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2010 draft wide receiver rankings

1. Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State.
Bryant’s dedication and passion for the game are concerns, but on the field he’s right up there with Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, and Calvin Johnson as the top receiver prospects of the last decade.
Draft Prediction: Dolphins, No. 12 overall.
2. Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech.
Built like Terrell Owens (6’3/224) with sub-4.4 speed and NFL-ready blocking ability, Thomas is unlikely to fall out of round one despite fracturing his left foot in February.
Draft Prediction: Patriots, No. 22 overall.
3. Golden Tate, Notre Dame.
The 2009 Biletnikoff Award winner tips the scales at just 5-foot-10 and 199 pounds, but comes from a pro-style system and is dynamic after the catch and on the deep ball.
Draft Prediction: Buccaneers, No. 35 overall.
4. Arrelious Benn, Illinois.
Benn’s production drop in 2009 is alarming, but he is a physical player in the Anquan Boldin mold with plenty of size and speed.
Draft Prediction: Bills, No. 41 overall.
5. Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati.
Gilyard lacks homerun speed, but is a hard worker, devastatingly quick, and was highly productive throughout his college career as both a receiver and return ace.
Draft Prediction: Panthers, No. 48 overall.
6. Brandon LaFell, LSU.
LaFell has 4.6 speed and dropped too many passes as a senior, but projects as a chain-moving, high-scoring NFL wideout with a high “floor.”
Draft Prediction: Jaguars, No. 74 overall.
7. Mike Williams, Syracuse.
Williams may be the third most naturally gifted receiver in this class (behind Bryant and Thomas), but a poor Combine performance and serious character concerns will cost him on draft weekend.
Draft Prediction: Bengals, No. 120 overall.
8. Damian Williams, USC.
Williams is not a burner, but ran the full route tree in Trojans offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates’ NFL-like system and offers instant impact potential on punt returns.
Draft Prediction: Broncos, No. 45 overall.
9. Taylor Price, Ohio.
Exceptionally quick with 4.4 speed, Price left college as the Bobcats’ all-time leading receiver and stood out on the Senior Bowl practice field in January.
Draft Prediction: Lions, No. 100 overall.
10. Carlton Mitchell, South Florida.
Mitchell’s catch totals were mediocre in Jim Leavitt’s decidedly run-heavy offense, but he is a field-stretcher with a high ceiling at 6-foot-3, 215.
Draft Prediction: Falcons, No. 83 overall.
11. Eric Decker, Minnesota.
The Gophers’ all-time leading receiver and a two-time Major League Baseball draft pick, Decker might be in the late first-round conversation if he wasn’t recovering from a Lisfranc foot fracture.
Draft Prediction: Chiefs, No. 68 overall.
12. Marcus Easley, UConn.
A late-bloomer under Randy Edsall, Easley combines ideal size (6’3/210) with ideal speed (4.42-4.46) and averaged 18.6 yards per catch as a senior.
Draft Prediction: Browns, No. 92 overall.
13. Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas.
Briscoe ran poorly at February’s Combine (mid-4.6s), but his production in KU’s spread offense was off the charts (31 touchdowns in 37 games).
Draft Prediction: Cowboys, No. 125 overall.
14. Jordan Shipley, Texas.
A 24-year-old sixth-year senior who dominated 19- and 20-year-old Big 12 defensive backs, Shipley projects as a slot receiver at the next level.
Draft Prediction: Redskins, No. 103 overall.
15. Jeremy Williams, Tulane.
Williams has good size (6’0/205) and stellar senior-year production, but is a step slow (4.59) and was injury prone before 2009.
Draft Prediction: Seahawks, No. 139 overall.
For a more extensive look at the 2010 receiver class, bang it here.
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9 Responses to “2010 draft wide receiver rankings”
  1. whoaleckna says: Mar 29, 2010 9:58 PM

    Briscoe is the hidden gem on this list.

  2. lololnpnp says: Mar 29, 2010 11:19 PM

    Wow Bryant up there with Andre, Larry and Calvin. You must be high. He couldn’t hold CJ’s jock let alone deserve to be mentioned anywhere near him. But I LOL’d at you having the Bengals taking the Syracuse receiver.

  3. joedirt217 says: Mar 30, 2010 10:39 AM

    So according to Silva, the Eagles will not draft a top 10 quarterback, a top 15 running back, or a top 15 wide receiver at all even though the Birds have 8 picks.
    What are we going to do, load up on lineman. I wouldn’t put it past Andy, but I do think he will draft at one running back and one wide receiver. Probably in the 5th round. ANDY loves 5th round picks. Those are the gems.

  4. chc4 says: Mar 31, 2010 10:33 AM

    Bryant is nowhere near Fitz, Johnson or Calvin status. Add in the character and speed concerns and I’m highly skeptical of his chances at the next level.

  5. finsbooyah says: Mar 31, 2010 12:04 PM

    You have Damian Williams wayyy too low. The guy has the skillset of a Donald Driver/Jimmy Smith type

  6. VegasBronco says: Mar 31, 2010 1:37 PM

    @Silva..you been around Florio too long.
    No way is Bryant in the Fitz and Johns classes.
    You forget character makes the man and without it you only have a cry baby.
    No Silva check again later

  7. nowathand says: Mar 31, 2010 2:01 PM

    I see two no doubt Pro Bowl-level receivers. I have Arrelious Benn above Dez Bryant because Benn’s strengths (work ethic, speed, route-running) translate so well on the next level. I think Dez could be more physical and dominant than Benn but it’s hard to tell because neither of them have faced NFL corners. Dez could even compare favorably to Calvin Johnson coming out, given he has a shorter stride.
    I think people shouldn’t look at Benn’s production because, after watching to see how he runs routes and how hard he plays, you know it wasn’t his fault at all.
    As for Demaryius Thomas, he lacks explosion and lateral quickness and played in the ACC.
    The real mid-round gems in this class are Mike Williams from Syracuse, who has Brandon Marshall-type physicality Andre Roberts who looked polished and slippery Senior Bowl week.

  8. Tony Dent says: Apr 9, 2010 7:00 PM

    None to the Ravens? I know we’re down some draft picks, but we’ll get one of these guys.

  9. FumbleNuts says: Apr 9, 2010 10:50 PM

    Draft Prediction: Seahawks, No. 139 overall.
    Carroll is NOT going to draft this fool or the RB you called out. The Hawks WON’T be drafting “injury prone” players. Mark that down!

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