Draft Preview: Rounding Up The Receivers

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 9, 2013 – 5:59 am

Other Draft Previews
Sorting out the inside LBs

Of the 8 mock drafts highlighted in last week’s Mock Madness, 7 of the analysts projected the Vikings to use one of their two 1st-round selections on a wide receiver. Of the 8 analysts with mock drafts at’s Mock Draft Central, 6 have the Vikings taking a receiver in the 1st round and one of the analysts predicts the Vikings will choose a receiver with both of their 1st-round selections.

With all this talk of the Vikings taking a receiver early in the draft and with how deep the WR group is in this year’s class, it’s time for us to examine this talented crew of playmakers. We’ll break the entire group of draft-eligible receivers into our own preferred tiers (alphabetical within each tier), and I’ll provide a comment from time-to-time on several of the individuals.

We want you to get in on the action, too. Let us know what you think by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below this entry or emailing them to me for possible inclusion in an upcoming Pick 6 or Monday Morning Mailbag.


Tavon Austin (West Virginia) – If you can get over the “undersized” tag (5-8, 174-pounds), Austin may be this drafts most versatile playmaker. He scored 40 total TDs in college as a receiver, runner and returner.

Keenan Allen (California) – Didn’t have elite college production, doesn’t have elite measureables and dealt with injuries at Cal, but has the frame, raw ability and potential to be a reliable, versatile and productive NFL receiver. Good fit in the Vikings offense.

DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson)

Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee)

Immediate Impacters
Stedman Bailey (West Virginia) – Overshadowed in this draft by his college teammate (Tavon Austin), Bailey was every bit as much a playmaker for West Virginia. In 2012, there were only two games in which he didn’t score a TD, and he recorded a 5-TD and 4-TD game during the season. Bailey had 114 receptions and 25 TDs last year – those are not typos.

Aaron Dobson (Marshall)

Chris Harper (Kansas State) – Senior Bowl standout who is tough, sure-handed and deceivingly fast.

Justin Hunter (Tennessee) – Great height for the position at 6-4, but needs to bulk up on his 196-pound frame. Has great ability and needs to grow into frame – sounds a lot like what we said about Sidney Rice the year the Vikings selected him in the 2nd round. Hmm…

Quinton Patton (Louisiana Tech) – Fast and quick with good size, Patton is a natural at the position and was ultra-productive in college. Plays bigger than he looks, has good wiggle after the catch and looks the part. Intriguing.

Markus Wheaton (Oregon State)
Terrance Williams (Baylor)

Robert Woods (USC) – Wrote about him in a recent Monday Morning Mailbag. In a typical year, he’d be a sure-fire 1st-rounder. But this class is so deep that he blends in, which means some team will take him and realize great value in doing so.

Potential Playmakers
Josh Boyce (TCU)
Corey Fuller – Virginia Tech)
Cobi Hamilton (Arkansas) – Improved as the week went on at the Senior Bowl; another Arkansas WR in Minnesota?
Marquise Goodwin (Texas) – Ran a 4.27 40-yard dash at the Combine; may be the best returner in this class.
Aaron Mellette (Elon)
Da’Rick Rogers  (Tennessee Tech)
Rodney Smith (Florida State) – Great size (6-6, 219); played with Christian Ponder; mid-to-late-round value?
Kenny Stills (Oklahoma) – One of my favorite sleepers in this position group; tough and makes the difficult catches; productive at OU.
Ryan Swope (Texas A&M)

Alan Bonner – Jacksonville State
Marlon Brown – Georgia
Chad Bumphis – Mississippi State
Dan Buckner – Arizona
DeVonte Christopher – Utah
Keenan Davis – Iowa
Marcus Davis – Virginia Tech
Blake Emory – Auburn
Tyrone Goard – Eastern Kentucky
Mark Harrison – Rutgers
Erik Highsmith – North Carolina
Josh Jarboe – Arkansas State
Darius Johnson – SMU
Brandon Kaufman – Eastern Washington
La’Rod King – Kentucky
Tavarres King – Georgia
Javone Lawson – Louisiana-Lafayette
Alec Lemon – Syracuse
Mamal Miles – Arizona State
TJ Moe – Missouri
Uzoma Nwachukwu – Texas A&M
Denard Robinson – Michigan
Zach Rogers – Tennessee
Ray Roundtree – Michigan
Marcus Sales – Syracuse
Lanear Sampson – Baylor
Russell Sheppard – LSU
Ryan Spadola – Lehigh
Kenbrell Thompkins – Cincinnati
Marquess Wilson – Washington State
Ace Sanders – South Carolina
Conner Vernon – Duke

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43 Responses to “Draft Preview: Rounding Up The Receivers”

  1. By Parody on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Just don’t get any more divas.

  2. By norsejeremyw on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Someone that can do the job, and be able to drive thru a construction zone…would be superb~ :)

  3. By berserker on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Please draft defense with the first two picks in the first round, and grab Aaron Dobson in the second. He will be a perfect fit for the Vikes.

  4. By dwk on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    lots of wr nomatter were we get one im sure it will be one from big 12 if not austin maybe stills but i get a bad vive from the USC guy the Baylor guy was prety tough oh just 4 kicks grab the Kansas STATE qb with 6th or 7th remember that kids got heart we need guys like that

  5. By BlueBird7 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Wow, sure is a looooooooooooooong list.

    We had a very good WR. I think his name was Harvin. Remember him?

  6. By BitterTrentDilfer on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Unless Austin or Patterson is sitting at 23 I would take one of these three: Ogletree, X.Rhodes. D.Trufant. We need a top tier DB and only Ogletree as a mlb is worth a 1st rd pick, Rhodes or Trufant will be at 23 likely, have to take either, Mathieu will not be there at pick 53 so get a top tier DB early. If the Vikes could sneak through with a WR from above and Ogletree or either DB with their first two picks it would be huge.

  7. By BitterTrentDilfer on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    He was a contrarian and disruption, had to go. Team came together after he left and won four straight, don’t need him.

  8. By BlueBird7 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply


    The team was all in one piece while Harvin was here.

    Don’t recall any “disruption” on his part, except maybe chewing out Frazier.

    Who, BTW could use a good ass chewing at times.

  9. By DRS. on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Harvin, I remember him, what a pain in the teams re-end, more excuses not to play, as Seattle will soon find out. Better to have a team player with good skills then a none-team player with great skill, just another Moss, plays only when he wants to. I think we need a center D-Lineman in the draft as well as a MLB to upgrade the Defense.

  10. By iaVIKE on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Gee Bluebird7, you share some pretty similar feelings regarding Harvin and Frazier with “Percy Harvin revenge”…

  11. By DRS. on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    How many seasons did he play a full season?

  12. By DRS. on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    For one thing,how many seasons did he play a full season?

  13. By DRS. on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    How many full seasons did harving play?

  14. By DRS. on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    What is up with this site? First it will not post then it post after you type something different? Oh well.

  15. By DRS. on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    This site has been acting strange for some time now; I hope they can fix it soon.

  16. By RichardA1 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    This site, yeah it won’t post, but if you post “test” it posts everytime. Ogletree looks great, what do we need most? last year we gave A.P. the ball, then Harvin back and forth threw the game! easy to read for the D. We need a QB who can throw to the receiver! and the receivers,,yep yep, receivers we need and Austin sure looks good!

  17. By vikingology on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Bring back Randy Moss. Let him retire a Viking. Then draft Hopkins or Woods.

  18. By BlueBird7 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply


    Yes it would appear that way. Me and a large number of others.

    Now crawl back into the woodwork.

  19. By BlueBird7 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply


    Yes, it does look that way. Same thing happened to me.

    But then, iaVIKE is back in town.. funny things happen when he shows up.

  20. By BlueBird7 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Funny and strange.

  21. By iaVIKE on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Ha ya got me Deetracks, i’m Wobbles.

  22. By Danish Viking on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Keenan Allen ran a 4,7 40yd dash today… No thanks

  23. By BitterTrentDilfer on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Well Harvin reportedly threw a weight at Childress, he’s always barking on the sideline, and to do it at the coach is bush league. Can only imagine how he acts in the locker room away from cameras. The team is better off without headache Harvin. Especially considering the contract he just got.

  24. By VikeNasty on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Yep Harvin and Moss are distant memmories for me. They can both eat a fat one.

  25. By BlueBird7 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Funny thing thing happened in the locker room. Nobody ever complained about Harvin yelling or anything else that I ever heard . We would have heard about it.

    Enough about that. Will just leave it there. And watch the games he will play in.

  26. By JOSH on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Any thoughts on the vikings taking duron carter cris carters son in the later roundds

  27. By BitterTrentDilfer on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Carter will likely get a FA try out best case, no way they draft him, even in rd 7.

  28. By RichardA1 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    I remember Harvin for his kick returns, a few runs after catching the ball. He took out his frustrations on the coach’s! he was not happy here I would say. Isn’t the money, it is the money, he was becoming not worth it to have on the team. WOn’t the Vikes need 2 great offensive players to make up for it? dynamic, dazzling like Harvin.

  29. By Matthias on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Musgrave likes to use short running routes… Just read the following article by Arif Hasan, the best writer for any vikings fan page, in my opinion:

  30. By +ULFBERH+T on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    I wasn’t checking a stopwatch, but If I was I wouldn’t remember what it looked like because Ponder didn’t have enough time.That is why dump off touches to Percy were key. If an elite lineman is left in the first, or a very good one in the second, we should take him. Loadholt cant handle the speed rushers very well. The inside is mediocre at best. More Beef please, go jumbe and split out our TE’s.

  31. By justin on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    1. Austin
    2. Patterson
    3. Allen
    4. Hunter
    5. Woods

  32. By Viking fan on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    We need to get Tavon Austin and we need to get Keenan Davis or/and Denard Robinson in the second or third round of the draft

  33. By Parody on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    After hearing about the poor pro-day and the slow recovery from his injury, I hope we don’t draft Allen. Not in the first anyways. We’re better off grabing two defenders and taking the best WR available in the second. That could very well be Allen after running a 40 that is average for blocking TEs.

  34. By blues kluews on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    its my birthday guys and all I want Is a good WR

  35. By artificialturf on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    T.J. Moe in later rounds as a slot reciever.

  36. By 4eversteve on Apr 13, 2013 | Reply

    Hopkins is the most pro ready receiver in this draft and would be ready to line up opposite Greg Jennings day one. Many people said that Sammy Watkins was the reason that DeAndre Hopkins was able to put those numbers, but Watkins was injured a lot of the season and teams were double teaming Hopkins and he still burn them. LSU knew that Hopkins was Clemson only receiving threat in their bowl game yet he went out there and tore them a new one. This kid understands how to set up defenders, his instincts for the position are unreal. The Vikings would be making a huge mistake to pass on him at #23 if he is still available at this point. This kid looks like a combination of Jerry Rice and Cris Carter rolled up into one to me.

  37. By artificialturf on Apr 13, 2013 | Reply

    Mark Harrison would be an interesting late pick or FA. The Vikings offense will be working the short field again this season, so a quick slot receiver makes the most sense to me, unless the pass blocking becomes amazing. The Vikes might as well draft another run blocking tackle or two and run the offense with a formation I like to call the Steamroller – One wide out, one blocking full back and a direct hike to Peterson. Occasionally Peterson would pass to give the announcers something to talk about.

  38. By 4eversteve on Apr 20, 2013 | Reply

    Hopkins should be the only receiver that the Vikings are considering in the round period ……

  39. By Coach K1 on Apr 24, 2013 | Reply

    NO RECEIVER IS WORTH A #1 PICK. Tavon is too small and scored a 7 on Wonderlick (Patterson got an 11). Round 2 will offer equal value and, in fact, despite need would wait until rnd 3.

  40. By derrick link on Jul 24, 2013 | Reply

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