Tavarres King WR Georgia #12
Size/Athleticism: Adequate height, but he’s skinny and struggles with more physical defensive backs. Good straight-line speed, but not exceptionally elusive. Used on a lot of screens, and he can pick up chunks of yardage, but he doesn’t make a lot of guys miss.
Separation Skills: A true deep threat. He has the straight-line speed to get over the top of the defense and often requires the attention of a safety. Does have a ton of experience with a wide range of routes. He ran a ton of screens and go routes but will only be marginally effective with either route at the next level. He’ll need to expand his ability to run the route tree before he is an effective NFL receiver.
Ball Skills: Reliable hands when he’s open. Struggles to battle for jump balls. Lack of height and size hinders his ability to go up and fight with defensive backs for the contested balls. Does a nice job tracking the deep ball and can adjust as necessary.
Intangibles: Two-year starter and saw fairly significant playing time during all four years. Excelled in the classroom at Georgia and won some academic awards.
Durability: No know issues, but his slight frame does raise concerns about his ability to hold up at the next level.
Comments: King has the skills to be a role player at the next level. He will be most effective lining up on the outside due to his slight frame, but probably doesn’t have the well-rounded game to ever be considered a starter – especially early in his career. He will need to develop his route running ability before he’s ready for an expanded role in the NFL.
Ace Sanders WR South Carolina #1
Size/Athleticism: Vastly undersized. His lack of height limits him to a slot receiver role. Lacks the breakaway speed to make up for his size which may limit his effectiveness at the next level. While he isn’t a burner in the open field, he is an excellent athlete and can make guys miss. His lack of size makes him tough to corral in the open field. Experienced returning punts.
Separation Skills: He isn’t very explosive, but he does a nice job getting open. He excels against zone coverage, finding the soft spots in the zone and making plays after the catch. Not much of a deep threat, but he does have enough speed to get over the top when a corner tries to jump his route on a double move.
Ball Skills: Great hands. Did not drop a ball in 2012. Does a nice job adjusting to the poorly thrown ball. He’s great athlete and demonstrates nice body control when adjusting to the ball in the air. Lacks the height and leaping ability to battle for balls in traffic. He needs space to catch the ball.
Intangibles: Father, Tracy Sanders, played football at Florida State.
Durability: No known issues.
Comments: Sanders is an undersized possession receiver, similar to Davone Bess or Wes Welker. He will be limited to a slot receiver role, but he could make a significant impact on the right offense. He may not interest every team, but
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.