2014 GZL Draft - Position by Position WR Ranks
90-100 - Rare Prospect
80-89 - Outstanding Prospect
70-79 - Solid Prospect
60-69 - Good Prospect
50-59 - Adequate Prospect
21-49 - Borderline Draft Prospect
1. Justin Hunter – Tennessee :: Grade - 91 :: Hunter is the elite WR of this draft class. Personally, I don’t think he stacks up with the AJ Green’s or Julio Jones’ of past classes but he can be just the next step under those kind of guys which is still real good. With real good size (6’4”), and SPD (91) and ACC (92) that can be improved through training camp. Hunter sets up as the elite #1 WR that a lot of teams are searching for. Should be a Top 5 pick, but at worst will go Top 10.
2. Terrance Williams - Baylor :: Grade - 88 :: Williams is a step under Hunter, but is still a very good WR. He loses and inch and a few points in SPD/ACC, but still possesses that big bodied WR that a lot of teams like. For a lot of teams, Williams could be a very good #1 WR, and he will likely go to a WR needy team in the Top 5-10 picks. Early in his career, I think he will be best served as a #2 option in an offense, but if improved in Training Camp, much like Hunter, he can develop into a very good, if not elite #1 option.
3. Cordarelle Patterson - Tennessee :: Grade - 88 :: Pretty much everything just mentioned about Williams holds true for Patterson. They have virtually the same build and physical skills, and will likely go in similar parts of the draft. Because there may not be the demand, Patterson could go in more of the 10-15 range, but he is every bit the player that Williams is. Patterson was a big play threat in college, and while he could be that in the pros as well, I’d look for him to be more of a big-bodied possession type.
4. Tavon Austin – West Virginia :: Grade - 85 :: This may be a little higher than others will rank Austin, but I am in love with him as a prospect. He is part of a bushel of WR in this class, who are smaller but possess a great SPD/ACC combo. He is elite, big play ability, and is great with the ball in his hands. He also contributes as a KR/PR. With development, he can be every bit as good as someone like Desean Jackson in the league, and to me, that is very good.
5. Josh Pietarila – Florida :: Grade - 84 :: Pietarlia is interesting to me. Upon first examination of this class, I didn’t have him nearly as high as I do now. But as I looked over the class a second time, his size/SPD/ACC combination stood out to me. I don’t really think he will be all too great in the first few years of his career, but if someone is willing to put in the development with him, and add some SPD in Training Camp, he can blossom into a 6’2”/94SPD/94ACC type player, and then we are talking a very good-elite WR.
6. T.Y. Hilton - FIU :: Grade - 82 :: Hilton is a very similar player to Kendall Wright who went in the middle of the second round a year ago. Hilton will likely go in a similar range, if not higher, in what shapes up to be a little bit weaker draft then last year. Hilton lacks size, but makes up for it with his athleticism. With some work, he can develop into a #1 for some teams that like smaller, quicker WR, but to me he seems like a real good fit as a #2 WR.
7. Dave Aikman - Texas :: Grade - 82 :: Aikman is really the same player as Hilton above with only a few differences. Aikman gets Hilton by an inch in height, but that doesn’t make a huge difference, either way. Aikman will be a guy that can stretch the field in the pros, and will likely fit as a #1, or more likely #2 like Hilton in the pros.
8. Brad Edwards - Oregon :: Grade - 80 :: Edwards is a pure speed threat at the WR position. He is a smaller player like a lot of other players on this list, but he lacks the all around athleticism to vault him ahead of the others. He is elite SPD (97), but only AGI (88) and ACC (90). With that said, he can still be a real solid WR for some team. His lack of short area quickness may not be as big a deal on some teams, so he can go higher if that’s the case. Probably a mid-rounder though.
9. Stedman Bailey – West Virginia :: Grade - 80 :: Stedman, like his teammate Tavon Austin from West Virginia is a plain and simply a great athlete. He is very raw but impresses with his SPD/AGI/ACC, and can also contribute to a team in the return game which should help to boost his stock a little. He could go a little higher then I anticipate because of those facts, it all depends on a team willing to take a chance and work on him, because he is raw.
10. Wilson Hanks – Florida State :: Grade - 76 :: Hanks has pretty good size to go along with solid athleticism, but is also pretty raw. He has low AWR and low CTH for a rookie, which hurts his case to get drafted high. Like Bailey, if a team is willing to commit to working on his AWR/CTH, they could get a real good player at a real good value, but it all depends.
11. Tevin Reese - Baylor :: Grade - 75 :: Reese is a very small player at only 165lbs, which is a reason for him being so low on this list, but not the only reason. In some ways, he can be likened to guys like T.Y. Hilton that are about him on the list. He most likely fits as a #3 WR in the league, but could be a #2 on some teams in the league with development. He is a pretty good athlete, and with some boosts to his SPD/ACC, could be a real factor and weapon for a team.
12. Ronnie Lewis - Oregon :: Grade - 75 :: Lewis is a real interesting player. He pretty much has it all except for size (5’7”). He has the athleticism, and is pretty polished, and displays great hands. He also is a great returner. For Lewis, it will all come down to a team willing to be bold and take a chance on his size, because he can really be a star in a number of areas of the game, if you used correctly.
13. Jordan Olson - Illinois :: Grade - 73 :: Olson is just a real solid player, there isn’t much more to be said about him. He doesn’t have great size, but good enough. He isn’t a great athlete, but good enough. He is also pretty polished coming out, which should him. My guess is he will find a nice home on a team in the mid rounds or so, as a #3/#4 WR.
14. James Reddick - UNC :: Grade - 72 :: Some may look at the list and say Reddick is a little low on the list because of the size he has at 6’4”. But I have fallen into a trap like Reddick too many times before, and personally won’t take players like him again. You fall in love with the size of the player like this, but because he lacks the athleticism, he fails to be a real threat. If you are willing to work on him, then sure he can be a good player. But, personally, if I take a player in the middle rounds, I don’t often invest a ton in them physically, so taller, un-athletic WR, have become wasted on my roster.
15. Thomas Range - Yale :: Grade - 70 :: Range is kind of similar to Reddick who is just above him on the list. A lot of the same things can be said about them regarding athleticism, but Range is only 6’3”, so he just a notch below Reddick. Could be a nice #3, or I suppose a #2 if worked on the right way, but like Reddick, I probably won’t take a chance on a guy like this unless real late.