Commentary

Dunkley has rare speed, elusiveness

Originally Published: December 9, 2009
By Tom Luginbill | Scouts Inc.
The top two wide receivers in the Class of 2010 have yet to decide where they will play their college football, which leads to some nice anticipation as signing day approaches. We get the feeling that both Chris Dunkley (Pahokee, Fla.) and Darius White (Fort Worth, Texas/Dunbar) will make the choice in January or sometime thereafter.

This group of wideouts is a notch above what we saw in 2009 and more reminiscent of the 2008 class that featured the likes of Julio Jones and A.J. Green. Fifteen of the 20 wide receivers in this class have made their verbal commitment, each one to a higher-end BCS conference school. Geographically, this group lacks diversity -- 18 of the top 20 prospects are from California, Texas or the Southeast region of the country, including six from the state of Florida alone.

Almost half the prospects in the top 20 stand shorter than 6 feet tall. With college coaches looking for "space" players more than ever, we believe you could see the trend move back toward smaller playmakers -- guys who stand between 5-9 and 6 foot -- who can be lethal after the catch. This spread offense is largely based around the short-to-intermediate passing game. The big guys are great, but it is difficult to find the larger, more physical wide receiver who also has great vertical speed and elusiveness in space.

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