Draft Prospects: Wide Receivers

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The Raiders.com Draft Prospects series is back for 2015. You can find information on each prospect invited to the NFL's Annual Scouting Combine by position. We continue with a look at the RUNNING BACKS invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. *Photos courtesy of the respective player's university or college.

**Nelson Agholor | 6-0 | 198 | Southern California

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Agholor totaled 178 receptions for 2,572 yards and 20 TDs in three seasons at USC. He also returned 37 punts for 540 yards and 4 TDS and 24 kick returns in 443 yards. In 2014, he had 104 catches for 1,303 yards and 12 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Runs a good route and competes hard on every snap. Able to drive defender into a poor leverage position. Bouncy, quick feet for burst out of breaks. Adequate separation quickness and twitch. Understands his position. Will improvise to get open for scrambling quarterback. Highly instinctive in space with consistent feel for working his way to open spaces as a presentable, ready target. Almost always works his way back to the throw when needed. Natural hands. Has snatch-and-run readiness after the catch with initial quickness to make things happen. Tracks the ball over his shoulder and careful not to crowd himself against the boundary. Dominated the competition over second half of the year. Dangerous punt returner.

Mario Alford | 5-8 | 180 | West Virginia

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In two seasons at West Virginia, Alford caught 92 passes for 1,497 yards and 13 TDs. He also returned 37 kickoffs for 972 yards and 2 TDs. In 2014, he had 65 receptions for 945 yards and 11 TDs and had 743 return yards with 2 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Needs a little bit of a runway, but has elite, run-away speed once he gets to his gear. Deep speed that must be accounted for by safeties. Can build on separation over the top. Pushes corners into early retreat leaving open space underneath for simple throw-and-catch completions. Shows ability to become a more effective route runner on next level. Plays with excellent ball tracking and was able to go up and make contested catches on 50/50 balls downfield. Hands catcher. Was mindful of quarterback and would work back to the quarterback. Kick returner with home-run potential.

Dres Anderson | 6-1 | 187 | Utah

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Anderson totaled 134 receptions for 2,077 yards and 17 TDs. In 2014, he had 22 receptions for 355 yards and 4 TDs. His biggest year was 2013 with 53 catches for 1,002 yards and 7 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Good definition through upper body. Long legs that eat up space downfield. Good enough with downfield route-running. Possesses eye-catching second gear to separate in space. Plays bigger than listed size. Aggressive, effective run blocker. Doesn't fear the middle of the field. Adjusts well to low throws. Creates additional space with smart hand usage at top of routes. Can throttle down and get feet down near sideline. High-pointer with necessary body control. Will adjust routes to benefit quarterback. Has feel to negotiate traffic after the catch. NFL bloodlines. Father "Flipper" Anderson played for 10 years as an NFL WR.

Kenny Bell | 6-1 | 197 | Nebraska

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Bell totaled 181 receptions for 2,689 yards and 21 TDs. He also returned 51 kickoffs for 1,277 yards and 1 TD. In 2014, he caught 47 passes for 788 yards and 6 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Can get on top of cornerbacks quickly and can ramp up acceleration to create enough air space for quarterbacks to target him up top. Has made big catches at big times for Nebraska. Displays concentration and boundary awareness up the field. Has big-play ability that was untapped at times at Nebraska. Shredded with little body fat. Smart player and very well-coached in college. Plus competitiveness when going up to snag a pass against defenders. Ball winner.

Da'Ron Brown | 6-0 | 205 | Northern Illinois

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Brown totaled 155 receptions for 2,295 yards and 19 TDs over four seasons at Northern Illinois. In 2014, he had 68 catches for 1,065 yards and 6 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Quarterback's friend. Opens wide and gives quarterback a very presentable target. Makes full use of his catch radius, snagging wild pitches in every direction. Very few drops. Natural, hands-catcher with ability to focus and make contested catches. Can run on jet sweeps, using stiff-arm as a weapon.

Kaelin Clay | 5-10 | 195 | Utah

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In one season at Utah, Clay totaled 43 receptions for 523 yards and 4 TDs. He also returned 23 punts for 346 yards and 3 TDs and 22 kickoffs for 548 yards and 1 TD.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Very good straight-line speed. Decorated sprinter in high school. Stepped up and showed improvement in his lone season at Utah after teammate Dres Anderson's season-ending knee injury. Able to make first defender miss in space. When given a shot to play vertically, took advantage by winning over the top twice against Oregon. One of the more dangerous return men in college football as both punt returner and kick returner. Posted three punt return touchdowns and a 100 yard kickoff return this year. Has great feel for keeping kick returns on their designed track and slashing at the right time. Had disastrous "fumble" against Oregon when he released ball before crossing the plain of the goal line, where Oregon picked it up and went other way for a touchdown. Bounced back from that and showed mental toughness.

Sammie Coates | 6-1 | 212 | Auburn

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Coates totaled 82 receptions for 1,757 yards and 13 TDs. In 2014, he had 34 catches for 741 yards and 4 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Looks the part. Long legs with well-proportioned frame. Outstanding combination of size and speed. Good acceleration off the snap for a receiver with his length. Can take top off defense and open up the underneath. Will beat bold cornerbacks over the top if they wait to turn and run. Forces cornerbacks onto their heels and gets easy, open looks on dig routes. Makes easy in-cut with maximum separation. Ability to win big plays vertically. Saved best performances for big games. Put 206 yards and two touchdowns on Alabama in 2014.

Chris Conley | 6-2 | 213 | Georgia

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Conley totaled 117 receptions for 1,938 yards and 20 TDs. In 2014, he had 36 catches for 657 yards and 8 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Smooth in his routes and lulls cornerbacks to sleep before hitting sneaky second gear to gain separation over the top. Accelerates through deep balls. Does good job of stemming routes. Can get open on corner route from the slot. Quick to find ball in flight and make adjustments to seal the deal. Hands-catcher who snatches away from his body. Runs sharp, in-breaking routes to maintain separation from lurking safety. Ran a variety of routes at Georgia. Recognizes how to plant his flag in open spaces for quarterback to find him. Gets feet inbounds when catching near sideline and end zone.

Amari Cooper | 6-1 | 211 | Alabama

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Cooper caught 228 passes for 3,463 yards and 31 TDs over three years at Alabama. In 2014, he led the NCAA in receptions with 124 for 1,727 yards and 16 TDs. He earned the 2014 Fred Biletnikoff Award and the SEC Offensive Player of the Year.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Asked to become a dominant offensive threat and did so. Accelerates to top speed and stays there at the top of his routes. Consistently able to get defenders leaning before breaking them off in the other direction. Owned the post route. Play speed includes a second gear. Good feel for traffic on crossers and is able to adjust and avoid the big hit. Unafraid to work the middle and secures the tough catch in traffic. Sticks it and gets it out of breaks, creating instant separation. Not content to sit in zone as covered target. Works to make himself presentable to quarterback. Competes hard and makes big plays in big games. Worked outside and from slot and varies his route speed. Tracks the ball well and has burst to run under and finish for six.

Jamison Crowder | 5-8 | 185 | Duke

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Crowder totaled 283 receptions for 3,641 yards and 23 TDs and he returned 65 punts for 869 yards and 4 TDs and 44 kickoffs for 930 yards. In 2014, he had 85 catches for 1,044 yards and 6 TDs. Crowder was a three-time All-ACC selection.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Great instant acceleration. Will burst out of cuts and gain separation when working underneath. Good route-runner who consistently gets on top of defenders quicker than they expect. Will sink hips and snap his route off abruptly. Has experience as both outside and slot wide receiver. Will give effort as a blocker. Has return experience in special teams.

DaVaris Daniels | 6-1 | 201 | Notre Dame

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Played two seasons at Notre Dame (2012-13) and totaled 80 receptions for 1,235 yards and 7 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: (Analysis all from 2013 tape) Good height with a frame that should be able to add muscle. Catching the ball comes easy for him. Has very strong hands. Gets body squared to the throw and snatches away from his body. Willing to go over the middle and make contested catch in traffic. Stems and adjusts routes from the slot. Works back to the ball. Shows adequate acceleration from his release and can open a brief window up top. Able to reach back and snare throws behind him without breaking stride. Gets upfield after the catch rather than dancing. Puts his head down and charges forward to squeeze maximum yardage from catch.

Devante Davis | 6-3 | 220 | UNLV

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Davis totaled 186 receptions for 2,785 yards and 22 TDs. In 2014, he had 34 catches for 599 yards and 4 TDs. His most productive season was 2013 when he recorded 87 catches for 1,290 yards and 14 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Good size and body composition. Adjusts well to inaccurate throws while on the move. Very few focus drops during his career. As good as you could ask for at tracking deep ball -- never loses sight of it. Will make late adjustment to underthrown balls so that he doesn't give away ball location to defender with back turned. Outstanding awareness with diligent footwork near sideline and back of the end zone. Runs a subtle, effective deep post. Solid run-after-catch talent as long as it is downfield. Clever hand usage downfield to create pre-catch separation.

Geremy Davis | 6-2 | 216 | Connecticut

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Davis caught a pass in every game he played at UConn. He totaled 165 receptions for 2,292 yards and 7 TDs. In 2014, he caught 44 passes for 521 yards and 3 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Broad shouldered target who makes himself presentable for the catch. Proficient route runner. Good use of leverage in his routes to create room at top of his routes. Makes heavily contested catches in the middle of the field. Keeps cornerbacks posted up on his hip. Plays with extended catch radius. Not a physical blocker, but walls off and shows flashes of getting after getting into it with defender.

Titus Davis | 6-1 | 196 | Central Michigan

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Totaled 198 receptions for 3,563 yards and 33 touchdowns in four seasons. Earned All-Mid-American Conference first team honors. Earned All-MAC honors all four seasons.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Outstanding route runner. Has foot quickness to disorient corners off the line of scrimmage. Can "sell and sink" -- driving defenders vertically before sinking hips and turning quickly for easy completions. Was able to dominate lesser players playing off coverage. Wins at top of his routes with his hips coming out of his stems and finds ball quickly. Plus awareness with feet near sideline and tracks ball over his shoulder like an NFL veteran. Good leaper with outstanding body control. Has ability to adjust to poor throws and make tough catches. Desired football intelligence with understanding of coverages. Sits down in space against zone coverage and weaves through traffic on shallow crossers. Maximizes yards-after-catch opportunity.

Stefon Diggs | 6-0 | 195 | Maryland

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Diggs totaled 150 receptions for 2,227 yards and 14 TDs and 32 carries for 187 yards in three seasons at Maryland. He also returned 57 kickoffs for 1,472 yards and 2 TDs. In 2014, he had 62 catches for 792 yards and 5 TDs, as well as 20 kick returns for 478 yards.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Fluid, flexible athlete. Five-star recruit who stayed home to help build local program. Instinctive route runner. Does an outstanding job of sinking his hips and exploding out of breaks to create immediate separation. Natural ball-plucker. Excellent body control to adjust to throws, whether they're low, high or behind him. Can make contested catches. Dynamic and dangerous with the ball in his hands. Sudden once he's in space, using head fakes and impressive lateral change of direction to make multiple defenders miss. Instant acceleration is his differentiator from the slot. Played through a lacerated kidney he sustained against Penn State and finished the game. Can be immediate kick returner in the league.

Phillip Dorsett | 5-10 | 185 | Miami

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Dorsett caught 121 passes for 2,132 yards and 17 TDs over four seasons at Miami. He added 25 kickoff returns for 477 yards. In 2014, he recorded 36 receptions for 871 yards and 10 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Takes the top off the defense and throws it in the trash. Elite explosiveness. Gets to top speed quickly and is a seamless glider on crossing routes, leaving man-to-man defenses in his wake. Can work outside and from the slot. Elevates and attacks contested catches. Outstanding body control and can adjust to the ball in mid-air. Mind-boggling big-play production with half of his catches going for 25-plus yards in 2014. More than just a vertical-only receiver and has the blazing feet and stop-start to beat zone coverage for big plays.

Devin Funchess | 6-4 | 232 | Michigan

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Funchess totaled 126 receptions for 1,715 yards and 15 TDs. In 2014, he had 62 catches for 733 yards and 4 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Big receiver with the ability to mismatch corners in the red zone. Long legs that can cover ground in a straight line. Transitions smoothly from catch to run. Has build-up speed to factor on run-after-catch crossers. Fluid hips for size. Uses size to defeat press coverage. Good body control and length to go get high throws that few can snag. Physical with "separating hands" at the top of the route. Smooth in intermediate routes and can earn a living in that area of the field.

Antwan Goodley | 5-10 | 209 | Baylor

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Goodley totaled 150 receptions for 2,366 yards and 21 TDs. He added 45 kickoff returns for 1,037 yards. In 2014, he caught 60 passes for 830 yards and 6 TDs and rushed 8 times for 71 yards.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Big-time vertical speed and explosiveness. Can open up his hips and stride past corners on vertical routes. Played more on the outside in 2014, but has taken plenty of snaps in the slot. Desired body control. Excels at catch-and-run game. Goes from wide receiver to running back instantly after the catch. Breaks tackles and is always looking to hit the home run after the catch. Offers unique versatility. Has played outside, from slot and had 8 carries for 71 yards as a senior. Has burst to post that cornerbacks need help with over the top. Can climb the ladder and attack the ball at high point.

Dorial Green-Beckham | 6-5 | 237 | Missouri

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Green-Beckham played two seasons at Missouri where he caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 TDs. He transferred to Oklahoma for his junior season, but had to sit out the season as a transfer restriction.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Imposing physical specimen with outstanding height, weight and speed numbers. Smooth, effortless strides to chomp up cushion and blow by overconfident corners. Runs routes with forward lean and can activate second gear when he chooses. Rare catch radius with ability to pluck would-be interceptions and turn them into catches. Has soft, sure hands. Can see a throw late and still haul it in. Able to drive cornerbacks down the field and then break route off for wide-open look underneath. Shows flashes of special ability when ball is in the air. Plus body control. Can twist and contort in any direction in order to get his hands on a throw.

Rashad Greene | 5-11 | 182 | Florida St

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Greene recorded 270 catches for 3,830 yards and 29 TDs. In 2014, he totaled 99 receptions for 1,365 yards and 7 TDs. Green was named a Second Team All-American by the AP.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Has the ability to play outside and from the slot and did so in college. Creates leverage with his routes. Plus concentration over the middle and near sidelines. Can get on top of off coverage quickly. Aware of boundaries and usually makes pro catch with two feet down. Silky athlete. Hits accelerator out of breaks, creating separation. Has long speed to make defender pay on missed tackles. Has some elusiveness after the catch. Shows subtle usage of hands to help him get open. Adjusts to poor throws. No wasted motion in his routes. Scouts love his "quiet competitiveness."

Rannell Hall | 6-0 | 198 | Central Florida

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Hall totaled 145 receptions for 2,051 yards and 9 TDs during his 4-year UCF career. He also returned 82 kickoffs for 2,083 yards. In 2014, he caught 49 passes for 500 yards and returned 12 kicks for 330 yards.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Former track man with solid vertical speed. Good job of adjusting in space against zone coverage to maximize throwing window for erratic quarterback during 2014 season. Has football smarts. Sticks foot in ground and drives hard out of break to create functional separation. Understands how to use his hands off line of scrimmage and within route. Known by scouts for high football character and toughness over the middle. Looked more comfortable operating outside and down the field as opposed to from the slot. Opened eyes with a solid week of practices at the Senior Bowl. Body control to adjust to poor throws and can save the incompletion.

Justin Hardy | 5-10 | 192 | East Carolina

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Hardy totaled 387 receptions for 4,541 yards and 35 TDs and returned 63 punts for 495 yards. In 2014, he recorded 121 catches for 1,494 yards and 10 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Instinctive. Works back to the football and adjusts well to inaccurate passes. Good length for his height. Hand-catcher with above-average hand size. Smooth hips to weave and make tacklers miss on crossing routes. Aggressive demeanor on the field. Nasty blocker looking to dominate his foe. More than 70 percent of his catches as a senior went for first downs.

Josh Harper | 6-1 | 191 | Fresno St

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Harper caught 228 passes for 2,938 yards and 29 TDs. In 2014, he had 90 receptions for 1,097 yards and 7 TDs. He was named First-Team All-Mountain West.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Has outstanding foot quickness. Gets to top speed immediately. Effortless hands-catcher who is courageous over the middle. Body control is among the best in this year's wide receiver crop and turns incompletions into catches. Fights hard to maintain route integrity when cornerbacks try to reroute him. Understands where to sit down against zone coverage to create safer throwing lanes for quarterbacks. Has running back's wiggle and can turn bubble screens and hitches into first downs.

Chris Jones | 5-10 | 182 | Alabama

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Jones totaled 85 receptions for 1,030 yards and 7 TDs. He returned 68 kickoffs for 1,727 yards and 2 TDs and 66 punt returns for 719 yards and 2 TDs. In 2014, he caught 19 passes for 264 yards and 1 TD and returned 37 kickoffs for 851 yards and 19 punts for 152 yards.

Dez Lewis | 6-4 | 214 | Central Arkansas

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In 2014, Lewis totaled 64 receptions for 945 yards and 9 TDs. He had three multi-touchdown games during the 2014 season.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Good height and overall size. High points and uses his length. Good forward lean into routes and gets cornerbacks to open up before breaking routes off. Uses same route pace for verticals and stick routes. Long-armed hands-catcher who extends to snatch ball early and get upfield. Satisfactory speed and foot quickness for his size. Weak-armed quarterback forced him to learn to work back to the throw. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder.

Tony Lippett | 6-2 | 192 | Michigan St

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Lippett totaled 149 receptions for 2,247 yards and 15 TDs. In 2014, he caught 65 passes for 1,198 yards and 11 TDs. Lippett was named the 2014 Big Ten Receiver of the Year as well as a first-team All-Big Ten selection.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Was the team MVP and finished the 2014 season as both starting wide receiver and starting cornerback. Tall with good feet. Sits down and opens quickly vs. zones. Will adjust to pressure as the window constricts. Creative, varied release off the line of scrimmage. If he catches on the move, he can eat up turf and YAC with his long legs. Hands-catcher who can outjump and outreach most corners. Confident and accepted the challenge to be great in 2014. As cornerback, targeted eight times for just 13 receiving yards with three passes defensed. Adjusts routes when needed near goal line. Dominated smaller cornerbacks in the red zone. Saw 86.7 percent of his catches go for a first down.

Tyler Lockett | 5-10 | 182 | Kansas St

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Lockett caught 249 passes for 3,710 yards and 29 TDs in four years at Kansas State. He also returned 77 kickoffs for 2,196 yards and 4 TDs and 32 punts for 488 yards and 2 TDs. In 2014, he had 106 catches for 1,515 yards and 11 TDs, while returning 18 kickoffs for 361 yards and 21 punts for 402 yards.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Good play speed. Has twitch at top of his routes and gets separation for quarterbacks to make open throws. His father was a standout wide receiver at Kansas State and played in the NFL. Intelligent player on field who has clearly learned from his father. Nuanced route runner with ability to sell. Will vary route speed and is proficient with double moves. Scouts say his personal character and football character are top-notch. Has a knack for making explosive plays as a receiver and return man. Steps up his game when matched up against top competition across from him. Likes to block.

Deon Long | 6-0 | 192 | Maryland

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In two seasons at Maryland, Long totaled 81 receptions for 1,043 yards and 3 touchdowns.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Good foot quickness. Hits top speed quickly. Gets desired release off the line of scrimmage. Has strong hands. Attacks the ball and can make contested catches. Adjusts to the ball mid-air and finishes the catch. Survivor. Spent time at three FBS schools, a junior college and missed 2013 with a broken leg. Scouts like the talent and say production was hurt by quarterback play in 2014.

Tello Luckett | 6-0 | 211 | Harding

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Luckett totaled 79 receptions for 1,625 yards and 15 TDs. He added 78 carries for 579 yards and 5 TDs. Luckett caught 23 passes for 602 yards and 5 TDs in 2014.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Good size, speed and overall quickness. Ran a 10.44 100 meters for the track team. Muscular build with strong legs. Is able to shake off tackles and grind out extra yardage after catch. Can mash the gas off the snap and destroy cushion on the Div. II level. Gets immediate separation on crossing routes. Former high school running back. Can turn the corner after catch or make defender miss in open space. Has the speed to punish defenses after catch. High points effectively. Willing blocker and can be effective at it when he wants to. Kick returner with explosive potential.

Vince Mayle | 6-2 | 224 | Washington St

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In two seasons at WSU, Mayle caught 148 passes for 2,022 yards and 16 TDs. In 2014, he had 106 receptions for 1,483 yards and 9 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Former basketball player. Has good speed and twitch for a big receiver. Can win in space and has tremendous ability to track the ball over his shoulder on deep throws. Has learned to vary route speed to help with separation on slants. Outstanding physical traits for the position. Sinks hips and sits down on route quickly for a receiver his size. Better acceleration than cornerbacks expect on free release. Can get to top speed quickly and has touchdown catches of 72, 81 and 90 yards over last two seasons. Has the body type to overwhelm small cornerbacks. Fights through initial contact after the catch and will grind out tough yards. Slimmed down entering 2014 and put up big numbers in pass-happy offense.

Tre McBride | 6-0 | 210 | William & Mary

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All-CAA first team distinction after ranking 2nd in the CAA with 131.2 all-purpose yards per game. CAA Special Teams Player of the Year, first-team All-CAA as a wide receiver and second-team as a kick returner in 2013.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Good NFL size and physically dominated opponents when the ball was in the air. Makes circus catches look easy and appears fearless in the air. Elite high-point ability with outstanding body control, ball tracking and concentration. Plucks the ball out of the air. Excellent catch radius that saved his quarterback one or two incompletions per game. Will catch in traffic with ability to tuck-in, absorb blow and hang onto ball. Adjusts well to low throws. Competitive runner after the catch. Improved route runner from 2013 to 2014. Adjusts to find open space in zone and has feel for defender. Kick-return ability.

Ty Montgomery | 6-0 | 221 | Stanford

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Montgomery totaled 172 receptions for 2,125 yards and 15 TDs, 39 carries for 334 yards and 4 TDs, and 91 kickoff returns for 2,493 yards and 3 TDs. In 2014, he had 61 catches for 604 yards and 3 TDs, 23 carries for 144 yards and a TD and 17 returns for 429 yards.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Built like a full-grown man. Body type resembles that of a running back with well-defined, muscular legs. Foot quickness to create separation on short to intermediate routes. Played outside, from slot, as a tailback and as a wildcat quarterback. Displays good lateral movement and balance with ball in his hands. Works to be a plus run blocker. Has size and determination to be used to crack-block ends. Good, not great run-after-catch potential. Scouts believe he can be a Pro Bowl returner. Scored four times over last two seasons as a returner. Strong personal character and considered an "accountable teammate" by coaching staff.

Keith Mumphery | 6-0 | 215 | Michigan St

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In two seasons, Mumphery recorded 40 receptions for 707 yards and five touchdowns. Earned the Clarence Underwood (Sportsmanship Award)/MSU Football Players Association Community Service Award. Two-time All-Big 10 selection.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Works hard in routes to get defender leaning before break. Gets open and makes himself presentable when play breaks down. Motivated self-starter and team leader. Scouting community and coaching staff effusive about his personal character. Competitive run blocker who understands positioning and is willing to land a blow on safeties in space.

J.J. Nelson | 5-10 | 156 | Alabama-Birmingham

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Nelson totaled 116 receptions for 2,273 yards and 20 TDs, 76 kickoff returns for 1,932 yards and 5 TDs and 35 punt returns for 375 yards and 1 TD. In 2014, he caught 35 passes for 655 yards and returned 22 kickoffs for 843 yards and 4 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Shows short-area quickness, with an ability to open a throwing window on comeback routes. Has plus hands. Shows good concentration in traffic and does an above-average job of high-pointing ball and competing for throws. Grabs it, tucks it and gets moving quickly. Return specialist. Returns punts and kicks. Had dominant season as kick returner with 38.7 return average and four touchdowns.

DeVante Parker | 6-3 | 209 | Louisville

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Parker totaled 156 receptions for 2,775 yards and 33 TDs in four seasons at Louisville. In 2014, he caught 43 passes for 855 yards and 5 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Consistently plays with outstanding body control. Soft hands and elite concentration are his calling cards. Credited with just three drops since 2012. Comfortable with a man on his hip. Maintains focus on downfield throws despite hand fighting and bumps. Daunting catch radius. Produces explosive plays without top-end speed. Works his way back to the ball and gets open during scrambles. Consistently high-points his catches and is a snatch-and-secure receiver. Recognizes when to adjust depth of routes over the middle. Has an innate feel for the position. Proved he could come back from injury and regain his form. Maximizes his catch window through body control, extended hands and positioning.

Breshad Perriman | 6-2 | 212 | Central Florida

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In three seasons at Central Florida, Perriman totaled 115 receptions for 2,243 yards and 16 TDs. In 2014, he had 50 catches for 1,044 yards and 9 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Height, weight and speed numbers that every team covets. Quick accelerator off the snap and destroys the cushion, forcing cornerbacks into "turn-and-run" mode. More sudden than most big receivers. Able to break routes off sharply or go from stop to start instantly. Consistent separation at top of his route. Always gets over the top of cornerbacks on verticals. Varies route speed and has ability to body up and box out smaller cornerbacks downfield. Explosive leaper with timing and catch radius to make the difficult catches look easy. Shows off plus body control and ball tracking on deep ball. Able to gear up or down when needed and is a legitimate big-play threat on every snap. Athleticism and long speed for yards-after-catch production. Gives good effort as run blocker.

Ezell Ruffin | 6-0 | 218 | San Diego St

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In three seasons, Ruffin caught 111 passes for 1,877 yards and five touchdowns. Received the Dr. R. Hardy/C.E. Peterson 2014 Captain's Award.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Displays great concentration and ball-tracking. Adjusts route when needed to make angles more difficult for defender. Finds ways to get vertical without impressive speed. Reliable blocker in run game and does adequate job of sustaining blocks. Thick upper body -- gets squared to target and will land a blow. Willing to take on linebackers in run game.

DeAndre Smelter | 6-2 | 226 | Georgia Tech

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In two seasons at Georgia Tech, Smelter totaled 56 receptions for 1,060 yards and 11 TDs. In 2014, he had 35 catches for 715 yards and 7 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Big receiver with physicality to match. On hitch routes, showed shake to make first defender miss and also showed he can punish defenders with a stiff-arm. Talented after the catch. His football intelligence really stands out. Has understanding of leverage within his routes and will adjust his route to counter the defender's actions. Able to create separation underneath by pushing cornerbacks with good route speed. Consistently worked back to quarterback when plays got off schedule. Uses wide frame to box out cornerbacks on back-shoulder throws near the boundary. Wins when ball is in the air with physicality, body control, well-timed leaps and strong hands. Capable run blocker. Great competitor with mature background.

Devin Smith | 6-0 | 196 | Ohio St

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Smith totaled 121 receptions for 2,503 yards and 30 TDs. In 2014, he had 33 catches for 931 yards (28.2 ypc) and 12 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Smooth speed merchant with instant gas off the line. Has outstanding body composure and an effortless stride. Electrifying foot quickness. Game-breaking speed with necessary feel of a downfield receiver. Tracks the throw over his shoulder and never breaks stride in the chase. Averaged 28.2 yards per catch and 54.5 percent of his catches were for 25-plus yards in 2014. Used outside and from slot. Must be matched by speed on defense or with safety over the top. Uses shoulder dip from inside release to avoid being redirected by slot corner. Speed creates uncontested targets for him underneath. Can snap off dig routes and open immediately. Good luck giving chase to Smith on a crosser or speed-out in the red zone. Might have been the best gunner in college football.

Jaelen Strong | 6-2 | 217 | Arizona St

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In two seasons at ASU, Strong totaled 157 receptions for 2,287 yards and 17 TDs. In 2014, he had 82 catches for 1,165 yards and 10 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Good combination of height, weight and arm length for the position. Former high school basketball player who knows how to keep defenders on his hip. Drives back to the ball from top of the route. Adjusts routes in space. Developed nifty inside release to defeat press. Comfortable from slot, using varying route tempo for separation. Tracks ball well. Good strength in hands and makes contested catches. Decent leaper who will climb the ladder for a catch or sink and secure low throw. Strong lower body and physical after catch. Sun Devils used him frequently on shallow crossers, bubble screens and hitches.

Darren Waller | 6-6 | 238 | Georgia Tech

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In three seasons, Waller caught 41 passes for 784 yards and 7 touchdowns. Played in 11 games and caught 21 passes for 328 yards in 2014.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Yet another Georgia Tech receiver with great length. Plays to his height. Gathers himself and boxes out defenders on fades and jump balls. Uses long arms and gets on his ladder to sky over cornerbacks and high point throws. Effortless strider with untapped vertical speed to go yard. Plus body control. Usually gets two feet in bounds on sideline throws. Plucks the ball with extended hands. Doesn't fear hits from safeties. Almost impossible to guard on back-shoulder throws. Confident and competitive when the ball is in the air.

DeAndrew White | 5-11 | 193 | Alabama

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In four seasons at Alabama, White totaled 94 receptions for 1,294 yards and 12 TDs. In 2014, he had 40 catches for 504 yards and 4 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Smooth in space. Glides over the middle on crossing routes ready to catch and run. Shows good acceleration off line of scrimmage and into routes. Able to slam on the brakes and turn quickly to find the ball on comebacks. Makes tight turn into out routes. Has loose hips and quick feet. Athletic after the catch with ability to make defenders miss in tight quarters or open space while making plays with the ball in his hands.

Kevin White | 6-3 | 215 | West Virginia

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In two seasons at West Virginia, White had 144 receptions for 1,954 yards and 15 TDs. In 2014, he recorded 109 catches for 1,447 yards and 10 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Has desired NFL frame for the position. Goes and gets the ball with consistency. Had issues with drops in 2013 after transferring in from JUCO, but caught everything in sight in 2014. High points the ball. Asked to run more types of routes in 2014 and delivered with increased productivity. Terrific inside release to beat press coverage. Creates separation on crossers and can stop on a dime on hitch routes. Makes defenders work to get him down after the catch. Competes when the ball is in the air. Looks to turn upfield immediately after short catch, running with desire and some power.

Cam Worthy | 6-2 | 211 | East Carolina

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In two seasons, Worthy played in 23 games with 10 starts catching 66 passes for 1,181 yards and 5 TDs. In 2014, he caught 47 passes for 886 yards and 3 TDs.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Good size with long arms and big, strong hands. Can elevate and high-point his catches to win on jump balls downfield. ECU quarterback Shane Carden showed confidence in Worthy's abilities to go up and make plays and Carden gave him every chance. Usually tracks ball well and owned the back-shoulder throw. Obliterated Virginia Tech with variety of deep catches in early season upset in 2014, finishing with six catches for 224 yards. Helped out quarterback by working back to throws and digging out worm burners for catches.

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