BearsBeat.com 2009 Draft Board: Wide Receivers

April 8th, 2009 - 12:00 am

Here’s a look at how I feel about the 2009 wide receiver prospects. The order may change as draft day nears.

1. Michael Crabtree – Texas Tech
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 215 | 40-time: 4.50
What I like about him: Besides his good combination of size and speed, he’s got great hands and is very competitive.
What I don’t like about him: Although fast, he doesn’t possess elite speed. He had to have surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot. He may have an inflated ego.

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2. Jeremy Maclin – Missouri
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 200 | 40-time: 4.45
What I like about him: He’s one of the fastest receivers in the draft, yet he has the hands and skill set to go with it. He’s a good vertical threat and just an all-around playmaker.
What I don’t like about him: He’s not going to go over the middle and he’ll have to improve his route running after playing in a spread offense.

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3. Darrius Heyward-Bey – Maryland
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 205 | 40-time: 4.30
What I like about him: Ran the fastest 40-time among receivers. He can blow by unsuspecting defenders. He’s also got ideal size for a receiver.
What I don’t like about him: Needs to improve his blocking and catching consistency. His toughness across the middle might be a concern.

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4. Kenny Britt – Rutgers
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 215 | 40-time: 4.40
What I like about him: Excellent size and above average speed. Is a playmaker who wants the ball in his hands. In the right situation, might be one of the most productive receivers of this class.
What I don’t like about him: With the good comes the bad; because he wants the ball, he might cause a scene if he doesn’t get it. Aside from lacking top-end speed, there aren’t too many flaws to the physical part of his game.

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5. Percy Harvin – Florida
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 195 | 40-time: 4.45
What I like about him: He’s a home-run threat in the passing game. He’s got a great burst of speed to lose defenders. He’s a hard worker with great instincts and solid hands.
What I don’t like about him: He’s not going to break a lot of tackles. His route running is limited. He’s had bouts with a bad attitude that might become a problem.

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6. Hakeem Nicks – North Carolina
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 210 | 40-time: 4.50
What I like about him: Good size and great hands. He has a lot of confidence in his ability and really stepped up after his teammate and friend, Brandon Tate, suffered a season-ending injury. He runs crisp routes and can take hits over the middle because of his toughness.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have great vertical speed and might not be an interested blocker.

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7. Brian Robiskie – Ohio State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 200 | 40-time: 4.51
What I like about him: He’s got excellent size for a receiver and a good set of hands. He’s a smart player that can find the soft spot in zones and he isn’t afraid to make catches in the middle when he knows he’s going to get hit.
What I don’t like about him: Because of his size, he doesn’t have blazing speed. He’s not going to juke a lot of defenders or outrun anybody.


8. Derrick Williams – Penn State
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 197 | 40-time: 4.51
What I like about him: Doesn’t do anything outstandingly, but is one of the few receivers in the draft who can do just about everything. He’s got the ability to make catches underneath and do something with the ball after the catch.
What I don’t like about him: He needs to work on his route running and ability to create separation.

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9. Juaquin Iglesias – Oklahoma
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 204 | 40-time: 4.45
What I like about him: Unlike the great Mark Bradley, Iglesias actually produced at Oklahoma. He’s a tough competitor and not at all afraid to go over the middle. He runs crisp routes and is elusive enough to make plays after the catch.
What I don’t like about him: Was fortunate to play in a great offense with a Heisman quarterback, so his production might be a little inflated. Like a lot of receivers in this draft, he doesn’t have great top-end speed.

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10. Brandon Tate – North Carolina
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 195 | 40-time: 4.60
What I like about him: He’s very elusive in space and tough to bring down in the open field. He was a good punt returner, too. He knows how to set up defenders to be out of position.
What I don’t like about him: He tore both his ACL and MCL last year and might not be 100% for training camp.


11. Mohamed Massaquoi – Georgia
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 210 | 40-time: 4.67
What I like about him: He’s a good route runner and is able to find open areas on the field. Very athletic and can tuck the ball away and get upfield after a catch.
What I don’t like about him: Played with one of the best quarterbacks and running backs in college football. He’s not very consistent and loses concentration sometimes.

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12. Louis Murphy – Florida
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 205 | 40-time: 4.43
What I like about him: He’s got good height and speed. His leaping ability comes in handy in jump ball situations. He does have top-end speed to blow by defenders.
What I don’t like about him: Although he’s got good straight-line speed, he’s not as quick or agile. He doesn’t have smooth hands and can be prone to dropping it.

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13. Pat White – West Virginia
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 192 | 40-time: 4.50
What I like about him: He’s a good athlete with great football instincts and field vision. He’s elusive and tough to bring down in the open field.
What I don’t like about him: Played quarterback in college and there’s no guarantee his athleticism will allow him to transition to receiver at the next level.

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14. Ramses Barden – Cal Poly
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 227 | 40-time: 4.61
What I like about him: He has fantastic size as he’s one of, if not the tallest receivers in the draft. He’s not going to let smaller cornerbacks intercept the ball in front of him. He can also adjust to poorly thrown balls.
What I don’t like about him: He didn’t play against tough competition. Doesn’t have great speed and isn’t a crisp route runner.


15. Brandon Gibson – Washington State
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 202 | 40-time: 4.55
What I like about him: He’s got decent size and good instincts. He’s fearless going across the middle. He’s a willing blocker.
What I don’t like about him: He doesn’t have great strength and may get bullied at the line of scrimmage. He’s not going to lose any defenders with his agility.


16. Brooks Foster – North Carolina
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 204 | 40-time: 4.45
What I like about him: The third of a trio of North Carolina wide receivers, Foster might be a sleeper. He’s got great athleticism and can make the acrobatic catch. He can accelerate quickly and lose defenders.
What I don’t like about him: He lacks size and toughness and may be a one-trick pony in terms of the routes he’s asked to run.


17. Austin Collie – Brigham Young
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 206 | 40-time: 4.60
What I like about him: Tough, gritty player with solid hands who could become a reliable possession receiver.
What I don’t like about him: He’s a little older than most rookies because he went on a Mormon mission. He’s not going to wow anybody with his speed or elusiveness.


18. Patrick Turner – Southern California
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 220 | 40-time: 4.69
What I like about him: Excellent size and strength for a receiver. Fantastic route running, good hands and body control.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have great straight-line speed and takes too long to get going. Appears slow in his route running.


19. Demetrius Byrd – Louisiana State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 200 | 40-time: 4.42
What I like about him: He’s a natural athlete with solid speed that can stretch the field in a hurry. He’s got good burst off the line.
What I don’t like about him: He’s got decent size but lacks some strength. Not the best route runner.


20. Mike Thomas – Arizona
Height: 5-8 | Weight: 195 | 40-time: 4.40
What I like about him: He’s got good quickness and agility and will go across the middle despite his size. He can make defenders miss after the catch and has great instincts.
What I don’t like about him: He’s small in stature and will not be able to hold up against physical corners. He won’t break many tackles.


21. Sammie Stroughter – Oregon State
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 182 | 40-time: 4.53
What I like about him: He’s a tough competitor who runs good routes and has good football instincts.
What I don’t like about him: Lacks ideal size and speed. Had a bout with depression and might be emotional fragile. He may also have durability issues.


22. Quan Cosby – Texas
Height: 5-9 | Weight: 191 | 40-time: 4.47
What I like about him: He’s a determined player with good hand-eye coordination who can make acrobatic catches.
What I don’t like about him: Spent four years in minor league baseball will be 27 in his rookie year. Small in stature and will struggle to get free from defenders.


23. Jarett Dillard – Rice
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 185 | 40-time: 4.53
What I like about him: He’s a good athlete with great hands and body control. He was very productive in college.
What I don’t like about him: Didn’t play against top-notch competition. Doesn’t have great size, strength, or explosiveness.


24. Kenny McKinley – South Carolina
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 182 | 40-time: 4.44
What I like about him: He’s a solid, fundamental football player. He’s got good fundamentals in route running and setting up defenders.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have great strength or vertical speed. Also appears to be thin and could get jammed too easily.


25. Marko Mitchell – Nevada
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 200 | 40-time: 4.47
What I like about him: He has good size and decent speed. He can be a threat down the field and show big-play potential.
What I don’t like about him: He’s very poor in route running, which could turn off a lot of teams. It could hurt his chances of even seeing the field if he lands with a team. Doesn’t show good instincts in reading the defense.


Others:
Aaron Kelly – Clemson
Aubrey Bell – Mississippi State
Brandon Robinson – Boston College
Brennan Marion – Tulsa
Brian Hartline – Ohio State
Brian King – Tulane
Danny Oquendo – Maryland
Darius Passmore – Marshall
David Richmond – San Jose State
Demiko Goodman – Cincinnati
Deon Butler – Penn State
Derek Kinder – Pittsburgh
Dominic Bolden – Liberty
Dominick Goodman – Cincinnati
Dominique Edison – Stephen F. Austin
Dorrell Jalloh – West Virginia
Emmanuel Spann – Marshall
Greg Carr – Florida State
Greg Orton – Purdue
Isaiah Williams – Maryland
Jaison Williams – Oregon
Jamarko Simmons – Western Michigan
Jeremy Childs – Boise State
Johnny Knox – Abilene Christian
Jordan Norwood – Penn State
Kevin Ogletree – Virginia
Manuel Johnson – Oklahoma
Maurice Covington – Virginia
Michael Jones – Arizona State
Mike McCoy – Nevada
Mike Wallace – Mississippi
Nathan Swift – Nebraska
Patrick Williams – Colorado
Quentin Lawrence – McNeese State
Ross Lane – Northwestern
Taurus Johnson – South Florida
Tiquan Underwood – Rutgers
Tommy Saunders – Missouri