Monday, April 13, 2009

The Top Five Wide Receivers in the Draft

Here's a quick look at the top five wide receivers available in this years draft.

1. Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech – Has all the tools to be the best receiver to come out of this draft. His production in two seasons is unmatched by any wide out ever. The only questions about him center on speed and his ability to recover from a Jones fracture in his foot.

2. Jeremy Maclin, Missouri – Scintillating performer who has blazing speed and excellent return ability to complement his receiving skills. Still, hasn’t proved he can run NFL-caliber routes and some scouts question his desire to go over the middle.

3. Percy Harvin, Florida – Play maker who was used in a variety of capacities for the Gators. His speed and elusiveness make him dangerous when he has the ball but some wonder what position best suits him in the NFL.

4. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland – Perhaps the best combination of size and speed in the draft. Isn’t terribly strong and struggles against press coverage making him a bit of a boom or bust prospect.

5. Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina – Great strength and balance make Nicks one of the best in the draft at run after the catch. Not the fastest guy around but draws comparisons to Anquan Boldin for his ability to catch anything thrown his way and make something happen after the catch.