2013 NFL Draft Poll: How many WRs will be drafted in the first round?
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Having just updated my four-round mock draft, there are four receivers projected to go in the first round of my mock: Cordarrelle Patterson, Tavon Austin, Keenan Allen and Deandre Hopkins.
Patterson (6-2, 205) finished with 46 receptions for 778 yards and five touchdowns and was a first-team All-SEC selection in his first year at Tennessee. In addition, he set a school record with 1,858 all-purpose yards. Patterson has some work to do on his route running, but he is extremely dangerous with the ball in the open field.
Not only is Austin strong (14 reps of 225 pounds) for his size (174 pounds), he is explosive (4.34 forty) and durable (never missed a practice at West Virginia). Austin has the ability to make huge plays any time he touches the ball. Last year, Austin had six 100-yard receiving games including 215 yards against Baylor. In addition, he had a 344-yard rushing game (on 21 carries) against Oklahoma on 11/17.
After a strong sophomore season (98-1,343-6), Allen saw his numbers drop across the board for a relatively disappointing junior season although he missed the final three games with a knee injury. He had 61 receptions for 737 yards, which is tied for 99th in college football, and six touchdowns. Allen is still working his way back from the Grade 2 PCL strain and did not work out at the combine. He will hold a personal workout for teams in early April.
Not the fastest receiver in this draft class, Hopkins excels as a route-runner and has great hands. He had a monster season with 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. In fact, Nuke scored in all but one game this season.
In addition, I have two more receivers going in the first 10 picks of the second round: Justin Hunter and Robert Woods. Both of the receivers could certainly find their way into the bottom half of the first round.
How many receivers will go in the first round? Who will be the first receiver drafted ... and by whom?