Colts NFL Draft: WR Prospect Watch

Last year in the draft, most Colts fans wanted us drafting a WR with our first pick. That did not happen, as we ended up selecting 4-3 DE Bjoern Werner, who early on, looks like he has not adapted to our 3-4 scheme. With all the injuries this year and poor production from our WR core, I think it’s evident that we need a true possession WR in this years NFL draft. Taking a look at some stats, the Colts rank 27th in receptions and 26th in receiving yards per ESPN.com. Per http://www.sportingcharts.com/nfl/stats/team-receiver-drops-percentage/2013/, the Colts rank 11th in the league with 17 drops, and have a drop percentage of 6.4% which ranks 6th in the NFL. To clarify, that is not good. A true possession receiver to replace Reggie Wayne is very important for this team down the road as it is clear they are in a “win now” mindset.

Lets take a look at some WR prospects in the upcoming draft

Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt- Matthews is a senior WR that stands 6’3 with a solid set of hands, good route running ability, and good leader in the locker room. Matthews is a true football player, he won’t do anything fancy, as his athleticism is not his strongest attribute, but he will likely catch every ball in his direction. He is great at positioning himself, due to his large catch radius. Draft stock: 1st-2nd round.

Allen Robinson, Penn State- Like Matthews, Robinson is also 6’3 and capable of being a true #1 receiver for this Colts offense. He’s a fantastic athlete with a rare combination of height, explosive leaping ability, and hand-eye coordination to catch the ball over defenders. He has great ball skills and strong hands. He also has great YAC ability. You could see an example here: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9887119

Jarvis Landry, LSU- Landry is part of LSU’s dynamic due in terms of elite WRs in college football with Odell Beckham. Landry is an elite athlete with terrific ball skills. He reminds me if a rare combination of Victor Cruz/Steve Smith. He had the size of Victor Cruz and all the intangibles of Steve Smith. Landry is still only a junior, so we don’t know for sure if he will declare, but in this article, http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000273714/article/lsu-wrs-odell-beckham-jarvis-landry-likely-to-turn-pro-early, college football writer Chase Goodbread thinks that both Landry and Beckham Jr could declare early. Both would be great additions to the Colts young offense. Jarvis Landry one handed catch