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2014 NFL Combine: Giant receivers earning buzz at weigh-ins

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

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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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