I will be the first to say that it is ENTIRELY too early to begin draft talks. However, given the amount of debating regarding WR's in the draft, we might as well begin a Thread that addresses this topic so that it doesn't keep finding it's ways into other discussions. These are the Top 5 Draft Eligible WR's in the NCAA based on what I have seen from them:
#1: AJ Green - Georgia
This guys is outstanding in virtually every single category he can be. He is an athletic monster, very smart, runs great routes, blocks very well, and is a team leader at UGA. He provides both a deep threat due to his solid speed and a great underneath option as well due to his quickness and sharp routes. His on the field accomplishments are outrageous. It is also becoming more and more apparent that Matthew Stafford may have been selected #1 overall last year more because of Green's talent than his own. Every time I see Georgia play Green Impresses! NFL Comparison: Andre Johnson but Faster!
#2: Justin Blackmon - Oklahoma State
Many of you are probably wondering why Blackmon is ranked so high. This guy is having a MONSTER season in the NCAA. He runs the routes, has solid speed, and has great hands. What impresses me most about Blackmon when I see him play is his ability to consistently defeat his Cornerback by using his size, strength and quickness. HIs Performance against Prince Amukemera from Nebraska (Largely Rated the Nations top DB) was ultra impressive. OSU's offense is having a surprisingly good year on offense and it is largely due to the performance of Blackmon. NFL Comparison: Terrell Owens (In Prime)
#3: Jonathan Baldwin - Pittsburgh
Baldwin is definitely a player who has not seen his fair share of publicity. This guy is very good. He has remarkable size for a WR (6'5", 225lbs) but he still manages to show the athleticism and hands of a talented WR. He manhandles DB's and always seems to be open. He has great speed, great power, and great hands. His routes could be sharper but that is largely a practice issue. I have questions about his level of competition playing in the Big East, but then again a pretty talented CB named Darrell Revis came from Pittsburgh so that eases some of my concerns. NFL Comparison: Calvin Johnson (Poor Man's Version)
#4: Julio Jones - Alabama
Jones continues to show promise in the year after the Alabama National Championship season in which he broke out as one of the nation's Top WR's. Jones shows a great deal of athleticism and athletic ability but I have concerns that he benefits more than he probably would on another team due to the scheme in which he is featured. Jones has had numerous huge games at Alabama, largely in part to teams stacking the box to take away Ingram and Richardson. A top rated WR of his ability does, and should be able to, beat corners in single coverage more often than not. NFL Comparison: Sidney Rice but WAY Stronger!
#5: Austin Pettis - Boise State
Austin Pettis is not the most athletically gifted WR in the draft, plain and simple, but he is definitely one of the smartest. What this guy lacks in speed, he makes up for in quick, sharp, route running and impeccable communication with his QB Kellen Moore (2010 Heisman Candidate). He certainly does not have the finely tuned skills of an AJ Green but he is always getting open, which is definitely a reason to take a good hard look at him. He has also proven to be an incredible red zone target as well. With that said, he will likely be around in the 2nd round. NFL Comparison: Hines Ward
That's My Top 5. Now Rip Me Up for being a Big Dummy!