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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
They might be small, but these five receivers always come up big

By Keith Kidd
Scouts Inc.

Yes, these players are all under 6 feet. But although they might be small in stature, these receivers always seem to come up big week after week.

Top 5 Small Receivers

No. Player
1. Santana Moss, WR, Washington
Moss has been a game-breaking performer within the structure of Jim Zorn's West Coast offense. He is explosive off the ball, can get open versus any coverage and adjusts to the ball as well as any receiver in the NFL. Moss is dangerous with the ball in his hands.
2. Wes Welker, WR, New England
Welker is one of the most productive players in the NFL when he aligns in the slot in the Patriots' spread offense. He has outstanding quickness and the balance to run underneath option routes. He reads coverages well, converts routes and understands the little nuances of the position. He is fearless over the middle.
3. Steve Smith, WR, Carolina
Smith is a very good athlete who has an explosive combination of speed and quickness. He does an excellent job of opening his hips and getting upfield very quickly after the catch. Smith has explosive playmaking ability with the ball in his hands.
4. Lee Evans, WR, Buffalo
Evans has been one of the most consistent receivers in the league over his four-year career. He has excellent quickness, burst and speed off the line of scrimmage. He has the ability to attack all levels, and getting Evans involved in the offense early keeps defenses honest and restricts them from overplaying the Bills' ground attack.
5. Deion Branch, WR, Seattle
Even though Branch has struggled with injuries since joining the Seahawks, he is a dangerous player who can create mismatches with his quickness and agility. His route-running ability makes him a nice fit in a West Coast passing attack and helps compensate for his lack of size.

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