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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:

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2013/02/steelers-2013-draft-analysis-inside-linebacker-early-look-at-the-rankings/

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.

Name School Class Height Weight Rank Round Position
Keenan Allen Cal Jr 6\'3 210 88 mid 1st 12
Cordarrelle Patterson Tennessee Jr 6\'3 205 91 late 1st 20
Tavon Austin West Virginia Sr 5\'9 175 87 late 1st 30
DeAndre Hopkins Clemson Jr 6\'1 200 87 early 2nd 36
Terrance Williams Baylor rSr 6\'2 201 84 mid 2nd 43
Justin Hunter Tennessee Jr 6\'4 200 86 mid 2nd 48
Robert Woods USC Jr 6\'1 190 85 late 2nd 43
Quinton Patton Louisiana Tech rSr 6\'0 202 82 early 3rd 64
Markus Wheaton Oregon State Sr 5\'11 183 80 mid 3rd 77
Da\'Rick Rogers Tennessee Tech Jr 6\'2 206 73 late 3rd 83
Stedman Bailey West Virginia rJr 5\'10 195 73 late 3rd 90
Aaron Dobson Marshall Sr 6\'3 203 75 4th 54
Cobi Hamilton Arkansas Sr 6\'2 199 74 4th 124
Kenny Stills Oklahoma Jr 6\'0 190 70 4th 105
Tavarres King Georgia rSr 6\'0 192 69 4th 86
Ryan Swope Texas A&M rSr 6\'0 204 62 4th 127
Chris Harper Kansas State rSr 6\'1 228 65 4th 129
Marquise Goodwin Texas Sr 5\'9 179 54 4th 122
Denard Robinson Michigan Sr 5\'11 196 70 5th 165
Conner Vernon Duke Sr 6\'0 193 57 5th 162
Marcus Davis Virginia Tech rSr 6\'3 230 56 5th 187
Josh Boyce TCU rJr 5\'11 203 66 6th 180
Aaron Mellette Elon rSr 6\'3 216 66 6th 186
Marquess Wilson Washington St Jr 6\'3 188 69 6th 216
Rodney Smith Florida State Sr 6\'5 219 62 7th 190
Alec Lemon Syracuse Sr 6\'1 200 43 7-FA 230
Keenan Davis Iowa Sr 6\'2 216 55 7-FA 276
Jasper Collins Mount Union Sr 5\'10 183 19 7-FA 268
Ace Sanders South Carolina Jr 5\'8 176 49 7-FA 283
Dan Buckner Arizona rSr 6\'4 212 56 7-FA 291
Brandon Kaufman Eastern Wash rJr 6\'4 215 49 7-FA 315
Corey Fuller Virginia Tech rSr 6\'2 197 49 7-FA 303
Emory Blake Aubrun Sr 6\'1 196 48 7-FA 361

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.

Name NFL.com ESPN CBS DraftTek Walterfootball Draft Insider
Score Score Pos Rk Ovr Rk Pos Rk Ovr Rk Pos Rk Ovr Rk Pos Rk Ovr Rk
Keenan Allen 86.3 89 1 12 1 12 1 1 1 1st
Cordarrelle Patterson 90.6 91 2 20 2 19 6 1-3 6 2nd
Tavon Austin 85.4 88 4 38 1* 21 3 1-2 4 2nd
DeAndre Hopkins 87.8 87 3 35 4 36 4 1-2 3 2nd
Terrance Williams 83.6 85 6 45 5 40 2 1-2 2 2nd
Justin Hunter 81.8 90 10 67 3 29 5 1-3 5 2nd
Robert Woods 83.1 86 5 41 6 45 9 2-3 10 3rd
Quinton Patton 83.8 80 9 56 9 72 15 3-4 8 3rd
Markus Wheaton 81.8 78 8 53 3* 101 12 2-4 7 2-3
Da\'Rick Rogers 74.4 72 11 77 11 89 7 1-3 15 4th
Stedman Bailey 79 66 14 101 10 79 10 2-3 12 3rd
Aaron Dobson 71.7 79 7 48 8 60 19 4-6 19 4-5
Cobi Hamilton 72.9 76 12 83 19 165 8 2-3 13 3-4
Kenny Stills 66 73 15 103 12 107 13 3-4 16 4th
Tavarres King 69.8 68 16 118 7 53 23 5-7 20 5th
Ryan Swope 67.4 56 17 125 14 129 11 2-4 17 4th
Chris Harper 68 62 18 144 13 113 22 5-6 11 3rd
Marquise Goodwin 68.5 40 13 90 6* 154 N/A FA 9 3rd
Denard Robinson 70.3 70 23 188 5* 142 N/A FA 14 3-4
Conner Vernon 55.4 58 19 161 18 162 18 4-5 22 5th
Marcus Davis 63.8 49 29 236 15 138 14 3-4 21 5th
Josh Boyce 72.2 59 27 221 16 139 20 4-6 43 FA
Aaron Mellette 67 64 21 169 22 203 N/A FA 18 4th
Marquess Wilson 67.3 71 31 256 20 176 16 3-5 23 5th
Rodney Smith 72.8 51 22 186 7* 194 N/A FA 28 6th
Alec Lemon 54 31 26 207 26 253 25 6-7 31 6-7
Keenan Davis 59.4 50 54 394 17 157 26 6-7 38 FA
Jasper Collins 0 37 24 195 30 340 N/A FA 24 6th
Ace Sanders 68 30 20 165 N/A 400 N/A FA 29 6-7
Dan Buckner 66.9 45 41 358 24 223 21 5-6 32 7th
Brandon Kaufman 68 30 28 230 N/A 400 N/A FA 25 6th
Corey Fuller 56 41 25 206 N/A 400 N/A FA 26 6th
Emory Blake 58.6 38 44 389 29 332 17 4-5 65 FA

* 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.

Sites:

www.nfl.com

www.espn.com

www.cbssports.com

www.drafttek.com

www.walterfootball.com

www.draftinsider.net

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  • mlc43

    I would honestly target Aaron Dobson. A taller WR who thinks (himself) that he may run in the high 4.3s or low 4.4s. Didn’t have great numbers but he can really catch the ball and he runs some pretty good routes. Should he be available in the 3rd (hopefully) I think that he would be an immediate impact player. I suspect, though, that his stock will go up.

  • steeltown

    If they dont target Hopkins.. I really hope they can get Hunter, Patton or Hamilton in the early-mid Rds

  • grw1960

    My favorites are ;
    1 – Patterson – 1st

    2 – Hopkins – late 1st

    3 – Patton – mid 2nd

    4 – Williams – mid 2nd

    5 – Hunter – mid 2nd
    – Chris harper 4th

  • mlc43

    Familiar with Hamilton and a little familiar with Patton; I don’t know much about Hunter though. I wouldn’t mind Hamilton. I don’t really think we need to take a receiver until the 3rd at the earliest. I think it is a pretty deep class and we have some pressing needs on defense to address.

  • mlc43

    I think we should just draft Austin and call them the mighty might squad….or the magnificent midgets. ;)

  • steeltown

    I think Patton will be a star, would love to get him because I think Hopkins will go earlier than most think, unless he has a poor combine

  • steeltown

    Exactly, while I think Hopkins and Patton are more NFL ready, we could very easily just get a guy like Hamilton in the 3rd-4th Rds and you put him next to Brown with Sanders in the slot, at 6’3 210lbs that is exactly what we’ve been missing

  • mlc43

    Yup. We’re on the same page. Let us hope the Steelers staff are as smart as we are! ;)

  • steeltown

    Ha!

  • Isaac Reveles

    hope we get a big reciever.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I really like Wheaton.from Oregon St.

  • grw1960

    Hard to say where they will all be ranked after the combine and all the pro days are over. Just liked how Hopkins played the last couple games I watched him in. Hopkins finished the season on a strong note.

  • RW

    Would absolutely love Marquess Wilson from Wash St. in the 5th/6th round.

  • Garrett Hunt

    I have a feeling that Hopkins will rise to a early-mid 1st round pick before it’s over.

  • village idiot

    I think Pgh can wait til at least 2nd round for a WR due to depth!

  • village idiot

    Keenan Allen is the real deal… top 3

  • village idiot

    Da’Rick Rogers is probably the most talented of the whole bunch… but has character concerns!

  • Clint Martin

    Goodwin from Texas at 5’9″ 179 lbs will have a good combine and move up the board might run a sub 4.3 40 yard he was a long jumper in the Olympics.

    I am just saying this I do not think Steelers will draft him.

  • disqus_ezncodXJyU

    as a clemson fan,i watched hopkins his entire career..very solid reciever..not blazing 40 times,but his football speed is outstanding..pulled away from many db’s.makes all the hard catches..not afraid of contact..was hoping he would fall to mid 2nd to us but not so sure..would be ben’s favorite of all time

  • LucasY59

    I would like him better as a 7th/UDFA his team issues this year, plus he isnt really big or fast enough (it is strange that he is 6’3″ but he only weighs 188# so he isnt really a “Big” WR, also he isn’t really a speedy deep threat like most tall thin WR’s Randy Moss or Cordarelle Patterson) I like what he had done up until this year and his stats show he can be a good WR, not sure what actually happened this year, but him leaving the team has pushed him back

    Wilson as well as Aaron Mellette, Marcus Davis, Rodney Smith, Brandon Kaufman and Tyrone Goard are all 6’3″+ late round receivers that I think would be good picks if the Steelers dont use a 2-3 rd pick on a WR (If they do I hope its Hopkins, Hunter or Patton)

  • LucasY59

    I hope the Steelers take all the WRs under 6′ off their board unless they run under a 4.2 or are available in the 5th rd or later (still need to be sub 4.4)

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