2014 NFL Combine: Giant receivers earning buzz at weigh-ins
Clemson's Sammy Watkins (just under 6-1, 211 pounds) may be the top-rated wideout in the draft but Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin (6-5, 240), Texas A&M's Mike Evans (6-4 3/4, 231) and Penn State's Allen Robinson (6-2 5/8, 220) towered over their peers during Friday's weigh-in.
While the flavor of the month in the NFL may be small quarterbacks and tall cornerbacks, teams have always held big receivers in high regard.
This fact likely played a role in a quartet of hulking underclassmen -- Texas A&M's Mike Evans, Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin, Penn State's Allen Robinson and Clemson's Martavis Bryant -- declaring early for the 2014 draft.
As Seattle Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll noted Friday, "There are a lot fewer of the tall guys because it's really hard to be tall and fast."
Their great size stands out among the 13 highly regarded underclassmen receivers who were measured Friday at the Combine. The thick builds of Clemson's Sammy Watkins (211 pounds), LSU's Jarvis Landry (205 pounds), Fresno State's Davante Adams (212 pounds), South Carolina's Bruce Ellington (197 pounds) is an indication of the strength and aggression with which they play the game. This size gives each the potential to handle slot duties as well as playing on the outside, potentially boosting their stock that much more.
Players are listed alphabetically:
Davante Adams, Fresno State -- 6-foot 7/8 , 212 pounds
Odell Beckham, LSU -- 5-foot-11 1/4, 198 pounds
Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State -- 6-foot-5, 240 pounds
Martavis Bryant, Clemson -- 6-foot-3 1/2, 211 pounds
Brandin Cooks, Oregon State -- 5-foot-9 3/4, 189 pounds
Bruce Ellington, South Carolina -- 5-foot-09 3/8, 197 pounds
Mike Evans, Texas A&M -- 6-foot-4 3/4, 231 pounds
Austin Franklin, New Mexico State -- 5-foot-11 7/8, 189 pounds
Jarvis Landry, LSU -- 5-foot-11, 205 pounds
Marqise Lee, Southern Cal -- 5-foot-11 3/4, 192 pounds
Paul Richardson, Colorado -- 6-foot 3/8, 175 pounds
Allen Robinson, Penn State -- 6-foot-2 5/8, 220 pounds
Sammy Watkins, Clemson -- 6-foot 3/4, 211 pounds
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