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Need to Know: The five tallest receivers at the NFL Combine

Feb 26, 2014, 4:55 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 26, 13 days before the start of NFL free agency.

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There is a strong possibility that the Redskins will take a wide receiver in the NFL draft. Since it’s well known that Jay Gruden employed taller receivers when he was with the Bengals, here’s a look at the five tallest wide receivers at the NFL Combine.

Brandon Coleman, Rutgers, 6-6—Although he has decent speed (4.56 official time in the 40) and the impressive length, Coleman is projected to be picked sometime on the third day of the draft, in the fourth or fifth round. One reason is that he “Doesn’t play with the toughness and physicality one might expect given his stature.” In other words, he’s a bit soft.

Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State, 6-5—I wrote a detailed post about him yesterday. Just thinking about the phrase “back shoulder throw” is enough to make RG3 smile.

Mike Evans, Texas A&M, 6-4 ½ —Like Benjamin, Evans plays to his size and can dominate smaller corners. He helped fellow redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel win the Heisman in 2012 by catching 82 passes for 1,105 yards.  Evans is a bit green as he came out of Texas A&M after his redshirt sophomore season. Projected by most to be picked in the first half of the first round.

Chris Boyd, Vanderbilt, 6-4—Boyd got into some legal trouble and was kicked off of the team in September; he elected to enter the draft rather than transfer to another program. Boyd had a decent sophomore season with 50 receptions for 774 yards. His size will get him some looks but he’s either a late third-day pick or an undrafted free agent. His 4.73 official time in the 40 won’t help him much.

Marcus Lucas, Missouri, 6-4—He had a decent career for Mizzou, catching 130 passes for 1,638 yards and 11 touchdowns. And Lucas has decent speed with a 40 time of 4.6. He should get a shot as a sixth- or seventh-round draft pick.

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  1. O - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:46 AM

    I pray Kelvin falls to the second round

  2. alextwrs - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    4.56 is crazy fast when you are 6’6. Where is this kid (Coleman) projected to be drafted?

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:34 AM

      Read the post, his draft projection is in there.

  3. alextwrs - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Sorry Rich I work for a living, I’m a skimmer.

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      I also work for a living. Happy to reply to comments but kind of a waste of time to answer questions when the info is right there in that same post, don’t you think?

      • alextwrs - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        I hear ya, no disrespect intended, great website with great info, thats why i apologized. Followed you for a while now, seems like our fanbase is frustrated and rightfully so.

  4. alextwrs - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    I would take him in the fourth after a LB or O line.

  5. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Guys like L”Damian Washington, Matavis Bryant, Jared Abbrederis, and Jeff Janis all had nice combines, and have some height to them.

    And Jordan Matthews (6’3”) did well enough to merit consideration at 34 overall with his performance. (If he’s still there, of course.)
    ~

  6. shermanp79 - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Evan’s ran a faster 40 than most probably thought. I wonder how high he goes. We need a Big guy who will take the ball when it’s near him. I guess the more I think about Benjamin the more I like him. I so many times wished we had Calvin Johnson or a Bolden , a guy that goes and gets the ball. We could sign Bolden but he is old and I see them staying young. He could teach the young guys?? Maybe something to think about? I think the money will be reasonable for his age and he probably realizes he may be a one year guy at this point in his career I think he is 6 ft so he isn’t short and would be that 3rd and 10 guy you could count on and I think that is very valuable considering how much that would help us. I guess I think it is worth thinking about and he fits the mold of the “TYPE” Allen wants on the team.I think teams close to SB would want him as a finishing upgrade and I’m sure he wants to go to that type team. Unlike most I think the turnaround won’t take long. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if they go 11-5 this coming year. If the right moves are made. RG3 is going to get back closer to his rookie year. I think he had HUMBLE PIE !! That all the negative crap he heard is going to drive him to succeed. I think that alone makes a difference along with changing the offense to open it up more. I think they will sign and draft the right guys. I have hope!! I know 8-8 would be OK with a lot of improvements and growth of players. In some ways I prefer that so they get a high first rd pick so they can get that player they need for impact. Next year it could be OLB and to get the best in the Draft would be helpful. Even if its a DL guy or WR or S. It would help since we haven’t had one in a couple of years. The Seahawks showed you can find them in any round but It’s still nice to grab that top guy.

  7. alextwrs - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    I am wondering what kind of money teams are willing to pay Bolden this yr. If he is cheap enough it would be a real reliable target for RG all day. Dont forget his physical blocking abilities with the run game we have as well. Cant look at age with a guy that produces everywhere he goes.

  8. timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    I would like to see us Draft either Brandon Coleman or L”Damian Washington or Both

  9. timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Rich do you know why QB James Franklin Missouri wasn’t at the Combine? He was one of the Top QBs in the SEC and took Missouri to the SEC Championship Game.

  10. kenlinkins - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    I watched a ton of the Combine and there are a ton of WR’s and CB’s in this draft. Lot’s of talent, tall and fast guys at both areas. I still feel we can find 3 starters for 2014 in this draft (down for 4 the other day) due to weakness on our roster and the skills shown at the Combine. Waiting on the next moves by our GM, trying to get a read on “The Plan’ to get us back to the play offs. So many things can happen and I can not wait. I just love football!

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