Below are the rankings of the top senior wide receivers that will be eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft. Check back as we will update these rankings periodically throughout the year.
1. Terrance Williams- Baylor 6’3” 205 lb.
Though his production has slipped since RG3’s departure, Williams still averages over 20 yards per catch. Williams has prototypical size and speed, but will need to overcome the stigma of being a system WR before he gets first round consideration.
2. Ryan Swope- Texas A&M 6’1” 206 lb.
Swope will have over 200 career receptions when the year is done, and there is no reason that kind of production should roll over into the NFL. The connection between he and the Dolphin around round three is almost too perfect, the Dolphins would get a player at a position of need that offensive coordinator Mike Sherman is familiar with.
3. Cobi Hamilton- Arkansas 6’3” 209 lb.
Every time I see his name and measurements I think this guy should be a top 50 pick, but there is something about picking a productive receiver from a team with a great offensive coordinator that bothers me. Hamilton has the tools to be successful in the NFL and he has an early day two “steal” feel about him.
4. Emory Blake- Auburn 6’2” 193 lb.
Though not a household name, Emory Blake has seen his yards per catch numbers increase every year in the brutal run-first SEC. Surprisingly, Blake has gotten better since the Cam Newton year, both statistically and from a quality standpoint. While he doesn’t have blazing speed or amazing route running, he does have a solid frame and he finds ways to get behind defensive backs so some team shouldn’t hesitate to take a flyer on him on day 3.
5. Tavon Austin- West Virginia 5’9” 176 lb.
Tavon Austin has exceptional body control and deceptive acceleration; unfortunately he is about 5 inches too short to be a first round pick. Much like Russell Wilson, a player with respectable skills but not prototypical height generally falls a round or two too low. If Austin can stay healthy the team that drafts Geno Smith may just reach for him in round 3.
6. Tavarres King- Georgia 6’1” 191 lb.
King’s draft stock is suffering from the same issue that I have with Cobi Hamilton. Aaron Murray is a good QB with decent NFL prospects, and I think King’s stats get a boost from that. Nonetheless, he has been productive in his time in the SEC so he will have a lot to prove at his pro day.
7. Keenan Davis- Iowa 6’2” 215 lb.
A big, blocking WR that may find a role in a power run offense.
8. Dan Buckner- Arizona 6’4” 215 lb.
Buckner has burst on to the scene in 2012, and already has 22 receptions and 214 yards. If he can keep up his production during Arizona’s transition phase his stock could get a huge boost.
9. Quinton Patton- Louisiana Tech 6’2” 195 lb.
A 1,200 yard receiver last year, the Louisiana Tech star has put up some impressive numbers, and some teams like the Saints and Broncos have found gold in small school WRs late.
10. Alec Lemon- Syracuse 6’2” 202 lb.
Lemon is a steady receiver that has familiarity with a future NFL QB. While that always makes the elite status tough to achieve, it does have the pro of making you more valuable to a team that took that QB, see Fleener, Coby.