NFL Draft: Wide Receiver Dilemma

The NFL Draft has a star studded wide receiver cast this year. Full of playmakers, many mock drafts struggle to pin point where exactly the top four prospects will fall. In an attempt to explain why so many scouts struggle to determine who’s the best, I lay out the best and worst of Laquon Treadwell, Corey Coleman, Josh Doctson, and Will Fuller.

Laquon Treadwell

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Treadwell is known to be a possession receiver who has great hands, blocks well, excels after the catch, and wins contested balls. I believe defensive backs will have a hard time tackling the 221 pound receiver, allowing him to succeed at the next level.

Treadwell is recognized for being slower than most wide receivers, shown by his subpar 40- yard dash time.

College: Ole Miss

Projected Draft Spot: Middle 1st– Late 1st

2015 stats: 82 receptions, 1,153 yards,11 touchdowns

Height: 6’2

Weight: 221

40- yard: 4.63 seconds

Vertical: 33 ½ inches

Bench Press (225 pounds): 12 reps

Broad Jump: 9’9”

Corey Coleman

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When his starting quarterback was healthy, Coleman dominated the competition. His great deep play ability, paired with his speed, allows him to potentially score on any reception. His combination of speed and strength make him a prototype slot receiver. Corner backs don’t want to tackle a slot receiver that can bench press 225 pounds for 17 reps.

The fact that he had a lot of dropped balls and used only a few routes in college, leads me to believe teams will think twice before drafting him.

College: Baylor

2015 stats: 74 receptions, 1,363 yards, 20 touchdowns

Projected Draft Spot: Late 1st– 2nd round

Height: 5’11

Weight: 194

40 Yard Dash: 4:37 seconds

Bench Press(225 pounds): 17

Broad Jump: 10’9”

Josh Doctson

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Doctson has great size and leaping ability, essential tools a good red zone threat needs. He is recognized for being acrobatic, shown by his combine vertical leap and broad jump results. What NFL team wouldn’t want a lethal red zone target with good hands?

Docton’s, 40-yard dash time is not amongst the NFL elite. He also ran a limited amount of routes in his collegiate offensive spread system.

College: TCU

2015 stats: 79 receptions, 1,327 yards, 14 touchdowns

Projected Draft Spot: Late 1st– 2nd Round

Height: 6’2

Weight: 202

40- Yard Dash: 4.5 seconds

Vertical: 41 inches

Bench Press (225 pounds): 14

Broad Jump: 10’11”

Will Fuller

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Fuller is known for being this year’s most dangerous deep threat receiver. Giving you an idea of his big play potential, his 40 yard dash time of 4.32 seconds is mesmerizing, surpassing most NFL prospects. Fuller made a name for himself at the collegiate level because of various clutch plays.

Fuller is known make deep ball catches, however he struggles with short route catches. He has a small frame when compared to the receivers listed above and lacks strength.

College: Notre Dame

2015 stats: 62 receptions, 1,258 yards,14 touchdowns

Projected Draft Spot: Late 1st– 2nd Round

Height: 6’0

Weight: 186

40- yard dash: 4.32 seconds

Vertical: 33 ½ inches

Bench Press(225 pounds): 10 reps

Broad Jump: 10’6”

 

Time will tell who exactly the best wide receiver in the 2016 NFL Draft will be. I strongly believe Josh Doctson will be the better pro out of all the prospects. Round 1 starts April 28 at 7pm CT on ESPN.

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