Thursday, February 13, 2014
Top-10 receivers heading into the combine
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS -- The scouting combine is less than a week away at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. talked about how the Indianapolis Colts should be able to draft an interior lineman (guard or center) when they select in the second round during a recent conference call.
Receiver is another position Kiper Jr. is excited about. He believes there could be up to eight receivers going in the first round if they test well. There are 19 underclassmen receivers entering in the draft, so there is a chance the Colts could have an opportunity to get one in the later rounds.
“A lot these kids are underclassmen, so you have to be conservative,” Kiper said. “They have to test well to be a legitimate first-round pick.”
The Colts entered last season with depth issues at receiver. The depth became even more-dire when Reggie Wayne went down with a torn ACL and Darrius Heyward-Bey struggled.
There is still concern at receiver because Wayne has to prove he can regain his form following surgery, and young receivers like Da'Rick Rogers, Griff Whalen and LaVon Brazill continue to develop. T.Y. Hilton is currently the only sure thing at receiver for the Colts.
Colts tight end Dwayne Allen will be happy because Kiper Jr. has Clemson’s Sammy Watkins as the top receiver in his list of the top 10 at that position in a pre-combine breakdown.
Click here to see Kiper’s top-10 receivers heading into next week’s combine.