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Pick Your Poison WR Addition

There are currently 9 WR’s projected to go in the first two rounds of the draft. I've compiled information from various sources in order to pick my favorite choice. I'm not sure if the Rams are thinking about drafting another WR. But if they do, who would you choose?

1. Keenan Allen: 6’3" - 210

Speed: 4.53

While a highly productive player against quality competition, Allen does not boast the elite size-speed combination that has led A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Justin Blackmon to earn a top 10 selection in recent years. Allen is athletic and capable of turning short catches into long gains due to his agility, balance and vision but does not possess elite acceleration. Allen's size, physicality and relatively precise route-running should help him emerge as a legitimate No. 1 wideout in the NFL, especially in a timing-based West Coast Offense that caters to his strengths. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com Note: Left knee injury, missed final 3 games of 2012 season.

2. Cordarrelle Patterson: 6’3"-205

Speed: 4.46

Patterson has a solidly-built frame with good height and length. He is a fluid athlete with good initial burst and strength to release to the inside and gain separation in single coverage. Patterson knows how to create with excellent vision, controlled footwork and speed, showing excellent change of direction and a strong plant foot to make elusive, sharp cuts.

He has a natural feel with the ball in his hands, making defenders miss with quickness to weave through defenses. Patterson is tough, confident ball carrier and runs with the belief that no one can tackle him, powering through arm tackles and allowing defenders to slide off of him.

He has very good strength for the position to use his body, box out defenders and make contested grabs, out-muscling defensive backs. Patterson has quick hands and natural adjustment skills to make impressive catches on off-target throws. His coaches rave about his football intelligence and his competitive nature, playing focused and fiery.

3. Tavon Austin: 5’9" – 175

Speed: 4.38

Perhaps the most exciting player in college football, Austin averaged 230 all-purpose yards per game, second to Antonio Anderson of Western Kentucky. A Biletnikoff Award finalist, he was second in the nation in receptions per game at 9.17 on 110 catches, but he had a couple of games where he did not play receiver. In fact, his greatest game of the year came when he rushed for 344 yards, the third-best single-game total this year, against Oklahoma. He is also one of the nation's best return men. - The Sports Xchange Due to his experience as a running back, Austin shows little fear amongst the big bodies and is as dangerous in the quick screen game as any player in the country. Not surprisingly, it is in this role that coach Dana Holgorsen elected to feature Austin last season, having him operate out of the slot so as to take advantage of the playmaker's vision, agility and acceleration. Due to his lack of traditional size, Austin's ceiling in the NFL is limited

4. Robert Woods: 6’1" – 190

Speed: 4.47

Blessed with a prototypical blend of size and athleticism, Woods has proven a standout at the collegiate level in large part due to his knack as a route-runner. Few at this early stage of their "career," show the moxie Woods has shown for setting up defenders as he releases from the line.

For all of his production, however, there are some troubling elements to Woods' game. For one, he simply drops too many passes. Heavily featured in USC's attack, Woods is often targeted on 10+ passes a game and too often he allows throws to get into his pads or simply takes his eyes off passes to make a move before truly securing the ball. Second, for all of his impressive statistics, one might be surprised to note that Woods has "only" averaged 11.8 yards per catch over his career. A relatively high proportion of the plays he's made for the Trojans thus far have been created as function of either USC's creative route designs or Matt Barkley's impressive passing.

5. DeAndre Hopkins: 6’1-200

Speed: 4.56

A highly-touted recruit out of South Carolina, Hopkins chose the Tigers over several SEC offers and grabbed 52 catches in 2010, becoming the first true freshman to lead Clemson in receptions.

While Sammy Watkins received most of the national media attention, Hopkins quietly finished fifth in the ACC with 72 catches for 978 yards and five scores in 2011, finishing close behind Watkins on the stat sheet.

Hopkins finished fourth in FBS in receiving yards (1,405 - school record) and second in touchdown catches (18 - ACC record) with a team-high 82 receptions in 2012. Hopkins earned First Team All-ACC honors and leaves Clemson with school records for career touchdown grabs (27) and 100-yard receiving games (12).

STRENGTHS: Very good focus and quick hands to locate and pluck the ball out of the air, showing fluid body control and adjustments. He does a nice job setting up his routes to keep defenders off balance and attack the ball at its highest point. If the ball is thrown in Hopkins' area, he goes and gets it.

WEAKNESSES: Needs to iron out some wrinkles in his game and become a more precise route-runner. --Dane Brugler

6. Terrance Williams: 6’2"-205

Speed: 4.49

Terrence Williams had 71 yards on six receptions in the regular-season finale against Oklahoma State to finish the year with 1,693 receiving yards, a school record. He has 95 catches on the year and could become Baylor's second 100-catch receiver in two years with a big finish in the bowl games.

Williams looks the part with a lengthy frame and vertical speed to create separation downfield, showing excellent footwork along the sideline. He is a tough runner, flashing the creative ability to make something happen with the ball in his hands. Williams isn't on the same level as Kendall Wright as a pro prospect, but he might be able to do what Wright didn't last April and be the first senior receiver drafted in 2013.

--Dane Brugler

7. Justin Hunter: 6’4"-200

Speed: 4.49

Hunter is a tall, long athlete with an exception catching radius and reach. He is a fluid, gliding mover with long strides and deceiving speed to get vertical or make plays after the catch. He has strong footwork in/out of his breaks with sharp route quickness to sell patterns and create some separation. He tracks the ball beautifully, adjusting with outstanding body control.

Hunter does a nice job becoming a DB downfield to knock balls away and prevent the INT. He has the size/speed combination to attract defensive holding and pass interference penalties in his routes. Hunter has experience lining up as an X, Y and Z receiver, lining up all over the offense for Tennessee.

8. Da’Rick Rogers: 6’3"-206

Speed: 4.52

Despite playing in the ultra-physical SEC, Rogers proved too strong for most teams to consider pressing. He's also versatile, showing the ability to line up outside, as well as in the slot. While it is easy to get excited about Rogers' size-speed potential, one of his greatest attributes is simply his toughness, as he absorbed several big collisions on games viewed and never dropped a pass due to a hit while at Tennessee. Rogers is a powerful runner who fights for additional yardage and has the agility and speed to run away from the pack for explosive plays.

Weaknesses: Generally a reliable pass catcher, but will occasionally look to juke the defender before securing the pass, resulting in an occasional bad drop. Until he cleans up the conception that he's a troublemaker, it may not matter how talented Rogers is, NFL teams will be too concerned to give him the first-round grade his talent deserves.

--Rob Rang

9. Markus Wheaton: 6’0"-182

Speed: 4.40

While Wheaton isn’t one of the big name WR in the 2013 NFL Draft, he is one of the biggest play-makers. He has outstanding speed and uses it to stretch the field vertically. He has shown a very good ability to track the ball and make adjustments while it’s in the air. The Beavers tried to get the ball into Wheaton’s hands as much as possible, using him on sweeps, reverses and screens. I see a similar type usage in the NFL.





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