Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd are among the top WRs in this year’s NFL Draft. CineSport’s Noah Coslov & Sporting News’ Russ Lande discuss which top receivers can be franchise wideouts.
Player Ht Wt School Proj. Rd
1. Justin Blackmon 6-1 207 Oklahoma State 1st
Comment: He became the only two-time winner of the Fred Biletnikoff award winner last season. The award goes to the top receiver in the nation.
2. Michael Floyd 6-3 220 Notre Dame 1st
Comment: Needs to get stronger. Bench pressed 225 pounds just 16 times at the combine.
3. Stephen Hill 6-4 215 Georgia Tech 1st
Comment: He has blazing speed and outstanding leaping ability. Has good hands, but must concentrate to eliminate careless drops and develop as a route runner.
4. Kendall Wright 5-10 196 Baylor 1st/2nd
Comment: Highly productive as he led the Bears in receiving for four consecutive seasons.
5. Rueben Randle 6-3 215 LSU 1st/2nd
Comment: He caught 53 passes for 917 yards (17.3 per catch) and eight touchdowns last season.
Falcons need: After making the five-for-one trade with Cleveland last season to pick up Julio Jones and re-signing Harry Douglas this offseason, the Falcons are set at their top three spots. They could take a receiver late with return skills to replace former Pro Bowler Eric Weems.
Others in need: Browns(4), Rams (6), Jaguars (7), Bengals (17), Texans (26) and Patriots (31).
Comment: “There are a ton of options at wide receiver throughout the draft.”
–Mel Kiper, ESPN draft analyst.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog