2014 NFL Draft: Wide Receiver Prospects You Should Know

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 In this series of articles, I will be picking one position group each week from which I will be choosing four players to evaluate.  There will be three that you’ve probably heard of, and one that you probably haven’t. Please enjoy and I look forward to reading your comments.

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Marquise Lee – 6’0 190lbs – USC

Marquise Lee’s draft stock has slowly but surely been dropping but by no fault of his own. It just so happens that Lee is on one of the most dysfunctional USC teams in recent memory, combined with other receivers around the country making names for themselves. That being said, he still has excellent potential and all the tools you like to see in a marquee wide out. He’s not the biggest receiver in the draft, in fact, he’s not even close but size doesn’t always make a good receiver. Look at Jon Baldwin. He runs very precise routes, has great hands, and break away speed. He was one of the best players in the country in 2012 with 117 receptions for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. The former track star was widely considered to be the best wide out in the draft until this year began and could still potentially be the first receiver off the board, but I predict he will be the second or even the third receiver drafted in 2013.

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  • Calchiefsfan

    I remember when Jerry Rice was drafted he was considered a little slow for a wide receiver. All he did was make plays. Guess Mathews shouldn’t be counted out for his lack of elite speed.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      I wouldn’t count him out…I think he may be the best value, especially if he drops to the 3rd round

    • berttheclock

      Hey, I love blazers. Although, by saying blazers, I mean really fast guys with hands who can play football. However, Steve Largent was not fast. Bilitnikoff was not fast. But, they could get open and catch anything within reach. As you say, Rice did not have that super speed, but, he knew how to get open and had enough speed to kick it into gear and make many yards after the catch. Reminded me of Gale Sayers. Sayers was only a 9.7 hundred yards guy. OJ was a legitimate 9.2. But, Sayers could be at top speed within a step or two.

      Speaking of blazers, do you remember Anthony Hancock, the very fast track star from Tennessee, of whom the Chiefs wasted a Number One pick? He was a blazer, but, he never could remember how to run a route the same way twice. He came off the line of scrimmage and free lanced. He was so bad, Bill Kenny refused to even look for him and went to the much slower but consistent Carlos Carson instead.

  • Travis Forsyth

    dude with all do respect, KC is 5-0 and for the first time in my life, I’m not going to worry about the draft ’til april……

    • cd3382

      yea that’s exactly what I was thinking and we should enjoy this undefeated record while it last.

      • Jeff Grasser Jr

        Trust me, i enjoy it very very much…I just like the draft…when draft time gets closer, ill talk about who I think the Chiefs should take but thats not what this series is about

        • berttheclock

          Hey, Jeff, I appreciate your series. I agree with you about getting to know who is out there. BTW, remember your TE column. Did you see the seemingly mentally troubled young TE from Nike U has left the team and wants to go pro? When, I say mentally, I mean he appears to not know what he really wants to do with his life. Be some sort of political activist? Play team football? Play individual style football? True shame, as he has a ton of talent.

          • Jeff Grasser Jr

            Thank you, sir! They are fun to do. I just read up on Colt Lyerla leaving the team…I think he’s got some issues with the coaching staff, not a good look when trying to impress GMs…He may have had himself set up as second TE off the board but with Eric Ebron and Nick O’Leary’s stock rising with good games last few weeks…He may end up in the 4th-5th round

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      Again…im not linking any of these players to the Chiefs…I’m profiling every single position until April…I’ve already done centers, guards, tackles, and tight ends…these articles are not about who I think the Chiefs should draft, they are merely familiarizing people with the prospects

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      I like the draft, that’s all

  • Fernando Garci-Crespo C

    Brandon Coleman from Rutgers should enter the list. While a bit slow he is 6´6 tall, and we allready have speedy recivers, we need a masive frame with good hands like this guy.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      I considered putting him in but Lee and Watkins were pretty much no brainers and I wanted to include Evans and Matthews…he’s most definitely honorable mention though…These players I select aren’t necessarily the players I consider to be “the best” just the players whose names are relatively recognizable…

  • Roc

    I’d love to see the Chiefs take Mike Evans, imagine Bowe and Evans paired with Avery and McCluster on 4 Wr sets

  • berttheclock

    Should the Chiefs continue to win, they will not draft very high in the next draft. Looks as though from reading the several new mocks out, that QBs, OTs and defensive players will make up the majority of the first round. One TE and a couple of the WRs mentioned in your article will go, as well. But, there should be quality for the Chiefs left on the board.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    Matthews and Evans look possible. Lee and Watkins look like they will go too high for us to have a chance of selecting.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      Agreed…Those are probably my two favorite guys ironically…Evans is a monster and like I mentioned in my article, Matthews has been the most consistent of the four

  • Danny W

    Nice post. I’d love to see Evans in Chiefs red. I don’t know what good it would do us at this point. We can’t even manage to find Bowe right now. #shrugsshoulders