Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mayock's take: Wide receivers

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, a Newtown Square resident, will break down each position in advance of the draft for Daily News readers. Here is Part 3 with his take on the wide receivers:

Mayock's take: Wide receivers

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Oklahoma State´s Justin Blackmon is considered one of the best receivers in this year´s draft class. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon is considered one of the best receivers in this year's draft class. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, a Newtown Square resident, will break down each position in advance of the draft for Daily News readers. Here is Part 3 with his take on the wide receivers:

BEST

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St.

6-1, 207

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Hand: 9 ¼

Arm: 32 ½

40-yard dash: 4.48

225-bench: 14

Projected Round: 1 (picks 4-6)

Mayock: "As far as physicality, Blackmon is a beast. He’s got really good hands. He’s not going to run by people and he’s not Larry Fitzgerald. He doesn’t have the same body control (as Fitzgerald). But when the ball’s in the air, he’s special. He’s not a fancy run-after-the-catch guy, but he’s so physical that his run after the catch is special.’’

RISER

T.Y. Hilton, Florida International

5-10, 183

Hand: 8 ½

Arm: 32

40-yard dash: 4.36

225-bench: NA

Projected Round: 3

Mayock: "He was timed between 4.30 and 4.36 at his Pro Day. He’s a slot guy. Very quick. Make-you-miss guy. He also had four kick returns for touchdowns in his career. So there’s some added value there. He was off the radar for a while. But after his Pro Day, there’s been more and more awareness of him. I think he’ll go in the third round, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he snuck into the second.’’

SLEEPER

Junior Hemingway, Michigan

6-1, 225

Hand: 9 5/8

Arm: 32 ½

40-yard dash: 4.53

225-bench: 21

Projected Round: 5-6

Mayock: "He’s a little bit of a wide receiver-hback ‘tweener. His shuttles and other quickness tests were better than almost all of the high-level wideouts in the draft. When you look at Michigan’s offense, they weren’t much of a throwing offense. This is a thick-bodied kid that you can get late and will be somebody you’ll be able to use as an athletic mismatch in the middle of the field whether he’s playing slot or whether he’s playing hback. If you can get him on a linebacker or safety, I think it’s a mismatch.’’

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