2014 NFL Draft: Who Does The Data Suggest The Panthers Should Take At Wide Receiver?

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

I just finished compiling some wide receiver data from the 2014 NFL Combine that I thought might give CSR something else to chew on during this busy off-season.

Now that the measurements have finally been completed at the 2014 NFL Combine, we can finally put a number on what we've seen on film from this talented crop of wide receivers. As I was gathering the information, I became increasingly more eager to see who stood out the most, and there were a few surprises.

All of the 11 charts below will give you a detailed picture of the size, speed, agility, and overall athleticism that these prospects possess. As you begin to scroll down, you will immediately notice that I used a top five ranking system for each category. Whoever made the most appearances in these 11 metrics is ultimately how I determined who were the clear winners at this year's combine. The final overall scores are listed in the next to last chart(the very last chart lists every metric of every wide receiver), which only includes a top 3 for the sake of exclusivity.

Rank Height
1 6' 6" Brandon Coleman
2 6' 5" Kelvin Benjamin Mike Adams
3 6' 4" Chris Boyd Martavis Bryant Cody Hoffman Marcus Lucas L'Damian Washington
4 6' 3" Jeff Janis Jordan Matthews Devin Street
5 6' 2" Quincy Enunwa Cody Latimer Donte Moncrief Kevin Norwood Allen Robinson

Rank Arm Length
1 35 1/8 Mike Evans
2 34 7/8 Kelvin Benjamin
3 34 Brandon Coleman
4 33 5/8 Marcus Lucas
5 33 3/8 Devin Street L'Damian Washington

Rank Hand Size
1 10 3/8 Jordan Matthews
2 10 1/4 Kelvin Benjamin Jarvis Landry Willie Snead
3 10 Odell Beckham Kain Colter Mike Davis Austin Franklin T.J. Jones Kevin Norwood
4 9 3/4 Mike Campanaro Robert Herron Cody Hoffman
5 9 5/8 Jared Abbrederis Chris Boyd Brandin Cooks Bruce Ellington Mike Evans Ryan Grant Cody Latimer Sammy Watkins

Rank 40 Yard Dash Time
1 4.33 Brandin Cooks
2 4.34 John Brown
3 4.40 Donte Moncrief Paul Richardson
4 4.42 Martavis Bryant Jeff Janis
5 4.43 Odell Beckham Sammy Watkins Albert Wilson

Rank 10 Yard Split
1 1.47 Jeff Janis
2 1.50 Odell Beckham Corey Brown John Brown Brandin Cooks Damian Copeland Matt Hazel Donte Moncrief Jalen Saunders
3 1.53 Jared Abbrederis Davante Adams Martavis Bryant Mike Campanaro Quincy Enunwa Josh Huff T.J. Jones Josh Stewart Sammy Watkins
4 1.54 Tevin Reese Paul Richardson Allen Robinson
5 1.56 Shaq Evans Austin Franklin Jeremy Gallon Robert Herron Marqise Lee Devin Street Kevin Norwood

Rank Bench Press
1 23 Cody Latimer
2 21 Brandon Coleman Jordan Matthews
3 20 Mike Campanaro Jeff Janis Marcus Lucas
4 19 Quincy Enunwa
5 18 Robert Herron

Rank Vertical
1 41.0 Tevin Reese
2 40.0 Damian Copeland
3 39.5 Davante Adams Bruce Ellington Donte Moncrief
4 39.0 Martavis Bryant Mike Campanaro Allen Robinson
5 38.5 Odell Beckham

Rank Broad Jump
1 11' 0" Donte Moncrief Tevin Reese
2 10' 7" Marqise Lee Allen Robinson
3 10' 6" Bennie Fowler Sammy Watkins
4 10' 5" Robert Herron
5 10' 4" Martivas Bryant Austin Franklin Marcus Lucas Paul Richardson Devin Street

Rank 3 Cone Drill
1 6.53 Damian Copeland
2 6.63 Tevin Reese
3 6.64 Jeff Janis
4 6.68 Ryan Grant Kevin Norwood
5 6.69 Odell Beckham Bruce Ellington

Rank 20 Yard Shuttle
1 3.81 Brandin Cooks
2 3.90 Damian Copeland
3 3.94 Odell Beckham Isaiah Burse
4 3.95 Bruce Ellington
5 3.98 Jeff Janis

Rank 60 Yard Shuttle
1 10.72 Brandin Cooks
2 10.84 Damian Copeland
3 10.93 Odell Beckham
4 11.12 Bruce Ellington
5 11.31 Mike Campanaro

Top Wide Receivers According To The Combine Metrics

Rank Overall Score
1 7 Odell Beckham
2 6 Jeff Janis
3 5 Brandin Cooks Donte Moncrief Damian Copeland Mike Campanaro

As you can see, Beckham was the overall winner because he was in the top five 7 times. The only four categories he didn't finish in the top five were 'height', arm length, broad jump, and bench press. Surprisingly, small school standout, Jeff Janis, finished a close second. He certainly faced an inferior level of competition, but none of his FBS peers can match his combination of size, speed and athleticism. As a result, Janis may have moved up a round or two on quite a few draft boards. Here are some notable names who finished outside of my top 3 rankings: Sammy Watkins(4), Kevin Norwood(4), Allen Robinson(4), Devin Street(4), Bruce Ellington(4), Tevin Reese(4), Robert Herron(4), Mike Evans(3), Davante Adams(3), Jordan Matthews(3), Kelvin Benjamin(3) and Jared Abbrederis(2).

Is this an accurate way to predict future stars? Not exactly. But I'd like to think that at least two of these standouts will become legitimate #1 receivers in the NFL.

As always, feel free to share and discuss which of these wide receivers you believe best fits the Panthers moving forward.

Prospect H W Arm Hand 40 10 Vert BJ BP 3 Cone 20 Shutt 60 Shutt
Jared Abbrederis 6' 1" 195 31 3/8 9 5/8 4.50 1.53 30.5 9' 9" 4 6.80 4.08 11.39
Davante Adams 6' 1" 212 32 5/8 9 4.56 1.53 39.5 10' 3" 14 6.82 4.30 N/A
Odell Beckham Jr 5' 11" 198 32 3/4 10 4.43 1.50 38.5 10' 2 7 6.69 3.94 10.93
Kelvin Benjamin 6' 5" 240 34 7/8 10 1/4 4.61 1.62 32.5 9' 11" 13 7.33 4.39 12.08
Chris Boyd 6' 4" 206 32 5/8 9 5/8 4.73 1.62 N/A N/A 12 N/A N/A N/A
Corey Brown 5' 11" 178 31 3/4 9 3/8 4.51 1.50 33.0 9' 8" N/A 7.16 4.22 11.94
John Brown 5' 10" 179 30 1/2 8 1/2 4.34 1.50 36.5 9' 11" N/A 6.91 4.12 11.40
Martavis Bryant 6' 4" 211 32 5/8 9 1/2 4.42 1.53 39.0 10' 4" 16 7.18 4.15 N/A
Isaiah Burse 5' 10" 188 30 1/4 8 3/8 4.58 1.59 31.0 9' 7" 16 6.74 3.94 11.53
Mike Campanaro 5' 9" 192 30 9 3/4 4.46 1.53 39.0 10' 2" 20 6.77 4.01 11.31
Brandon Coleman 6' 6" 225 34 9' 1/4 4.56 1.63 32.5 N/A 21 7.33 4.51 N/A
Kain Colter 5' 10" 198 31 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Brandin Cooks 5' 10" 189 30 3/4 9 5/8 4.33 1.50 36.0 10' 0" 16 3.76 3.81 10.72
Damian Copeland 5' 11" 184 31 3/8 9 4.50 1.50 40.0 10' 0" 12 6.53 3.90 10.84
Mike Davis 6' 0" 197 32 3/4 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A 10 N/A N/A N/A
Bruce Ellington 5' 9" 197 31 9 5/8 4.45 1.63 39.5 10' 0" 15 6.69 3.95 11.12
Quincy Enunwa 6' 2 225 32 5/8 9 1/2 4.45 1.53 N/A N/A 19 N/A N/A N/A
Shaq Evans 6' 1" 213 32 9 3/8 4.51 1.56 34.5 10' 2" 13 7.07 4.21 11.51
Mike Evans 6' 5" 231 35 1/8 9 5/8 4.53 1.57 37.0 N/A 12 7.08 4.26 11.58
Bennie Fowler 6' 1" 217 32 9 1/2 4.52 1.63 36.0 10' 6" N/A 7.06 4.18 11.52
Austin Franklin 5' 11" 189 31 1/4 10 4.56 1.56 36.0 10' 4" 7 7.07 4.33 11.70
Jeremy Gallon 5' 7" 185 29 1/2 9 3/8 4.49 1.56 N/A N/A 15 N/A N/A N/A
Ryan Grant 6' 0" 199 31 9 5/8 4.64 1.59 35.5 9' 11" 18 6.68 4.11 11.63
Matt Hazel 6' 1" 198 31 3/8 9 1/8 4.50 1.50 36.5 9' 10" 15 7.08 4.20 11.60
Robert Herron 5' 9" 193 30 1/2 9 3/4 4.48 1.56 35.5 10' 5" 18 6.84 4.27 N/A
Cody Hoffman 6' 4" 223 33 1/4 9 3/4 4.65 1.62 27.5 9' 0" 13 6.89 4.20 N/A
Josh Huff 5' 11" 206 31 1/4 9 3/8 4.51 1.53 35.5 9' 8" 14 N/A N/A N/A
Allen Hurns 6' 1" 198 32 9 1/4 4.55 1.57 31.0 10' 0" 14 7.23 4.50 N/A
Jeff Janis 6' 3" 219 32 1/2 9 4.42 1.47 37.5 10' 3" 20 6.64 3.98 N/A
T.J. Jones 6' 0" 188 30 5/8 10 4.48 1.53 33.0 9' 11" N/A 6.82 4.27 11.45
Jarvis Landry 5' 11" 205 31 3/4 10 1/4 4.77 1.65 28.5 9' 2" 12 N/A N/A N/A
Cody Latimer 6' 2" 215 32 5/8 9 5/8 N/A N/A N/A N/A 23 N/A N/A N/A
Marqise Lee 6' 0" 192 31 3/4 9 1/2 4.52 1.56 38.0 10' 7" N/A N/A 4.01 N/A
Marcus Lucas 6' 4" 218 33 5/8 9 3/8 4.60 N/A 36.0 10' 4" 20 7.07 4.25 N/A
Jordan Matthews 6' 3" 212 33 1/4 10 3/8 4.46 N/A 35.5 10' 0" 21 6.95 4.18 11.84
Donte Moncrief 6' 2" 221 32 3/8 9 1/8 4.40 1.50 39.5 11' 0" 13 7.02 4.30 N/A
Kevin Norwood 6' 2" 198 32 1/8 10 4.48 1.56 33.0 10' 1" 8 6.68 4.32 11.46
Walt Powell 5' 11" 189 31 5/8 9 1/2 4.63 1.69 31.5 10' 0" 10 6.70 4.23 N/A
Tevin Reese 5' 10" 163 31 5/8 8 5/8 4.46 1.54 41.0 11' 0" N/A 6.63 4.18 N/A
Paul Richardson 6' 0" 175 32 5/8 8 7/8 4.40 1.54 38.0 10' 4" N/A 7.09 N/A N/A
Allen Robinson 6' 2" 220 32 9 1/2 4.60 1.54 39.0 10' 7" N/A 7.00 4.00 11.36
Jalen Saunders 5' 9" 165 30 8 7/8 4.44 1.50 34.0 10' 2" N/A N/A N/A N/A
Willie Snead 5' 11" 195 33 10 1/4 4.62 1.62 33.5 9' 5" 11 7.19 4.39 11.96
Josh Stewart 5' 10" 178 30 9 3/8 4.69 1.53 35.0 9' 9" 11 7.10 4.33 N/A
Devin Street 6' 3" 198 33 3/8 9 1/4 4.55 1.56 37.0 10' 4" N/A 6.89 4.01 N/A
L'Damian Washington 6' 4" 195 33 3/8 9 4.46 1.59 32.0 9' 7" 8 7.19 4.35 N/A
Sammy Watkins 6' 1" 211 32 9 5/8 4.43 1.53 34.0 10' 6" 16 6.95 4.34 N/A
Albert Wilson 5' 9" 202 30 3/8 9 1/8 4.43 1.59 37.5 10' 3" 10 7.00 4.21 N/A
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