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Kiper on depth at WR in 2014 draft

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2014 – 4:26 pm

Certainly a bounty of underclassmen has helped to improve the depth in this year’s draft class at a bunch of positions, but none more so than wide receiver.

There are 20 extra receivers in the draft pool who are underclassmen led by Clemson’s Sammy Watkins, who is expected to be the first wideout off the board, most likely in the top five picks. But ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper thinks if a team has a couple of pressing positional needs, they might be able to wait on receiver.

“I think if you look at the wide receiver position because of the tremendous depth in that first round, you could see six to nine wide receivers go in the first round,” Kiper said. “A lot of them are underclassmen so you have to be conservative because they need to test well to be a legitimate first round pick.”

Testing will obviously come in a couple of weeks at the NFL Combine, but Kiper thinks some teams will address other positional needs first if they are not as deep as receiver, provided the value is right when they’re on the clock.

“There’s going to be an opportunity at wide receiver with guys in the third, fourth and fifth round who could get it done,” he said. “Wide receiver is a position you can maybe wait on.”


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