Local NFL Reporter Ranks the Top WR’s and TE’s in the 2014 NFL Draft


Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

As the draft season comes to a close, the national voices become stronger and stronger. We hear a lot of Mayock, McShay, Mel Kiper, and every other expert that shows up on Saturdays. They have them all over the country. But if you notice, we haven’t heard from a lot of local guys in the NY area.

Tonight we are going to change that, and take the opinion of an old buddy of our site for discussion tonight. You have all seen us interview Bart Hubbuch from the NY Post. Always an opiniated guy, and a great follow on Twitter(@HubbuchNYP), I definitely wanted to share his opinions with you tonight:

He shared his top five prospects at wide receiver and tight end for the upcoming draft. Here are Bart’s thoughts on pre-draft at the skilled position:

Top 5 wide receiversNo.=Name=School=Ht.=Wt.1. Sammy Watkins*=Clemson=6-1=210The complete package and a likely top-five pick.2. Mike Evans*=Texas A&M=6-5=230Big, strong prospect who fights for every ball.3. Marqise Lee*=USC=6-0=190Needs bulk but is a relentless, big-play receiver.4. Odell Beckham Jr.*=LSU=5-11=200Prolific wideout who could thrive in a slot role.5. Kelvin Benjamin*=Florida St.=6-5=240Huge target with long arms who only lacks speed.Late riserBrandin Cooks, Oregon State: Turned heads with a 4.33-second 40-yard dash, the fastest turned in by any WR at the combine.Dropping fastJarvis Landry, LSU: Stock plummeted when he ran a 4.77 at the combine, then left early due to injury.Small-school wonderJeff Janis, Saginaw Valley: Big, physical, reliable target who was a three-year starter and has respectable speed (4.42).Top 5 tight endsNo.=Name=School=Ht.=Wt.1. Eric Ebron*=North Carolina=6-4=245Poor pro day but still the class of a thin group.2. Jace Amaro*=Texas Tech=6-5=260Big target put up big numbers in a wide-open offense.3. Troy Niklas*=Notre Dame=6-7=270Converted defensive end who excels as a blocker.4. C.J. Fiedorowicz=Iowa=6-7=265Lack of explosiveness is made up for with sure hands.5. Austin Seferian-Jenkins*=Washington=6-6=275Won the Mackey Award as the country’s top tight end.Late riserNiklas: He’s no Tyler Eifert, but a solid combine and offseason have answered questions about his speed and hands.Dropping fastSeferian-Jenkins: A DUI last year and foot surgery that forced him to miss the combine and pro day aren’t helping his case.Small-school wonderReggie Jordan, Missouri Western: A whopping 33 percent of his catches in college (17 out of 52) went for touchdowns.

Good to read what a New York reporter has to say about the national stage, isn’t it? Good stuff from Bart, as always.