yards-after-catch player. He's going to get what the defense gives him and little more.

    PRO COMPARISON: Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots

    FINAL GRADE: 5.00/9.00 (Priority Free Agent)

48. Robby Anderson, Temple

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    Pro Day Results
    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'3"190 lbs4.34s7.07s4.28s

    POSITIVES

    A redshirt senior from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Robby Anderson has the size and speed to make plays down the field. A 2015 ECAC All-Conference player, Anderson also made the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll. Born May 9, 1993, Anderson will be 23 years old as a rookie.

    A possible two-way player, Anderson has experience at cornerback and wide receiver and has shown himself to be a valuable member on special teams.

    Anderson is able to make the ridiculous grab away from his frame and flashes the hand strength to pull in the ball one-handed. His ceiling is good, and Anderson has put on tape his big-play potential down the field.

    NEGATIVES

    Academic issues cost Anderson the 2014 season. Teams must also dig into the background on Anderson and why he quit the team in the spring of 2013 before returning in late summer. He came back as a walk-on and competed at wide receiver and kick returner.

    Drops were a major issue for Anderson in 2015 and may contribute to the idea that he needs to play cornerback. On 124 targets he dropped 13 balls and allowed three others to be intercepted while thrown his way.

    Whether he plays on offense or defense in the NFL, Anderson needs to gain strength. His 190-pound frame cannot hold up to the pounding he'll take in the pros.

    Anderson has excellent straight-line speed but lacks explosive ability in short areas. That's highlighted by a 7.07 time in the three-cone drill and shows up clearly on film when he's asked to make transitions and breaks in his route tree.

    PRO COMPARISON: Tony Lippett, Miami Dolphins

    FINAL GRADE: 5.00/9.00 (Priority Free Agent)

47. Geronimo Allison, Illinois

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    Combine/Pro Day Results
    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'3 ¼"196 lbs4.58s7.10s4.28s 

    POSITIVES

    A JUCO transfer from Iowa Western, Geronimo Allison produced well for the University of Illinois in his two seasons with the team. With 106 catches in two seasons—including 65 in 2015—Allison acclimated well to FBS football.

    Allison is a long-strider with enough speed to scoot down the field. He's a threat vertically, and with good height and length, he can go up and get the ball out of the air. Allison has the catch radius to make plays on poorly thrown balls or when led into space.

    As a thin player with long legs, Allison has to win with straight-line speed. He shows the body control and footwork to beat defenders with his timing in routes. Allison is an effort player and will work to get open against nagging coverage.

    NEGATIVES

    Drops were a consistent issue on Allison's film. In 2015, he dropped 13 balls and struggled at every level of the field. Some receivers drop passes over the middle and some drop passes in space due to poor concentration, but Allison dropped passes both in the middle of the field and out on the edges.

    Allison's lack of burst in short areas makes him a one-trick route-runner. He's all or nothing going down the field and doesn't have the power or speed to separate on underneath routes. Allison's thin frame opens him up to press coverage at the line of scrimmage. He may be best used in a slot role.

    The ability to improve each year is a positive for Allison, but he enters the NFL as a raw prospect. He doesn't understand how to use his tools to get open and relies too often on length and straight-line speed.

    PRO COMPARISON: Stevie Johnson, San Diego Chargers

    FINAL GRADE: 5.00/9.00 (Priority Free Agent)

46. Marquez North, Tennessee

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    Combine Results
    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'2 ½"223 lbs4.48s6.90s4.13s 

    POSITIVES

    A top-tier athlete, junior Marquez North will pop off the film if you're looking for traits and not necessarily production.

    On limited production, North showed impressive hands. He dropped just three passes in the last two years (with 36 catches) and has a long catch radius with 33 -inch arms. He plucks the ball out of the air with 10 ¼-inch hands and an aggressive mentality when the pass is thrown his way.

    With 4.48 speed, North looks to gain yards after the catch. He's physical enough to run through contact and will fight for every inch. He's a natural, easy-moving athlete with ideal height, weight and speed. As a fantastic athlete and ideal receiver on the hoof, North just needs to be coached up to realize his NFL potential.

    NEGATIVES

    North's playing time actually decreased the longer he was in college. He started 11 games as a freshman, 10 games as a sophomore and just four games as a junior. A labrum tear suffered in late 2014 hindered North early in his junior season, holding him to just seven appearances.

    With just 74 catches in three seasons, North doesn't have the numbers to justify a high draft ranking. His 2015 season included just six receptions.

    North is all athlete but not a refined receiver. He doesn't show a full route tree, nor does he have the footwork to break down at the top of his route stem and change direction. He's a straight-line mover in his routes. North appears lazy at times, giving up on the route when he's not a primary read and not fighting for positioning when the ball is in front of him.

    PRO COMPARISON: Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans

    FINAL GRADE: 5.00/9.00 (Priority Free Agent)

45. Ed Eagan, Northwestern State

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    Combine/Pro Day Results
    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    5'11"192 lbs4.54s7.09s4.48s

    POSITIVES

    A senior from New Orleans, Ed Eagan made his mark in college as a receiver and a return man. A strong week at the Senior Bowl helped put him on the map as a late-round prospect.

    A natural athlete with soft, reliable hands, Eagan plucks the ball out of the air. He's able to make plays both in traffic and in space, and he won't shy away from contact when asked to travel into the lion's den with linebackers. Eagan is shifty enough to cut and turn from defenders and is a master on option routes.

    Eagan is instinctive and fluid as a route-runner. He has the awareness to spot openings in coverage and knows how to sit down in space. When running breaking routes, Eagan has quick feet and will throttle down to change direction without dropping off his top-end speed.

    Skills in the return game help push Eagan up draft boards. He's a threat as both a punt and kick returner.

    NEGATIVES

    A lack of size and speed may limit Eagan to the slot for most NFL teams. Playing against lower-level competition at Northwestern State doesn't help his cause. Eagan dominated poor talent, and he doesn't test as a twitchy athlete, which will concern teams.

    Without the pure speed to run past defenders, Eagan will struggle to be a vertical threat in the NFL. His shorter arms and smaller frame make him a target to be jammed up at the line of scrimmage by press coverage.

    Eagan is not a good fit for an offense that gets man-coverage matchups. He lacks the size to consistently get open in man coverage and doesn't have the length to make contested catches over the top.

    PRO COMPARISON: Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills

    FINAL GRADE: 5.00/9.00 (Priority Free Agent)

44. Michael Thomas, Southern Miss

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    Combine/Pro Day Results
    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'1"200 lbs4.53s7.06s4.29s

    POSITIVES

    A senior wideout, Michael Thomas began his career at Dodge City (Kansas) Community College before landing at Southern Miss before the 2014 season. In his first season of FBS football, Thomas started nine games, caught 41 balls and had over 1,200 total yards as a receiver and returner.

    Thomas is a high-motor player and a competitor. Watching his two seasons at USM, you can see that he was starting to understand the game more and more each week. Another year in college could have greatly increased his draft stock if it were available.

    Playing above the turf is something Thomas can do. With a 36-inch vertical jump, he's able to climb the ladder to get the ball at its highest point and fight for contested catches. He plays the ball like it's his. Without great speed, Thomas has to claw his way to yards after the catch, but he has no problem playing aggressively and making something happen. 

    NEGATIVES

    In two seasons, on 186 targets, Thomas dropped nine passes and saw eight throws intended for him intercepted. Thomas was a one-year wonder at USM and must prove he's the real deal and not a product of the system. Playing against lower-level FBS competition doesn't help that.

    Running a full route tree isn't something Thomas has done at Southern Miss. He lived primarily underneath the defense and over the middle. Playing only at left wide receiver in the USM offense, Thomas will have to transition to playing on the right side of the offense in the NFL.

    As an athlete, Thomas looks average on film. He's not twitchy but lacks the straight-line speed to explode past defenders. Given he has average size, you wonder how he'll get open in the NFL without size or speed.

    PRO COMPARISON: Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins

    FINAL GRADE: 5.40/9.00 (Round 7—Backup Caliber)

43. Mekale McKay, Cincinnati

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    Combine Results
    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'4"207 lbs4.55s7.08s4.63s

    POSITIVES

    Mekale McKay began his college football career at Arkansas but transferred to Cincinnati after his freshman season and found success as part of a talented crew of wide receivers.

    A big-play threat, McKay averaged over 18 yards per catch in 2015. McKay's 35-inch vertical jump is backed up on tape, where he consistently plays on top of defenders. McKay will go off the field and attack the ball at a high point.

    A crafty route-runner, McKay can get sneaky separation with timing and awareness. He's most talented on option routes or comebacks, where he can bait coverage one way and cut back and box-out defenders.

    NEGATIVES

    McKay's arm length (30 ") and hand size (9 ½") don't match his height. Some may feel he's a big receiver, when in truth he's just tall. McKay's production decreased over the last two seasons due to the depth at the position, and that will concern teams.

    McKay dropped roughly 10 percent of the passes thrown his way (five drops on 53 targets) and struggled to look the ball in and secure it before moving upfield. In 2014, he saw 80 targets and dropped four passes. He's not a natural receiver and too often double-catches the ball.

    For a player with a reputation as a deep threat, McKay scored just two touchdowns last season. He doesn't show the speed to pull away and run from defenders. His lack of hip flexibility and explosive qualities make him a limited player after the catch against top-tier competition.

    PRO COMPARISON: Charles Johnson, Minnesota Vikings

    FINAL GRADE: 5.40/9.00 (Round 7—Backup Caliber)

42. Kolby Listenbee, TCU

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    Combine Results
    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'0"197 lbs4.39sN/AN/A 

    POSITIVES

    One of the fastest players in college football, Kolby Listenbee is a dangerous vertical threat. He ran a 4.39 time in the 40-yard dash—and did it while recovering from a pelvic injury. Listenbee can get loose and run wild when he's healthy.

    Listenbee has shown reliable hands at TCU, dropping just two passes in the 30 catches we charted for him this year. The majority of his passes were thrown to the middle or left of the hash, and the two drops came on deep balls that were tough to pull in for any receiver.

    On vertical routes, Listenbee can gain separation and pull away from defenders. He knows how to use his hips to fake a break in his route and then blow by defenders at the stem. He has the speed to run straight past man coverage, as few college corners could turn and run with him.

    NEGATIVES

    A slight frame and small hands (8 ¼") will be the biggest questions from NFL scouts. Listenbee struggled to stay healthy in college and has to bulk up to handle the beating he'll take in the pros.

    Listenbee has unquestioned speed but doesn't have quick or smooth transitions. He takes several steps to throttle down and isn't quick to get back top speed out of breaks. He has track speed, but not necessarily football speed.

    You won't see many drops from Listenbee, but he doesn't have much experience tracking the ball over either shoulder. Playing only on the left side of the field, Listenbee must work to become a more diverse route-runner and body-control player.

    PRO COMPARISON: J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals

    FINAL GRADE: 5.40/9.00 (Round 7—Backup Caliber)

41. Alonzo Russell, Toledo

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    Combine/Pro Day Results
    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'3 "206 lbs4.47s7.16s4.33s 

    POSITIVES

    A former walk-on at Toledo due to academic issues, Alonzo Russell has the strong frame and long arms (33 ⅞") NFL teams look for at the position.  

    Russell worked the middle of the field at Toledo and proved himself to be strong going after the ball in traffic. He has the quickness in his feet and hips to change direction without a delay and understands how to use his balance and body control to create space. Russell's biggest positive is his ability as a route-runner to see space on the move and adjust his route to what the defense is showing.

    Russell would be best in a scheme that values comeback routes and wants a bigger target in the middle of the field. When he can face the ball or use his frame to shield the pass from defenders, he's at his best. With good overall play strength, he's able to shake off tacklers and pick up yards after the catch. 

    NEGATIVES

    On 73 targets, Russell dropped seven passes, according to College Football Focus. A 10 percent drop rate is not good for any player, but considering that Russell lacks speed and is more of a possession receiver, this hurts his NFL chances. 

    Press coverage was an issue on film for Russell. He has the frame, length and speed to throw cornerbacks off him, but he doesn't use his hands well or try to win with lateral quickness at the line. He can be coached up here, but he comes into the league with little experience or knowledge working through jams.

    The biggest concern you hear in scouting circles is that Russell's production dropped at Toledo instead of improving. He saw 73 targets in 2015 compared to 97 in 2014, while his drops went from four up to seven. There have been rumors of immaturity and poor practice habits that affected his role in the offense.

    PRO COMPARISON: Leonard Hankerson, Buffalo Bills

    FINAL GRADE: 5.40/9.00 (Round 7—Backup Caliber)

40. Chris Brown, Notre Dame

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    Combine/Pro Day Results
    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'2"194 lbs4.47s7.39s4.31s

    POSITIVES

    A high school track star in the triple jump (51'2 ½"), long jump (23'9"), 200-meter (21.6s) and 100-meter dash (10.81s), Chris Brown is a talented receiver with a lot of potential left in the tank.

    Over the last two seasons, Brown saw 152 targets and dropped seven passes, according to College Football Focus. Playing in an offense with quarterback changes and other top targets, Brown didn't see the production of other receivers in this class. He was used primarily to work the intermediate areas of the field and soften up defenses for deep threat Will Fuller.

    Brown doesn't have great height but plays well above the field when asked to go get the ball. As a route-runner he's smooth and disciplined, and he shows the ability to break off routes and accelerate into space. There isn't a route that Brown can't run well at this stage.

    NEGATIVES

    Brown has solid hands, but it is concerning that his drop rate increased in 2015—five on 88 targets—as did the number of passes thrown his way that became intercepted (four).

    His track background was detailed above, but Brown doesn't show that level of explosiveness in pads. He has a small frame and can get pushed around at the line of scrimmage or when blocking in the run game. With smaller hands (9"), Brown's drops become more of a worry for teams. 

    Without the size or speed to get open in the NFL, Brown may never be more than a third or fourth option in the offense. He has raw tools, though, and his success as a breaking route-runner could make him a valuable slot receiver.

    PRO COMPARISON: Cecil Shorts, Houston Texans 

    FINAL GRADE: 5.40/9.00 (Round 7—Backup Caliber)

40. Moritz Boehringer, German Football League

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    Combine Results
    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'4"227 lbs4.43s6.65s4.10s 

    POSITIVES

    Each draft season NFL scouts are sent on quests across the country to find football talent. Sometimes that talent comes to them and asks for a tryout. In the case of German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer, that's exactly what happened. But the workout was so good—4.43 speed, a 39" vertical jump and 17 bench reps—that Boehringer has caused everyone to go back and see what's there.

    Boehringer played in the German National Football league and dominated the competition—he had 59 catches for 1,232 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. With his height, weight and athletic numbers, you can't risk but take a chance on his skill set being developed by NFL coaching as kind of a project.

    An easy, fluid athlete, Boehringer has the tools to be a vertical threat in the NFL given his straight-line ability and leaping skills. His film shows natural hands with the awareness to locate and adjust to the ball on the go, which further points to a deep ball specialist role. Those routes are also the first ones most receivers get comfortable with, so it allows Boehringer to see the field sooner than later.

    NEGATIVES

    This past season all we heard about was Jarryd Hayne and his attempt to play in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. Payne failed to make an impact, and there will be scouts who see Boehringer as more of a sideshow than a talent. 

    The level of competition in Germany was at times laughable. The defenses he's facing look like Division III talent on the American level and Boehringer is able to run through and past defenders with ease. On the field, he's raw as the day is long and will have to be stripped down mechanically and taught the position. Being the fastest guy on the field allowed him to make plays in his country, but Boehringer must learn how to be a wide receiver with technique and timing in his steps and cuts.

    Boehringer is a true project, but if a team is convinced of his athleticism, you spend a late pick on him and get him through camp to see where he is. The practice squad may be a reality in the beginning, but Boehringer's speed and size are hard to bet against.

    PRO COMPARISON: Jeff Janis, Green Bay Packers

    FINAL GRADE: 5.50/9.00 (Round 6—Backup Caliber)

39. Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'3"220 lbs4.53s7.30s4.33s 

    POSITIVES

    A big, long, physical wide receiver prospect, Keyarris Garrett has the traits to beat man coverage on underneath routes.

    A 6'3", 220-pound frame with a 36 ½-inch vertical makes Garrett dangerous on jump balls. He has the size to post up defenders and can be dangerous in the red zone. If teamed with a quarterback who can throw back-shoulder fades, Garrett could be deadly. Garrett's big-catch radius and instincts make him a worthwhile project.

    Working as both a deep and intermediate threat, Garrett showed off diversity as a route-runner on the right side. He ran more deep routes than he did underneath routes in 2015 and has the body type to fight off in-phase coverage for 50-50 balls.

    NEGATIVES

    Garrett broke his leg in 2013 and received a medical-hardship waiver from the NCAA. 

    A measurement of nine-inch hands won't help Garrett, no matter how tall or long he is. That's right at the threshold for NFL standards, and some teams may overlook him. Accentuating the small-hand issue were 13 drops in the last two seasons. Garrett doesn't attack the ball with his hands and loves to be a basket catcher, which causes him to unnecessarily leave his feet to secure routine passes.

    In the Tulsa offense, Garrett only played on the right side of the offense. This makes him dominant running break routes with cuts to his left. Whether or not he can adjust and run routes breaking to his right is something that must be seen in workouts. It's not a given he'll be able to adjust.

    PRO COMPARISON: Geremy Davis, New York Giants

    FINAL GRADE: 5.50/9.00 (Round 6—Backup Caliber)

38. D.J. Foster, Arizona State

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    5'10 ¼"193 lbs4.57s6.75s4.07s 

    POSITIVES

    A former running back, D.J. Foster has experience both in the backfield and in the slot. 

    Foster ran a 4.57 time at the combine, which was disappointing, but he followed it up with a better 4.47 time at his pro day. He also vertical jumped 36" and 9'9" on the broad. With good, natural footwork and cutting ability, Foster's athleticism is enough to project him into an NFL role.

    Foster has soft hands and adjusted well to poorly thrown balls. He relies on instincts to snatch the ball out of the air, but he will also fight through traffic to free himself up as a target on underneath routes. He can be a deadly asset on bubble screens thanks to his ability to cut and accelerate. With the ball in his hands, Foster's running back vision comes into play.

    A tough competitor on the field, Foster will have to make his mark playing in the slot and on special teams in the NFL. A crafty offensive coordinator could find a role for him. 

    NEGATIVES

    Just one year at receiver limits Foster's expertise as a route-runner. He has instincts and natural athleticism, but he isn't well-versed on breaking down to cut or how to create separation with his frame. On timing routes, he needs work just to get in tune with the quarterback. When pressed at the line, Foster can be eliminated from the game plan.

    Some will question receiver production for Foster after he dropped nine passes in 2015. He also only scored three touchdowns, which will give credence to the idea that Foster is purely an underneath receiver who can move the chains but not score from outside the red zone.

    The ASU offense rarely asked Foster to get down the field as a vertical threat and instead used him over the middle and on screen packages. Because of this, he comes to the NFL with few game-ready skills.

    PRO COMPARISON: Arrelious Benn, Jacksonville Jaguars

    FINAL GRADE: 5.50/9.00 (Round 6—Backup Caliber)

37. K.J. Maye, Minnesota

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    5'8"194 lbs4.65s7.18s4.35s 

    POSITIVES

    A shorter wide receiver with good thickness, K.J. Maye has the athleticism to make plays in space and on quick routes. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Maye has played running back, wide receiver and handled return duties at Minnesota.

    Working mostly on underneath routes, Maye showed good quickness to get in and out of his breaks. He has quick feet and is a fast, decisive cutter on breaking routes. Maye dropped four passes on 47 targets over the middle last season, but he isn't afraid to mix it up with defenders despite his smaller frame. He's a jitterbug with a high motor.

    Maye is a high-energy person and player, and his teammates raved about his leadership on and off the field. His ability to take a short pass and juke his way to daylight, plus his added skills in the return game, make him a worthy investment late in the draft.

    NEGATIVES

    Drops were evident on Maye's film and during his week at the Senior Bowl. According to College Football Focus, Maye dropped eight passes on 130 targets. The season before, he dropped three on 40 targets. At just 5'8" with 30 ¼-inch arms and 8 ½-inch hands, Maye comes in below every standard for size at the position. 

    The lack of size shows up when Maye's catch radius is challenged by defenders. He can't win contested catches because of his lack of length, and with a 33-inch vertical jump, he's not challenging cornerbacks or safeties over the top. 

    Despite his quickness, Maye isn't straight-line fast. Rarely do you see him take the top off the defense or pull away from defenders in space. He's often caught from behind or with a good angle to the ball. 

    PRO COMPARISON: Josh Huff, Philadelphia Eagles

    FINAL GRADE: 5.50/9.00 (Round 6—Backup Caliber)

36. Jordan Payton, UCLA

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'1 "207 lbs4.47s7.08s4.33s 

    POSITIVES

    A 40-game starter at UCLA, Jordan Payton has interests off the football field, too. He started his own clothing company at age 17. On the field, he's been wildly productive, grabbing a UCLA-record 201 catches in his career.

    Payton is built like Terrell Owens with a thick, stocky frame, long arms (32 ½") and big hands (10 "). He's an impressive athlete on the hoof and will catch your eye on the field with his power forward mentality at receiver. Payton uses his frame to shield defenders from the ball and has the strength to toss away smaller defensive backs fighting for the ball. 

    A sure-handed receiver, Payton only dropped six passes in our charting of the last two seasons. He looks the ball in well and is confident enough to be a hands-catcher. As a route-runner, he has buildup speed—but he's really at his best on comeback routes or slants where his broad shoulders keep defenders from jumping the route.

    NEGATIVES

    Payton's timed speed doesn't match his game speed. He's a straight-line player who needs room to accelerate to full speed. His hip explosion and footwork are slow when he's asked to cut and make transitions. On top of that, Payton tends to play with a stiff, tall back that limits his ability to sell a route.

    Because he has a big frame, Payton makes himself a target at the line of scrimmage against press coverage. He's strong enough to fight off college corners at the line, but he doesn't show refined technique to use his hands or lateral quickness to elude the punch of a pressing cover man.

    Payton's ability to outmuscle defenders for the ball—his calling card—will be more difficult to do in the NFL.

    PRO COMPARISON: Marquess Wilson, Chicago Bears

    FINAL GRADE: 5.60/9.00 (Round 5—Backup Caliber)

35. Trevor Davis, California

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'1 "188 lbs4.42s6.60s4.22s 

    POSITIVES

    An impressive athlete testing at the NFL Scouting Combine, Trevor Davis started his career at Hawaii before transferring to Cal in 2013. After sitting out the 2013 season with a redshirt (due to transfer rules), Davis started 11 games in 2014-15 and emerged as a top target in a heavy wide receiver rotation.

    Playing largely as an intermediate target over the middle of the field, Davis worked through traffic without fear and showed reliable hands in the trenches against linebackers and crashing safeties. In charting his 2015 season, Davis did not drop one pass in traffic. 

    Inside routes over the middle are Davis' specialty, and he's shown an ability to pick up big yards after the catch. His speed after the catch is better than his speed as a route-runner, and with decent acceleration to his 4.42 speed, Davis can outrun defenders to daylight.

    If you want contributions on special teams, Davis brings experience as a return man and could make an impact immediately there.

    NEGATIVES

    A smaller, lanky frame will automatically typecast Davis as a slot receiver for many NFL teams. He doesn't show the strength to beat press coverage consistently and must learn to use his hands to disengage from jams. His shoulders will get rocked back, and aggressive cornerbacks will throw him off his route.

    As a route-runner, Davis has little game experience outside of drags and crosses. He was rarely used on deep routes in the Bear Raid offense and was more of an option-route player. He has the speed to challenge over the top, but he rarely did this, and it requires some imagination to see him operating down the field.

    Without the explosiveness to cut and burst on breaking routes down the field, Davis is limited as a one-trick pony. He has depth value and could make a team as a return man, but he needs work that few NFL players get with limited reps before he's game-ready.

    PRO COMPARISON: Keshawn Martin, New England Patriots

    FINAL GRADE: 5.60/9.00 (Round 5—Backup Caliber)

34. Demarcus Ayers, Houston

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    5'9 "182 lbs4.66s7.0s4.33s 

    POSITIVES

    An exciting, productive playmaker as a receiver and return man, Demarcus Ayers plays faster than his track times. A former high school running back, Ayers has the vision to make defenders miss underneath and in space.

    Ayers is short, not small, and has a muscular frame to bang with defenders over the middle and in press coverage. With a 35-inch vertical jump, Ayers can make more plays above the field than you'd expect from a shorter receiver. Ayers is a quick, shifty route-runner and uses his head, chest and hips to sell routes and create separation. 

    With 99 catches on the year, Ayers has the production teams want. He also dropped just two passes all season, according to our charting. 

    With the ball in his hands, Ayers has a second gear that lets him pull away from the defense. He's able to duck or bat away tacklers in space and gives maximum effort to pick up yards after the catch. His vision in the open field comes into play on screens and in the return game, where he is equally dangerous.

    NEGATIVES

    Ayers will get caught from behind if he makes his way to space and leaves you wanting more in terms of deep speed. The Houston offense found ways to get him the ball as often as possible, using jet sweeps and bubble screens often. He'll have a harder time finding those touches in the NFL. Ayers is a game-plan player, not someone who can separate on his own.

    A lack of length and size makes Ayers' catch radius smaller than you'd like. He catches the ball if it's thrown to his body, but he has a hard time extending away from his frame to make low catches. 

    Ayers was more of an offensive weapon than wide receiver, and he needs to be coached up on route-running timing. Something as simple as counting his steps to be on time with the quarterback will be new to him.

    PRO COMPARISON: Danny Amendola, New England Patriots

    FINAL GRADE: 5.60/9.00 (Round 5—Backup Caliber)

33. Byron Marshall, Oregon

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    5'9 "201 lbs4.56s7.0s4.23s 

    POSITIVES

    Primarily used as a running back at Oregon, Byron Marshall worked out at wide receiver for the combine. 

    Marshall is an easy mover who is a natural with the ball in his hands. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2013 and shows that same vision and burst when he gets the ball in space on short routes like a screen or slant.

    Route running is still foreign to Marshall, but he can separate with straight-line speed. Dating back to his most productive season as a receiver in 2014, Marshall caught 73 balls for over 1,000 yards and had just seven drops on 102 targets. The potential is there for him to develop into a weapon on offense and in the return game if he can stay healthy and land with a patient offensive coordinator.

    NEGATIVES

    An ankle injury cost Marshall his season after Week 4 and may be limiting his times on the workout circuit.

    Marshall is quicker than fast and doesn't have the long speed to pull away from defenders on the outside of the formation. He hasn't been asked to run an NFL route tree at Oregon and enters the pros needing to be coached up across the board at receiver.

    Marshall was more of a gadget player in the Oregon offense and saw his production drop sharply without Marcus Mariota at quarterback when he was healthy. With most of his routes designed to get him the ball in space, Marshall hasn't learned to use his quickness or frame to create separation on breaking routes. 

    A project worth taking on late in the draft, a healthy Marshall will at least contribute on special teams early on while he learns an NFL position.

    PRO COMPARISON: Quan Bray, Indianapolis Colts

    FINAL GRADE: 5.60/9.00 (Round 5—Backup Caliber)

32. Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    5'6"169 lbs4.38s7.01s4.06s 

    POSITIVES

    Jakeem Grant is one of the most electric speed players in the 2016 draft class. He bested our expectations with a 4.38 clocking at the Texas Tech pro day. He also impressed with a 4.06-second 20-yard short shuttle while rocking out 15 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

    Grant is a well-known speedster but also a jitterbug with the lateral ability to juke defenders. He can then get to top speed in a hurry, generating chunk plays when he can get loose.

    As a slot receiver at Tech, Grant saw hot passes off the line and was asked to read the defense and get into the right route. A lot of responsibility is put on the receiver to make reads in this offense, and Grant handled these assignments well.

    NEGATIVES

    Grant is quite small for NFL standards, despite his speed and vertical jump (36 ½") being very impressive.

    Drops are a big issue for Grant, who put 21 passes on the ground on 238 targets in the past two seasons, according to College Football Focus. It's alarming that nine of his drops in 2015 came in the middle of the field, where a smaller receiver like Grant would naturally be utilized in the NFL.

    His small frame may draw comparisons to UAB receiver J.J. Nelson, a 2015 fifth-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals. They are similar, with Grant being able to handle press coverage and big hits with a little more pushback. 

    In the right scheme, Grant would be a steal, but his size and drops will draw red flags from scouts.

    PRO COMPARISON: Paul Richardson, Seattle Seahawks

    FINAL GRADE: 5.60/9.00 (Round 5—Backup Caliber)

31. Bralon Addison, Oregon

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    5'9 ¼"197 lbs4.66s6.95s4.14s 

    POSITIVES

    Bralon Addison arrived in Eugene, Oregon, and immediately started making plays. As a true senior, he heads to the NFL almost two years removed from an ACL injury and with second-team All-Pac-12 honors under his belt.

    Addison was the go-to receiver for the Ducks in 2015, playing more snaps than any other receiver. He is an explosive playmaker, even if his 40 time might not reflect it. Addison is productive after the catch and was able to take short horizontal routes and turn them into more in the Oregon offense. 

    As a runner in space, he's quick in and out of cuts and shows the burst to eat up yards when given a crease. Thanks to his role in the Oregon offense, Addison has been asked to do a little bit of everything and can be viewed as a bit of a chess piece for play-callers.

    NEGATIVES

    Addison is a short player with short arms (29 ½") and small hands (9 "). He also failed to impress while testing at the combine (4.66s) and at his pro day (4.72s). Addison is one of the few players to see his 40-yard time actually get worse at his pro day.

    Addison, like Tavon Austin and De'Anthony Thomas before him, must be placed into a scheme that will create touches for him. He's not an X or Y receiver who can split out and make plays on his own. To separate from the defense and get touches, they'll have to be designed.

    As a route-runner, Addison isn't prepared for the NFL. He has not run a full route tree, and the routes he has run show up as poorly executed without sharp cuts and precision timing. He relied on being an athlete at receiver instead of refining the details of the position.

    PRO COMPARISON: Bruce Ellington, San Francisco 49ers

    FINAL GRADE: 5.60/9.00 (Round 5—Backup Caliber)

30. De'Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'4 "224 lbs4.85/4.78s7.16s4.52s 

    POSITIVES

    A super-sized wide receiver built like a Mike Evans or Kelvin Benjamin, De'Runnya Wilson got on the field as a true freshman at Mississippi State and never looked back.

    While not twitchy or explosive off the line, Wilson generates separation with size. He's a stud on jump balls and plays like a tight end on the boundary with strong box-out skills. Wilson can dominate cornerbacks on contested passes and has strong enough hands to secure the ball in a fight. Wilson's background as a star high school basketball player shows in how he times and executes his play on jump balls.

    On 60 catches in 2015, Wilson scored 10 touchdowns while averaging 15 yards per reception. He's a natural threat in the red zone given his size, catch radius (33 -inch arms) and leaping ability. 

    In the right scheme—one that causes safeties to respect the run or underneath routes—Wilson could be an excellent jump-ball receiver. But he has enough negatives to raise concerns that would keep him out of the top 100 picks.

    NEGATIVES

    You automatically have to question a receiver who runs in the 4.85 range at the combine. There were offensive tackles running that speed. Wilson's conditioning and effort must be vetted following his performance in Indianapolis.

    No one expected Wilson to burn up the track, because his tape isn't fast either. He's a stiff-hipped, straight-line player who takes a minute to build up to top speed. He's a catch-and-tackle player who doesn't pick up plus yardage in space. 

    Wilson's route game needs to be refined, partially due to poor play speed and flexibility but also because his pad leverage is all over the place. He plays standing straight up and must learn to sink his hips and chop his feet to break his routes off.

    PRO COMPARISON: Brian Quick, Los Angeles Rams

    FINAL GRADE: 5.70/9.00 (Round 4—Backup Caliber)

29. D'haquille Williams, Auburn

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'2 ¼"229 lbs4.72s7.43s4.47s 

    POSITIVES

    When on the field the last two seasons, Duke Williams flashed the potential of a No. 1 wide receiver. He has ideal size and the attacking mentality to be a jump-ball receiver down the field and a post-up threat in the red zone. And with just three drops the past two years, Williams' hands were always a strength.

    A former JUCO player, Williams was starting to figure out the position in 2014 before a suspension cost him playing time in the team's Outback Bowl berth. Watching Williams play that year, he looked like the next Alshon Jeffery, and that potential is still there. He's a dangerous intermediate target with his size and catch radius, and his on-field speed was much better than his 4.6-4.7 times throughout the draft process.

    Williams' timing and natural instincts at the position were impressive. He's able to work the sideline with smooth footwork or break over the middle and outmuscle linebackers and safeties for the ball in traffic. If the right coach can get through to Williams, he'll be starting in the NFL soon.

    NEGATIVES

    Auburn dismissed Williams after he reportedly punched four people in a downtown bar. This was William's "third strike" with the program after two earlier suspensions for violating team rules—the first for the 2015 Outback Bowl and the second a six-day suspension during fall camp.

    As bad as the off-field issues are, the lack of speed and snap in his routes is just as bad for Williams. His 2015 tape looks sluggish and lazy, and oftentimes he gives up on the route if the ball isn't coming his way. Williams seemed to regress in terms of aggressiveness and work ethic across the board.

    Coaches at Auburn wouldn't go on record when discussing Williams, but those who would talk about him said they were shocked head coach Gus Malzahn let him back on campus for the pro day. Williams won't get votes from the Auburn coaching staff when NFL scouts come calling on his background.

    A true boom-or-bust prospect, Williams offers some upside but is a tremendous risk at this time.

    PRO COMPARISON: Jaelen Strong, Houston Texans

    FINAL GRADE: 5.70/9.00 (Round 4—Backup Caliber)

28. Jaydon Mickens, Washington

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    5'10"170 lbs4.51sn/an/a

    POSITIVES

    A senior from Los Angeles, Jaydon Mickens was a three-year starter at Washington and left the school No. 5 all time on Washington's career receiving yards list (2,187).

    A high-motor player, Mickens won't be outworked on the field. He's urgent in his route stem and shows enough juice to separate on underneath routes. He's laterally quick and can be used on jet sweeps as well as bubble screens or drags over the middle.

    Mickens produced well given the circumstances at Washington. He has moments when he looks like Tavon Austin, cutting back against the grain and making plays with his feet that make you want more of his tape.

    NEGATIVES

    Dropped passes were an issue, as Mickens put roughly 10 percent of the balls thrown his way on the ground. Teams will worry that he's not been a touchdown scorer and is more of a move-the-chains type of receiver. Without the size to body up cornerbacks, Mickens will struggle to beat press coverage in the pros.

    Despite being a quick, twitchy player, Mickens offers little after the catch and is not a threat to run short receptions into big gains. With many fourth and fifth receivers asked to play special teams, it will hurt Mickens that he's not experienced as a return man and is too small to play as a gunner.

    Micken's routes aren't deceptive and are too often disrupted by the defense. Without gaining strength, which can sacrifice speed, Mickens will need help separating in the NFL.

    PRO COMPARISON: Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland Browns

    FINAL GRADE: 5.70/9.00 (Round 4—Backup Caliber)

27. Chris Moore, Cincinnati

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'1"206 lbs4.53s6.76s4.20s 

    POSITIVES

    The Cincinnati Bearcats were loaded at wide receiver in 2015, which limited both reps and targets for Chris Moore. When thrown to, he responded with 40 catches for 870 yards and seven touchdowns—good for almost 22 yards per play. That type of big-play potential will keep scouts and coaches coming back for more.

    Moore worked the middle of the field at every level in the Cincinnati offense, showing off his big-play ability stretching the field while also doing dirty work on underneath routes. Moore's catch radius is big enough to grab the ball on errant throws, and he's flexible enough to go low to get grounders or leap and go after 50-50 balls.

    As an athlete, Moore shows some explosive ability with the ball in his hands. He has a quick giddy-up and will explode into space with enough juice to leave defenders behind him.

    NEGATIVES

    Moore's drops were an issue in 2015, but not as much in 2014. He struggled to make concentration catches and had just 40 receptions on 74 targets with six drops, per College Football Focus. Moore becomes a basket catcher over the middle and lets too many balls bounce off his numbers.

    Without great speed over the top, Moore's reputation as a deep threat may be lost in the pros. When facing NFL talent, Moore's 4.5 speed isn't good enough to take the top off the defense. He doesn't have the frame to get off press coverage either and will struggle to separate without a great breaking route.

    Moore has no experience or value as a return man, which puts him in a tough spot as a bottom-of-the-roster receiver. He needs reps to work on his agility in and out of breaks and his route timing, but he will get a longer look than most because of his big-play skills.

    PRO COMPARISON: Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins

    FINAL GRADE: 5.70/9.00 (Round 4—Backup Caliber)

26. Roger Lewis, Bowling Green

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'0 "201 lbs4.46s7.5s4.45s 

    POSITIVES

    Roger Lewis' talent is better than most of the competition he saw at Bowling Green, and it showed on the field. The former Ohio State recruit scored 16 touchdowns in 2015 while going for 1,544 yards on 85 catches. On the year, Lewis averaged more than 18 yards per catch and added 6.5 yards after the catch on average.

    A talented deep threat, Lewis caught 18 passes over 20 yards in 2015 and took 11 of them in for scores. He's athletic and fluid moving down the field and shows excellent ability to adjust to the ball in the air. He can locate the ball over either shoulder and adjusts to make difficult catches.

    With a 36-inch vertical and 4.4 speed, Lewis can be dangerous after the catch. He lets his athleticism take over on underneath routes and has the loose hips to juke and dart his way to big gains.

    NEGATIVES

    As a high schooler, Lewis was jailed facing two felony rape charges. He was found not guilty on one charge and pleaded down the other to a falsification charge that carried three years' probation. In an NFL that is hyper-conscious of crimes against women, these charges could break Lewis' draft stock.

    On the field, the drops from Lewis are an issue. He put 19 on the ground during his two seasons at Bowling Green, per College Football Focus. Many of those drops came on deep routes where Lewis struggled to reach the ball. At 6'0" with 32-inch arms, he doesn't have the length to reel in long passes if they're not right on target.

    Lewis' production is eye-popping, but critics will quickly point out that he did it in the MAC and not against NFL competition. That is true, but his traits seem to point to success no matter the level of competition.

    NFL teams must get comfortable with Lewis off the field, but if his past is indeed in the past, he could be an instant-impact deep threat.

    PRO COMPARISON: Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars

    FINAL GRADE: 5.70/9.00 (Round 4—Backup Caliber)

25. Paul McRoberts, SE Missouri State

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'1 ¾"202 lbsn/an/an/a 

    POSITIVES

    Paul McRoberts stole the show during practices at the 2016 Senior Bowl, showcasing excellent size, body control and the hands to make big catches down the field. Coming out of Southeast Missouri State, many weren't aware of his potential until that week in Mobile, Alabama, but McRoberts is firmly on the NFL's radar now.

    A former basketball player at SE Missouri State, McRoberts moves like a point guard on the turf. He's a smooth, electric athlete with the burst and awareness to make plays in space. McRoberts is a big, physical receiver with experience as a punt returner. His long arms and leaping ability—plus the basketball background—make him a top-tier jump-ball player. McRoberts dominated cornerbacks in the red zone by locating and climbing the ladder to the ball.

    NEGATIVES

    McRoberts' blank canvas as a receiver is both good and bad. He comes into the NFL with little working knowledge of how to play the receiver position at a high level. He took to the coaching provided at the Senior Bowl and seemed to improve daily, but his routes and timing were well below the other athletes on the field.

    When facing actual NFL prospects, McRoberts' high running style prevented him from making the quick, sharp cuts he could pull off at a lower level of play.

    Given his catch radius on jump balls, you expect the same on plays over the middle or when working back to the ball, but McRoberts' stiffness keeps him from getting low to snag the ball near the ground. His overall catch radius when on the ground is average.

    A true developmental prospect with big-play potential, McRoberts could make an early splash as a deep threat but must work on his overall game to have long-term NFL success.

    PRO COMPARISON: Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars

    FINAL GRADE: 5.70/9.00 (Round 4—Backup Caliber)

24. Jay Lee, Baylor

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'1 "214 lbs4.53s6.75s4.28s 

    POSITIVES

    The "other" wide receiver at Baylor, Jay Lee has turned heads every chance he gets. With a big frame and physical playing style, Lee's game translates well to the modern NFL.

    Lee has the speed to take defenses down the field and the size to post up on underneath and breaking routes. He's been used to take the top off the defense to soften it up for underneath routes by his teammates and was effective in that role.

    With 32 -inch arms and 9 -inch hands, Lee is impressive on the hoof. He uses that size with a big catch radius and strong, confident hands. Over-throwing Lee is a chore, as he has the closing speed to attack the ball and enough body control to adjust to the the pass over either shoulder.

    Whether he's streaking down the field or running a breaking route, Lee is a smooth, effortless mover with good balance and natural movements. He's big, tough, fast enough and has the upside to be more productive in the NFL than he was in college.

    NEGATIVES

    Because of the Baylor system and the presence of Corey Coleman on the other side of the field, Lee saw just 126 targets over the last two seasons. His lack of production is a negative, even if it is explainable.

    Watching Lee at the Senior Bowl and on film, he doesn't show the precise routes you want from a big man. He takes two steps when one is needed and will take his time throttling down or speeding up on transitions. There isn't much pop to his game.

    Adjusting to an NFL route tree at the Senior Bowl was troublesome for Lee, who really just ran go routes and slants at Baylor. That two-route offense won't cut it in the pros, and Lee must adapt to an actual playbook and a full route tree to see playing time.

    PRO COMPARISON: Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys

    FINAL GRADE: 5.90/9.00 (Round 4—Backup Caliber)

23. Nelson Spruce, Colorado

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'1 "206 lbs4.69s7.09s4.20s 

    POSITIVES

    The all-time Pac-12 leader in career receptions (294), Nelson Spruce is one of the most polished, productive players in the class.

    As a high-volume receiver (281 targets over the last two seasons), Spruce dropped a surprisingly few number of passes, according to College Football Focus. With just seven drops over that time, Spruce ranks as one of the better pass-catchers in the class.

    Spruce ran the New England Patriots special almost every down—a shallow cross with the option to spin out to the sideline. Despite the predictability, it worked, as Spruce was able to squeeze through traffic and catch the ball at full speed. He can maintain his balance and play speed through the middle of the field and doesn't shy away from passes off his frame.

    NEGATIVES

    Spruce will likely be limited to the slot in the NFL with 4.69 speed and 30-inch arms. He has limited experience running routes down the field and hasn't shown the burst to pull away from coverage in a straight line.

    During one charting session (against Washington State), Spruce ran 15 shallow crosses in a single game, which goes to show that Colorado offensive coaches went back to the same play until the defense could stop it. But it also shows that Spruce has a limited route tree coming into the NFL.

    Spruce is tailor-made for the New England Patriots or Denver Broncos with their crosses and pick routes but may be discounted by other teams who look at triangle (height/weight/speed) numbers.

    PRO COMPARISON: Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers

    FINAL GRADE: 5.90/9.00 (Round 4—Backup Caliber)

22. Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    5'11 "198 lbs4.45s6.94s4.34s 

    POSITIVES

    Way back in 2011, freshman Malcolm Mitchell stole the show at Georgia with Aaron Murray chucking the ball up to him. An ACL injury in his junior season set him back, but Mitchell recovered to finish his college career with 174 catches in a run-first offense that Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall and Nick Chubb dominated.

    Mitchell is a silky-smooth athlete with the second-gear speed to run away from defenses. As a route-runner, he flashes the quick cuts and easy movements to separate over the middle. Mitchell has expertise both as a deep threat—where he adjusts to the ball well over the shoulder—and on breaking routes both short and intermediate.

    Over the last two seasons, Mitchell dropped just four passes on 142 targets, per College Football Focus. He did that while averaging almost 15 yards per catch in 2015 without much help at quarterback.

    NEGATIVES

    Mitchell will need work with body control and balance as a route-runner. He can get too top-heavy and will get his chest over his toes when breaking down to cut on a route. Mitchell struggles to get in and out of cuts without tipping his hand or throttling down too low on his speed.

    Average play speed will concern teams that view Mitchell in the prism of a future starting receiver. He's best projected as a third option with value down the field or over the middle, likely from the slot, where he can be protected against press coverage.

    Mitchell, on film and at the Senior Bowl, doesn't like to be roughed up at the line of scrimmage. A persistent jam from a physical cornerback will ruin his day.

    PRO COMPARISON: Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

    FINAL GRADE: 5.90/9.00 (Round 4—Backup Caliber)

21. Ricardo Louis, Auburn

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'2"215 lbs4.43s6.96s4.32s 

    POSITIVES

    The loss of Duke Williams at Auburn was a gain for Ricardo Louis, who jumps off the film as an athletic, powerful receiver. Louis saw his catches go from 21 in 2014 up to 46 this past season. He added 716 yards and three touchdowns to his resume and proved to be a reliable deep threat in an offense with major struggles at quarterback.

    In charting Louis' tape, our team found six drops on the season, but two were on deep routes where the pass could have had better placement. Louis can straight-up fly with the ball in his hands and has the yoked-up body to run through tacklers after the catch.

    Auburn coaches asked Louis to run a full route tree, and he showed improvement throughout the season. He was never much of a deep threat until 2015 but emerged as a threat down the field. His ability to take short passes for big yards remains a positive.

    With great speed and size, Louis has the potential to develop into a starter in the NFL. He needs coaching up as a route-runner on things like body control and timing, but his raw tools and natural hands make him a potential steal in Round 4.

    NEGATIVES

    Acclimating from the Auburn offense to the NFL will take a minute, as Louis was often put into positions to succeed without having to separate from defenders on his own. It's also a concern that he was really only productive for one season while waiting behind Williams and Sammie Coates.

    Louis' route running will need work. He gives away routes with his body lean at the top of his route stem and fails to play with the leverage needed to pop and explode out of his breaks. Because of this, Louis tries to fake out defenders with a variety of jukes and shoulder shakes, but they end up being wasted motion that only slows down his actual route.

    PRO COMPARISON: Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings

    FINAL GRADE: 5.90/9.00 (Round 4—Backup Caliber)

20. Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'0"206 lbs4.56s7.22s4.31s 

    POSITIVES

    Aaron Burbridge is a physical, strong wide receiver with NFL-level production coming out of the pro-style offense at Michigan State. In 2015, he produced 85 catches for 1,258 yards and added seven touchdowns. Burbridge was the true No. 1 receiver in the offense, with 149 targets coming his way over the course of the regular season and College Football Playoff.

    A talented breaking-route player, Burbridge is able to shake defenders at the top of his route stem and uses excellent footwork and timing to get himself between the ball and the cornerback. Burbridge plays bigger than he is and will go up or down to extend his catch radius outside of his 31 -inch reach. 

    Burbridge developed a trust within the Michigan State program, and in clutch situations, he was the go-to receiver in every play call and on-field read. He emerged in big moments and has been battle-tested against top-tier talent in the Big Ten. He might not wow anyone with sexy speed or acrobatic catches, but he's crafty and tough as they come.

    NEGATIVES

    In the last two seasons, Burbridge dropped 15 passes on 199 targets according to College Football Focus. That's not an alarming rate, but there are enough drops there to raise some red flags. Burbridge too often lets the pass get into his frame. He's a body catcher on underneath routes, and those hot passes from the quarterback end up on his numbers.

    A lack of deep speed limits Burbridge down the field. He's not an over-the-top receiver and won't be stretching the field against NFL speed. His best routes are comebacks and underneath plays, but his lack of length will give him issues when separating on those routes against longer, faster, smarter NFL corners.

    The drop issues seen on tape are pounded home with Burbridge's 8 ¼-inch hands. That's a full 1 ¼ inch below the current NFL standard for hand size. Without great size or speed, and with a history of drops, that hand size is an issue.

    Watching Michigan State film, you quickly notice that every catch is a contested one due to Burbridge's lack of separation skills. Without being able to pull away from college corners, it's unlikely he'll find that success in the NFL.

    PRO COMPARISON: Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks

    FINAL GRADE: 5.90/9.00 (Round 4—Backup Caliber)

19. Daniel Braverman, Western Michigan

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    5'10"177 lbs4.47s6.86s4.2s 

    POSITIVES

    Daniel Braverman was one of the most productive wide receivers in college football last year, bringing home 108 catches to go with 1,367 yards and 13 touchdowns. While many experts thought Western Michigan would lose a receiver early to the draft, most thought it would be Corey Davis. Braverman heads to the NFL with outstanding production and tailor-made skills for a slot receiver.

    Braverman dropped just seven passes in 2015—which may sound like a lot until you see that he had 135 targets on the year. His hands are strong in traffic and when working across the middle on slants and drags. He doesn't shy away from contact or shorten his catch radius if a big hit is coming down.

    Braverman's route tree was limited to a lot of quick cuts on underneath routes, but he did get loose a few times on deep routes and showed enough speed to keep defenses honest. His intermediate breaking routes show fluid cuts and excellent timing. Braverman works back to the football and goes all-out to make himself a target.

    NEGATIVES

    A lack of size will automatically typecast Braverman as a slot receiver, which affects his overall value more than anything else. He's a stretch at 177 pounds and doesn't have the body to add much more serious weight without affecting his speed and flexibility.

    Braverman doesn't have the long speed to run away from defenders over the top at a high level. He was able to juice by a few MAC cornerbacks, but in the pros, he'll be overmatched. Braverman doesn't play like a 4.47 guy on tape once the pads are on. 

    The biggest question outside of his lack of size will be whether he was a product of the system. Braverman was WMU's second-best receiver behind Davis and saw single coverage on crossing routes because teams respected what his teammate could do over the top.

    Spread teams will love Braverman's toughness and instincts, but he may not find as much respect from teams wanting prototypical outside receivers.

    PRO COMPARISON: Rashad Greene, Jacksonville Jaguars

    FINAL GRADE: 5.90/9.00 (Round 4—Backup Caliber)

18. Tajae Sharpe, UMass

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'2"194 lbs4.55sn/asn/as 

    POSITIVES

    A talented receiver at all three levels of the field, Tajae Sharpe put up numbers at UMass that speak for themselves. He caught 85 passes for over 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior before adding 111 catches, 1,319 yards and five more touchdowns as a senior.

    Sharpe is comfortable running every route from a go to a quick slant or bubble screen. He has ideal quickness to get in and out of breaks without slowing down and will accelerate into space to track the ball. Excellent footwork is the foundation for Sharpe's success. He's able to chop up on cuts and break to either side with balance and precision.

    With the ball in the air, Sharpe is a natural, dropping just three passes on 177 targets all season long. He locates the ball early and will outposition defenders with his quickness to make a clean catch. When Sharpe has the football, he's slippery enough to pick up yards after the catch.

    NEGATIVES

    Small hands immediately show up when looking at Sharpe's stat sheet. On a 6'2" frame, his 8 -inch hands stand out as below the line for NFL standards. On a lean frame, Sharpe may need to add weight. He doesn't play to his listed size and can be bumped around by physical cornerbacks.

    Sharpe's struggles against press coverage will be a headache for NFL scouts. At UMass, he was often facing off coverage and a big cushion, which allowed him a free release on the many underneath routes he ran. With a lanky frame, he'll get jammed up immediately by NFL cornerbacks and safeties.

    Sharpe is quicker than fast, and teams looking at him as more than a slot receiver will find that he doesn't possess the straight-line speed to pull away from in-phase coverage.

    PRO COMPARISON: Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars

    FINAL GRADE: 5.90/9.00 (Round 4—Backup Caliber)

17. Cayleb Jones, Arizona

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'2 "215 lbs4.65s6.99s4.14s 

    POSITIVES

    A transfer from the University of Texas, Cayleb Jones has the look of a starting receiver with a big frame and strong routes. Jones' two-year stretch at Arizona saw him grab 129 passes for 1,923 yards and 14 touchdowns. What will catch the eye of scouts is his average of nearly 15 yards per catch.

    Jones plays to his size. He'll attack the ball in the air and has the leaping ability to go up and get contested catches. He's physical when coming out of the blocks as a route-runner and has the same toughness when fighting for the ball.

    With natural athleticism and body control, Jones is a threat down the field. He has enough juice to pull away from coverage deep and is able to adjust his body while looking over either shoulder to track deep balls. He's a natural with the ball in the air and gives max effort when laying out or sprinting to the ball.

    Jones has NFL bloodlines—his uncle is former quarterback Jeff Blake, and his father, Robert, played linebacker for a decade in the pros.

    NEGATIVES

    Jones was arrested with felony aggravated assault charges after breaking the jaw of a male Texas tennis player. That led to his transfer to Arizona.

    Dropped passes were an issue for Jones in the last two seasons. On 235 targets, per College Football Focus, he dropped 19 passes. Many of the passes Jones caught, or dropped, were contested due to a lack of separation. He doesn't have the quickness to lose defenders in his breaks on underneath routes and isn't effective boxing out players on comebacks or slants. Jones has some natural gifts, but his route running has to be improved through better footwork and better balance through transitions.

    Jones has two sides of the triangle (height, length) but lacks the speed to find space in the NFL. He projects as a solid deep threat who must learn to win consistently on contested catches.

    PRO COMPARISON: Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans

    FINAL GRADE: 6.00/9.00 (Round 3—Future Starter)

16. Kenny Lawler, California

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'2 ½"203 lbs4.64s7.13s4.20s 

    POSITIVES

    A fade-route specialist, Kenny Lawler developed a special chemistry with quarterback Jared Goff going into the 2015 season. That connection led to 52 catches, 658 yards and 13 touchdowns in Lawler's junior season, which would prove to be his last at Cal.

    Lawler tracks the ball beautifully in the air and shows the footwork and body control to adjust over either shoulder and pull in the ball. He's able to either create a basket to let the ball drop in over the top or turn, leap and attack the ball in the air depending on the coverage he's seeing.

    Lawler has good length (33 ") and hand size (10 ½"), which makes him a threat in the red zone. His 13 touchdowns in 2015 highlight what he can do on back-shoulder fades and pylon routes. He's able to create separation with his leaping skills but also with crafty footwork that hides his intentions from cornerbacks until the moment of truth.

    NEGATIVES

    Soft over the middle, Lawler wanted nothing to do with the physical Utah defense when asked to fight for the ball. He wants to live outside the hashes and run fades all day. When asked to be a threat over the middle, Lawler struggles to play to his size.

    In charting his tape, Lawler dropped seven passes in 2015, many of them in contested situations. He does not like to be played with a strong arm and will let it affect his play. Lawler also only played right wide receiver in the Bear Raid offense, which will present an interesting development aspect if and when he's asked to be a more diverse route-runner in the pros.

    Without the deep speed to run away from NFL coverage, Lawler will have to tighten up his routes when asked to break over the middle or come back to the ball. He won't be athletic enough to consistently win over the top with just speed and acrobatics against pro coverage.

    PRO COMPARISON: Eddie Royal, Chicago Bears

    FINAL GRADE: 6.00/9.00 (Round 3—Future Starter)

15. Rashard Higgins, Colorado State

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'1 "196 lbs4.64s7.13s4.53s 

    POSITIVES

    Among the most productive players in college football the last three seasons, Rashard Higgins finished his Colorado State career with 239 catches for over 3,600 yards and 31 touchdowns.

    As a route-runner, Higgins can be a nightmare for defenses thanks to his footwork. He's a short-strider with the foot speed to cut, break and disappear in space. He's smooth through his transitions and glides coming off the line of scrimmage.

    Seeing 236 targets in the last two seasons, you might expect a high number of drops, but Higgins was reliable and consistent, letting just 11 passes through his hands in that time according to College Football Focus.

    A productive inside receiver, Higgins best translates to the slot in the NFL. There he can do his work with quick feet and smart route-running without losing impact due to poor speed and explosion.

    NEGATIVES

    A new coaching staff and a new quarterback led to a drop in production and impact from Higgins in 2015. He was still productive, but this change will lead to questions about whether his impact was merely scheme-based.

    A lanky, thin frame is a question mark for Higgins if NFL scouts picture him playing outside the hashes. Higgins doesn't show the twitch or deep speed to easily separate from man coverage. He's quick in short areas, but a lack of play strength will lead to his being knocked off underneath routes.

    Press coverage will be a big hurdle for Higgins to clear in the pros. He doesn't fight through jams and too often can look uninterested in playing through contact. As a smaller receiver, Higgins can't afford to have below-average speed and play strength.

    PRO COMPARISON: Devin Street, Dallas Cowboys

    FINAL GRADE: 6.00/9.00 (Round 3—Future Starter)

14. Jalin Marshall, Ohio State

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    5'10 ½"200 lbs4.6s6.80s4.13s 

    POSITIVES

    A surprise entry into the 2016 NFL draft, Jalin Marshall left Ohio State as a redshirt sophomore. With game tape that showed speed and versatility, he felt the time was now to test the pro waters.

    Marshall lined up both in the slot and on the edge of the Ohio State offense and is comfortable in either spot. He can be utilized on underneath routes—the Buckeyes loved their bubble screens and jet sweeps—but is also able to get loose down the field on deep routes. Marshall is a green route-runner with the athletic tools to improve with more reps. He's been well-coached at Ohio State and has the background to succeed.

    With the ball in his hands, as a receiver, runner or punt returner, Marshall can make plays. He looks for yards after the catch and isn't content to be a catch-and-tackle player. He has enough burst to pull away from the defense and has natural vision and instincts to make cuts in the open field as a ball-carrier.

    NEGATIVES

    Marshall has just two years of tape at OSU, and neither showed dominance from him in an offense that doesn't get the ball outside to receivers often. Marshall caught just 74 passes in his career and averaged four drops per season on 57 targets per year.

    You expect speed from Marshall, but instead his testing times were pedestrian. At the combine, he ran a 4.60, and somehow his time got worse on a historically fast track at Ohio State (4.68s). That lack of timed speed will raise eyebrows considering Marshall played in an offense designed to get him touches. Can he separate in the NFL with 4.6 speed on a 5'10", 200-pound frame?

    Playing the H-back role at OSU, Marshall is more of an athlete than receiver. He could be put to use early on as a punt returner and gadget-play guy in the slot but doesn't have a long-term projection as a starter on the outside of the offense. His ceiling is a good short-area route-runner from the slot and a high-level returner.

    PRO COMPARISON: Josh Huff, Philadelphia Eagles

    FINAL GRADE: 6.25/9.00 (Round 3—Future Starter)

13. Demarcus Robinson, Florida

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'1 "203 lbs4.59s6.77s4.19s 

    POSITIVES

    A gifted athlete with natural skills for the position, Demarcus Robinson has tempting on-field traits. But can he get past off-field questions to realize his NFL potential? He's a true boom-or-bust prospect in this class.

    An easy, fluid mover going through breaks or down the field, Robinson is a danger in space. He's nimble enough to juke and dance with the ball in his hands and shows the same light feet in his route tree. Robinson can separate from defenders over the top but will also leave them behind on breaking routes with his timing, body control and burst.

    With a 34 ½-inch vertical jump, Robinson has proved he can play above the turf. He'll go up and grab contested passes like they're rebounds. When the ball is in the air, it's his, and he looks to make highlight-reel catches on bad throws.

    NEGATIVES

    Off-field issues will be the first thing discussed in every NFL draft room when Robinson's name is mentioned. Robinson was suspended three times in 2013 for failing marijuana tests and again in 2015 for meeting with a marketing official.

    At the combine, Robinson disclosed he attended drug rehab and spent 45 days getting clean after his freshman season and is a new man. Those types of issues require heavy digging by NFL teams, but it should be encouraging that he's not been suspended for a failed drug test since 2013.

    On the field, Robinson too often plays like he's protecting himself from contact. He always knows where the sideline is and will dart out of bounds before picking up an extra yard.

    The lack of fight shows up in his drops as well. On 76 targets in 2015, Robinson dropped five balls. Some of that may be attributed to poor quarterback play and bad passes, but Robinson has to look the ball in better and worry about securing it before making a move.

    If teams get comfortable with him off the field, Robinson could be a steal. He's athletic, productive and has the game to translate immediately to NFL success.

    PRO COMPARISON: Pierre Garcon, Washington

    FINAL GRADE: 6.25/9.00 (Round 3—Future Starter)

12. Hunter Sharp, Utah State

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    5'11 ½"198 lbs4.54sn/asn/as 

    POSITIVES

    A JUCO transfer from Antelope Valley in California, Hunter Sharp managed to impress almost immediately at Utah State.

    A two-year starter for the Aggies, Sharp caught 137 passes for 1,774 yards and 16 touchdowns in his 25 games. Sharp was asked to work the entire field as a route-runner at Utah State and did so with success. He shows NFL-caliber body control and balance in his route tree and has the hips and feet to create separation on underneath routes.

    Sharp finishes runs with zest and will lower his pads to pick up tough yards after the catch. He doesn't shy away from defenders as a route-runner or ball-carrier and is a feisty player. Sharp is fluid working back to the ball and has confidence in his hands to make the catch at full extension. He's flexible enough to get low and snag the ball off the turf. 

    Sharp brings instant value in the slot and as a return man. His tools as a route-runner and his football IQ position him to be an early starter in the NFL.

    NEGATIVES

    Sharp started the 2015 season with a two-game suspension for a rules violation. The school did not reveal any information about which rule.

    Drops were an issue for Sharp, especially in 2014 when he had 10 on 96 targets, but he improved here with just five on 111 targets in 2015, according to College Football Focus. This is still an area to check because of the high number in 2014.

    On deep routes, Sharp doesn't have the pure speed to run away from defenders and separate to make himself an open target. His lack of size also makes it unlikely he'll outposition a cornerback for the ball. His best role is on underneath routes and likely coming from the slot.

    PRO COMPARISON: Jeremy Kerley, Detroit Lions

    FINAL GRADE: 6.40/9.00 (Round 3—Future Starter)

11. Leonte Carroo, Rutgers

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    5'11 "211 lbs4.5sn/an/a 

    POSITIVES

    Leonte Carroo's hands are a huge positive in his game film. Watching the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Carroo had the best hands of anyone in the draft class. If the ball is near him, he's catching it. He has the production to match the trait too and showed the ability to go low or high to grab the ball. Carroo plays strong with a short, stocky frame that will remind you of Steve Smith at first glance.

    Despite being the only threat on the Rutgers offense, Carroo consistently beat press coverage and double-teams. He fights through jams at the line of scrimmage and was able to get his targets and catches even when everyone in the stadium knew the ball was going his way.

    Carroo's body type may hint at a role in the slot, but he has the speed and physical playing style to also line up on the outside of the offense. Because he's so good at the catch point and can separate vertically, Carroo is able to line up at any receiver position and find success.

    NEGATIVES

    There are many layers to the off-field issues of Carroo. He was arrested and charged with simple assault in September 2015 for allegedly slamming a woman onto the concrete outside the team's facility. This resulted in injuries to her left hip, both palms, left elbow and left side of the head, according to court records obtained by the Record of Bergen County, New Jersey. The assault charge was later dropped, and Carroo was allowed to return to the team after missing two games.

    Carroo was suspended for his arrest, which was the second time in 2015 the team sat him down. Carroo, along with four other players, was suspended for the first half of the season opener for violating team curfew.

    Route running from Carroo can be sloppy and is perhaps the only thing keeping him from early playing time in the NFL. He has to sharpen up his cuts, which get rounded off, and become more aware of timing in his steps and breaks.

    PRO COMPARISON: Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

    FINAL GRADE: 6.50/9.00 (Round 2-3—Future Starter)

10. Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina

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    5'11 "203 lbsn/an/an/a 

    POSITIVES

    Pharoh Cooper left South Carolina after three seasons and enters the draft after his true junior year. His early playing time for Steve Spurrier allowed Cooper to produce early on, and now he heads to the NFL with the tools and game tape to impress.

    Cooper has natural, soft hands and is able to make tough catches away from his frame or fastballs thrown to his numbers. Cooper is short but has 32 ¼-inch arms that allow him to make plays with a bigger catch radius than you expect.

    In the South Carolina offense, Cooper worked almost exclusively on underneath and intermediate routes. He is a natural athlete with quick feet and the hips to sink and cut on the go. Cooper has rapid-fire feet and will break ankles in man coverage.

    After the catch, Cooper brings value. He averaged almost eight yards after the catch and broke off a long of 78 yards against Vanderbilt that showcased his long speed and burst. He goes to top speed in a hurry and has some of the best explosive speed at the position in this class.

    Cooper's toughness, footwork and speed make him a Day 1 candidate as a starter in the slot.

    NEGATIVES

    Cooper is the type of player you must scheme around and find touches for in the offense. Scouts will fret over a lack of size or length when looking at him compared to the NFL standard.

    When played on the outside of the formation, Cooper will struggle with longer cornerbacks. The answer to this is to move him inside, but that decreases his value for many teams. A smart coordinator will find him touches, but as we've seen in the past (Tavon Austin, etc.), that's not an easy task.

    The lack of ideal size and length comes up only when Cooper is asked to beat a jam or go up for contested catches. He's not the type of receiver who will bail out an errant throw and save the quarterback. He'll need to be placed in a system that lets him flourish on underneath routes.

    PRO COMPARISON: Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

    FINAL GRADE: 6.50/9.00 (Round 2-3—Future Starter)

9. Charone Peake, Clemson

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'2 "209 lbs4.45s6.96s4.46s 

    POSITIVES

    If a receiver comes out of Clemson, you'd better take a look at him. With so much success at the position in recent years, the Tigers have become a modern Wide Receiver U. Charone Peake may not have the name recognition of his former teammates, but his skills are NFL-caliber.

    Peake is an ideal triangle player with the height, weight and speed of a starting outside receiver. He's strong at the catch point and is physical enough to break off his routes and post up defenders on slants and comebacks.

    Peake knows how to sell his route with head fakes and hip shakes and is a better technician than you expect from a one-year starter. His body control and gliding running style combine to make him a tough player to read in his route stem.

    Peake is an explosive vertical threat with the speed to take the top off the defense. He ran a 4.45 on a slow track in Indianapolis and then followed it up with a 4.37 at the Clemson pro day. That speed shows on film, and it showed in a week of practices at the Senior Bowl, where Peake consistently beat defenders deep.

    With 34-inch arms and a 35 ½-inch vertical jump, Peake can be a threat deep or in jump-ball situations with the catch radius to adjust to the ball in the air.

    NEGATIVES 

    Injuries and having to wait for superstars like DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant and Mike Williams (injured in 2015, but the top-ranked receiver in next year's class) to leave the field kept Peake from producing at a high level.

    Peake's only season with a high number of targets (85) resulted in five dropped passes. It's worth noting he had no drops on 17 targets in 2014, according to College Football Focus. Many of these drops were due to Peake's simply not being ready for the ball and not a lack of concentration.

    Two knee injuries in college held back his production and his development. Some scouts may see Peake as a one-year-wonder in the souped-up Clemson offense.

    PRO COMPARISON: Devin Smith, New York Jets

    FINAL GRADE: 6.70/9.00 (Round 2—Future Starter)

8. Braxton Miller, Ohio State

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'1 "201 lbs4.5s6.65s4.07s 

    POSITIVES

    Braxton Miller finished in the top 10 of Heisman Trophy voting twice at quarterback, but two shoulder injuries forced a position change. With a spin move on prime-time TV against Virginia Tech, he announced himself as a legitimate wide receiver prospect.

    Miller followed up a promising season with a dominant performance at the 2016 Senior Bowl. His burst, athleticism and even his hands had scouts stopping what they were doing to watch him work. Miller was far and away the most impressive skill-position player in Mobile for the week of practices.

    As Miller transitioned to wide receiver, he showed natural hands and a toughness at the position. On the year we counted just one dropped pass, and watching Miller attack the field with the ball in his hands showed his hunger for yards.

    Some will want to label Miller as a "gadget player," but he's more than that. His athleticism and speed make him a candidate to have a Randall Cobb or Hines Ward-like role in the NFL.

    NEGATIVES

    There will be questions about what Miller can do versus what he was asked to do at Ohio State. Playing in the H-back role for the Buckeyes, Miller saw the ball come his way on designed plays like handoffs on jet sweeps and short passes on screen plays. His ability to separate in one-on-one situations is untested.

    Miller has exceptional speed and quickness, but that hasn't yet translated to route-running ability. He'll take two steps when he needs one, and his cuts to the middle of the field are often rounded. Learning the details of the position will take time and dedication.

    Two shoulder injuries in his past are question marks for Miller now as a ball-carrier. Can he take the pounding of 10-12 hits per game without shoulder issues?

    PRO COMPARISON: Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

    FINAL GRADE: 6.70/9.00 (Round 2—Rookie Contributor)

7. Tyler Boyd, Pitt

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'1 ½"197 lbs4.58s6.90s4.35s 

    POSITIVES

    With some of the strongest hands in college football, Pitt's Tyler Boyd elected to head to the NFL after his junior season. At Pitt, Boyd caught 254 passes for 3,361 yards and 21 touchdowns while averaging over 13 yards per reception.

    Boyd is able to make ridiculous catches because of his hand strength. Playing in an offense without an established quarterback, he's had to make tough grabs away from his frame and does so consistently. Boyd, who is only 6'1 ½", has a much larger catch radius.

    With the ball in his hand, Boyd can pick up plus yardage and rip off big plays. He's a smooth runner, and without great long speed, he can still slip tacklers with vision and agility in space. Boyd has the mentality of a big-play threat. He looks for lanes to make plays.

    According to the College Football Focus crew, Boyd was targeted a ridiculous 252 times in the last two seasons and dropped just 10 passes. He's a three-level playmaker with strong, confident hands.

    NEGATIVES

    Boyd was charged with a DUI in June 2015 after being pulled over at 2:35 a.m. The officer smelled alcohol on his breath, which is a DUI charge for a minor. Boyd was 20 years old at the time and received one year of probation.

    On the field, Boyd's speed can be inconsistent. His skinny frame needs to be faster to run through zone coverage in the NFL. Good receivers can separate with size or speed, and Boyd doesn't have either trait projected out of college. He's winning mostly on contested catches, and that's not always production that carries over into the NFL.

    Pitt tried using Boyd as a punt returner, but that's not a role we see for him in the NFL.

    PRO COMPARISON: Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

    FINAL GRADE: 6.80/9.00 (Round 2—Rookie Contributor)

6. Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    5'10 ¼"194 lbs4.48s7.00s4.35s 

    POSITIVES

    Sterling Shepard is Oklahoma royalty as the son of former great Derrick Shepard. While the younger Shepard may not have great height or length, he's one of the toughest receivers in college football and is a dynamic playmaker from the slot and in the return game.

    Shepard's 9 ¾-inch hands are good-sized for a 5'10" receiver and allowed him to catch 86 passes on the season and drop just four targets. In 2014, according to College Football Focus, he dropped just one pass all season. Shepard is a confident, tough receiver who uses his hands to make catches and doesn't let the ball get into his body. His catch radius is big for a small frame thanks to hand strength and a crazy 41-inch vertical jump.

    As a route-runner, Shepard has quick cuts and pitter-patter footwork to juke and leave defenders in space. He's tough at the top of his route stem and will work through traffic when press cornerbacks get in his face. Shepard can get nasty and won't back down from competition.

    So many people want to typecast Shepard, but he can play inside or outside the hash with success. He's super smooth in his routes and has the hips and feet to create on his own without needing an offensive coordinator to scheme his touches.

    NEGATIVES

    A smaller frame will automatically place Shepard in the slot for many teams, which may move him down draft boards, as some teams don't value inside receivers as early as outside players.

    Shepard's combine times aren't eye-popping outside of his vertical jump. He's quicker than fast and can be caught from behind in space. Press coverage can clog him up at the line of scrimmage until he learns to use his lateral quickness to beat a shooting hand at the line.

    There are definitely times when Shepard needs to just run through people instead of going for the highlight-reel jukes and cutbacks.

    PRO COMPARISON: Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints

    FINAL GRADE: 6.80/9.00 (Round 2—Rookie Contributor)

5. Will Fuller, Notre Dame

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'0 "186 lbs4.32s6.93s4.27s 

    POSITIVES

    One of the best deep threats in the nation, Will Fuller emerged as the go-to receiver for Notre Dame in his junior season. After saying midseason he would return for his senior year, Fuller took the temperature of his draft stock and decided to leave early for the NFL draft.

    Fuller racked up 1,258 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 62 receptions in 2015, earning team MVP honors. As a vertical threat, Fuller is a dangerous weapon with legitimate 4.3 speed and the burst to make even the fastest college cornerbacks look silly. Fuller did that  USC's Adoree' Jackson for a 75-yard touchdown.

    Fuller gets to top speed immediately out of the gate and because of this was a successful go-route player, averaging over 20 yards per catch on the year. In a rare occurrence, Fuller saw more targets down the field in 2015 than at any other level we charted. With top-tier burst, Fuller can then counter with comeback routes, where he shows the foot speed to manipulate coverage.

    Football IQ is a strength for Fuller, who understands coverages and can read the defense from his spot at receiver. He adjusts well to the ball in the air, and despite having no time to generate chemistry with the many quarterbacks Notre Dame used in the last two seasons, Fuller was able to pick up on cues and signals to change his route.

    NEGATIVES

    For every touchdown scored, it felt like Fuller dropped an easy pass to match it. He struggles making routine catches on the boundary and too often tries to basket-catch the ball. This leads to hot passes bouncing off his chest and to the ground.

    With 10 drops on 100 targets, Fuller's drop rate of 10 percent is high for a projected first-round pick. In 2014, according to College Football Focus, he matched that rate exactly with 11 drops on 111 targets. How teams view his inconsistent hands will ultimately determine Fuller's draft stock. If they can live with a one-drop-to-one-touchdown ratio, he could be drafted early.

    Beyond his speed, Fuller will not impress athletically. He only benched 10 reps of 225 pounds at the combine and has underdeveloped legs propelling him to a 33 ½-inch vertical jump. His 8 ¼-inch hands and 30 ¾-inch arm length may be the main contributor to the drops seen on his tape.

    PRO COMPARISON: John Brown, Arizona Cardinals

    FINAL GRADE: 6.90/9.00 (Round 2—Rookie Contributor)

4. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'2"221 lbs4.63s7.05s4.29s 

    POSITIVES

    In the last three seasons, few college wide receivers could compete with the production, impact and hype of Laquon Treadwell. The true junior from Chicago overcame injury and poor quarterback play to emerge as one of the top receivers in the class.

    On 122 targets in 2015, Treadwell dropped nine passes, according to College Football Focus. The numbers are backed up on film, as he shows tough hands and the length to attack the ball over the top on contested catches. Treadwell fights through contact, and press coverage won't intimidate him. He's able to separate with size, length and jump-ball skills down the sideline.

    When the ball is in the air, Treadwell tracks it well over either shoulder. He can adjust his body to make basket catches and will also contort to turn back and leap over cornerbacks to pluck the ball off their backs. He's like a power forward fighting for a rebound when the ball goes up.

    Treadwell is an emotional wide receiver with some alpha-dog qualities. He wants the ball and will throw down with anyone in the way. He has a high motor and a tough work ethic that allowed him to come back from injury in one offseason.

    In the red zone, Treadwell can be a nightmare for defenders. He's tall, long (33 -inch arms) and physical. A quarterback who can even get it close will love Treadwell's ability to score touchdowns.

    NEGATIVES

    Treadwell's 2014 season ended early with a gruesome broken fibula (lower leg/ankle) against Auburn. Treadwell came back to play in the 2015 season opener, but NFL doctors at the combine red-flagged him, and will have his ankle re-checked closer to the draft.

    Watching Treadwell before the injury in 2014 and after it in 2015, you see a different player. He was never super fast, but his quickness and ankle flexibility were greatly diminished this season. He is not a big-play threat and scored just eight touchdowns in the regular season before going off against Oklahoma State for three scores in the team's bowl game.

    A lack of suddenness in his routes makes every catch a contested one for Treadwell. NFL teams will press him over and over again because he doesn't make you respect his long speed. When playing against NFL-caliber talent in college, he struggled to shake man coverage.

    Part of Treadwell's issues gaining separation are due to the ankle injury and a lack of speed, but he was never able to throttle up and down to vary his speed and win with breaking routes.

    PRO COMPARISON: Anquan Boldin, Unsigned

    FINAL GRADE: 7.00/9.00 (Round 1—Rookie Starter)

3. Corey Coleman, Baylor

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    5'10 "194 lbs4.37sn/an/a 

    POSITIVES

    Corey Coleman is that big-play receiver you want on the edge, and he has the toughness to match his speed and intensity. Coleman was among the most dangerous players in all of college football in 2015, grabbing 74 catches for over 1,300 yards and a crazy 20 touchdowns while averaging 18.4 yards per catch.

    With excellent burst, Coleman can quickly get into his route, but he's also able to make plays after the catch. There he averaged 7.7 yards with the ball in his hands and showed the lateral agility to juke defenders and the acceleration to leave a beaten cornerback in his dust.

    Coleman is super fast, but he's a controlled route-runner who can be slippery at the line of scrimmage to beat press coverage. He adjusts well to the ball in the air and is great on over-the-shoulder plays. Lining up always on the left side of the Baylor offense, Coleman was used both down the field and on shorter routes. He's excelled at both thanks to his speed, footwork and body control.

    NEGATIVES

    Coleman had sports hernia surgery after the season and was not able to work out at the combine. 

    With 17 drops over the last two seasons, Coleman's hands are a concern. With nine-inch hands and 30 ¼-inch arms, Coleman doesn't have the ideal length or hand size that teams want. This could contribute to his drops, but he also has straight-up focus drops on film.

    The shorter arms and smaller hands prevent Coleman from being a natural extending his arms and making catches with his hands. He likes to basket-catch or let the ball into his belly. Coleman played in a scheme that got him free releases and opportunities in space—something the NFL won't do.

    Coleman doesn't fit the profile of an outside receiver's height or length, which will cause hesitation from NFL teams.

    PRO COMPARISON: Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens

    FINAL GRADE: 7.00/9.00 (Round 1—Rookie Starter)

2. Josh Doctson, TCU

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'2"202 lbs4.5s6.84s4.08s 

    POSITIVES

    Originally at Wyoming, Josh Doctson transferred to TCU and became a go-to target with awesome production. For his career he brought in 214 receptions, 3,177 yards and 34 touchdowns, with much of it coming in the last two years.

    A super productive receiver, Doctson is a strong route-runner. He shows excellent vision while on the move and can spot openings to sit down in when adjusting his route to match the coverage he sees. Doctson will play physical at the catch point and uses both length and leaping ability to make ridiculous catches over the top.

    Doctson can be a valuable asset in the red zone thanks to his acrobatic catching skills and 41-inch vertical jump. He's able to bail out poorly thrown balls and has an enormous catch radius both on and off the ground. Doctson climbs the ladder to make 50-50 catches like a bigger receiver.

    A fluid, smooth operator as a route-runner, Doctson can pitter-patter to break down cornerbacks and then cut off their backpedal to get into space. He has enough juice to accelerate to the ball either down the field or going over the middle.

    NEGATIVES

    A senior who sat out the 2012 season due to transfer rules, Doctson will be 24 years old in December. NFL teams generally flag players who will be 24 during their rookie season. A wrist injury shortened Doctson's 2015 season and kept him from participating in the Senior Bowl.

    Doctson's ability to make contested catches is a positive, but scouts must ask why he's so often covered and not separated from defensive backs. Without the size to consistently overpower NFL cornerbacks, Doctson will be relying on his leaping skills and long arms (31 ⅞") to make every catch.

    Press coverage was something rarely seen in the Big 12, and Doctson may need to add bulk before he can routinely beat jams in the NFL. He could start his career as a big slot receiver.

    PRO COMPARISON: DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

    FINAL GRADE: 7.00/9.00 (Round 1—Rookie Starter)

1. Michael Thomas, Ohio State

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    HeightWeight40 Time3-Cone Short Shuttle
    6'2 ¾"217 lbs4.47s6.80s4.13s 

    POSITIVES

    The nephew of former No. 1 overall pick Keyshawn Johnson, Ohio State's Michael Thomas is ready to make a name for himself. As the top receiver in this year's draft class, Thomas is doing just that.

    In a draft dominated by smaller receivers, Thomas' size is a positive trait. He's a full 6'2 ¾" with a jacked 217-pound frame. His 10 ½-inch hands are above-average size for his frame and allow Thomas to grab the ball away from his body with confidence.

    In the last two seasons at Ohio State, we charted just five drops for Thomas on 110 catches. He turned those catches into 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns in an offense that featured the running back first and a running quarterback second. Without getting 100-plus targets per season, Thomas still managed to produce quality numbers.

    Thomas' ability to stutter-step and set up cornerbacks with double moves is impressive for a big receiver. He knows how to vary his speed and can break down his hips to leave cornerbacks guessing and driving upfield while he's running by them.

    Thomas is a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. Put him in the "X" and get him the ball. He has the skills to make an early impact in any offensive system.

    NEGATIVES

    Thomas doesn't always look natural as a route-runner against tough man coverage. He can tear up off coverage, but he isn't always reacting and gliding through his routes if a good defensive back is in-phase. Trusting his routes and playing with more of a dog mentality will help him here.

    As with any Ohio State receiver, Thomas must answer concerns that the offense created opportunities for him. Can he create on his own? The tape would seem to say yes, but in the NFL he won't have the playmakers around him that the Buckeyes threatened college defenses with.

    On special teams, Thomas has no value and no experience. He's not built for fourth down.

    PRO COMPARISON: DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

    FINAL GRADE: 7.00/9.00 (Round 1—Rookie Starter)