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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; By Len Pasquarelli ESPN.com Here is how ESPN.com rates the top 12 wide receiver prospects in the draft: Roy Williams's speed has moved him to the top of some draft boards. Roy Williams (Texas) Vital statistics: 6-feet-2½, 212 pounds, 4.44 ...

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Old 04-17-2004, 11:34 AM   #1
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ESPN.com rates the top 12 wide receiver prospects

By Len Pasquarelli
ESPN.com

Here is how ESPN.com rates the top 12 wide receiver prospects in the draft:


Roy Williams's speed has moved him to the top of some draft boards.

Roy Williams (Texas)

Vital statistics: 6-feet-2½, 212 pounds, 4.44 in the 40, and 39 ½-inch vertical jump.
Numbers game: Played in 48 games and started 40, finishing his career with 241 catches for 3,866 yards and 36 touchdowns. Set school and conference records with 17 outings with 100 yards or more. Had NCAA-record streak of 47 straight games with at least one reception and had four or more catches in a game 39 times.

Upside: Incredible combination of size, speed and playmaking skills. With exception of some questions about durability, has everything you want in the New Age wide receiver. Fluid route runner and explodes out of cuts to gain separation. Can use his frame to ward off defenders trying to come through him. Will drive back corners and then naturally work back to the ball. Good change of direction skills, doesn't have to throttle down to make cuts, can hurdle would-be tacklers. Will extend himself and lay out for the tough catch. Huge target and will take the ball at its apex. Simply an explosive player with the ability to turn games around from any point on the field.

Downside: So good that things come easily and he will allow his concentration to lapse at times. A willing blocker but has to stay with plays and remain engaged with defenders at the second level. For a guy who loves to run the "post," not as good in general coming over the middle.

The dish: Might have been the top wideout in the 2003 draft had he opted to leave school but he'll still get his reward. Not quite the second coming of Randy Moss, but a big-time player who should make a fairly quick impact.


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