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I don't know why I'm feeling so pessimistic today.

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Jennings is a much better receiver who's used to being in sync with the QB, runs better routes, understands timing, a much better target to see if Ponder "gets it." 2 yard passes to Harvin are nice but not a good way to "test" your QB


I just don't know if he's an overall better receiver. Harvin stays healthy all 16 games last season and I would bet he eclipses Jennings' best season with an arguably much worse QB.

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Simpson should be healthy and makes a fine #3 WR


He's still a very large question mark.

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J.Wright makes an even bigger impact in his second year. Averaged about 44 YPG, translates to 708 yards in a full 16 games, not bad for a #2 / rookie.


He showed promise, but the jury is still out on him. He performed well when given the opportunity. That's all that could've been asked from him.

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Carlson will be working hard to prove himself, he has to if he wants another contract in the NFL (not just the Vikings)


All I'll say is he has a lot to prove. I don't see him being much of a threat/factor, but I hope I'm wrong. At this point I think Ellison brings more to the table.

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Jenkins is gone but was outperformed by a hobbled simpson anyway, wouldn't want him on the field anyway.


I think you're mixed up. Jenkins had a 40/449/2 stat line compared to Simpson's 26/274/0. I'm actually relieved Jenkins is gone. An early round rookie should have considerable more upside.

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I still expect a WR in the first 3 picks, but I wouldn't be blown away if they didn't take one. If we got a combination of BPA's at LB, G, DT, or CB none of those would be bad moves in my book. I wouldn't under estimate the effect a good guard could have on Ponder and the offense either, their inconsistent play really hurt the passing game at times and Charlie Johnson isn't getting any younger or better sadly.


While guard isn't a strength and there's room for competition at both spots, I think our receivers are more of a weakness in the pass game. Johnson and Fusco are serviceable (I'm being a little generous).

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Of course, that's because I happen to agree with McShay on most of it. Seriously, folks, this is all more subjective than one thinks. :D


You can say that again!


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I don't know why I'm feeling so pessimistic today.


Well, I guess I am as well, because I agree with your concerns. I mean, would the Vikings be in an admitted "rebuilding" mode if there weren't talent gaps on the team?

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While guard isn't a strength and there's room for competition at both spots, I think our receivers are more of a weakness in the pass game. Johnson and Fusco are serviceable (I'm being a little generous).


Generous but accurate. No doubt about it, WR is a front burner need.

I still say the Vikings have enough picks to pick two WRs and that's what they should do. They need it.


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I just don't know if he's an overall better receiver. Harvin stays healthy all 16 games last season and I would bet he eclipses Jennings' best season with an arguably much worse QB.


... an arguably much worse QB but a QB who had fewer quality passing options as well, which can factor into receiving production.

Harvin averaged 6 catches for 75.2 yards per game last season and had 3 TDs. IF he could have sustained that pace for 16 games without dropping off, he would have had 110 catches for 1203 yards and 5 or 6 TDs. Jennings' best season in GB was in 2010, when he had 76 catches for 1265 yards and 12 TDs.

Throw in rushing yards and Harvin probably tops Jennings' best yardage total but can Percy sustain a productive pace like that for a full year? He has yet to start every game in a 16 game season.

Anyway, Jennings is the more skilled player, Percy probably the more explosive player (and certainly younger). If Jennings stays healthy, i certainly don't think he's a downgrade and he's possibly an upgrade due to the superior skill set.

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All I'll say is he has a lot to prove. I don't see him being much of a threat/factor, but I hope I'm wrong. At this point I think Ellison brings more to the table.


I do too and I've been wondering for a long time now if the Vikes might not draft Eifert if he fell to them. He might be able to fill the role they initially had in mind for Carlson. It's a long shot and would be a very surprising move but I'm not sure I'd completely rule it out. I can imagine the angry shockwaves that would send through Vikes fandom... :)

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While guard isn't a strength and there's room for competition at both spots, I think our receivers are more of a weakness in the pass game. Johnson and Fusco are serviceable (I'm being a little generous).


Actually, I'd call that accurate, not generous. They are serviceable and Fusco could become much more. I thought he showed real promise last season.


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I don't know why I'm feeling so pessimistic today.

He showed promise, but the jury is still out on him. He performed well when given the opportunity. That's all that could've been asked from him.


If that's how you see it, I think he showed a lot more than promise, he was downright dangerous!

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I think you're mixed up. Jenkins had a 40/449/2 stat line compared to Simpson's 26/274/0. I'm actually relieved Jenkins is gone. An early round rookie should have considerable more upside.


Yeah, perhaps in the stats, but the coaching staff still thought more of a hobbled simpson often putting him out there anyway. I'm not too concerned about the numbers, JS drew a lot more pass interference penalty's that don't show up in the stat sheet and Jenkins often got his yardage late in games when they were playing prevent, not that it doesn't count.

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While guard isn't a strength and there's room for competition at both spots, I think our receivers are more of a weakness in the pass game. Johnson and Fusco are serviceable (I'm being a little generous).


I think it's pretty close tbh, but that's my opinion. If Jennings gets hurt then our WR's are much more vulnerable compared to if Johnson got hurt so the smart move imo is to add one more WR, I'm not quite sold a run heavy, 2 WR / 2 TE set offense needs to invest in 4-5 good wide receivers but again that might just be me. If the coaches said they planned to move away from their bread and butter bunch formations I'd be more inclined to say we should take 2 WR's.


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the more I think about it the more I don't think they'll take a WR in the first round and maybe not even in the first two rounds. although Jennings is aging and his production has been on the decline, they didn't pay him that much money not to be the number one WR. I think the Vikings also have high hopes for Wright based on his ability to stretch the field towards the end of last season. they also resigned Simpsonhave a pro bowl tight end in Rudolph and are looking for more production from Carlson. I think they are going to view MLB, CB and DT. as more pressing needs


A case could certainly be made for that, but I would be HIGHLY surprised if a WR wasn't selected in the first two rounds for one reason: Christian Ponder. Make no mistake about it, this is Ponder's "Prove it" year. He's Spielman's selection and you can believe Spielman will surround him with more weapons and give him a greater chance to succeed. In my view our receivers still aren't good enough by any stretch of the imagination. We have Jennings, and no other proven receiver. Actually, a case could be made we're worse off at this point than we were a year ago with the subtraction of Harvin.

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Best receiver is gone and replaced with a good player, but arguably a lesser talent
Simpson was awful last season and he's back.
Wright is unproven.
Carlson was invisible and he's back (the Vikings can look for more production from him, but how much more? And does that happen?)
Jenkins is gone, eliminating a decent third-down receiver (granted he was unproductive last season as well).

They need to keep adding talent if Ponder has a chance to succeed and the pass offense has a chance to be more productive.


The Vikings top receivers at the beginning of last year were Harvin, Jenkins and Aromashadu. The Vikings top receivers this year are Jennings, Wright and Simpson. Wright didn't catch a pass until week 10 and Jenkins only outperformed him by 18 catches and 130 yards. Simpson has another offseason in the system and if he can remain healthy will be better than last year. The only question mark is can Jenkins put up similar numbers to Harvin, probably not. He doesn't have to though, as a whole, I think the WR corps is an upgrade from what it was last year.

Also, the Vikings will have 4 UFA on the D-Line next year. With that K-Will is already on the decline. Even if the D-Line performs at an equal level this year, in 2014 it's going to be a mess. I think if there is a 3 technique DT they like, I think they will push WR to the side.

Me personally, I think CB is the top need for the Vikings. Cook has not played an entire season, Josh Robinson eventually got benched last year, and Jefferson was downright terrible. I think CB is going to be a high priority on the Vikings radar during the draft.

I think MLB and CB don't have as much depth as WR and DT, and of course that is going to play into their decision on how they draft. If they don't take a MLB in round 1, they may not find another "impact" MLB in the draft. CB has a lot more depth to it, but still not as much as WR or DT. I think WR is the deepest position in this year's draft and I think that will play a factor into how they arrange their draft boards. I just think a rookie at DT, CB and MLB have more of an opportunity to come in and make an impact right away more so than a WR.


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I think Mcshay is a joke.


This. Can't hate the hustle though. Fake it 'til you make it.


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Actually, a case could be made we're worse off at this point than we were a year ago with the subtraction of Harvin.


You wouldn't have to make a case. I think most people would agree with that.


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Interesting - I thought this was the big takeaway from the McShay article:
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Remember, I'm just a guy who hasn't seen any of these guys play. The words that catch my eye are "silky smooth route runner" and "when they needed a play" they went to Hunter.


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The Norseman (Arif) is doing a gradual countdown with in-depth analysis, by tier, of the WR prospects. His set of criteria is pretty sound, if a bit verbose. My main reservation is that I think he overestimates Speilman's motive to get a WR that can produce now. Even so, it is worth a read:


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The split end will also be the player generally asked to operate the "constraint plays," which will be screens to stretch the defense horizontally and deep routes to stretch it vertically, so speed is good. Like I said above, however, it's not a controlling factor. Getting open and providing opportunities to move the ball are more critical parts of the offense.

Beyond that, the Vikings need receivers specifically to emphasize Ponder's strength and hide his weaknesses. That means receivers who can capitalize on extended plays by finding open spaces, receivers who know how to hit their breaks with correct timing and secure the ball in traffic to take advantage of what Ponder can do.

To cover his weaknesses, the best fits at receiver will have a wide catch radius to compensate for poor ball placement and a good ability to generate yards after the catch in order to consistently move the chains.

One could argue that the short, possession-style receiving game is a product of Ponder's arm strength or simply not having receiver talent, but Musgrave used similar playbooks with the Jaguars and Panthers in his tenures with both of those franchises. Those teams had Muhsin Muhammad, Jimmy Smith (perhaps the most underrated receiver in history) and Donald Hayes. It's wasn't just a question of receiver or quarterback (he had Byron Leftwich, Steve Beuerlein and David Garrard) ability-Musgrave simply likes to run shorter routes. If you don't believe that, Wobschall says the same.

Finally, evaluating Christian Ponder is a top priority. If the receiver is not ready to contribute right away, then there's not much they can do to help the front office evaluate Christian Ponder. It will be difficult to find a receiver who can do that. In the past ten years, the top 64 picks have produced 14 receivers who have had over 800 yards from scrimmage in their rookie year (out of 79 who played in games). Of those, only four chosen between pick 23 and 52 produced 800 yards (out of 36 who played games). This doesn't include those who haven't made an impact in games, like A.J. Jenkins.

So, finding one who can adapt to the NFL game immediately is a priority. I cannot emphasize the rarity of this trait and the importance of this point. You can find potential in any draft—since 1999, there has been at least one receiver who has recorded a 40-time of 4.35 or less and there is talk every year of raw "upside". Naturally, this board changes in big ways if the principles of immediate fit and instant impact are removed.


Tier 7 includes WRs 32-36, roughly projected to be taken between rounds 5-7.

I think he underrates Josh Boyce, again, for the immediate production criterion:
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Josh Boyce would be a higher rank were his combine performance not interrupted by a fractured foot. I think he'll end up on an NFL field taking significant snaps, but he won't be able to do it quickly enough for the Vikings to use his additional weapons to let them evaluate the offense and Christian Ponder. He's probably a good long term investment. Assuming he takes significant snaps, his production score would earn him a spot in the upper tier of receivers.

Boyce is an incredibly strong receiver who is also relatively light on his feet. He's good at the release freeing himself from receivers and he punishes defenders for trying to jam him. He has a quick run up and is a smart route-runner who is both precise and explosive at the break. He knows his option routes and can read defenses with enough savvy to use them effectively.



I look forward to tiers 1-6.
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The only thing that disqualifies the comparison of Patterson's drops to Hunters for me, is that the majority of Patterson's routes were short slants or at the line of scrimmage. I have never played wr or anything like that but I think it would be harder to catch the ball 30-40 yards down field (hunter) than I would be 10-15 yards down field. Hunter had to handle almost all the deep routes from what I have seen in film, because of Patterson's lack of knowledge in the route department. Does that sound correct? Would love to hear from a Tennessee fan.


Patterson's rout running question comes from the idea that he can only go deep(Or at least that's what i thought). From what ive read and saw, his problem is running the shorter routes more precicely. I guess ill have to watch more film or ask someone who knows more.

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WR Allen's re-check was for ankle

The NFL Combine confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter that Cal WR Keenan Allen's recent medical re-check was related to a right ankle injury.

Schefter previously noted Allen posted an odd drug test when higher than normal water levels were found in his system. Allen has dealt with a PCL injury since November, but this ankle injury goes back to the Spring of 2012 when the receiver underwent surgery. There's a real chance the Cal product lasts until the middle part of the second day.

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Thanks for that info about Allen. I wonder if Schefter will apologize.


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Thanks for that info about Allen. I wonder if Schefter will apologize.


Schefter apologizes for no man.

But I'm sure the initial report of a questionable drug test is accurate.

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Thanks for that info about Allen. I wonder if Schefter will apologize.


Bah. Schefter has been a garbage reporter since he left NFL Network and went to ESPN.

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WR Allen's re-check was for ankle

The NFL Combine confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter that Cal WR Keenan Allen's recent medical re-check was related to a right ankle injury.

Schefter previously noted Allen posted an odd drug test when higher than normal water levels were found in his system. Allen has dealt with a PCL injury since November, but this ankle injury goes back to the Spring of 2012 when the receiver underwent surgery. There's a real chance the Cal product lasts until the middle part of the second day.


Man I hope we stay away from this guy, Demi is right taking him completely off the board would be smart. Guy isn't even taking hits yet and has multiple injuries popping up all over the place. Now his Surgically repaired ankle is flaring up?! Jeeze.


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Against all conventional wisdom, I will point out that the top three WR's at Minnesota, while not the "three deep" we swooned over in the 1990's, are a fine group on paper (if we don't have injuries or suspensions). A healthy Jennings is a #1 guy for sure, Simpson should be a solid #2 (only full season starter stats are 50 catches for 725 yards and 4 TDs) and Wright is a seriously good #3 if he can keep up the per-game rate he had last year. Add to that a pretty reasonable receiving TE in Rudolph (maybe another in a rededicated Carlson) and you have the makings of a decent receiving corps.

But that's without injuries. And the top two guys have a history of injuries. To me, that's why we need to draft a WR. Of course, need isn't the only reason to draft a guy. If we get good value, I'd think we could draft a couple WR's. But I don't think we get good value at our #23 and #25 picks - #35 and #37 yes.

As a test, look up the stats for the average #2 or #3 receiver. I did last year (2011) - the median #2 guy (Lance Moore) had 627 yards. The median #3 guy (Ben Obamanu) had 436. A slightly above average set of wide receivers is something 1000/650/450. Do you think Jennings/Simpson/Wright would be a long way from that?


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DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Player

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the trashed Indianapolis hotel room at February's Combine belonged to Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins and Rutgers WR Mark Harrison.

Yahoo Sports reported Monday that the trashed hotel room was littered with "urine and feces scattered about the bathroom, toothpaste on the mirror and garbage strewn about the room." Hopkins and Harrison have denied their involvement, and one GM told FOX Sports' Alex Marvez that Hopkins had left the room "several hours" before it was destroyed. While the incident was embarrassing to Combine organizers, we're not sure it'll affect Hopkins or Harrison's draft stock. Hopkins is a potential first-round pick. Harrison is a likely mid-rounder with 4.46 speed at a rocked-up 6-foot-3 and 231 pounds.

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Mayock said in his conference call that DeAndre Hopkins and Robert Woods will be there at 51, so that means one should be there at 52!!!

Defense first round and Hopkins second, BOOM!


Wow.... that's something, I didn't think Hopkins would make it out of the first round.


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"Rocked up"?? That might explain the hotel room.

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DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Player

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the trashed Indianapolis hotel room at February's Combine belonged to Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins and Rutgers WR Mark Harrison.

Yahoo Sports reported Monday that the trashed hotel room was littered with "urine and feces scattered about the bathroom, toothpaste on the mirror and garbage strewn about the room." Hopkins and Harrison have denied their involvement, and one GM told FOX Sports' Alex Marvez that Hopkins had left the room "several hours" before it was destroyed. While the incident was embarrassing to Combine organizers, we're not sure it'll affect Hopkins or Harrison's draft stock. Hopkins is a potential first-round pick. Harrison is a likely mid-rounder with 4.46 speed at a rocked-up 6-foot-3 and 231 pounds.


Blah, i heard about this, didnt know it was Hopkin's room. Very immature. Harrison was kinda my sleeper guy, but what in the world were they thinking?


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It sounds like the sources think it was all Hopkins's fault, but I can't see how Harrison didn't know what was going on if he was staying there. Maybe he wasn't, and just had his stuff there.

Yeah, I really hope trashing that hotel room was worth a million bucks to Hopkins, because that's about the least the guy will lose if he slides on draft day. What a knucklehead. Sounds like a future Raider.

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Wow, everyone on this thread has their favorite receiver listed, I think maybe I should make a case for mine.

Terrance Williams from Baylor. Just researching him on youtube, I love seeing how discipline he is when the ball is in the air. A lot of young receivers have a tendency to stick out their hands when the ball is in the air. This signals to the pursuing CB or Safety where the ball is. This kid waits until the very last second to grab the ball. That is really hard for a DB to deal with. IMHO Terrance Williams is the best WR in this draft.


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Wow, everyone on this thread has their favorite receiver listed, I think maybe I should make a case for mine.

Terrance Williams from Baylor. Just researching him on youtube, I love seeing how discipline he is when the ball is in the air. A lot of young receivers have a tendency to stick out their hands when the ball is in the air. This signals to the pursuing CB or Safety where the ball is. This kid waits until the very last second to grab the ball. That is really hard for a DB to deal with. IMHO Terrance Williams is the best WR in this draft.


If the vikings draft him in the first three rounds ill puke. The kid has done nothing but slide since the draft process started. I see him as a Brian Hartline type #2 WR. Wont be putting a team on his back any time soon.

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If the vikings draft him in the first three rounds ill puke. The kid has done nothing but slide since the draft process started. I see him as a Brian Hartline type #2 WR. Wont be putting a team on his back any time soon.

That doesn't seem to match his 2012 performance. After RGIII and Kendall Wright left Baylor last year for the draft. People thought Baylor was done. All Terrance Williams did was to have 97 reception, 1832 yrds, 12 TD. Baylor need him to step up and put the team on his back, that's what he did.


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Wow, everyone on this thread has their favorite receiver listed, I think maybe I should make a case for mine.

Terrance Williams from Baylor. Just researching him on youtube, I love seeing how discipline he is when the ball is in the air. A lot of young receivers have a tendency to stick out their hands when the ball is in the air. This signals to the pursuing CB or Safety where the ball is. This kid waits until the very last second to grab the ball. That is really hard for a DB to deal with. IMHO Terrance Williams is the best WR in this draft.



There you go! Finally, another person that appreciates Terrance Williams, who is definitely one of the few WRs on my wish pick list to end up in purple. I've never been anything but impressed with Williams every time I've seen him play. The guy is a big time play-maker.


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There you go! Finally, another person that appreciates Terrance Williams, who is definitely one of the few WRs on my wish pick list to end up in purple. I've never been anything but impressed with Williams every time I've seen him play. The guy is a big time play-maker.


Terrance who?

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If the vikings draft him in the first three rounds ill puke. The kid has done nothing but slide since the draft process started. I see him as a Brian Hartline type #2 WR. Wont be putting a team on his back any time soon.

That doesn't seem to match his 2012 performance. After RGIII and Kendall Wright left Baylor last year for the draft. People thought Baylor was done. All Terrance Williams did was to have 97 reception, 1832 yrds, 12 TD. Baylor need him to step up and put the team on his back, that's what he did.



Solid post.

I like him too. He's produced big #s with two different QBs and he is solid at stretching the field. I think he's undervalued.

The rumors about us moving up have me concerned that they are targeting Tavon Austin. I think he is a natural fit for Musgrave's offense and I like his quickness. I just don't like the notion of looking to replace Percy and I don't like giving up picks to move up. I think there are a lot of players (esp. LB and WR) that offer great value in the 2nd, so I'd rather they moved down from 25 and pick up an extra 2nd and 3rd.


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The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports West Virginia WR Tavon Austin scored a seven on his Wonderlic Test at the Combine.The Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn has exclusive access to Wonderlic scores each year, and he reveals them for some top wide receivers at the linked article below.

Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson registered an 11 out of 50. College teammate Justin Hunter scored a 12. Keenan Allen (19) and Robert Woods (23) were much better. Ultimately, Wonderlic scores have zero correlation to NFL success. Troy Williamson scored a 21, while A.J. Green scored a 10. Redskins busts Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly both scored in the 20s.


Interesting. And also--I've read/heard Troy Williamson's name more in the last week than I have...well, ever. lol.

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Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor. 6-1 7/8 208 lbs

Strengths: Gliding athlete with smooth acceleration and long-striding speed. Good body control and balance for his size with smooth transitions and movements. Tracks the ball well downfield and can gain a step with an extra gear to be a legitimate vertical threat. Good focus and reach. Not a burner but catches the ball in stride and has the flexibility to make tough catches.
Strong plant foot in his routes to gain inside position and immediately looks upfield after the catch. Works back to the pocket and has good field awareness, finding open zones and showing the quarterback his numbers. Good effort blocking on the outside and can drive defenders out of the play. Shows some leadership qualities on the field and the sideline.

Weaknesses: Average route runner and needs continued improvement after a limited route tree at Baylor. Stiff ankles and has more build-up speed, lacking quick-twitch start/stop explosion. Didn't see a lot of press coverage in college and at times was able to just run past defensive backs untouched.

Needs to eliminate the mental errors and stay focused with his share of drops. Questionable toughness and doesn't always fight for every yard with a disappointing effort after interceptions, needing to show better effort for all four quarters. A tad too finesse at times and won't break a lot of tackles. Known to chirp at times about not getting the ball, will he be a distraction?

Courtesy of CBSsports

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