Below is FRG’s current ranking of the top-20 wide receiver prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft:
Tavon Austin, West Virginia (Grade: 8.9)
The 2013 NFL Draft’s elite playmaker, Austin won’t be the first wideout selected because of his future role as a slot wide receiver in the NFL. However, FRG grades slot receivers in the same way as outside targets, since the position is becoming a premium spot on offense. For a complete breakdown on Tavon Austin, click here.
( Robert Woods, USC Grade: 8.4)
Woods is getting lost in the wide receiver shuffle as we approach the draft. While he was overshadowed by his teammate Marqise Lee during the 2012 college football season, it would be a mistake to under-value him when compared to his draft classmates. Woods is the most pro-ready wideout available in the 2013 NFL Draft. His skill-set has the makings of a #1, go-to-guy in the NFL. For a complete breakdown on Robert Woods, click here. Continue reading
AUSTIN First Name: TAVON Position: WR
Ht: 5’8 Wt: 174
Elite speed and quickness. Most explosive offensive player available in 2013 NFL Draft. Has the “juice”. Diverse offensive weapon. Can make a play in both the passing and running game.
Adequate hands in the short and intermediate passing game.
Top-end athlete that showcases flexibility and loose hips. Never has to gear down in route . Cleanly gets out of his breaks.
Elite wiggle/COD with ball in his hands. His moves have moves.
Elite top-end speed. Will instantly become one of the fastest WRs in the NFL.
Elite burst off LOS. Gets to top speed in the blink of an eye.
Adequate understanding of coverage. Finds and sits in soft spots in secondary. Becomes an easy target.
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Last Name: PATTERSON First Name: CORDARRELLE Position: WR
Ht: 6’2 Wt: 216
Explosive playmaker with the ball in his hands. Plus speed and athleticism for a WR with his height/weight (4.42 at Scouting Combine).
Big play threat who can take the top off a defense in the vertical game.
Adequate hands. Showcases ability to pluck ball at various angles.
Possesses loose hips. Able to change directions without having to gear down.
Can eat up cushion quickly with plus first step in release off LOS.
Dynamic RAC player. Threat to score from anywhere on the field.
Plus ST’s ability in KO return. Elite return man in ’13 class. Showcases top-end straight line speed with ability to one-cut and go.
Willing blocker in run game.
Versatile offensive weapon. Excels on reverses and gadget run plays.
Willing to go over middle and make tough catch in traffic. Does not shy away from contact.
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Last Name: WOODS First Name: ROBERT Position: WR
Ht: 6’0 Wt: 201
Smooth, slippery athlete. Effortless runner in open-space. Natural hands catcher. Consistently catches the ball away from his frame.
Maintains good pad level while accelerating into his route. A gliding route runner.
Showcaes plus body control. Adjusts well to poorly thrown balls and lays out to get it.
Willing blocker in the run game. Doesn’t shy away from contact.
Effective in tight areas; still comes away with the ball.
Possesses enough speed to stretch the defense in the vertical game.
Plus hand/eye coordination. Can track ball well at top speed.
Creative runner with the ball.
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Last Name: ALLEN First Name: KEENAN Position: WR
Ht: 6’3 Wt: 210
Ideal physical make-up for possession WR in NFL (height/weight/length). Strong runner after the catch. Tough to tackle.
Has a good burst off the snap. Doesn’t require many steps to get to full speed.
Displays ability to shake defender at LOS.
Sharp out of his breaks. Able to create separation from defender.
Uses his head and shoulders well to set up defender.
Able to find and sit in soft spot of coverage.
Good overall body control and balance both in his route running and when adjusting to make tough catch.
Consistently “open”, even when QB missed the throw.
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