2008 NFL Draft – Wide Receiver

Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed
Yesterday, I examined the running backs who I projected to be drafted in the 2008 NFL Draft. Today, I submit to you the wide receivers who I expect to be drafted. Below you will find the player’s name, school, a brief narrative, and the team expected to draft said player. Here we go:

1. Limas Sweed, Texas
Very good size (6’5″, 219) and strength. Speed is deceptive, which makes matchups favorable to him. Downside for Sweed – despite his solid speed, he lacks the speed to run behind defenders and the quicks in and out of breaks to shake off defenders. The top senior WR in the draft.

Team likely to draft him: Philadelphia (1st round)

2. Mario Manningham, Michigan
An intriguing WR; has very good quickness and speed. Big plus for Manningham is his ability to adjust to the ball while it is in the air. Has very good body control. Downside for Manningham – smallish in size (6′, 178), which could present problems with bigger, more physical cornerbacks in the NFL. Will need to bulk up to correct that issue.

Team likely to draft him: Dallas (2nd round)

3. Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma
Has good size (6’4″, 217), athleticism and isn’t afraid to go over the middle and take a hit. Should be a major threat in the red zone at the NFL level. While not the slowest WR in the draft is far from the fastest – will not blow by most defenders. Depending on what his 40 times are during the combine will determine his standing in the draft.

Team likely to draft him: San Francisco (1st round)

4. Adarius Bowman, Oklahoma State
A big target to throw to (6’4″, 220), he brings the big-play ability to the field. Isn’t afraid to do crossing patterns and take a hit, if necessary. Should be a solid red-zone option with his size and athleticism. Doesn’t have blazing speed; like most WR’s, his 40 times at the combine will determine his draft spot.

Team likely to draft him: Buffalo (2nd round)

5. Desean Jackson, California
Obscene speed (4.29 40), very good at screen passes and especially long routes, where his moves can freeze defenders. Has excellent hands. Has the skills to be a kick returner. Downside for Jackson – can occasionally lose focus, may need an attitude check at the NFL level.

Team likely to draft him: Minnesota (2nd round)

6. Early Doucet, LSU
Possesses outstanding speed and quicks (4.45 40). Runs very good routes, has very good hands. His ability in creating yards after the catch will serve him well at the NFL level. Could possibly be a kick returner as he has done that at the college level. Catching technique may be an issue as he sometimes uses his body to catch the ball.

Team likely to draft him: Baltimore (2nd round)

7. Earl Bennett, Vanderbilt
Good size and strength, has the knack to run great routes and often beat his coverage. Has excellent hands, as well. Downside for Bennett – he played for Vanderbilt, which means he’s been under the radar. Character and leadership qualities a big plus for Bennett. Doesn’t possess blazing speed (4.48 40) which hurts him in matchups as he won’t outrun most defenders and could get caught from behind.

Team likely to draft him: Kansas City (3rd round)


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4 Responses to “2008 NFL Draft – Wide Receiver”

  1. Russ Loede says:

    Not a very good class for Wideouts in this year’s Draft.

    I’d RANK LSU’s Early Doucet a little bit higher because of his Productivty throughout his collegiate career and for big game contributions for the Bayou Bengals. Though for his downside – he was injured and missed a good bit of time this past season.

    Hopefully Limas Sweed (GW TD Reception @ OSU in NC Title Run in ’05), Adarius Bowman, and DeSean Jackson show the CONSISTENCY to be a successful WRS @ the NEXT Level, as they did not show me much towards that department at the College Level. So MUCH Talent, SPEED, and Skills for this TRIO of Explosive Playmakers…

    Let’s SEE if they can play better in the NFL then they did in College. I expected more outta ‘em and they better IMPROVE & make their STRIDES on SUNDAYS ~ Or Else they will be KNOWN for Underachieving rather than Overachieving. Known as “what should and coulda been” – not reaching their FULL Potential, using their “GIFTS” to become All-Pro WR’S – as All 3 can be DIFFERENCE-Makers in the NFL.

    I’d rate Jackson a little bit higher because of his Versatility as a Return Man – Everyone is NOW looking for the NEXT WINDY CITY FLYER – Devin Hester!!!

    Russ

  2. Jesse says:

    I agree with you, and Russ. I definetly would draft Desean Jackson with a top 15 pick.

    I disagree with ya’lls opinion on Limas. I’m a Texas fan and been one since I was conceived. Limas is trash, we joke here in Austin when we play football that if one drops the ball we all clown that person calling him Limas. Limas got lucky and that was all Vince on that pass in the OSU game. Limas proved he’s not NFL worthy in his senior season. The Texans better not think Limas in Rd 3.

    Jesse

  3. Russ Loede says:

    Steven, I Am Totally Shocked & Surprised you did not put your “Boy” In The Top 7 WRS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your a big INDIANA Backer and Everything for the HOOISER State ~ How could you forget the Extremely Tall 6-foot 7 inch 220-pound Talented WR named James Hardy…?!?

    Kellen Lewis & HARDY were great 1-2 combo in the aerial attack this past season and I have to think that HARDY will become a very pro @ the next level in the NFL either as a TE or WR. Gives you some flexibility with whoever selects him in the draft with whatever pick/round – I’m guessing 2nd round, but the Combine will CHANGE that like it always does for the good or for the bad…

    Hardy is an INTRIGUING Prospect @ WR to say the least and I really think he can be what he was at Indiana U.

    He will become an Impact player somewhere along the lines of a Vincent Jackson-type player. Maybe a Burress…

  4. JasonO says:

    Four words re: Earl Bennett’s “lack of blazing speed”

    Jerry Rice. Football Speed.