2013 NFL Draft: Top 10 Wide Receivers

Contributed by: Bill Enright and Billy E
Last Updated: Apr 23, 2013 6:28 PM


The 2013 wide receiver class has some very interesting and talented prospects with a wide range of skill sets.

Possession receivers? 

Versatile playmakers?

Blazing fast speedsters?

Raw, talented, athletic freaks with sick hands? 

Yes, yes, yes and yes. This draft has them all.

Offenses in the NFL are driven by the pass, so drafting at least one receiver at some point from Round 1-7 is likely the plan of all 32 NFL teams. 

 

Here’s the Top 10 incoming rookie wide receivers.

1. Tavon Austin, West Virginia: 5’9, 170 pounds

The overall best slot receiver in this year’s class. Drawing comparisons to Percy Harvin for his ability to contribute as a WR, Punt/Kick Returner, along with lining up in the backfield and taking handoffs.

The Good: An electrifying playmaker with speed, quickness, and agility in the open field.   Accelerates to top speed almost instantly, an absolute game changer with the ball in his hands. 

The Bad: He’s small, not a big red-zone target. 

 

2. Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee: 6’3, 205 pounds:

An athletic freak who only played one season on the Division 1 level after transferring from Junior College.

The Good: Tall, fast, jump through the roof type guy with solid hands. Physical receiver who isn’t afraid to block. Can make defenders miss in the open field with lateral quickness. Will out-jump/box-out defenders when going up for a jump ball.

The Bad: He’s very raw. Needs to develop better route running and stay focused mentally during games.

 

3. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson: 6’1, 200 pounds:

2012 was a breakout year for this former Clemson star who dominated opposing defenses every time he touched the ball.

The Good: Tremendous vision and pass catching capability combined with explosive speed and lateral quickness. Can out-run defenders on deep routes or make them miss in the open field.

The Bad: Was one of the players at the combine who trashed the hotel room, certainly a major lack of maturity warning sign. 

 

4. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech: 6’0, 200 pounds

Very productive receiver in college, one of two on this list with back-to-back seasons of over 1,200 receiving yards. Don’t let the small school fool you, this guy can ball.

 The Good: Very proficient route runner, intelligent player with great instincts. Terrific body control when leaping for catches or moving across the middle of the field. 

The Bad: Doesn’t possess super athleticism or speed, not a receiver who will fly past defenders. Focus and mental mistakes must be corrected.

 

5. Keenan Allen, California: 6’3, 205 pounds:

Last season in college was cut short by a PCL injury, didn’t perform at the combine.

The Good: Physically very strong and isn’t afraid of contact. Solid hands and runs with power after the catch.

The Bad: Not overly speedy or fast as a downfield/vertical threat. Drug test was “red-flagged” at the combine for unusual water levels, which is typical for someone trying to “flush” their system.

 

6. Robert Woods, USC: 6’1, 190 pounds

Projected to be one of the nation’s leading receivers but performered below expectations thanks to Matt Barkley’s injury in 2012.

The Good: Good burst off the line and attentive route runner. Quick in the open field and strong enough to makes plays over the middle. 

The Bad: Drops were a major issue at USC. Occasionally catches ball with his body instead of just his hands.

 

7. Aaron Dobson, Marshall: 6’3, 205 pounds

Tendency to make big plays in college along with the popular “how the hell did he catch that” reception.

The Good: Fluid athlete with dangerous combination of size and speed. Possess great body control and has solid hands. Will develop into dangerous Red-Zone threat.

 The Bad: Must improve ability to get off the line of scrimmage when DBs playing press coverage. 

 

8. Justin Hunter, Tennesse: 6’4, 205 pounds

Over-shadowed by teammate Cordarrelle Patterson in 2012 while recovering from a torn ACL in 2011.

The Good: Solid route runner with enough versatility to lineup at all receiver positions. Strong hands with good body control, quick enough to make the 1st defender miss, big enough to make plays in the Red-Zone, fast enough to stretch the field. 

The Bad: Inconsistent when catching the ball, dropped too many easy passes. Some concern with the injury history. 

 

9. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M: 6’0, 205 pounds

Just get used to hearing all the Wes Welker/Danny Amendola references now...and no it’s not just because he’s a white guy. 

The Good: Tough receiver who isn’t afraid to catch passes over the middle. Exceptional hands and runs good routes, getting in and out of breaks quickly.

The Bad: Not a vertical threat, doesn’t possess elite down-field speed. 

 

10. Terrance Williams, Baylor: 6’2, 200 pounds

One of the best deep threats in this year’s class but mostly a one-trick pony.

The Good: First class speed for a receiver his size. Great concentration on deep routes and over the shoulder catches. Athletic in the open field.

The Bad: Short and intermediate route running needs a lot of improvement, as does his focus when catching passes in tight coverage.

 



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