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Wide Receivers Shine Yesterday At NFL Combine

With former Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson on the trade block and everything on the line for Andy Reid and Michael Vick, the Eagles will be looking near and wide from wide receiver speed and talent.  There was a quite bit of it on display yesterday in Indianapolis.

The top rated wide receiver in the draft, Justin Blackmon, and another highly regarded wide out Alshon Jeffery didn’t run nor did they do any drills at the NFL Combine this weekend.

Jeffery didn’t work out but he still helped himself by weighing in at a lean 216 pounds.  He had been rumored to be up to 240 pounds after the season.

Michael Floyd – Notre Dame – Height: 6’3″ – Weight: 220 lbs – 40 yard: 4.47 – 10 yard: 1.56 – Vertical: 36.5″ – Broad Jump: 10’2″

Floyd was very productive in college, but he needed to run a good forty to convince skeptics that he would be a legitimate deep threat on the NFL level.  His forty time was 4.47 which didn’t break any records but it was fast enough to get deep on the pro level.  Floyd is expected to go in the first round.

Devon Wylie – Fresno – Slot WR – Height: 5’9″ – Weight: 187 lbs – 40 yard: 4.39 – Vertical: 39″ – Broad Jump: 9’6″

Wylie may be the best slot receiver in the draft.  He’s as quick as a cat and much faster than the guy a lot of people are comparing him to, Wes Welker.  He also returns punts and has to be on the Eagles radar.

Stephen Hill – Georgia Tech – Height: 6’4″ – Weight: 215 lbs – 40 yard: 4.36 – 10 yard: 1.20(!) – Vertical: 39.5″ – Broad Jump: 11’1″

After the performances of the probable first two picks in the draft, quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, the talk of the weekend was Hill.  Although he only caught 28 passes because of the run-oriented offense they had at Georgia Tech, he excelled in every single drill, especially running routes and catching the football.

Tommy Streeter – Miami – Height: 6’5″ – Weight: 219 lbs – 40 yard: 4.40 – Vertical: 33″ – Broad Jump: 10’5″

Streeter also has a great combination of size and speed.  Although he showed tremendous speed in the 40, Hill didn’t show that speed at Miami when he played.  One of the reasons might have been because he was learning a new system.

Chris Owusu – Stanford – Height: 6’0 – Weight: 196 lbs – 40 yard: 4.36 – Vertical: 40.5″ – Broad Jump: 10’9″

Owusu has a tremendous upside, but he had a bunch of concussions at Stanford.  He’s got decent size and big time deep speed.  The concussions will scare a lot of people away until the latter rounds.

Kendall Wright  – Baylor – Height: 5’1/2″ – Weight: 196lbs – 40 yard: 4.61 – Vertical: 38.5″ – Broad Jump: 10’1″

Wright really hurt himself with a poor 40 yard dash time.  He was able to get deep a great deal for Robert Griffin III, but his 4.61 will scare some teams away.  He’ll get the chance to save himself at his Pro Day.

Joe Adams – Arkansas – Height: 5’11″ – Weight: 179 lbs – 40 yard: 4.55 – Vertical: 33″ – Broad Jump: 10’3″

Adams was supposed to be a candidate to replace DeSean Jackson, but that’s not likely to happen after he ran a 4.55 in the forty yard dash.   He’s explosive and quick, but his forty was disappointing.


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February 27, 2012 10:26 am

Gcobb you can’t over value 40 times you have to go back to game tape lets all remember Mike Mamula had a great combine and look how that turned out all I’m saying is go back to the game tape.

February 27, 2012 10:27 am

Oh I forgot Darius Heyward Bey had a great combine also and look at him now he’s straight garbage.

February 27, 2012 10:54 am

Game Tapes, Level of Competition and What kind of Coaching and System were they in while in College means the most to me..

February 27, 2012 11:19 am

Paulman I agree

February 27, 2012 11:50 am

The combine is so freaking stupid. You see how fast these guys are on tape so I could care less how fast they come out of the blocks on two different attempts. WR is an interesting (potential) need for the Eagles. All I can say is that they need someone with size. If they draft a WR under 6’1 or under 200 lbs, I will gouge my eyes out. Between FA and the draft, there are some very big receivers with speed to choose from.

February 27, 2012 11:50 am

I think some other WR’s had some real good showings too that are not the big names but players who could be nice selections come 3rd/4th/5th Rounds

Juron Criner (Arizona State 6-3 224lbs)
Brian Quick (App State 6-4 225lbs)
Marvin Jones (Cal 6-2 200lbs)
Marvin McNutt (Iowa 6-2 215lbs)
DeVier Posey (Ohio State 6-2 212lbs)
Gerell Robinson (Arizona St 6-3 227lbs)
Eric Page (Toledo 5-9 190 lbs)

This Devon Wylie from Fresno State looked like a Wes Welker clone and will probably go higher
He’s little spark plug who also returns punts/kick-offs..

February 27, 2012 12:58 pm

Paul, I too like Devon Wylie. I would prefer him to return punts/ kickoffs. Brian Quick was impressive yesterday as well.

Today, I was impressed with Fletcher Cox, but not as a DT. He is fast enough to play DE, as well as Dontari Poe. I saw you state he was good for strictly a 3-4 defense. I disagree. He’s able to be just as effective in the 4-3, as well, and talented enough to excel in both schemes if used right.

February 28, 2012 1:46 am

Paul, your boy Brian Quick looked good! Tell you what, this year is very deep on the DL, LB, & WR.The Birds have ZERO excuses, to upgrade in all of those areas. Of course if they don’t fudge it up again, that is!