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7. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State, 5-11, 189. He stood out at the Senior Bowl, ran a 4.40 40-yard dash at the combine and has been a late riser. Wheaton isn't real big or strong, but he's quick and he runs all the routes. He showed toughness over the middle. He plays with awareness. He can play any receiver position. He probably is a No. 2 receiver in the NFL.
8. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech, 6-0, 204. Patton is a natural receiver who does not have a special trait but is a good all-around player. "There is a lot of average to his game, but he will stick and probably play," a scouting director said. "He has a knack to get open and catch the ball." Another scout said Patton is the type of receiver who "makes things happen." He was highly productive, but part of that has to be attributed to the type of offense he played in. Patton also has some potential as a punt return man.
10. Kenny Stills, Oklahoma, 6-1, 194. He is a thin, speed receiver and smooth athlete who can get deep. He can make good adjustments for the football. Said one scout, "He has some electricity to him." Stills has been productive, but almost all of his production comes on the perimeter. He is not a complete receiver who can run all the routes and line up at all the positions. Some of his routes get sloppy. He had some bad drops. Scouts think Stills could have benefited from staying at Oklahoma for his senior season. His father, Ken Stills, was an NFL safety.
11. Terrance Williams, Baylor, 6-2, 208. This well-built receiver catches a lot of balls. He uses his height and reach to his advantage. Some of his production was inflated by Baylor's offense, but there is no denying he is talented. He has to learn about route running. One scout described Williams as a "jack of all trades, master of none." He can come in and out of his breaks well. He has a good feel for finding the holes in zone coverage. His hands have been a little inconsistent. He is not the fastest receiver, but he isn't slow.
12. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M, 6-0, 205. He ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at the combine, but scouts say he doesn't play that fast and he has trouble separating at the top of his routes. Still, defenders have to respect his speed off the snap and quickness in and out of cuts. His hands are a little puzzling. "He makes some great catches, but then he has concentration drops," one scout said. He has been most effective in the slot. Swope is a former running back.
13. Denard Robinson, Michigan, 5-11, 199. The college quarterback is a special athlete, but he is an unknown as a wide receiver. He also could be considered at running back. NFL teams believe he has to make the position switch because of his inconsistencies as a passer. "He could be an Antwaan Randle El type of guy," a front-office man said. "Antwaan picked it up easily." Robinson struggled catching the ball at the Senior Bowl but looked better in positional drills at the combine. He would have to be looked at as a project who will be given a redshirt season.
14. Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech, 6-3, 217. If he were judged strictly on ability, he'd be a potential first-rounder. Rogers isn't real fast, but he's big, strong and athletic. He is outstanding after the catch. He has excellent body control. His highlight reel is incredible. He started out at Tennessee and looked good for a short period of time. But he violated team rules and transferred. Scouts have serious concerns about his behavior. "I couldn't imagine taking him," one veteran scout said. Another scout said he didn't dominate at Tennessee Tech as much as he should have.
15. Aaron Dobson, Marshall, 6-3, 210. He has average speed and explosiveness but has good body control, runs nice routes and shows good awareness. With strong hands, Dobson could be a fine possession receiver. He hasn't reached his full potential. It could take Dobson awhile to develop, but he has a good chance to become an NFL starter.
16. Chris Harper, Kansas State, 6-1, 229. This is a power receiver who makes catches in a crowd. He can run through tackles. He isn't very sudden, and he doesn't separate well. He could have a difficult time getting away from cornerbacks in the NFL. He blocks well. His hands are sound. Scouts say he will be a possession receiver.
17. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia, 5-10. 193. He was a real productive college player in a system that inflates stats, but scouts say he won't put up the same numbers in the NFL. Bailey isn't quite as big or as fast as NFL stars need to be. But he is a solid player who can make it as a nickel receiver. Bailey has good quickness, body control and timing. He can run precise routes.
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22. Jaron Brown, Clemson, 6-3, 204. With size and muscle, Brown has NFL upside. He had a good workout and has moved up the charts recently. He plays physically but is a little stiff athletically. He also had a penchant for making clutch catches.
23. Rodney Smith, Florida State, 6-5, 225. He looks better than he plays. Smith ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at 6-5, but one front-office man said he didn't see that speed on tape. "He can't separate," he said. "He is big and lanky and slow." Smith did not have a great season at Florida State but fared better at the East-West Shrine Game. He is an inconsistent player who has concentration lapses. He can adjust to inaccurate throws. He's a pretty good blocker. His potential will get him drafted.
24. Aaron Mellette, Elon, 6-3, 217. He is a big receiver and could develop into a fine red-zone weapon. Mellette has instincts to find the openings in zone. He has the toughness to make catches over the middle. He gains yards after the catch. He is not very fast, and his hands are inconsistent. He is raw in his route running. He has not faced a lot of really good competition.
25. Dan Buckner, Arizona, 6-4, 214. He was not invited to the combine but is likely to be drafted. Buckner has excellent size and decent hands. He isn't the most fluid athlete and his routes are just average. He originally enrolled at Texas, but after an arrest for trespassing and resisting arrest, he transferred.
26. Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State, 5-10, 196. He didn't have the greatest workout, but he has potential as a slot receiver. Bumphis is not a speed demon, but he has good quickness and is explosive. His stock has risen lately.
27. Justin Brown, Oklahoma, 6-3, 207. This transfer from Penn State has some return ability. He doesn't have great deep speed, but he has good size and solid hands. He came on last season and is a draft sleeper.
28. Alec Lemon, Syracuse, 6-1, 202. He is a consistent receiver who runs good routes and catches the ball well. He is a "step slow," according to one scout. Lemon may struggle to escape man coverage in the NFL. But he was productive, and he competes well. "He can be a real good backup, possession-type guy in the NFL," one national scout said.
29. Alan Bonner, Jacksonville State, 5-10, 193. His package of athleticism, competitiveness and speed has garnered interest from NFL teams. Bonner also has some return ability. He is on the raw side and could be a practice squad candidate. One front-office man describes him as "solid, not special."
30. Lanear Sampson, Baylor, 5-11, 204. He can run well enough to warrant being drafted. Sampson has solid hands and could stick in the NFL as a backup. His route running needs a little work.
31. Ryan Spadola, Lehigh, 6-1, 204. He had a nice combine workout, including running a 4.40 40-yard dash. But one veteran talent evaluator said Spadola does not look that fast on tape. Spadola does have good body control and short area quickness, and could be a slot receiver in the NFL.
32. Tyrone Goard, Eastern Kentucky, 6-4, 205. He is a gangly outside receiver with some speed. His hands are inconsistent. Goard is very raw, but one front-office man said he could develop over the course of a couple of years in the right system.
33. Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech, 6-2, 204. His 4.32 40-yard dash speed has gotten him noticed, but he is viewed as more of a track guy. He ran track at Kansas and walked on to the Hokies' football team after transferring. Fuller doesn't have great lateral movement and doesn't have very impressive tape, according to front-office men. He is not very polished, and his hands need to improve.
34. Mark Harrison, Rutgers, 6-3, 231. With his size and strength, Harrison has a decent chance of being drafted. He has 35-inch arms and vertical jumped 38 1/2 inches, so he can outreach almost any defensive back. He also has decent speed. One front-office man said Harrison hasn't played up to his measurables and deemed him "an underachiever." His hands are inconsistent. NFL teams find him enigmatic. He has a broken foot that could affect his draft stock.
35. T.J. Moe, Missouri, 6-0, 204. He is quick and tough and he knows how to work underneath coverage. Moe is consistent and reliable. He does not have many dynamic qualities, however. One talent evaluator sees him as NFL backup. He could develop into a slot receiver.
36. Russell Shepard, Louisiana State, 6-1, 196. Teams in need of a slot receiver with a blend of quickness, size and speed are interested in Shepard. He has a lot of playing experience but is not the most dynamic athlete. One respected front-office man has Shepard pegged as a fourth receiver on an NFL roster.
37. Zach Rogers, Tennessee, 6-0, 182. He kind of got lost in the shuffle behind some really talented receivers at Tennessee, including Cordarrelle Patterson, Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers before Da'Rick Rogers transferred. But Zach Rogers might have been a star at another school. He is a little stiff athletically, but he can run and is competitive. He might have the tools to play the slot in the NFL.
38. Jasper Collins, Mount Union, 5-10, 189. He is a savvy route runner who knows all the tricks to get open. He is quick and has a burst, which could lead him to a role as a slot player. He also is a pretty good return man. He failed to capitalize on an opportunity to show he could fare well against better competition at the East-West Shrine Game, according to scouts. With limited size, Collins has a hard time getting off the jam. His speed is not special.
39. Darius Johnson, Southern Methodist, 5-9, 179. He is small and not very fast, which is not a good combination. But Johnson was highly productive in SMU's spread offense, and he has the quickness and instincts to create separation as a slot receiver. He has great hands.
Ace Sanders, South Carolina
Marlon Brown, Georgia
Terrell Sinkfield, Northern Iowa
Kenbrell Thompkins, Cincinnati
Conner Vernon, Duke
Reggie Dunn, Utah
Marquess Wilson, Washington State
Brice Butler, San Diego State
Brandon Kaufman, Eastern Washington
Anthony Amos, Middle Tennessee
Myles White, Louisiana Tech
Uzoma Nwachukwu, Texas A&M
Keenan Davis, Iowa
C.J. Akins, Angelo State
Roy Roundtree, Michigan
The Bears haven't made any significant roster changes at wide receiver, but they have made a personnel move that will impact their need for one in the draft.
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