A look at the top wide receiver prospects in the NFL draft:
1. Cordarrelle Patterson, 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, Tennessee (Projection: first round): He’s a physically gifted receiver who will have to be developed in the NFL. “Patterson is raw,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. “ I don’t think he can help you necessarily as much as his talent indicates as a rookie.”
2. Tavon Austin, 5-8, 174, West Virginia (first): He has a big supporter in ESPN analyst Jon Gruden. “He’s my favorite player in the draft,” Gruden said. “When you watch the kid play, he’s magnificent. He’s a great return man, punts (and) kicks. He lines up at tailback, and he plays like a tailback. He looks like Darren Sproles at tailback, and he looks like Wes Welker in the slot.”
3. Justin Hunter, 6-4, 196, Tennessee (first): He has been moving up draft boards after running the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds at the combine. “Hunter is another gifted kid,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “The question is physicality a little bit, questioning the amount of drops he had this year at Tennessee.”
4. Keenan Allen, 6-2, 206, California (first/second): He played his high school football in Greensboro, N.C. He had a dropoff in 2012 after catching 98 passes for 1,343 yards as a junior.
5. DeAndre Hopkins, 6-1, 214, Clemson (first/second): He had a spectacular season in 2012. He had a single-season school-record 1,405 yards receiving and set an ACC record with 18 touchdown receptions.
6. Robert Woods, 6-1, 201, USC (first/second): He was a highly productive three-year starter for the Trojans. He closed his career with 210 catches for 3,218 yards (15.3) and 41 touchdowns.
7. Quinton Patton, 6-0, 204, Louisiana Tech (second): He caught everyone’s attention with 21 receptions for 233 yards and four touchdowns in a shootout with Texas A&M. “He gets in and out of his breaks,” Mayock said. “He could probably play on the outside; worst case he’s a slot (receiver).”
8. Da’Rick Rogers, 6-2, 217, Tennessee Tech (second/third): Coming out of Calhoun High, Rogers was compared with Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones. His career at Tennessee was marred by drug problems, and he was dismissed by the Vols after his third failed drug test for marijuana. Rogers noted that he passed all 10 of his drug tests at Tennessee Tech.
9. Aaron Dobson, 6-3, 210, Marshall (second/third): He was named to the All-Conference USA second-team as a senior. He caught 57 passes for 679 yards and three touchdowns for the Thundering Herd.
10. Ryan Swope, 6-0, 205, Texas A&M (third): He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds at the combine. As eventual Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel’s favorite target, he caught 72 passes for 913 yards and eight touchdowns for the Aggies.