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2013 NFL Scouting Combine Preview: Wide Receivers

With the Packers likely losing two receivers this offseason, it makes sense to take a look at which wideouts will be working out at this year's scouting combine.

Harry How

Donald Driver has retired. Greg Jennings is all but gone in free agency. That means it's time for the Green Bay Packers to start looking at some wide receivers to fit into the lineup at some point down the line. Today we examine the wideouts who will be in Indianapolis next week for the NFL Scouting Combine.

Top Prospects

Keenan Allen (Cal) is shooting up draft boards recently, and the National Football Post even projecting him as high as 6th overall to the Browns. Allen has the size (6'3") of an elite receiver and plenty of speed to make it as a top target in the NFL. Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee) is not far behind, and could also sneak into the first round with a good showing at the Combine.

Mid-Round Sleepers

We know about Quinton Patton (Louisiana Tech) and his comparisons to Greg Jennings...Markus Wheaton (Oregon State) had a very good performance in practice for the Senior Bowl and has excellent speed...Marquise Goodwin (Texas) just reportedly ran a 4.28 in the 40-yard dash (according to Goodwin himself), and though he'll need to put on some weight, he could be a dangerous deep threat and kick returner. Cobi Hamilton is an intriguing mid-round prospect as well, and had a wildly productive senior season at Arkansas; he could be a good fit as a big, speedy receiver and should go sometime on the second day of the draft.

Best Names

Patterson has to be the winner here, with those double-consonants taking the cake. Stedman Bailey (West Virginia) is just fun to say, while Kenbrell Thompkins (Cincinnati) is an interesting one as well.

Most Interesting Small School

I debated here, but FCS school Eastern Washington is the biggest curiosity here. If you're not familiar with the school, they took a page from Boise State's book and play on eye-gouging turf. Junior Brandon Kaufman is EWU's representative at the Combine, though he's expected to be drafted very late if at all.

As always, underclassmen are shown in italics.

Player School
Allen, Keenan California
Austin, Tavon West Virginia
Bailey, Stedman West Viginia
Bonner, Alan Jacksonville State (Alabama)
Boyce, Josh TCU
Brown, Marlon Georgia
Davis, Marcus Virginia Tech
Dobson, Aaron Marshall
Fuller, Corey Virginia Tech
Goard, Tyrone Eastern Kentucky
Goodwin, Marquise Texas
Hamilton, Cobi Arkansas
Harper, Chris Kansas State
Harrison, Mark Rutgers
Hopkins, Deandre Clemson
Hunter, Justin Tennessee
Johnson, Darius SMU
Kaufman, Brandon Eastern Washington
King, Tavarres Georgia
Lemon, Alec Syracuse
Mellette, Aaron Elon
Moe, T.J. Missouri
Moore, Tracy Oklahoma State
Patterson, Cordarrelle Tennessee
Patton, Quinton Louisiana Tech
Robinson, Denard Michigan
Rogers, Darick Tennessee Tech
Sampson, Lanear Baylor
Sanders, Ace South Carolina
Smith, Rodney Florida State
Spadola, Ryan Lehigh
Stills, Kenny Oklahoma
Swope, Ryan Texas A&M
Thompkins, Kenbrell Cincinnati
Vernon, Conner Duke
Wheaton, Markus Oregon State
Williams, Terrance Baylor
Wilson, Marquess Washington State
Woods, Robert USC

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