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Wide Receivers Who Can Stretch A Defense..

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by MichaelWinicki, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Looking through the draft guides I came up with a half-arsed list of potential wide receivers who can stretch a defense-- meaning they have the numbers and the reputation in college of being a deep threat.

    I used 4.45 in the forty as the cut-off speed. In other words I'm looking for guys that are more like Glenn than they are TO.


    Along with their name/school/size/speed I'll give you a rough idea of what round they expect to be drafted in:


    Devin Thomas, Michigan State, 6'1 216 4.43 1st
    Desean Jackson, Cal, 5'9 169 4.40 1st/2nd
    Mario Manningham, Michigan, 5'11 181 4.45 2nd/3rd
    Andre Caldwell, Florida, 6' 204 4.39 2nd/3rd
    Eddie Royal, Virg Tech, 5'9 184 4.46 3rd/4th (Yeah, I said "4.45" but I think this kid has enough quickness to be a decent deep threat)
    William Franklin, Missouri, 6' 214 4.38 3rd/4th
    Dexter Jackson, Appal State, 5'9 182 4.36 3rd/4th
  2. ajk23az

    ajk23az Through Pain Comes Clarity

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    I know Hardy is more like TO but with his speed (4.44 or something)

    He's a pretty decent deep threat.
  3. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    Hardy is an everything threat, Kelly is ruining our chances of getting him late in the draft, and I don't think we'll take a WR with our 1st pick, it's already borderline we take one in the first at all.

    Stupid 40's, they've been crushing my dreams all off season.
  4. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Hardy was timed more around 4.51. He's really not considered a "quick" guy-- too tall. The biggest complaint about him is that he doesn't play to that 4.51 speed.
  5. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Hardy ran a 4.45 at the Combine. But I think the P. Burress comparison is much better than TO.
  6. McCordsville Cowboy

    McCordsville Cowboy Pro-Quinn

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    Desean Jackson has the best game speed in the draft. He can fly when he is running down the field. He can stretch secondaries and when the ball is in his hands, no one is as fluid and natural with the ball.
  7. adamknite

    adamknite Well-Known Member

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    If we waited till later in the draft not to take a WR (not in the 1st and possibly not in the 2nd), I really like Andre Caldwell and William Franklin. If we could nab one of them in say round 3, I'd be happy.
  8. ajk23az

    ajk23az Through Pain Comes Clarity

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    Anyone like Marcus Monk? He ran a 4.43 and 4.41 at his pro day. 36 inch vertical and 10'2'' long jump.

    He has had some injury problems though.

    He is also a big guy, 6'5'' 215 lbs.
  9. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Smart man.

    I'd be :eek: if we went WR at either 22 or 28.
  10. sago1

    sago1 Active Member

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    Yes, but some experts have called DeSean Jackson the biggest knucklehead in the draft and besides his size/light weight scares me. I think he'll do just fine as a return man but find it hard to believe he'd survive for long as a starter.

    Am troubled by Jerry saying we weren't going to draft a WR in the first round. Now I can easily understand he's hoping/planning on using our #28 to trade for a quality WR (Bouldin, RWilliams, Chad Johnson). If he's unsuccessful, then who do we use that pick on -- if we've already ruled out a WR. Would leave us drafting a RB (Stewart? or Felix Jones), go BPA or trade down to pick up extra picks in 2nd & 3rd rounds which can be used on positions of need. I'm hoping Brohm has a following & several teams willing/eager trade with us to grab him.

    BTW: Can't remember which mock draft had us trading down from #22 to the Titans for their 24# & Pacman. The difference in trade follow is 40 points but that essentially works out to us giving up a 4th rounder. And by the way, CB Mike Jenkins is on the board when we supposedly will make that trade. Titans would want the trade cause they believe we will draft Sweed & they want him. Are the Titans follow Browns GM in allowing rumors of Cowboy activities to change what they plan to do?
  11. ajk23az

    ajk23az Through Pain Comes Clarity

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    Honestly, I would love to get Stewart in the first. He's going to be very good. I wouldn't mind Felix either since he can return kicks and is a huge home run threat. Imagine having PacMan and Felix returning kickoffs....SCARY.
  12. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    Jerry saying that he doesn't think they go wr in the first round of the draft is smart. There just isn't anyone worth a first round pick this year, its just so weak at the top its pathetic. Trading one of the picks for Roy Williams, Bolden, or Chad Johnson would definitely be the way to go if that opportunity presents itself.
  13. superpunk

    superpunk Benched

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    You guys are hilarious.
  14. JIMMYBUFFETT

    JIMMYBUFFETT Skinwalker

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    I wouldn't mind A. Caldwell in the second . Good speed , good size , and nice #s . Speed is a little overrated on these big guys too . A long stride can gain seperation between a DB pretty quicky . Guys like Sweed and Hardy can get away from you in just a couple of steps and make up some serious ground before the DB can recover .
  15. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    Got to put Donnie Avery on that list...
  16. AsthmaField

    AsthmaField Outta bounds

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    I'll take Dexter Jackson in round 3.
  17. JPM

    JPM Well-Known Member

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    He's pretty good in Madden.
    And Madden = real life
  18. jjktkk

    jjktkk Active Member

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    The question with these wr's in the upcoming draft that have the speed to stretch the field is are they big enough and strong enough to get off the line of scrimmage and escape the db jamming them? You hope you can get a big, strong, guy who can beat the jam, but still explosive enough to stretch the defense. IMO I would take Sweed with the #28th pick. Overall he ranks right up there with the other wr's in the draft, plus drafting him would be a good pr move for the Cowboys with Sweed being a former Horn and Texas native. In addition to picking up Sweed maybe the Boys could get lucky and have one of those smaller, speedy, guys like Dexter Jackson, or another Texas guy in Houston's Donnie Avery fall to them in the later rounds. If the Boys address the rb and cb positions I could see them picking up those 2 with Sweed potentially being a TO type receiver and a Jackson or Avery being a speedy slot :starspin receiver who could also return punts and kickoffs.
  19. Double Trouble

    Double Trouble Well-Known Member

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    I'd take Sweed over any of the guys on the list.
  20. ThatsmyQB

    ThatsmyQB Benched

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    Then plan on going :eek: cause if Devin Thomas is there at #22 I think we'll take him!

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