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Here’s a little sample, their ranking of the top-20 wide receivers in the 2012 draft:
TOP-20 WIDE RECEIVERS
|1||7.5||BLACKMON, Justin (J)||Oklahoma State||6:012||215||4.48||WR|
|1||7.0||FLOYD, Michael||Notre Dame||6:025||220||4.43||WR|
|1-2||6.5||RANDLE, Rueben (J)||Louisiana State||6:031||212||4.44||WR|
|1-2||6.5||HILL, Stephen (J)||Georgia Tech||6:040||215||4.28||WR|
|2-3||6.2||SANU, Mohamed (J)||Rutgers||6:014||211||4.62||WR|
|2-3||6.2||GIVENS, Chris (J)||Wake Forest||5:111||198||4.41||WR|
|2-3||6.0||QUICK, Brian||Appalachian State||6:034||220||4.50||WR|
|3-4||6.0||HILTON, T.Y.||Florida International||5:094||183||4.37||WR|
|2||6.0||JEFFERY, Alshon (J)||South Carolina||6:027||216||4.54||WR|
|5-6||5.8||WYLIE, Devon||Fresno State||5:092||187||4.36||WR|
And here’s a little excerpt from the official scouting report on Trent Richardson:
With more and more emphasis in the passing game, coupled with teams gearing towards a “running back by committee” approach, the day and age of the franchise ball carrier is starting to fade away. One look at this year’s tailback class and it is easy to see that there is one true franchise running back in the group, and the only player considered to be a certain first round pick – Alabama’s Trent Richardson.
The “complete” back in every sense of the word, Richardson is by far the more polished product than the tailback he had to “caddy” for prior to the 2011 season – Mark Ingram. What a team will get in Richardson is a ball carrier that not only possesses impressive strength to break tackles, his best attribute, but also one with the valid foot speed (4.48) to beat linebackers to the edge.
Richardson is not like the scatback types that litter the rest of this class, as he attacks the holes with great leg drive running between tackles, utilizing that 475-pound bench press he displays. He runs low in his pads and uses his shoulders well to run through arm tackles, as twelve of his touchdown runs last year came near the goal line.
He has the thick frame to drag opponents for extra yardage, but also has that second gear and spring in his step, along with excellent vision to weave through traffic. When he has to encounter a defender, he consistently keeps his legs churning upon contact and has a pretty efficient spin move to slide off blocks, along with utilizing his leaping ability to elevate over the pile and prevent his opponents to take the legs out from under him…
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Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.