NFL scouting combine: Top WR standouts

Gordon McGuinness breaks down the top NFL combine performances among wide receivers.

| 10 months ago
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

NFL scouting combine: Top WR standouts


There were several standouts among wide receivers at the NFL combine workouts on Saturday. Where did those prospects rank in our grades? Let’s take a look at the top five.

  1. Corey Coleman, Baylor

Baylor’s star wide receiver didn’t run the 40-yard dash this week, but the big news was him measuring in at 5-11. The big knock on Coleman has been his height, so measuring in taller than many people expected is good news for his draft stock. It also helps that he had a huge vertical leap of 40.5 inches. He’s our number one receiver on the board, showcasing his impressive ability to get separation in 2015. What makes Coleman special is his ability to create big plays after the catch, forcing 29 missed tackles on 138 receptions over the past two seasons.

  1. Josh Doctson, TCU

It might not have been an incredibly fast time, but 4.50 certainly wasn’t slow for Doctson. More importantly, his 41-inch vertical gave his workout the wow factor that he’ll have been hoping to bring to the combine. He had the highest receiving grade in all of college football last year, routinely making circus catches throughout the year. Doctson has dropped just eight of the 151 catchable passes thrown his way over the past two seasons, showing off a safe pair of hands even when he’s not making ridiculous catches. With just 12 missed tackles forced over the past two seasons he isn’t going to create as much after the catch as a guy like Coleman, but has all the skills to be a very solid receiver in the NFL.

  1. Will Fuller, Notre Dame

On a day where we saw a lot of slow 40-yard dash times, Notre Dame’s Will Fuller was the big talking point, running a 4.32 and wowing everyone watching. The problem for Fuller has never been his speed though, with his struggles catching the football a much bigger issue. Fuller dropped 21 of the 159 catchable passes thrown his way over the past two seasons and as much as he can flat out fly, if he drops passes with that regularity in the NFL, he’s going to struggle to stick around. That being said, the impressive straight line speed should see him get over-drafted, so the 40-yard dash time is huge for his draft stock.

  1. Leonte Carroo, Rutgers

4.50 isn’t lightning quick for Leonte Carroo, but many people expected him to be much slower than that. Injuries hurt his 2015 season, but he was still one of our highest-graded players at the position. He averaged 20.1 yards per reception over the past two seasons, forcing 14 missed tackles and dropping just two of the 96 catchable passes thrown his way in the process. He’s an interesting prospect who seems to have divided a lot of people, but his PFF grade stacks up with the best receivers in this draft class.

  1. Kolby Listenbee, TCU

The “other” receiver at TCU, Listenbee had one of the best performances on a day when not a lot of wide receivers ran fast. At 4.35 he was able to show off the straight line speed that helped him average 19.0 yards per reception over the past two seasons. He didn’t consistently play well at TCU, but he did flash enough in terms of big play ability that he is an interesting prospect for later in the draft. 40-yard dash times might not be the end-all-be-all, but it’s definitely given people something to talk about when it comes to Listenbee.

 

| Analyst, Lead Special Teams Analyst

Gordon has worked at PFF since 2011, and now heads up the company’s special teams analysis processes. His work in-season focuses on college football, while he is also heavily involved in PFF’s NFL draft coverage.

  • bill jaffe

    i hope Fuller goes to a team with a good WR’s coach because the talent is there, he just needs more consistency catching the ball

  • Tim Edell

    Was hard to believe just how slow these 40 times were from this year’s WRs. I absolutely love Carroo and think he turns out to be the best WR from this draft.