Top 10 WR prospects
Former NFL scout's ranking, plus potential sleepers
Posted: Thursday February 22, 2007 6:13PM; Updated: Thursday February 22, 2007 6:17PM
Brooks, a former NFL wide receiver and cornerback, spent the last seven years as a scout for the Seahawks and Panthers and will contribute to SI.com through April's draft.
1. Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech: A freakish athlete with outstanding physical tools and excellent hands. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds with 4.4 speed, he's a match-up nightmare on the perimeter. He has explosiveness and skills to singlehandedly dominate games, regardless of coverage. Johnson's unique blend of size and speed make him a likely top-five pick.
Comparable NFL player: He's a more polished version of Randy Moss
2. Ted Ginn, Jr., Ohio State: A dynamic and explosive playmaker with speed to burn. He isn't a polished receiver at this point, but his explosiveness and return skills are off the charts. He has the potential to be an instant impact player on the next level as a vertical receiver/return specialist. He is a lock to be a top-10 pick.
Comparable NFL player: The Buccaneers' Joey Galloway
3. Robert Meachem, Tennessee: An explosive athlete with a great combination of size, strength and speed. This vertical playmaker led the SEC in receiving yardage in 2006. His dramatic jump in production in 2006 will cause some teams to label him a one-year wonder, but his athleticism and running skills make him a perfect fit in a West Coast offense. Look for him to go in the middle of the first round.
Comparable NFL Player: On the field, Terrell Owens
4. Dwayne Jarrett, USC: A smooth and acrobatic playmaker with excellent overall skills. Not an explosive athlete, but a polished route runner with excellent hands who has a penchant for taking over big games. With 41 career touchdown receptions, he was a dominant player in the Pac-10. If he can post a better than anticipated 40 time, he will hear his name called in the middle of the first round.
Comparable NFL Player: Keyshawn Johnson, but not as physical
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