I've spent some time watching film of several WR prospects likely to be available in round 2 of the draft. I know there are other threads discussing some of these guys. But I thought I'd put my analysis in one place and link to other specific discussions where appropriate. Here it is:
Justin Hunter, WR 6-4 196 (4.44 40yrd):
Pros: He's fast and tall. Plucks the ball out of the air very nicely. Good at the jump ball.
Cons: He looks too lanky to hold up in the NFL. I look at him run, and all I can see is Mario Manningham's knees getting blown to bits. He's
got a tall frame and he's an underclassmen, so he could bulk up very quickly without affecting his speed. But I think that needs to happen
before we rely on him to be a starter.
Terrance Williams, WR 6-2 208 (4.52 40yrd):
Pros: Positions himself between the ball and defender in tight coverage. Good hands. Uses the sideline well.
Cons: He seems to go down too easy. Looses his balance... or maybe afraid of contact. Not real physical. He's a great vertical route runner, but faster NFL DBs may limit this aspect of his game.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR 6-1 214 (4.57 40yrd):
Pros: Very tough receiver. Great balance and body control. Great hands. Good route runner. Good jumper and great YAC. Adjusts to the ball while it's in the air. Good over the middle.
Cons: He's not a burner. But he's one of the best on film. I don't see a downside other than his 40 time.
Quinton Patton, WR 6-0 204 (4.53yrd):
Pros: Plays faster than his 40 time suggests. He gets good separation on deep routes, even against double coverage. Also a tough receiver that gets YAC. Quick change of direction, he's shifty.
Cons: Most of his separation comes from jukes on his breaks and speed. Doesn't sell the more complex routes very well.
Da'Rick Rogers, WR 6-3 217 (4.52yrd):
Pros: A very physical receiver that fights for the ball. Tough to bring down after the catch. Catches the ball away from his body but quick to bring it in and secure it.
Cons: He was suspended from Tennessee for repeated violation of the schools substance abuse policy for athletes. This was when he was a
sophomore. Aside from potential character concerns, I don't see any downsides to his play on the field.
My pick of this group would be Da'Rick Rogers. He looks by far the best and most complete on film. Sure, there are some character concerns. But he's young. Give him some quality coaching in a solid locker room and he will come around.
If Baalke decides to steer clear of possible bad characters, then my second choice would be Deandre Hopkins. He looked equally physical as Rogers and he looks faster on film than he obviously ran at the combine. I think when it comes down to it, you've got to draft good football players and not pay too much attention to measurables. Hopkins is a very good football player.
Rogers is being discussed here: http://www.49erswebzone.com/forum/nfl-draft/171440-darick-rogers-in-round-2/
Hopkins is being discussed here: http://www.49erswebzone.com/forum/nfl-draft/171521-deandre-hopkins-wr-clemson/
[ Edited by blm7754 on Mar 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM ]