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RealDriscoll
02-06-2009, 10:50 AM
Position: Wide Receiver
Grade: B+
Best Player: Michael Crabtree-Texas Tech
Rising Star: Brandon Gibson-Washington State

1. Michael Crabtree-Texas Tech-RS Soph
2. Jeremy Maclin-Missouri-RS Soph
3. Hakeem Nicks-North Carolina-Junior
4. Darrius Heyward Bay-Maryland-Junior
5. Percy Harvin-Florida-Junior
6. Kenny Britt-Rutgers-Junior
7. Derrick Williams-Penn State-Senior
8. Juaquin Iglesias-Oklahoma-Senior
9. Brandon Gibson-Washington State
10. Ramses Barnde-Cal Poly
11. Louis Murphy-Florida-Senior
12. Austin Collie-BYU
13. Mohamed Massaquoi-Georgia-Senior
14. Brian Robiskie-Ohio State
15. Brandon Tate-North Carolina
16. Demetrius Byrd-LSU
17. Jarrett Dillard-Rice-Senior
18. Marko Mitchell-Nevada
19. Sammie Stroughter-Oregon State-Senior
20. Brooks Foster-North Carolina-Senior
21. Tiquan Underwood-Rutgers-Senior
22. Kenny McKinley-South Carolina-Senior
23. Mike Wallace-Ole Miss-Senior
24. Manuel Johnson-Oklahoma-Senior
25. Mike Thomas-Arizona-Senior
26. Jordan Shipley-Texas-Senior
27. Aaron Kelly-Clemson-Senior
28. Jamarko Simmons-Western Michigan-Senior
29. Quan Crosby-Texas-Senior
30. Jaison Williams-Oregon-Senior
31. Deon Butler-Penn State-Senior
32. Greg Orton-Purdue-Senior
33. Lucas Taylor-Tennessee-Senior
34. Patrick Turner-USC-Senior
35. Greg Carr-Florida State-Senior


Another strength of this draft is the amount of talent at the Wide Receiver position. Hands down Michael Crabtree is the best in the draft class. He might not have the best speed but he runs solid routes, catches everything, and makes the big play. I put him as equal to Calvin Johnson in 2006. Crabtree without question will fall no later than Seattle at #4.

Jeremy Maclin does not have the size that Crabtree does but he is a solid play-maker who will not last out of the Top 10 picks. Maclin can also provide a boost as a Kick/Punt returner which makes him ever more valuable.

Darrius Heyward-Bey is still a little raw as he didn't start his football career until his Senior year at McDonough High School here in Baltimore, Maryland. the guy is quicker than a hickup and has big play ability.

My favotie player for our team is without question Hakeem Nicks. He doesn't have blazing speed but the guy can get open and his hands are as good as Crabtree's. If he is there at #25 he has to consider great considertaion.

Percy Harvin reminds me a lot of Ted Ginn Jr. They are dangerous return men who are a little under-sized. I think Ginn Jr. in the long run will be a better pro but Harvin runs better routes as a rookie without questions. Harvin carrier the play-maker tag for sure and would be brilliant in Wild-Cat formations.

Brandon Gibson and Brian Robiskie run the best routes int ehd raft. Robiskie has the advantage of having his dad Terry being an NFL receiver coach for over a decade. Both of these guys are legit targets in Round 3.

Kenny Britt is a monster when it comes to size but his inconsistency scares me. He is built in the Terrell Owens but doesn't have the same speed. Britt seems to be lazy and take plays off when the ball isn't coming his way.

Juaquin Iglesias is a guy really worth watching. I watched a lot of Oklahoma football and this is the guy who stands out of the Offensive side of the ball. Iglesias will go somewhere in Round 2 and I think he could be this years' DeSean Jackson.

Derrick Williams is a great return man and a dangerous slot receiver. After a solid Senior Bowl his stock has been on the rise.


Small school prospect Ramses Barden is a guy I know we are high on. Why wouldn't we be? he is every bit of 6"7 and his hands are phenomenal. In Round 3 this guy is a steal and a half.

There is a good level of 3-4 Round talent that includes Austin Collie, Louis Murphy, Mohamed Massaqui, Jarrett Dillard, and Marko Mitchell who all bear watching.

Brandon Tate was having an marvelous season before his injury. If not for that injury I think Tate is a Round 2 pick. Tate now becomes a 5th Rounder at best which is why I think we should take a long..hard.. look. I think we should look to move John beck for a 6th Rounder and use that pick to land Tate. Some kid's are just players and thats what I love about Tate.

Wide Receiver is a position we defiantly need to take a look at. I hear that we have some serious interest in TJ Houshmandzadeh so if we landed him I do not think we would make a play at all. Hakeem Nicks and Darrius Heyward-Bet defiantly have to be on our board for pick#25. If Nicks is there it would be awfully hard to pass up on him.

If we don't land anyone in free agency or in the first two rounds of the draft than Brian Robiskie or Brandon Gibson become awfully interesting in Round 3.

In 2010 I expect Arrelius Benn out of Illinois and Dez Bryant out of Oklahoma State to be studs and Top 10 picks.

Next up... Tight End

54dolfan9923
02-06-2009, 11:15 AM
Not to put you down or anything but do you watch film on all these positions? Or do you just base it off your own knowledge and weigh ins and stuff?

RealDriscoll
02-06-2009, 12:25 PM
I watch any film that I can get my hands on which is very limited to ACC games. Any films anyone has I would love. I have a few smaller connections in the draft world. Mel Kiper went to the same high school as me way before I went there but exentually he write me back as well. I do a lot of research on players as well.

I have some connections thru playing at Maryland and having a cousing at Virginia as well as the times I was axed from the Raiders, Ravens, and Redskins. Networked through those experiences and think I have somewhat of a knowledge.

showstopper
02-06-2009, 12:46 PM
I tend to look for your threads on a daily basis, Real, and find them quite insightful, thanks friend.

phinfan33
02-06-2009, 12:48 PM
I watch any film that I can get my hands on which is very limited to ACC games. Any films anyone has I would love. I have a few smaller connections in the draft world. Mel Kiper went to the same high school as me way before I went there but exentually he write me back as well. I do a lot of research on players as well.

I have some connections thru playing at Maryland and having a cousing at Virginia as well as the times I was axed from the Raiders, Ravens, and Redskins. Networked through those experiences and think I have somewhat of a knowledge.
what position did you play and what happened that you're not playing anymore?

TedSlimmJr
02-06-2009, 04:24 PM
Jordan Shipley isn't in the draft...he stayed in school....he was granted a 6th year of eligibility...

WelcomeBack
02-06-2009, 04:28 PM
I like your rankings. Still a bit iffy on Gibson, but he was the lone star on a horrible team.

One person I have been pretty impressed with lately is Mike Wallace of Ole Miss.

As for your 2010 future looks, Benn and Bryant are great as well.