Relying on film study, rather than workout numbers -- Dan Kadar of Mocking the Draft released his wide receiver rankings today, and they fall in line with how the Carolina Panthers have evaluated the position. If you're looking at the elite receiver prospects in this class two players are above the rest in terms of the amount of time the team has spent with them -- DeAndre Hopkins and Keenan Allen.
Despite disappointing workout numbers, Kadar doesn't think it really hurt him:
"DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson and Keenan Allen of California may not have dazzling workout numbers, but they proved themselves on the field. Hopkins is this draft's Roddy White and Allen is the Anquan Boldin-type of receiver."
Let the arguments begin, because here is how Kadar ranks the top-ten receivers.
1. DeAndre Hopkins | 6'1, 214 pounds | Wide receiver | Clemson *
2. Keenan Allen | 6'2, 206 pounds | Wide receiver | California *
3. Tavon Austin | 5'8 1/2, 174 pounds | Wide receiver | West Virginia
4. Cordarrelle Patterson | 6'1 7/8, 216 pounds | Wide receiver | Tennessee *
5. Robert Woods | 6'0 3/8, 200 pounds | Wide receiver | Southern California *
6. Justin Hunter | 6'4, 196 pounds | Wide receiver | Tennessee *
7. Quinton Patton | 6'0, 204 pounds | Wide receiver | Louisiana Tech
8. Aaron Dobson | 6'3, 210 pounds | Wide receiver | Marshall
9. Da'Rick Rogers | 6'2 1/4, 217 pounds | Wide receiver | Tennessee Tech *
10. Stedman Bailey | 5'10 1/4, 193 pounds | Wide receiver | West Virginia *
There are several that jump out at me, but lets start at the top. Ranking Hopkins as the #1 receiver might make our own Bryan Sweeney giddy, but it's also a solid decision. He has the ability to catch passes in that 15-20 yard range that moves chains, and gashes defenses. Roddy White has a career YPC average of 14.0, and this is in line with the league's top receivers.
Many think Tavon Austin will be the first receiver off the board, so it's interesting to see him as the third ranked WR. Also, seeing Robert Woods over Quinton Patton and Stedman Bailey is fascinating. Given Carolina are looking the hardest at Hopkins and Allen the rankings Kadar has could very well fall in step with the team's view of the class.