Tavon Austin and Marquise Goodwin blistered the 2013 NFL combine track with 4.25 40-yard dash times unofficially, but lack size to be a premiere target at the NFL level. Both are 5’9″ and under 185 pounds and come with the “raw talent” labels.
Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson just ran a 4.37 and likely solidified his position on NFL teams’ draft boards as the top wide receiver prospect in the draft as California’s Keenan Allen won’t be working out until his pro day in March.
Other than Patterson, the WR prospect that most wanted to see is former Michigan QB Denard Robinson. He comes into the draft with questions, obviously, since he’s trying to reach the next level as a receiver that played his college ball at a different position.
He certainly didn’t disappoint, running a 4.34 in the 40.
Connor Vernon, the WR from Duke who holds ACC career records in receptions and yardage, ran a 4.59 time. He’ll have to play some special teams and will be a slot receiver at the NFL level.
Patterson’s a guy who has the size to play any WR position at 6’2″ 216 lbs. He has great size and speed for the position, 9-inch hands, and is smooth in and out of his cuts. He finds the soft spot in zones well. He’s a very agile player for his size as well, but the knock on him is he body-catches too much and lacks experience at the FBS level having played only one year at Tennessee in 2012.
He’ll be a first-round pick for sure.
Denard Robinson presents a different picture. He’s a smaller guy at 5’10” 199 lbs. and doesn’t have an NFL position settled. He’s trying out as a WR, but could well wind up a defensive back if he can’t run good routes or lacks good soft hands. He runs upright, limiting his ability to break tackles, so that’s also a concern. If he sticks as a wideout, he’ll be a slot WR.
One thing that isn’t in question is his overall athletic ability.
No word yet on Leon Sandcastle’s workout.
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