Thursday, January 27, 2011

2011 NFL Draft Prospects - Wide Receivers

1 – AJ Green (Georgia)
2 – Julio Jones (Alabama)
3 – Torrey Smith (Maryland)
4 – Titus Young (Boise State)
5 – Randall Cobb (Kentucky)
6 – Jonathan Baldwin (Pittsburgh)
7 – Jerrel Jernigan (Troy)
8 – Greg Little (UNC)
9 – Leonard Hankerson (Miami)
10 – Austin Pettis (Boise State)
11 – Dwayne Harris (ECU)
12 – Vincent Brown (San Diego State)
13 – Niles Paul (Nebraska)
14 – Terrance Toliver (LSU)
15 – Tandon Doss (Indiana)
16 – Cecil Shorts III (Mount Union)
17 – Ronald Johnson (USC)
18 – Greg Salas (Hawaii)
19 – Darvin Adams (Auburn)
20 – Ryan Whalen (Stanford)

Green is clearly the class of this class and the most likely to reach “superstar” status. For a little more on him, check out my thoughts on what Carolina should do with the #1 overall pick.....Smith is probably the best deep threat of the bunch, is slippery in tight spaces, and should wow a lot of people at the Combine.....The same goes for Jernigan and Harris, two players who display great elusiveness and ability to make plays in space.....I think Young is for real and is someone whose play, to me, “pops”. He just gets yards. His urgency and ability to maximize yardage every time he has the ball stands out; plus field awareness and vision.....His teammate, Pettis, has great feet and body control and runs nice routes for a college receiver; two areas in which Young could improve. I think Pettis will bring a lot of versatility as far as being able to line him up inside and outside formations.....Cobb’s versatility as a rusher, passer, receiver, and returner are impressive. He reminds me a bit of Hines Ward. His plus hands, quickness in and out of breaks, and sharp routes should have him contributing early on in the pros.....Baldwin is no Fitzgerald, but he’s better than his production at Pitt. He’s a big bodied receiver (6-5, 230) who shields defenders well and should be a serious red zone threat in the pros. He will have the most important/influential 40 at the Combine.....Unfortunately, Justin Blackmon returned to Oklahoma State. He’d rank 2nd on this list if he had opted out. Next year he’ll have to fight off Alshon Jeffrey (South Carolina) for the top honor. I’m also huge on Greg Childs (Arkansas) and Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma) two juniors who returned for one final season.

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