2013 Draft

Steelers 2013 Draft Analysis: Wide Receiver – Early Look At The Rankings

Christopher DiMarino

This article continues along with my pre combine look at key positions for the Steelers. For an explanation on how the rankings are calculated please reference the link below:


The Pittsburgh Steelers are in a unique situation at wide receiver. Mike Wallace is all but gone and there is a slight chance that Jerricho Cotchery could be right behind him thanks to a tough cap year approaching. Wallace underperformed and while Cotchery made plays as required, he wasn\’t featured enough to make a significant impact. This leaves the Steelers with Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders along with a small group of prospects. The Steelers would like to get a receiver with size so Sanders can slide to the slot in three wide situations, but the Steelers could easily grab multiple wide outs just the same. The Steelers have made a living drafting receivers late in drafts, and with this deep class, there is an opportunity to continue that trend.

Keenan AllenCalJr6\’321088mid 1st12
Cordarrelle PattersonTennesseeJr6\’320591late 1st20
Tavon AustinWest VirginiaSr5\’917587late 1st30
DeAndre HopkinsClemsonJr6\’120087early 2nd36
Terrance WilliamsBaylorrSr6\’220184mid 2nd43
Justin HunterTennesseeJr6\’420086mid 2nd48
Robert WoodsUSCJr6\’119085late 2nd43
Quinton PattonLouisiana TechrSr6\’020282early 3rd64
Markus WheatonOregon StateSr5\’1118380mid 3rd77
Da\’Rick RogersTennessee TechJr6\’220673late 3rd83
Stedman BaileyWest VirginiarJr5\’1019573late 3rd90
Aaron DobsonMarshallSr6\’3203754th54
Cobi HamiltonArkansasSr6\’2199744th124
Kenny StillsOklahomaJr6\’0190704th105
Tavarres KingGeorgiarSr6\’0192694th86
Ryan SwopeTexas A&MrSr6\’0204624th127
Chris HarperKansas StaterSr6\’1228654th129
Marquise GoodwinTexasSr5\’9179544th122
Denard RobinsonMichiganSr5\’11196705th165
Conner VernonDukeSr6\’0193575th162
Marcus DavisVirginia TechrSr6\’3230565th187
Josh BoyceTCUrJr5\’11203666th180
Aaron MelletteElonrSr6\’3216666th186
Marquess WilsonWashington StJr6\’3188696th216
Rodney SmithFlorida StateSr6\’5219627th190
Alec LemonSyracuseSr6\’1200437-FA230
Keenan DavisIowaSr6\’2216557-FA276
Jasper CollinsMount UnionSr5\’10183197-FA268
Ace SandersSouth CarolinaJr5\’8176497-FA283
Dan BucknerArizonarSr6\’4212567-FA291
Brandon KaufmanEastern WashrJr6\’4215497-FA315
Corey FullerVirginia TechrSr6\’2197497-FA303
Emory BlakeAubrunSr6\’1196487-FA361

The chart shown below is all of the data I tabulated for you to get more insight into what these sites think about each player. A * means that this ranking was in a different category than the rest.

NameNFL.comESPNCBSDraftTekWalterfootballDraft Insider
ScoreScorePos RkOvr RkPos RkOvr RkPos RkOvr RkPos RkOvr Rk
Keenan Allen86.3891121121111st
Cordarrelle Patterson90.69122021961-362nd
Tavon Austin85.4884381*2131-242nd
DeAndre Hopkins87.88733543641-232nd
Terrance Williams83.68564554021-222nd
Justin Hunter81.890106732951-352nd
Robert Woods83.18654164592-3103rd
Quinton Patton83.880956972153-483rd
Markus Wheaton81.8788533*101122-472-3
Da\’Rick Rogers74.4721177118971-3154th
Stedman Bailey7966141011079102-3123rd
Aaron Dobson71.779748860194-6194-5
Cobi Hamilton72.97612831916582-3133-4
Kenny Stills66731510312107133-4164th
Tavarres King69.86816118753235-7205th
Ryan Swope67.4561712514129112-4174th
Chris Harper68621814413113225-6113rd
Marquise Goodwin68.54013906*154N/AFA93rd
Denard Robinson70.370231885*142N/AFA143-4
Conner Vernon55.4581916118162184-5225th
Marcus Davis63.8492923615138143-4215th
Josh Boyce72.2592722116139204-643FA
Aaron Mellette67642116922203N/AFA184th
Marquess Wilson67.3713125620176163-5235th
Rodney Smith72.851221867*194N/AFA286th
Alec Lemon54312620726253256-7316-7
Keenan Davis59.4505439417157266-738FA
Jasper Collins0372419530340N/AFA246th
Ace Sanders683020165N/A400N/AFA296-7
Dan Buckner66.9454135824223215-6327th
Brandon Kaufman683028230N/A400N/AFA256th
Corey Fuller564125206N/A400N/AFA266th
Emory Blake58.6384438929332174-565FA

* Denotes “return” wide receiver candidate
With all of the information out there, at least a baseline is established for future conversation. I will try to break down this data before the combine, but if not, please give me an idea of who you like at WR by commenting below. Please try to keep the discussion about the WR position only for this post and I will continue thru the positions ASAP. Also, if you have any other sites that you think have thorough and insightful draft information, please post them below.








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