2013 Rookie Rankings: Wide Receivers
Dynasty & Keeper Rankings
I hear people talking about how deep the receiver position is this year in fantasy drafts. I don’t disagree, but everybody is always saying that about the receivers this time of year. Anyways, if this years crop of rookie receivers is any indication, the depth is only going to grow because we have a very deep group with plenty of quality.
Yes, while there may be no Megatrons or A.J.s or Julios, there are a lot of high quality prospects and the core group that we really like goes about fifteen deep with some nice upside picks after that. I’ve tiered the WRs as I did with the QBs and the RBs and that should give you an idea of where the production drop-offs are as you work through a rookie draft.
So what does all the depth mean to those in rookie drafts? Well, it means that you can wait on receiver if you have to and still get a few good ones. That helps a lot if you are in a position where you have needs at RB or TE. You can fill those early and there should still be quality receiving options on the board in rounds 3 and 4 in 12-team drafts. In fact, there are receivers worth owning all the way through even the deepest of drafts. I’ve ranked the top forty, but we’ve scouted far more than that. If anybody has questions about any receivers that we did not rank, use the e-mail at the bottom of the page and I’ll get back to you with our thoughts.
So, again, as I said with the QBs and RBs, these are long term rankings for dynasty and keeper formats. All of the rookie with viable redraft appeal will be part of our normal rankings and I’ll also be doing a Redraftable Rookies article in August.
As with the RBs, I have the rankings grid with all that info and then the player write-ups below. Posting the write-ups as “The Skinny” as I usually do was distorting the page and looked horrible because some of the write-ups are so long. This reads much better.
Lastly, please accept my apologies for these rankings being a day late. I literally fell asleep with my laptop in my lap last night. Luckily I had auto-save enabled. A little coffee and elbow grease this morning and we’re ready to go.
The rookie tight ends will go up on Friday.
|1||1||Cordarrelle Patterson||MIN||1 (29)||Tennessee||6’2”||216||4.42|
|2||1||Tavon Austin||STL||1 (8)||West Virginia||5’8”||174||4.34|
|3||1||Aaron Dobson||NE||2 (59)||Marshall||6’3”||210||4.43|
|4||1||DeAndre Hopkins||HOU||1 (27)||Clemson||6’1”||214||4.57|
|5||2||Markus Wheaton||PIT||3 (79)||Oregon State||5’11”||189||4.45|
|6||2||Justin Hunter||TEN||2 (34)||Tennessee||6’4”||196||4.44|
|7||2||Quinton Patton||SF||4 (128)||Louisiana Tech||6’0”||204||4.53|
|8||2||Robert Woods||BUF||2 (41)||USC||6’0”||201||4.51|
|9||3||Chris Harper||SEA||4 (123)||Kansas State||6’1”||229||4.55|
|10||3||Terrance Williams||DAL||3 (74)||Baylor||6’2”||208||4.52|
|11||3||Kenny Stills||NO||5 (144)||Oklahoma||6’0”||194||4.38|
|13||4||Marquise Goodwin||BUF||3 (78)||Texas||5’9”||183||4.27|
|12||3||Keenan Allen||SD||3 (76)||California||6’2”||206||4.71|
|14||4||Josh Boyce||NE||4 (102)||TCU||5’11”||206||4.38|
|15||4||Stedman Bailey||STL||3 (92)||West Virginia||5’10”||193||4.52|
|16||5||Aaron Mellette||BAL||7 (238)||Elon||6’2”||217||4.54|
|17||5||Charles Johnson||GB||7 (216)||Grand Valley State||6’2”||215||4.38|
|18||5||Corey Fuller||DET||6 (171)||Virginia Tech||6’2”||204||4.43|
|19||5||Da’Rick Rogers||BUF||UDFA||Tennessee Tech||6’3”||206||4.52|
|20||6||Ryan Swope (inj res out for year)||ARI||6 (174)||Texas A&M||6’0”||205||4.34|
|21||6||Brice Butler||OAK||7 (209)||San Diego State||6’3”||205||4.36|
|22||6||Kevin Dorsey||GB||7 (224)||Maryland||6’2”||207||4.48|
|23||6||Tavarres King||DEN||5 (161)||Georgia||6’0”||189||4.47|
|24||6||Cobi Hamilton||CIN||6 (197)||Arkansas||6’2”||212||4.56|
|25||7||Ace Sanders||JAC||4 (101)||South Carolina||5’7”||173||4.58|
|26||7||Jasper Collins||MIA||UDFA||Mount Union||5’10”||180||4.49|
|29||7||Alan Bonner||HOU||6 (195)||Jacksonville State||5’10”||193||4.59|
|30||8||Marquess Wilson||CHI||7 (236)||Washington State||6’3”||194||4.51|
|31||8||Justin Brown||PIT||6 (186)||Oklahoma||6’3”||207||4.62|
|34||8||Tyler Shaw (released do not draft)||ARI||UDFA||NW Missouri State||6’0”||180||4.37|
|35||9||Rashad Ross||TEN||UDFA||Arizona State||5’11”||179||4.34|
|36||9||Marcus Davis||NYJ||UDFA||Virginia Tech||6’4”||232||4.49|
|38||10||Reggie Dunn||PIT||UDFA||Utah State||5’10”||178||4.26|
|39||10||Cordell Roberson||CLE||UDFA||Stephen F. Austin||6’4”||205||4.56|
1) Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings, 6’2”, 216, 4.42
Yes, Patterson. Sometimes you have to trust your board. Tavon Austin and Patterson are the most talented offensive players in the year’s class. Of the two, Patterson is better built for long term value. He has the size to hold up to the pounding of the NFL. Austin may get out of the blocks faster, but Patterson should get better every year. The Vikings moved up to get him and they are used to having a non-traditional piece (Percy Harvin) in their offense. Patterson could become a favorite of Christian Ponder. He’ll be tough to double team for a few reasons. Obviously, you have Adrian Peterson as job one for any defense. Then they have Greg Jennings and Kyle Rudolph as established players that demand attention. Patterson will be moved around the formation and they will find mismatches and single coverage. There’s just nobody in this draft class that compels me to give up on the chance to have Patterson in a long term format. His upside is way up. Check out the scouting report on Patterson. He’s got the size to be a red zone weapon. He’s got phenomenal vision in the open field combines with devastating cutting ability and the speed to defeat angles. The receiver part will be a developing thing, but he’s already a tremendous football player that can be used in many ways. When Greg Jennings starts to fade in a few years (or sooner), Patterson should become the #1 option. It’s going to be the Peterson & Patterson Show.
2) Tavon Austin, Rams, 5’8”, 174, 4.34
If you want to take Austin first, I am fine with that. He has that kind of upside. For me, I have concerns about a speed threat that plays at his size. How effective will he be if he’s playing while nicked up? Will he be able to hold up like Wes Welker? If he can, then Austin may very well be the most valuable player available in the year’s rookie crop. He’s going to a team that has a ton of surrounding talent. That could be both good and bad. Austin will have room to work, but he’ll have to share the football a little bit.
3) Aaron Dobson, Patriots, 6’3”, 210, 4.43
Check out my scouting report on Dobson that was penned before he was paired up with Tom Brady. Obviously, New England is a solid landing spot for the Marshall product. He could be a fantasy option as soon as this season and will likely will start right away for New England with a decent camp. Dobson has a chance to be special with both size and speed to go with his natural athleticism and outstanding hands. Obviously, the Brady factor is huge in terms of development and early production. New England’s offense is complex, but Dobson’s got the ability where they can simplify some things for him and let him line up and play. He’ll give Brady and sizable downfield presence he’s not had since the last time New England had a receiver from Marshall. Over the next few years, I expect Dobson to bloom into a fine NFL receiver and a solid fantasy option with WR1 upside.
4) DeAndre Hopkins, Texans, 6’1”, 214, 4.57
Solidity. That’s what you get with Hopkins. And, unless he really flops in camp, you should get it right away. Hopkins may start every year of his career. Whether he can be better than a #2 at the NFL level is the real question to us. If you can’t afford to miss, you can make an strong argument for Hopkins over Dobson or any of the other receivers, but for me, I like the upside that Patterson, Austin and Dobson provide.
5) Markus Wheaton, Steelers, 5’11”, 189, 4.45
Wheaton is a player we like a lot and he landed in the right place. He does a lot of things well on film. He plays hard every snap and blocks hard for his teammates, which will help him fit in as a Steeler. He’s also got good hands and good after-the-catch ability to go with his 4.45 speed. He’s a better fit for the Steelers than Mike Wallace and he could be a big name in a year or two. He’ll probably push Emmanuel Sanders for time as a rookie and take over the gig in 2014 with Sanders likely to leave via free agency. Wheaton was well liked by most outlets going into the draft which kept him off our underrated list, but we are pretty high on this kid, and especially so since he was one of the lucky rookies who landed with an established stud quarterback. He could be the Steelers most dynamic weapon in the passing game by 2014.
6) Justin Hunter, Titans, 6’4”, 196, 4.44
One of “Rotobahn’s Guys” simply because he is an athletic freak with an NFL skill set. He’s had injury issues and I suspect that he’ll have a bit of a learning curve as a rookie, but Hunter’s ceiling is way up there. He’s had some issues with his hands, but he’s got scary ability. The key thing for Justin is to add a few pounds without losing any of his natural speed. If he can get in the 105-210 range while maintaining his agility and speed, he could be way too much to handle man-on-man. That’s potentially nasty when you look at his team and realize that they already have on un-coverable guy in Kenny Britt and a very tough and talented slot guy in Kendall Wright. Prediction, the Titans take a very good QB in the 2014 draft and all of these guys end up being fantasy options in 2014. The only way this doesn’t happen is if Jake Locker learns to hit a moving target ... quickly. The Titans offense, is a LT and a QB away from being downright nasty. Hunter’s long term ceiling is very high, but be prepared to wait a season or two for the real goods to emerge. He could bust-out sooner, but you can’t depend on that.
Quinton Patton, 49ers, 6’0”, 204, 4.53
The General is one of “Rotobahn’s Guys” and with the injury to Michael Crabtree, Patton could be a big factor as a rookie, but we like him in long term formats regardless. Patton is a football player, pure and simple and he was a steal in the 4th round of the NFL draft. Yes, he’s got all the measurables that you want, but what really makes this kid special, is how hard he plays and his feel for the game. He’s smart and he’s highly competitive and it’s no shock that Jon Harbaugh selected him. This is a player that we really like a lot. I’d be shocked if he failed as an NFL player over the long haul. Patton is a fine long term investment that could pay off at any time.
Robert Woods, Bills, 6’0”, 201, 4.51
Woods is a lot like Hopkins in that he looks very NFL-ready, but he’s not going to an offense with an established quarterback and he has a lot of competition for playing time as a rookie. That being said, we like Woods a lot for the long term in an offense loaded with speed and talent. He could be a nice value pick after the studs are gone. Woods is a very complete player with everything you look for outside of great height and bulk, but when you look at routes, hands and ability after the catch, this kid can absolutely do it.
9) Chris Harper, Seahawks, 6’1”, 229, 4.55
One of “Rotobahn’s Guys” going into the draft, Harper landed in a perfect spot. We don’t see much rookie value unless there are injuries in Seattle, but if Golden Tate or Sidney Rice (more likely for cap purposes) leaves at the end of the year, Harper could be huge by 2014. This guy fits what they are trying to do in Seattle to a T. He will be a devastating outside blocker for Harvin, Wilson and the backs, but he will also be a devastating guy after the catch. Harper has a chance to be a bigger version of Hines Ward, another converted QB. The big difference is, Harper’s been playing receiver for a few years now. He’ll take less time than Ward did from a developmental standpoint. This player has a chance to be very, very good. DBs bounce off of Harper like pinballs. When I project the Seahawks’ offense, I see Hunter and Golden Tate outside. Those are two tough hombres. Then you have Percy Harvin in the slot and wherever they opt to put him in the formation. Seattle’s scouting department is kicking tail the last few years.
10) Terrance Williams, Cowboys, 6’2”, 208, 4.52
The key to Terrance Williams is not so much if, but when. The Cowboys were able to to force a pay cut on Miles Austin this offseason, but unless Austin becomes irreplaceable for some reason in 2013, he should be a cap casualty in 2014. That should open the door for Williams who’d look very good playing opposite Dez Bryant ... and getting loads of single coverage. Williams needs some work, but he has a lot of talent and a year to get ready. That’s really the perfect scenario for this player. Getting too much too soon might be a bad thing for Williams who needs to become a more complete player. If you can draft for 2014 and beyond, Williams is a very nice mid rounder for you. Tony Romo supports a fantasy receiver as well as any QB and he’s got a few years left.
11) Kenny Stills, Saints, 6’0”, 194, 4.38
Stills was one of our underrated guys going into the draft and he landed in perhaps the perfect situation for him. He will be very good in Sean Payton’s system and he’ll do just fine with that Brees guy throwing the ball for the next few seasons. Check out the scouting reports on Stills right here ... and here. Stills is one of the real bargain in rookie drafts as long as you can be a little patient.
12) Keenan Allen, Chargers, 6’2”, 206, 4.71
Keenan is a player we like, but we were not as high on him going into the draft as most of the world seemed to be. The slot he was drafted in was more in line with our review of his game. Allen is a player who needs to develop a little bit, mostly as a blocker, but he’s not far off. The speed of the game might be a bit much for him at first, and he could use some route refinement as many rookies do, but he has a chance to be pretty good in time. Getting his knee and ankle healthy for the long term is key. The fact that he’s probably going to spend his rookie year learning is actually what’s best for his long term. He can be a very nice selection in the middle rounds if he stays on the board. Just don’t expect much in 2013. He could develop into a #1 receiver for the Chargers, but we see this taking some time if it does indeed happen. Allen’s slow 40 time is probably not a true indicator as he was less than healthy at that time. While that’s a concern unto itself, he does project more like a 4.5 to 4.6 guy and not a 4.7 guy. Allen is risky if you take him early, but he has nice upside if he slips a little bit.
13) Marquise Goodwin, Bills, 5’9”, 183, 4.27
Goodwin could take some time as most of the Buffalo receivers could, but his upside working the slot in that offense is sky high. If you want Tavon Austin-ish abilities but you want to go tailback in round one, then you should consider Marquise in the 4th or 5th. Check out Goodwin’s full scouting report.
14) Josh Boyce, Patriots, 5’11”, 206, 4.38
Boyce is a guy we like a whole lot long term and with all the injury-prone players in New England, he could have sneaky value as a rookie if he picks up the offense. Boyce’s scouting report is linked here, and you’ll notice that we thought he was a good fit for the Pats before they even took him. I liken him to former Patriot David Givens, but with more speed and elusiveness. If he proves to be as tough as Givens, you could have a stud on your hands. Another player you might think of when projecting Boyce is Laveranues Coles. That might be his upside, but Coles never played with Brady. Patriots fans can look forward to the day where they have Boyce, Aaron Dobson and Danny Amendola all on the field together and comfortable in the offense. I can see why Tom Brady has no interest in retiring any time soon. If New England DOES struggle in the wake of the Hernandez absurdities, it will not last very long. They have all the talent they need on the roster right now. It just needs to simmer a little.
15) Stedman Bailey, Rams, 5’10”, 193, 4.52
We’re big fans of Stedman and we think he’ll make a fine NFL receiver. His problem is the crowded depth chart in St. Louis. It will take some time to establish himself as a top three guy in this group. He could be a tradition 1-3 year curve. If you can be patient, we like him as a mid-rounder in deep dynasty leagues. Bailey is a pure receiver with outstanding hands and could be a serious talent in the slot, but Tavon Austin’s presence probably rules that out for the time being. If Bailey had gone to a team like Detroit, he could have been a fantasy option right out of the box, but the position is very crowded in St. Louis.
16) Aaron Mellette, Ravens, 6’2”, 217, 4.54
Mellette is a player that could make an early impact with the departure of Anquan Boldin. The Elon product is not lacking in confidence or ability, but he may have a slight adjustment playing at the pro level as he did not face top level competition on a weekly basis at Elon. The bottom line is this. Mellette could be starting across from Torrey Smith by the end of 2013 if he has a good camp. In our view, he’s the second most talented receiver in Baltimore. He’s a high-quality mid-round selection in all long term leagues.
17) Charles Johnson, Packers, 6’2”, 215, 4.38
This is a good looking player and boy did he land in the right place. He’ll take a year or two to get fully into the system, but if Jordy Nelson or James Jones leaves in the next season or two as their contracts suggest they could, Johnson could be Aaron Rodgers’ next toy. He’s absolutely a guy to target in the mid-to-late rounds if you can be patient with him. His measurables look great and he can play the game when you watch the game film. He’s not a body-catcher and he’s got good strength as a ball carrier. He’s a vintage Green Bay selection and I think you have to factor that in too. They do very good work with rough gems in Green Bay and once they are ready, they get to play with Rodgers. Yes, we want you to take this guy if he’s around late and if you can be patient. The upside here is very high for a player you don’t have to take early.
18) Corey Fuller, Lions, 6’2”, 204, 4.43
If you look at the depth chart in Detroit, you’ll quickly assess that Fuller could land a role as rookie if he has a good camp. Fuller is athletic with size and speed. He catches the football well enough and Matt Stafford is a huge upgrade over Fuller’s college QBs. The question is all about how well and how quickly he picks up the Lions offense. Fuller has NFL bloodlines. His brother, Vincent, played safety for Titans and Lions and has been a positive role model for Corey. The work ethic required at the next level will not shock Fuller. He represents nice value in the mid rounds of rookie drafts.
19) Da’Rick Rogers, Bills, 6’3”, 206, 4.52
If Rogers makes the Bills, he has a chance to be very good. If he gets caught in the numbers game and gets released, he will land a new gig quickly. The key thing for Rogers is to keep his nose clean in terms of the off-field stuff. Rogers was a very solid prospect at Tennessee before behavioral problems got him kicked out of the program. Rogers went to Tennessee Tech for his senior campaign and lit the place up. This kid is big and very tough to bring down after the catch. He oozes talent. You cannot take him with an early pic because of his volatility off the field, but he is a very good player to take once you are looking for upside. From a talent perspective, Rogers is NFL-ready.
20) Ryan Swope, Cardinals, 6’0”, 205, 4.34
Sadly it seems that Swope is still battling some concussion problems from his senior year at Texas A&M. He’s one of our favorite talents in this draft, but his inability to participate fully in OTA’s is an immediate and potentially long term concern and it now appears that he may be unable to practice at camp. We still like him as a late-round choice in dynasty and long term keeper formats. His versatility could really work in today’s NFL. Swope can play inside and outside and has running back skills too. Understand the risks, but Arizona took him with tier eyes open. Swope has huge upside if he can get healthy. Check out our predraft take right here. **UPDATE** Swope has been put on the reserve/retired list. His season is over and his career may be over too. He apparently had a setback after the draft. Very sad. There is little reason to draft Swope at this point.
21) Brice Butler, Raiders, 6’3”, 205, 4.36
Butler is a very interesting dynasty prospect if he can hang around and develop a bit. Check out our scouting report on Brice. The issue for Butler is to make the roster with all the young talent that the Raiders have brought in at receiver. If he can stick, he has enticing fantasy potential at 6’3” and with 4.36 wheels, but there’s more. Despite very unimpressive college stats, Butler looks very good on film and shows progress from season to season. And, really, it’s understandable that he was down on the depth chart at USC with all the talent they’ve had. Butler has slipped through the cracks a bit as a talent and he has a chance to be a very good pro. He possesses good red zone talents and runs a very nice fade. He’s also a serious deed threat with his length and speed plus his ability to go get the ball. The Butler can be a steal late in big dynasty leagues.
22) Kevin Dorsey, Packers, 6’2”, 207, 4.48
Any player drafted by Green Bay has to get your attention and Dorsey has some potential for sure. Dorsey suffered from poor QB play in college, but that’s no longer an issue with Rogers at the helm in Green Bay. Dorsey was a team captain at Maryland and is a typical Packer’s selection with big upside in the 7th round. We’re somewhat partial to Charles Johnson because of his upside, but Green Bay took Dorsey first, so he’s worth a look late in dynasty drafts.
23) Tavarres King, Broncos, 6’0”, 189, 4.47
Needs to catch the ball better and needs to develop some strength to deal with the jam at the next level. He’s behind Decker and Thomas so he will be afforded some time to develop, but he could see some time as a deep threat this season if he has a good camp. He’s worth a look in deep leagues if you have invested in Decker or Demaryius. It’s also possible that they try and turn him into slot guy as Welker is close to the end. King’s worth owning for sure, but we see him as a big play option for the QB after Manning versus a guy who can get it done right away.
24) Cobi Hamilton, Bengals, 6’2”, 212, 4.56
We like Cobi, but he lacks a special trait to lean on or get excited about. We expect him to make the team in Cincy and he has the potential to develop into a solid NFL receiver with a chance to challenge guys like Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones for a starting spot. That’s likely at least one season away if not 2 or 3. Draft accordingly.
25) Ace Sanders, Jaguars, 5’7”, 173, 4.58
The key to Ace is to get him in space. Now that I’ve gotten my Clyde Frazier-ism out of the way, we really like Sanders and there’s little doubt that he can play at the next level. He’s a little like Darren Sproles, but he’s a pure receiver with a little less in terms of straight line speed. Sanders is tough and plays hard every snap. Don’t let size fool you, he is a nasty little dude who will hit people. We like his chances at being a factor in Jacksonville as a rookie, but for him to be a fantasy factor, Jacksonville will need to make major offensive improvements. Sanders plays faster than his timed speed at the combine (4.59). He’s a decent late round target, especially if you play in a PPR league.
26) Jasper Collins, Dolphins, 5’10”, 180, 4.49
***UPDATE*** Jasper was injured and waived by the Dolphins. He's not a player to target.
27) Kenbrell Thompkins, Patriots, 6’1”, 193, 4.50
Thompkins has some buzz and it’s not hard to see why. He’s in New England and the whole Patriots world is under the microscope these days. Thompkins was a JUCO transfer to Cincy but has a lot of talent. He reminds me a little bit of Ike Hilliard, but he’s obviously not as polished. This kid is competitive and he plays hard every snap. I like his hands and routes are pretty solid considering his collegiate arc. If he makes the Patriots, he’ll be worth a flier in rookie drafts and he appears to have a legit shot.
28) Conner Vernon, Raiders, 6’0”, 196, 4.68
We love Vernon. The kid can absolutely play. He runs phenomenal routes and has the best hands we’ve seen from anybody in the 2013 class. His weakness, and it’s a big one, is speed. The other legit issue is defeating the jam at the NFL level. If he can do that, then he has the potential to be a very good player from the slot. It’s a large field of prospects in Oakland and there’s no guarantee that he’ll make the roster, but this guy has some serious chops if you can overlook the size/speed issues. He’s worth a late look in PPR formats if you can be patient.
29) Alan Bonner, Texans, 5’10”, 193, 4.59
There’s too much depth in Houston for Bonner to do much as a rookie, but this kid is a very good athlete with good ability for the position. He makes a lot of REALLY good catches and high quality cuts. His hands are absolutely top shelf. He can create space for himself out of his cuts and is open often. Bonner’s straight line speed is mediocre and he’s small, but his ability is very real. If you want a long term prospect that you can take very late, Bonner has some appeal. Just remember that he’s got AJ2000, DeAndre Hopkins and Keshawn Martin all ahead of him on the depth chart. And they also have Devier Posey rehabbing from a knee injury plus Lestar Jean. It will take some time, but Bonner should stick on the roster or land some place else if he doesn’t. He can flat out play the position.
30) Marquess Wilson, Bears, 6’3”, 194, 4.51
Rookie viability will be tough to pull off because Wilson needs to develop some strength to deal with NFL corners and press coverage. He’s also playing behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, so he’ll have some time to refine his game. Wilson has a chance to be a good player, but he’s a guy we expect to do better in his 2nd and 3rd NFL seasons. He has some appeal as a late-rounder, especially if you have invested in either Jeffery or Marshall.
31) Justin Brown, Steelers, 6’3”, 207, 4.62
Brown left Penn State for Oklahoma after the Sandusky turmoil. He had his best season for the Sooners catching 73 balls and scoring 5 times. His lack of speed could be an issue in his development as a pro, but the Steelers saw something in him and took him in the 6th round ... probably because they lack a big receiver outside of the quickly deteriorating Plaxico Burress. Brown has some talent at playing the ball and using his big frame to shield defenders. He is not a body-catcher and can use his hands in a crowd. He’s pretty good after the catch and had some success as a punt returner, which is amazing as his size and with so little speed. He’s a late round flier. It may be worth noting that he has some chemistry with new Steelers backup and former teammate Landry Jones.
32) Zach Rogers, 6’0”, Jets, 182, 4.47
Rogers is smart and fast and runs very good routes. He’s a good looking prospect that was playing behind some VERY talented players at Tennessee. He’s got a legit shot at making the Jets roster with their lack of talent and injury situation. This is definitely a player to know about.
33) Sam McGuffie, Raiders, 5’10”, 200, 4.37
Sammy Football is one of our guys. He’s got upside as a slot receiver with both RB skills and receiver skills. The move to Rice from Michigan may have been an outstanding career move. Check out Sam’s pre-draft scouting report. He’s a flier with some legit upside if he can find an NFL home.
34) Tyler Shaw, Cardinals, 6’0”, 180, 4.37
Shaw is a smart kid with very good timed speed that lines up with what we saw on his game tape. He plays hard every snap and shows good athleticism both when the ball is in the air and after the catch. He comes from a winning program at Northwest Missouri State and has a real chance to make the final roster in Arizona. If he does, he could become the team’s 3rd receiver in time if Ryan Swope’s concussion woes linger into 2014. Shaw’s speed is real and he posted a somewhat contested 4.3 40 at his pro day. Regardless of whether he’s a 4.3 or a 4.4, the man can run and he loses very little with his pads on. You should be able to land him with the last pick in your draft and he’s worth the risk at that point. ***UPDATE*** Shaw was released.
35) Rashad Ross, Titans, 5’11”, 179, 4.34
Ross is a very good athlete and is a dangerous man with the rock in his hands. Ross’ best attribute is his 4.34 speed, which allows him to get behind the defense with regularity. The problem that Ross has is the Tennessee depth chart and Jake Locker’s scattershot arm. The good news is that by the time Ross is ready to play a bigger role, the Titans may be starting somebody like Johnny Manziel. Ross has NFL ability and he is a player to know about. We like his chances of making the Titan’s roster as a return man in 2013.
36) Marcus Davis, Jets, 6’4”, 232, 4.49
Now with the Jets, Davis is at least in a good spot for a young player. The Jets lack offensive talent and have a stable of receivers that scares nobody, so Davis is a guy to watch in August and perhaps a guy to nab very late in larger dynasty formats. It’s unlikely that he will do much if he sticks for the 2013 season. Davis was a high school QB who switched to receiver at Va. Tech. So he’s still a bit raw and is getting chances based on his big play ability and measurables. He’s athletic and fast for a man his size and he can elevate over most any defender. Not a bad pickup for the Jets and not a bad late upside choice for you.
37) Terrell Sinkfield, Packers, 6’0”, 198, 4.38
Sinkfield is a guy we really like and he’s now on a team that will provide opportunity for a few young receivers over the next year or two. While rookies Charles Jonson and Kevin Dorsey will get more pub, Sinkfield is still a guy to watch and perhaps own in deeper dynasty leagues. Click here for our scouting report on Sinkfield. ***UPDATE*** Sinkfield is now on the Bills.
38, Reggie Dunn, Steelers, 5’10”, 178, 4.26
He’s raw and he’s got little history as anything but a kick returner, but we’d keep an eye on this kid. He’s a special athlete that could respond to NFL coaching if his return abilities can earn him a roster spot. We think they can. Reggie is simply electric with the ball in his hands. If Pitt can pull a Wes Welker with this guy ... oh mama. Keep an eye on him. I plan to have a quick trigger on this kid if he starts getting snaps from scrimmage. He’s only for the deepest of formats at this point, but again ... electric. If you play in one of those leagues that counts returns yardage, you simply must draft Reggie. He’s an absolute monster in the return game.
39) Cordell Roberson, Browns, 6’4”, 205, 4.56
The Browns have some room on the roster if Roberson has a good camp, and the 2-game suspension that Josh Gordon will serve may provide a window of opportunity. Roberson was a very productive player in the Southland Conference and could play in the NFL if he develops well. He’s got a nose for the end zone and great size for the position.
40) Ryan Spadola, Jets, 6’1”, 204, 4.48
He’s a big fast slot receiver with very good hands and some toughness to make tough catches in traffic. He’s with the Jets, which gives him about as good a chance at making a roster as he was going to get. Spadola is a bit lacking in terms of lateral moves, but he shows good strength and long speed. With plus hands and some solid football smarts, he’s a player to watch in Jets camp.
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