We’re all seeing them - Mock Drafts are appearing all over place. Everyone has different opinions on what positions teams need and the different orders in which they need them. Preparing a first round draft order for the 2014 NFL Draft is not an easy task considering the amount of talent entering. There have been a record number of NFL hopefuls declare for the draft!
But with that being said, and endless possibilities for the order of the first round, we decided to turn our focus from mock drafts to the top draft prospects per position.
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Now, take a look at the five wide receivers we think you should take notice of entering the 2014 NFL Draft:
1. Sammy Watkins – Junior, Clemson
There is no denying that this kid has talent! Sammy Watkins has been coming in across the charts as the most valuable wide out in the 2014 NFL Draft. In his 2013 season at Clemson, Watkins had 101 total receptions with 1,464 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Add in his solid performance at the Combine and he’s a force to be reckoned with. Watkins will definitely be a first round pick, and we believe he’ll be the first receiver to go out of the bunch.
2. Mike Evans – Sophomore, Texas A&M
Mike Evans has proven himself as a physical threat on the field. Paired with quarterback Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M, he recorded 69 receptions, 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns in the 2013 season. With his size and strength, he could bring a lot to the NFL this season and teams are looking! Definitely keep an eye on Evans to go no. 2 for wide outs.
3. Marquise Lee – Junior, USC
Although he struggled with a knee injury during the 2013 season, Marquise Lee is still a top 2014 NFL Draft prospect as far as wide receivers go. To put into perspective the amount of heat this guy can bring to the game, he ended the 2013 season with 57 total receptions, 791 yards and four touchdowns – 7 receptions, 118 yards and two touchdowns came from his final performance in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl! Get him healthy, and he can bring a lot to the table in the NFL.
4. Odell Beckham Jr. – Junior, LSU
Odell Beckham Jr. is shaping up to look like a late first round draft pick. With his versatility in the wide receiver position and great field vision, Beckham hasn’t even begun to peak, which makes us believe he could do great things in the NFL. With 59 receptions, 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns in the 2013 season at LSU, he’s just getting started!
5. Brandin Cooks – Senior, Oregon State
Brandin Cooks has all the elements to be a strong draft contender. With his speed and elusiveness on the field, he can do damage despite his size. He ended the 2013 season bringing in 128 receptions, 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns for Oregon State. If he can transfer his performances to the NFL, any team would be lucky to have Cooks.
What wide receivers do you think will be first round draft picks? Tell us in the comments below.
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