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.


  • 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


  • 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)