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Draft candidates at a glance: Receivers, tight ends

Tavon Austin WR West Virginia 5-8½ 174 4.34 1
Dynamic playmaker from anywhere on the field at WR, RB, KR, and PR. Cutting, acceleration, vision are exceptional. Size will limit touches, but too good overall.
Tyler Eifert* TE Notre Dame 6-5½ 250 4.68 1
Won’t take him long to become an NFL weapon. Blocking needs work, but as a receiver he’s well-rounded. Can line up anywhere and be a matchup problem. Athlete.
Cordarrelle Patterson * WR Tennessee 6-2 216 4.36 1
Has all the physical tools to be an elite outside vertical threat. JUCO transfer played just one year for Vols, and it shows. Very raw. Not a great feel for the game. Route running a big question.
Keenan Allen* WR Cal 6-2 206 4.71 1-2
Smart, polished receiver who lacks breakaway ability but is still a weapon. Knee injury caused slow pro day time. Good player who is a tough physical mismatch. Patriots fit.
DeAndre Hopkins* WR Clemson 6-1 214 4.46 1-2
Former basketball standout has natural feel for the game with ball skills and route running. Tough in the middle of the field and has a nose for the ball. Patriots fit.
Justin Hunter* WR Tennessee 6-4 196 4.37 2
Missed nine games in 2011 after ACL surgery and wasn’t same player last year. Has problems with drops and lacks great route awareness. He’s arguably best athlete in group.
Zach Ertz* TE Stanford 6-5 249 4.76 2
Pro-ready prospect who can run all the routes and catches passes easily. Can cause matchup problems short and deep, but not a big playmaker. Also not much of a blocker.
Robert Woods* WR USC 6-0½ 201 4.46 2
Three-year starter with 252 receptions (32 touchdowns). Quickness stands out, especially after catch. Very smart and knows how to play. Should contribute quickly. Patriots fit.
Terrance Williams WR Baylor 6-2 207 4.51 2-3
Strong and quick vertical threat. Isn’t easily knocked off routes. Beats press coverage with his feet. Not afraid to make tough catches. Will he acclimate himself quickly to pro game?
Quinton Patton WR La. Tech 6-0 2-4 4.49 3
JUCO transfer had terrific production with 183 catches for 2,594 yards and 24 touchdowns. Tough and smart player who doesn’t back down. Good after the catch. Patriots fit.

Best of the rest: Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego St.* (6-6, 254, 4.84, 3-4); Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon St. (5-11, 189, 4.43, 3-4); Vance McDonald, TE Rice (6-4, 267, 4.66, 3-4); Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall (6-3, 210, 4.55, 3-4); Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia* (5-10, 193, 4.52, 3-4); Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M (6-0, 205, 4.34, 3-4); Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati (6-5, 257, 4.63, 3-4); Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tenn. Tech (6-2½, 217, 4.53, 4-5); Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma* (6-0½, 194, 4.35, 4-5).

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