Oct 18, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver Jaelen Strong (21) catches a touchdown pass in the second quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
2nd Round Grades:
4. Jaelen Strong, ASU (8.8): The reason I have Strong as a second round grade is because with his limited speed and his imperfect route runner, I am not sure he will ever be a true number one target. Strong is a tough and gritty receiver who can jump up and win the jump balls.
5. Dorial Green-Beckham, OU (8.5): Green-Beckham has top ten talent but it comes with awfully risky baggage. He is a speedy target that can go up and catch just about anything. The problem is that he hasn’t played football since 2013, the punishment of his foolish actions. We don’t know if he is going to be the next Calvin Johnson or the next Josh Gordon.
6. Devin Smith, OSU (8.5): Devin Smith is another physical specimen who wins with vertical ability and toughness. Smith though, can take the top off of any defense. He should be a big time playmaker down the field.
7. Sammie Coates, Auburn (8.3): Coates has the size, speed and vertical ability to be a deep bomb threat in the NFL. I just don’t see a true number one receiver in Coates. His game is a lot like that of Torrey Smith, a good receiver who lacks the physical toughness to win the 50/50 balls.
8. Nelson Agholor, USC (8.0): Agholor is a fast wide receiver with the ability to return kicks as well. He makes the most of his athletic ability and was highly productive as a Trojan.
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