- Mel Kiper Jr., Football analyst
While Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon and South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery are very different physically, both would qualify as big wide receivers. Blackmon certainly isn't massive, but at near 210 pounds, he's the size of a lot of running backs. This week another wide receiver joins the mix of guys who would be likely first-round picks if the draft were held today.
Michael Floyd is a player who has a lot of obvious skill, but I had some concerns last year that his speed would be a question. But he's dropped about six pounds since last year and I think he's added some quickness to his game. He's maintained a high level, and I'm more bullish on his prospects now. Read on and let me know who you think should be higher, or who's been passed over. As always, juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.
Andrew Luck *
Coming off his worst game of the season, but I still think he's really unable to show off all he can do given the talent around him. He's the total package. Arm strength, size, smarts, demeanor. Still a safe bet to be No. 1 overall.
LAST WEEK: 1 | PLAYER CARD
Matt Kalil *
There aren't a lot of new things to say, because Kalil just remains steady. He'll remind you of former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long, an athletic left tackle who has the full set of skills, both as a pass-blocker and as a strong, capable run-blocker.
LAST WEEK: 2 | PLAYER CARD
Trent Richardson *
A couple of quiet weeks in a row, but this past one was a blowout. Richardson splitting carries in his first two seasons will benefit him. Powerful, fast, with improved vision, he runs with good pad level and breaks tackles with ease.
LAST WEEK: 3 | PLAYER CARD
Landry Jones *
Accuracy was off last week against Texas A&M. I like the way he's battled so far in 2011. He has some INTs, but his accuracy is still very good. Good size, strong arm, needs to improve footwork, particularly in traffic.
LAST WEEK: 4 | PLAYER CARD
Justin Blackmon *
Might surpass last year's 111 catches, which is remarkable. A better prospect than recent OSU star Dez Bryant. Versatile and explosive and really works to get open. Great ball skills; breaks tackles. Exceptional work ethic.
LAST WEEK: 5 | PLAYER CARD
Mel Kiper releases his latest Big Board of 2012, and the class of wide receivers is starting to get a little deeper.