Big-Bodied WRs In Late First Round

Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd ran the fastest 40-yard dash of the four-man cluster.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

If the Ravens are looking for a tall, strong wide receiver, they may have their pick of the litter at No. 29 this April.

There’s a cluster of wideouts that are projected to go from the mid-first round to mid-second round in the NFL Draft.

The group includes Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), Rutgers’ Mohamed Sanu (6-2, 215), LSU’s Rueben Randle (6-2, 210) and South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffrey (6-4, 230).

There’s no question that their large frame makes them dangerous red-zone, and jump-ball targets.

But the question with all of them at the NFL Scouting Combine was: Are they fast enough?

Jeffrey, who has reportedly been dealing with weight issues since the season ended, didn’t run or speak to the media. But the other three wide receivers all ran the 40-yard dash on Sunday.

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Floyd was the clear winner, posting an official 4.47 time. Randle ran a 4.55 and Sanu was the slowest at 4.67, one of the worst times for a wide receiver. It’s the same time as Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

Floyd’s time helped erase questions about his ability to separate, and could take him off the board before the Ravens are on the clock. Maturity concerns would be what could push him back.

When it comes to Randle, Sanu and Jeffrey, it becomes a question of how much speed really matters.

Even before he ran the 40-yard dash, Sanu was downplaying its importance. He broke away from defenders plenty of times during a 115-catch, 1,206 receiving-yards junior season.

“You can raise your hand before you run out of the blocks and that’s a couple tenths of a second there. That’s the difference between a 4.4 and a 4.6,” Sanu said on Saturday.

“I know what I can do on the field, I know how well I can play. I know a lot of things that I can do in the film room.”

Sanu touted himself as the complete receiver, one that’s willing to block, run routes over the middle and do the dirty work along with the glory. His highlights show his physicality.

Randle’s time was a bit slower than anticipated, but he showed his smooth movements during positional drills. Randle posted 53 catches, 917 yards and eight touchdowns in arguably the best college football conference in the country.

“I just feel like I’ve had playmaking ability all my life,” said Randle, adding that he had an interview scheduled with Baltimore. “I’m very confident in the things that I do. I just want to express to those teams that need a playmaker that they can depend on me to make those plays.”

The receivers said they were in a friendly competition with each other, and Sanu and Randle felt that it would really come down to who a specific organization prefers.

“There’s not really much difference between [me and] those other receivers,” Randle said. “You just got to pick who is best for your system.”

Of the four big-bodied receivers, who do you like the most?

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