WR options

Scot McCloughan said he wanted to draft 2, possibly 3 WRs here are the best left on my board.

1. Ramses Barden 6'6 229 Cal Poly

Combine Results: 40 Yard Dash : 4.68 seconds Bench Press : 17.0 reps Vertical Jump : 33.5 inches Broad Jump : 118.0 inches 20 Yard Shuttle : 4.26 seconds

Positives: Dominated FCS competition with his height and strong overall build. His long strides give him deceptive downfield speed. Takes advantage of soft coverage with receiver screens and short patterns, and has better foot quickness than expected for his size. Makes quick moves at the line to get off a jam. Able to snatch the ball with his hands, secure it and quickly turn to get additional yardage. A strong red-zone and jump-ball target due to his height, length and size. Uses his hands well while blocking on the outside, will be an asset in the run game.

Negatives: Lacks the straight-line speed to get separation from top corners, and must be more consistent using his length to create last-second separation as the ball arrives. Inconsistent hands on jump balls, where he always has the advantage. Played most of his games against a lower level of competition. Does not have the open-field quickness to evade NFL corners on the edge. Tackled easier than you'd expect because of his high pad level. Must use his size better to latch onto smaller corners when run blocking.

Injury Report

No major injuries reported.


2. Brandon Tate 6'0 183 UNC

Positives: Long, lean build. Good quickness, size and hand strength to get off the line of scrimmage against press coverage. Emerging route-runner with the quick feet and balance to ultimately be quite good in this area. More quick than fast, though he has good acceleration. Elusive in the open field and has the vision to set up his blocks and break into the open field. Soft hands. Good body control and flexibility to contort his body for the poorly thrown pass. Can extend to make the diving grab. Good height and long arms and uses the combination well to high-point passes over smaller cornerbacks. Excellent returner with NFL ability for punt and kickoff returns.

Negatives: Torn ACL and MCL in October means he won't be able to answer questions about his straight-line speed until after the draft. Primarily a return specialist until flashing as a receiver as a senior. A bit raw as a route-runner. Relies on his athletic ability in this area, rather than precise footwork. Lets too many passes get into his pads.

injury Report

2007: Missed the second half vs. South Carolina (10/13) after suffering a head injury.

2008: Suffered torn anterior and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee vs. Notre Dame (10/11), undergoing surgery that forced him to sit out the final seven games.


3. Austin Collie 6'1 200 BYU

Combine Results: 40 Yard Dash : 4.63 seconds Bench Press : 17.0 reps Vertical Jump : 34.0 inches Broad Jump : 120.0 inches 3 Cone Drill : 6.78 seconds 20 Yard Shuttle : 4.24 seconds 60 Yard Shuttle : 11.42 seconds


Positives: Legitimate NFL build. Muscled up athlete. Faster on the field than his rather pedestrian 40-yard dash time would indicate. Good initial quickness off the snap. Good hand usage and lateral quickness to gain a quick release against press coverage. Sharp, savvy route-runner. Varies his speeds and can sink his hips to generate separation. Good burst laterally. Works his way back to the ball if he sees his quarterback in trouble. Soft hands. Snatches the ball out of the air and is quick to put it away. Can track over either shoulder. Good elusiveness to make the first defender miss and strength to run through arm tackles. Good vision and will cut it back inside. May lack elite deep speed, but good early acceleration. Averaged 26.5 yards per kick return from 2007-08.

Negatives: Questionable deep speed to challenge over the top. Will be older than most NFL rookies (24) due to his LDS mission. Questionable level of competition. Statistics inflated due to BYU's scheme and defenses keying on TE Dennis Pitta.

Injury Report

2007: Missed most of the second half vs. Air Force (9/22) with an ankle sprain...Re-injured his ankle vs. New Mexico (9/29)...Suffered bruised ribs vs. Nevada-Las Vegas (10/13) that limited his time the following week vs. Eastern Washington (10/20).

2008: Underwent an MRI early in August camp, where it was discovered he had a right tibia stress fracture (below the knee)


4. Patrick Turner 6'5 223 USC

Positives: Long, lean build with adequate overall muscle development. Long arms and big hands. Good lateral quickness and hand play to get off the line of scrimmage cleanly. Better foot quickness and balance as a route-runner than most receivers of his height. Good vision and willing to cut back inside against the grain to generate yards after the catch. Times his leaps well and has the strength to go up and make the catch with defenders draped on him. Can track over his shoulder and can extend. Stepped up his play as a senior and was a pleasant surprise at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Negatives: Relies on build-up speed to get downfield. Lacks the burst off the snap or out of his breaks to threaten defenders, potentially allowing NFL-caliber cornerbacks to stick in his pocket on underneath and intermediate routes. Not the physical dominator his size would indicate. Doesn't use his size and strength often enough to generate separation from undersized defenders. Lacks the agility in the open field or the strength to run through tackles to be much of a playmaking threat after the reception.


5. Juaquin Iglesias 6'1 210 Oklahoma

Combine Results: 40 Yard Dash : 4.54 seconds Vertical Jump : 34.5 inches Broad Jump : 116.0 inches 20 Yard Shuttle : 4.4 seconds

Positives: Good initial quickness off the snap to get into his route. Experienced route-runner who can generate separation from defenders due to his agility. Reliable hands. Can pluck the ball outside of his frame and quickly secures it. Tracks the ball well over either shoulder. Experienced as a punt and kick returner. Good vision and a naturally elusive runner with the ball in his hands. Not afraid to go over the middle. Will fight for extra yardage. Classic build, quickness and hands for the West Coast Offense. Better quickness than pure straight-line speed, but is elusive and has the burst to separate.

Negatives: Questionable straight-line speed. Relies on his quickness and agility to create separation and may never become a classic deep threat. Has never operated as the go-to target while at Oklahoma, and has to prove he can handle the pressure of lining up opposite the opponent's best corner. Viewed by some as only a complementary receiver whose best NFL position might be as a slot receiver.

Injury Report

No major injuries reported.


*analysis fromm

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