Da’Rick Rogers WR Tennessee Tech #21
Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 217
Size/Athleticism: Prototypical height and overall size. A tough player who will go across the middle and is capable of taking a hit. Deceptively fast. He isn’t exceptionally explosive, but he can stretch the field and will surprise some defensive backs with his speed. Dangerous after the catch because he turns into a running back, he will take a hit and pick up some tough yardage.
Separation Skills: He isn’t explosive in his breaks, but he can get deep over the top in one-on-one situations if the cornerback doesn’t respect his straight-line speed. His size allows him to shield the defender and make plays in tight spaces.
Ball Skills: Shows good body control when adjusting to poorly thrown passes – got plenty of experience with this thanks to Tyler Bray. Will come down with some tough catches, but he also drops some easy ones. He consistently catches away from his body and quickly secures the ball. When he drops them, it’s usually when he takes his eyes off the ball at the last second to survey the field
Intangibles: Suspended for a violation of team rules in 2012 and ultimately dismissed from Tennessee and transferred Tennessee Tech. Struggled to get along with the coaching staff at Tennessee and reportedly failed multiple drug tests. Claims he was tested 10 times during the 2012 season and was clean each time.
Durability: No known issues.
Comments: Rogers reminds me of Greg Little in many ways, both in terms of his physical tools and his off-field issues. He is definitely a character risk (even more so than Little) but he is one of the most dangerous receivers after the catch due to his physical running style. He is definitely a top-100 talent, but a team will have to be comfortable with his character in order to bring him aboard.
Ryan Swope WR Texas A&M #25
Size/Athleticism: Adequate height. Showed off his speed with a 4.28 40-yard dash at the combine. Rarely used in situations to utilize his speed at A&M, so it caught people off guard, but he is legitimately among the fastest players in this draft class. Decent strength of a receiver. He gives a solid effort as a blocker and has the strength to control most defensive backs.
Separation Skills: Majority of his receptions in 2012 came on 3-5 yard hitch routes, which didn’t really allow him to show off his route running ability but can run crisp routes and create separation. He a go-to target of Ryan Tannehill during his junior year and ran more crossing routes. Overall, he has shown his ability to be versatile and contribute in a variety of roles and in different offensive schemes. In 2012, he also demonstrated the ability to find the soft spots in coverage after the play broke down. Johnny Manziel frequently found him after scrambling out of the pocket. While he has straight-line speed, he is somewhat stiff in terms of agility and doesn’t make the quick breaks to lose more athletic defensive backs. He will need to be able to make contested catches.
Ball Skills: Very reliable hands. He catches the ball away from his body and quickly secures it before turning up field. Limited experience battling for jump balls down the field, but he has the athleticism and strength to develop into more of a possession receiver once he’d given more experience in that role.
Intangibles: Three-year starter.
Durability: No known issues.
Comments: Swope’s role in Texas A&M’s offense in 2012 didn’t give him the ability to show off his full skill set, so he could potentially be an ever better pro than he was in college. He would be an ideal fit in a west coast offense where he can take the short routes and make plays after the catch. He isn’t a No. 1, but he will be solid contribute as a 2nd or 3rd option.
Marquise Goodwin WR Texas #84
Size/Athleticism: Vastly undersized, but has the speed to make up for it. He is essentially a less polished version of Tavon Austin. But physically, he and Austin are virtually identical players. Experienced returning kicks and should immediately make an impact on special teams. Member of the US Olympic team in 2012, competing in the long jump.
Separation Skills: A true deep threat. Requires the attention of the deep safety, because few cornerbacks are able to stay with him on deep routes. In a one-on-one matchup, he will create separation over the top at least 95 percent of the time. Start-and-stop ability is impressive. Route running is very raw. He creates separation based on his speed, but he doesn’t fool defensive backs with his moves.
Ball Skills: Frequently catches the ball with his body. He isn’t a natural pass-catcher and needs to work on his technique. He struggles to adjust to the ball in the air. He also is very limited in his ability to battle for jump balls. On the deep route, he needs to be hit in stride because he won’t go up and pluck the ball away from the defensive back. He struggles to put himself in the best position to make those types of plays, and often allows the defensive back to become the receiver.
Intangibles: Despite being a star track athlete, he isn’t a converted track athlete. He’s played football throughout his career, and has plenty of experience.
Durability: Suffered a hand injury in 2012 which limited him for a few games.
Comments: Goodwin’s athleticism could make him an immediate impact player on special teams, but he is extremely raw. He has never learned how to become a complete receiver, and appears content to win based off speed alone. He will definitely make plays at the next level, but until he learns how to win with more than just speed alone, his impact will be limited to a handful of plays per game.
Stedman Bailey WR West Virginia #3
Size/Athleticism: Built like a slot receiver. He’s short with decent speed to make plays after the catch.
Separation Skills: Speed is decent and he’ll occasionally get over the top, but he lacks the explosive speed to be a consistent deep threat. He will primarily be effective on underneath routes where he can catch the ball in space and attempt to make plays after the catch. He’s very quick in his breaks and can create separation in tight spaces.
Ball Skills: Struggles to go up and battle for the ball. He’s lacks the height and explosive leaping ability to go up and challenge for the football. Demonstrates great body control on the sidelines. Does a great job adjusting to the ball and putting himself in the best position to make the play. Primarily catches with his hands, away from his body.
Intangibles: Cited for attempting to steal a $4.99 box of Theraflu from a Kroger grocery store in Jan. 2012.
Durability: Slowed by an ankle injury during the 2012 season.
Comments: Bailey can be a quality No. 3 option in the slot, but his upside is limited. He needs to be given the ball in space because he isn’t the type of receiver who will battle for positioning to come down with a contested catch. He reminds me somewhat of former Giants receiver Steve Smith.
Chris Harper WR Kansas State #3
Size/Athleticism: Rare build for a receiver, he looks more like a running back. Height is average but his size is impressive. He’s very physical and a great athlete for his size. Played quarterback at Oregon before transferring to Kansas State.
Separation Skills: Not a threat to get over the top of the defense. He straight line speed is very average and he lacks the explosiveness to shake defenders to get open deep. Knows how to use his size to shield defenders in tight situations. He’s a prototypical possession receiver who can consistently provide the quarterback with a target on shorter routes. Not exceptionally quick in his breaks, which contributes to his inability to get deep.
Ball Skills: Reliable hands. He consistently catches with his hands away from his body and quickly secures the ball. He struggles to adjust to the ball in the air at time, but he’s a good athlete and should continue to improve in his area due to his relatively limited experience at receiver.
Intangibles: Three-years of experience as a receiver at Kansas State after transferring from Oregon where he played a mix of quarterback and receiver as a true freshman in 2008.
Durability: No known issues.
Comments: Harper’s upside is limited by his size and speed, but he can definitely contribute as a possession receiver. Due to his lack of height, he isn’t the prototypical receiver, but his rare strength and ability to fight through press coverage and use his body to shield defenders from the ball allows him to be effective. He should continue to show growth at the next level as someone who is relatively new to the position.