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    Draft candidates at a glance: Receivers, tight ends

    PLAYERPOS.SCHOOLHEIGHTWEIGHT40 TIMEROUND
    Tavon AustinWRWest Virginia5-8½1744.341
    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*TENotre Dame6-5½2504.681
    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 *WRTennessee6-22164.361
    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*WRCal6-22064.711-2
    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*WRClemson6-12144.461-2
    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*WRTennessee6-41964.372
    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*TEStanford6-52494.762
    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*WRUSC6-0½2014.462
    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 WilliamsWRBaylor6-22074.512-3
    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 PattonWRLa. Tech6-02-44.493
    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).

    * — Underclassman

    Greg A. Bedard

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