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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Top five WR comparisons

By Tom Luginbill

Wide receivers are a dime a dozen. They come in all shapes and sizes and in Costco size amounts. It’s the one position that can provide just about any roster the necessary talent to create plays because there is such a high supply. You don’t necessarily need the highest-profile player in recruiting to succeed at the next level. This has been proven over the years with the likes of Michael Crabtree, Justin Blackmon and even Amari Cooper, who was lightly recruited. Below are our top five players at the wide receiver position and who they remind us of.

Malachi Dupre
Malachi Dupre, the nation's No. 1 WR, reminds us of one of the best receivers in the SEC.
Malachi Dupre -- Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt: Both of these players are the model of consistent, solid and occasionally exceptional production. Dupre is coming out of high school with limited reps in the passing game due to the offensive scheme, and Matthews did, too. Their polish and attention to detail give them value as route runners and make them difficult to handle in all three phases of the passing game. They both do all the little things extremely well.

Ermon Lane -- Allen Robinson, Penn State: Big, physical, athletic and deceptively fast make for quality adjectives when describing both Robinson and Lane. They are very good vertical threats because they can run by you and also outjump you. They excel when employed in the red zone and on either the jump ball or back-shoulder throw, which is almost impossible to defend as Lane and Robinson have the range and athleticism to contort and adjust to poorly thrown balls.

Trey Quinn -- Jarvis Landry, LSU: This comparison is made largely due to the exceptional ball skills both players possess. On tape, neither player looks all that fast, but don’t get fooled because they are. In fact, Quinn is faster than Landry. The ability to catch the football in a variety of acrobatic and consistent ways make these two stand out. They have quick, strong hands and can be counted on in critical situations when a play must be made.

Johnnie Dixon -- Stefon Diggs, Maryland: It might surprise you to know that both of these guys do not time out as expected when tested, yet both play very, very fast and are playmakers with the ball in their hands. As Diggs did in high school, Dixon plays multiple spots and is also an excellent ball carrier. Don’t fall asleep on these guys on vertical routes either. They can sneakily run by you.

K.D. Cannon -- Tevin Reese, Baylor: Smooth, quick and sudden off the line of scrimmage give Cannon and Reese a huge advantage as route runners. They can immediately get downfield and create separation from quickness alone. As intermediate route runners they can eat cushion, get on the toes of defenders and consistently get DBs on their heels thinking they are getting taken vertical -- then suddenly break off the route. Size is in vogue right now, but one-on-one speed and quickness is much more difficult to contend with, and Cannon and Reese have it.