NFL Draft Preview – Heyward-Bey, Britt, Nicks & Robiskie

Apr 23, 2009
We wrap up my NFL Draft Wide Receiver preview with a look at the quartet of Darrius Heyward-Bey, Kenny Britt, Hakeem Nicks, and Brian Robiskie.

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Darrius Heyward-Bey
is the speedster of the draft running an electric 4.30 forty at the combine.  Plus, he has good size at 6’2″, 210 LBs.  Darrius is pretty raw having caught just 138 passes for 2089 yards and 13 TDs in his three years at Maryland.  He had just four 100+ yard games in his career.  He’s can help stretch the field and add some punch to the return game.

Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown:  #26 to the Baltimore Ravens
WalterFootball.com:  #40 to the Oakland Raiders
Consensus Draft Services:  #19 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Football Expert:  #26 to the Baltimore Ravens
War Room Report:  #17 to the New York Jets

NFL Draft Scout:  #3 ranked WR

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Kenny Britt
has had put together two straight solid years for Rutgers.  In 2007 he caught 62 passes for 1232 yards and 8 TDs.  Last year he had 87 receptions for 1371 yards and 7 scores.  He has good size at 6’4″, 215 Lbs, but his 4.50 forty time doesn’t turn heads.  One of the knocks on him is his lack of focus. 

Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown:  #39 to the Jacksonville Jaguars
WalterFootball.com:  #28 to the Philadelphia Eagles
Consensus Draft Services:  #43 to the San Francisco 49ers
The Football Expert:  #35 to the St. Louis Rams
War Room Report:  #29 to the New York Giants

NFL Draft Scout:  #7 ranked WR
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Hakeem Nicks
had a stellar year for North Carolina catching 68 passes for 1222 yards and 12 TDs.  He also gained fame with his behind-the-back grab.  Nicks isn’t overly impressive with his size (6’1″, 215 Lbs) or his speed (4.51).  He does have great hands though and isn’t afraid to go across the middle.  He has a questionable work ethic.

Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown:  #44 to the Miami Dolphins
WalterFootball.com:  #45 to the New York Giants
Consensus Draft Services:  #39 to the Jacksonville Jaguars
The Football Expert:  #45 to the New York Giants
War Room Report:  #26 to the Baltimore Ravens

NFL Draft Scout:  #5 ranked WR

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Finally, there’s Brian Robiskie.  Robiskie turned in a modest Senior year with 42 catches for 535 yards and 8 TDs, which is a step back from his solid 55 catch, 935 yard, 11 TD Junior season.  He reached the 100 mark just one time this year, in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Texas.  He’s good good size at 6’3″, 199 Lbs.  He showed OK speed with a 4.46 forty.  Though he didn’t put up gaudy numbers at the collegiate level, he is one of the more polished WRs in the draft.

Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown:  #35 to the St. Louis Rams
WalterFootball.com:  #44 to the Miami Dolphins

Consensus Draft Services:  #49 to the Chicago Bears
The Football Expert:  #49 to the Chicago Bears
War Room Report:  #51 to the Dallas Cowboys
NFL Draft Scout:  #6 ranked WR

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