Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
The NFL Combine is now underway and though we must wait until Saturday for the on-field testing portion of the Combine to begin, in the meantime, we can take a look at some physical measurables. Below, you'll find a handy sortable table with the numbers for the wide receivers group, all courtesy of Alfie Crow over at Big Cat Country.
There are a lot of really interesting receivers in this year's group, but I've already begun narrowing down a list of some of my favorites for the Seahawks. This isn't exhaustive, but here are some notes on the guys that I like.
DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins measured in at 6'1, 214 pounds, with 33.38" arms and big 10.08" hands. We all know that John Schneider looks at things like catch radius and hand size when evaluating prospects -- for receivers, the physical dimensions of your arms and hands directly effects your ability to pluck the football out of the air -- so Hopkins' impressive numbers here really pique my interest. I already liked "Nuk", (Davis Hsu loves the guy) because he's the type of receiver that will run excellent routes, catch everything in his vicinity, have a knack for making plays, and has no character concerns. The word is that he won't run a blazing 40, but he's still up there on my list of must-watch receivers for this year's Draft. He'll be a first-round pick, most likely. 2nd at the latest.
Chris Harper, Kansas State: I've like Harper for a while - he's physically very impressive on tape - noticeably bigger than his defender at most times, and now looking at his exact measureables, I'm further intrigued. He measured in at 6'1, and an impressive 229 pounds, with 32.68" arms and 9.68" hands. These are very nice numbers, and if he runs anywhere near the mid-4.4s to low 4.5s that he's expected to this weekend, he could get some additional looks.
I like the physical nature with which he plays -- he'll go up under duress to come down the football and then he'll bully DBs off their coverage for touchdowns. He's been compared to Anquan Boldin for this style of play, but the truth is, Harper is much faster than Boldin. He's an intriguing prospect, and he'll go anywhere from the 2nd to 3rd rounds.
Mark Harrison is another physical specimen that I could easily see the Seahawks taking a look at. Harrison didn't get a ton of press after an under the radar season at Rutgers, but his size is unparalleled in this group. At 6'3, 231 pounds with absurd 35.08" arms and 9.58" hands, Harrison projects as a speedy (he's expected to run very well) yet big slot receiver or a potential convert to move tight end or H-back. His tape is pretty impressive, and he'll be one player to watch closely -- he's currently projected as a late-round guy, but could climb on physical makeup alone. You can go ahead and add him to your list of top sleepers in this year's class.
Markus Wheaton. I'm not going to spend a ton of time on Wheaton, but his measureables are awesome -- at 5'11, he's got very long arms - measuring in at 32.68" - with 9.18" hands. Wheaton's combination of speed, body control, and catching radius makes him a borderline first-round talent. I expect the Seahawks will show interest.
Da'Rick Rogers' tale of the tape is impressive as well - 6'2, 217 pounds, 32.68" arms and 9.48" hands. He's currently a third-round or so prospect, but my guess is that he'll get taken higher.
Marshall's Aaron Dobson (6'3, 210, 33" arms, 9" hands) and FSU's Rodney Smith (6'4, 225, 34.6" arms and 10.38" hands) both have impressive size/length, so they're two more guys with great size to keep an eye on. Denard Robinson's size was actually fairly impressive, considering he'll probably run in the low 4.4s - 5'11, 199 with 32.58" arms and 9.08" hands. Elon's Aaron Mellette has great size at 6'2, 217 with 33.18" arms and 9.58" hands. Corey Fuller, a former track star that's expected to run very well, measured in at 6'2, 204, with 33.28" arms and 9.48" hands.
Marquess Wilson is an inch shorter (6'3) than he was listed at WSU (6'4), but he's packed on about 10 pounds and weighed in at 194. He doesn't have the longest arms, but the added weight should help his stock.
|Tavon Austin||West Virginia||5-9||174||30.08||9.18|
|Stedman Bailey||West Virginia||5-10||193||32.68||9.78|
|Alan Bonner||Jacksonville State||5-10||193||30.28||9.38|
|Josh Boyce||Texas Christian||5-11||206||31.28||9.28|
|Marcus Davis||Virginia Tech||6-3||233||32.68||10.28|
|Corey Fuller||Virginia Tech||6-2||204||33.28||9.48|
|Tyrone Goard||Eastern Kentucky||6-7||205||34.08||8.68|
|Chris Harper||Kansas State||6-1||229||32.68||9.68|
|Brandon Kaufman||Eastern Washington||6-5||216||32.28||9.28|
|Quinton Patton||Louisiana Tech||6-0||204||32.78||9.38|
|Da'Rick Rogers||Tennessee Tech||6-2||217||32.68||9.48|
|Ace Sanders||South Carolina||5-7||173||29.48||8.78|
|Rodney Smith||Florida State||6-4||225||34.68||10.38|
|Ryan Swope||Texas A&M||6-0||205||31.38||8.48|
|Markus Wheaton||Oregon State||5-11||189||32.68||9.18|
|Marquess Wilson||Washington State||6-3||194||31.18||9.28|