Sizing Up the Size-Speed Receivers: Wes Bunting, Part II

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Part two of this week’s chat with the National Football Post’s Wes Bunting looks at size speed receiver options who come into play in the 2nd round. 

Cowboys Nation:  The Cowboys like tall receivers.  That’s their template.  They want 6’2” guys with some speed.  They got a gift with Laurent Robinson last year.  Here was a tall guy who could get over the top.  When they go three wide, they want to put Miles Austin in the slot.

Looking at your list, who are some size-speed guys, starting around the 3rd round or so, who could perhaps fill that Robinson role early in their careers?

Wes Bunting:  You’re looking size-speed guys, starting in the 3rd?

CN:  Let’s open the window in the 2nd.  Let’s say 2nd to 4th.  We’ve talked about the smallish slot guys, the Joe Adams types, but not about the bigger guys.

WB:  Stephen Hill, who we talked about before, is a 1st round guy now.  You can kiss him good-bye.

I think Rueben Randle from LSU ran well at his pro day.  He ran in the high 4.3 range.  Granted, at the Combine he ran a low 4.5.  He can run.  There are some people who think he gets into the 1st round.  I think he could, but if he’s there in the 2nd, he’s a guy who fits what you’re talking about.

Mohamed Sanu from Rutgers ran 4.41 his pro day.  I don’t think he plays that fast, but I think he could be there in the 2nd round.

Now, instead of 1st-2nd round guys, we’re talking 2nd-3rd round guys.  Brian Quick from Appalachian State is a vertical route runner.  He ran high 4.4s.  He’s 6’2”.  He can go get the football. I think he’s a really intriguing player.

And a guy to keep an eye on, who’s giving me fits, but he’s a good football player, is Greg Childs, from Arkansas.  He came into the year as one of the top-rated senior receivers, ’cause we thought he would be healthy.  He was never healthy this whole year.  He didn’t play very much at Arkansas.  As the year went on he got a little more play.  At the East-West Shrine Game he looked like he was getting back.  Then, he ran high 4.3s and low 4.4s at his pro day at 6’2”.

He was one of the top receivers in the SEC as a sophomore and junior.  He got hurt as a senior.  I don’t know what the medical is on him.  But I know a lot of teams think that this is a nice size-speed guy that maybe we can get a little lower because of the injury concerns.

CN:  Where do you look at him?

WB:  Honestly, I have no idea.  From a talent standpoint, if he’s healthy, 2nd round is probably what he’s worth.  2nd to 3rd round.  With the medical.  I’ve heard some teams are ”eh” on him.  Some teams have him off the board.  From where that goes in the draft, I’d say the 3rd is too high.  I would say it would start on Saturday.  So 4th round.  This is where I think it makes sense.  The injury concern guys, the Michael Bushes, they tend to go in the 4th.

CN:  What was the injury that has people so concerned?

WB:  I think it was a knee and I think there was an ankle problem as well.

CN:  Was it a chronic problem.  Did he need to have the knee scoped?

WB:  He barely played this year.  Joe Adams and Jarius Wright and Hamilton were the three receivers at Arkansas.  I think his season high he had two catches in a game.  When he did play, he couldn’t get out of 1st gear, because he was trying to play through the recovery and come back early, and he just wasn’t very effective.

Then he was at the Shrine game, and he looked a lot better.  Then he’s fully healthy and he ran well, so when you match that up with his junior and senior tape, that’s pretty good.

CN:  Tell us about his sophomore and junior tape.

WB:  He was a guy who had some niftiness off the line versus press coverage.  I would say he went up and got the football extremely well.  From a talent standpoint he was right up there with an Alshon Jeffery, who’s going in the 2nd round right now.  I’d say he’s a little more natural as an overall route runner.  I’d say he’s not just a vertical guy.  I’d  say he can work the three-step game and at least create some separation out of his breaks initially and got get the football.

From a talent standpoint I think an Alshon Jeffery isn’t that far off.  Plus you don’t have the weight concerns.  It’s more of a pro-style offense at Arkansas with Bobby Petrino there.  He was productive.  He was able to beat press against top corners.  Initially he didn’t separate a ton, but he had good body control adjusting to the football, and could make plays at the highest point.

Next:  2nd and 3rd round defensive options.

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  • Lee1936

    Wes Bunting upgraded TE Coby Fleener to category 7.5, due probably to his unexpected 4.45 sec 40 on his pro day.  Overnight, Fleener moved up Bunting’s board from the 23rd to 9th best player in the draft.  If Fleener drops in our lap at 1/14, he’s not only our #2 TE, but also Witten’s heir apparent.  When Jason retires, we’ll still have an elite TE.  With Coby joining Jason, Dez, Miles, and DeMarco, WE DO NOT NEED A #3 WR.  Garrett could stay in the 22 formation all season, the most versatile for both running and passing.7.5   Becomes a starter during his rookie year… possesses physical attributes that will create mismatches vs. most opponents… A featured player on team.

  • hogman86

    As a junior, and really as a sophomore also, there really was not a college corner in America that could defend Childs on a fade, assuming the ball was thrown well.  He was well on-pace to be the leading receiver for Arkansas and possibly in the SEC before he blew out his knee as a junior (2010).  I believe it was his MCL and ACL if I remember right.  I mostly agree with Bunting’s assessment, except I really thought he was a first-round propsect before he got hurt.  When healthy, he could beat corners off the press and use his body to shield defenders from the ball.  He was lights-out after the catch, and great with YAC.  I think his best game might have been at Auburn in 2010, the game where the zebras stepped in and won the game for the Tigers/War Eagles/Plainsmen and the Entertainer/Icon quarterback after dirty Nick Fairly knocked Mallett out of the game on a helmet-to-helmet late hit (that went uncalled, of course) and Tyler Wilson came in and played the game of his life.  He torched Auburn to the sideline, beat them deep, turned a short slant into a touchdown, and ran all the routes.  Would be thrilled to see him wear the Star, if he is all the way back.  GO HOGS!

  • AustonianAggie

    Appalacian State always warms my heart! Reminds me of Larry Allen and Michigan going down. Their speed guys have big time speed so if they have a fairly big fast guy, he probably stacks up VS any larger school’s athlete

    • OskieOskie

      Dexter Coakley’s alma mater, don’t forget.

  • No Streeter?

  • joey2zs

    I live in S.C., and my buddy is a dyed-in-the-wool Gamecocks maniac, and he just wrote to me saying that Alshon is “genuinely lazy.”  He doesn’t think pro trainers will help Alshon to drop his flab and improve his work habits.  He thinks he will be boom or bust but it hinges on Alshon’s change of attitude.  I don’t think I want Dez Bryant and Alshon Jeffery becoming friends. 

  • Krazy Cowboy

    Coby Fleener?

  • Juz Saying

    Tommy Streeter will be the Jimmy Graham of this year.Book it.

    • Why are people so high on Streeter?  Because he ran fast?  Wes used him as an example of a guy who was going to get buzz for fast 40 times but who didn’t play fast.  

      And this was weeks before the Combine.  

  • Workingtonian

    I’d consider Quick in the 3rd round, Streeter in the 4th and Childs in 6 or 7.

  • Milkshaker

    Miles will be 28 by season’s start and wasn’t terribly effective last year. Having liked him in the slot previously doesn’t mean they still like him in the slot.

    Laurent Robinson, Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree aren’t slot guys, and Harris wasn’t really ready to contribute, so if it wasn’t Miles in the slot we didn’t have a slot. Miles wasn’t in the slot when we had Patrick Crayton.

    Having him continue torquing his body and getting smacked by ILBs at 28 is a sure way to limit his time on the field. Hardly think Dallas will turn their nose up at a younger slot, big or small.

    • Workingtonian

      Given time I feel Harris will be a decent to good player. Would be good if his time has come.

  • truecowboyfan

    Both Quick and Childs are intriguing. I quickly looked up their combine numbers, and they look very, very similar. What really stands out about these two is there height (6’3″) and arm length (34 1/4″). Could be the red zone nightmare that Martellus Bennett never developed in to.