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GOING DEEP TO FIND THIS YEAR'S Odell Beckham Jr. TO SLAY SECONDARIES

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1 LAQUON TREADWELL

Ole Miss (6'2", 221 lbs.) 82 rec / 1,153 yards / 11 TDs

Treadwell is a physically imposing specimen who pushes DBs around on passes and (especially) as a run blocker. At his size, he may not create huge gaps in coverage, but he makes up for it by dominating in the air. He plays smart too, knowing where to break off his routes.

CONCERNS

Broke left fibula, dislocated ankle late in 2014. Lacks top-end speed.

NFL COMP

Dez Bryant

2 JOSH DOCTSON

TCU (6'2", 202 lbs.) 79 rec / 1,327 yards / 14 TDs

The 4.5-second 40 he ran at the combine is less meaningful than his blazing short-shuttle time (4.08 seconds) or his vertical jump (41 inches). In other words, he's more of a well-rounded athlete than a straight burner. He has the body control to go up and over corners. He's a potentially dominant No. 2 WR.

CONCERNS

Will be 24 as a rookie. Could get pushed around by press coverage.

NFL COMP

DeVante Parker

3 TYLER BOYD

Pittsburgh (6'1", 197 lbs.) 91 rec / 926 yards / 6 TDs

The Panthers struggled to drum up consistent offense this season, so they asked Boyd to do a little bit of everything: 19 kick/punt returns, 40 carries, 91 receptions—even three pass attempts. That versatility overshadows how good he is as a pure receiver. He boasts terrific hands and can pick apart underneath coverage.

CONCERNS

Doesn't break a ton of tackles. Limited deep-threat ability.

NFL COMP

Marvin Jones

4 STERLING SHEPARD

Oklahoma (5'10", 194 lbs.) 86 rec / 1,288 yards / 11 TDs

The receiver most likely to make a substantial impact in '16? Try Shepard. While he won't overpower or outleap NFL DBs, he has the route-running prowess to frustrate them. He is quick and efficient from the slot and outside.

CONCERNS

Must play stronger. Size could land him in the slot.

NFL COMP

Emmanuel Sanders

5 COREY COLEMAN

Baylor (5'11", 194 lbs.) 74 rec / 1,363 yards / 20 TDs

A home run hitter capable of blowing past DBs or battling for contested passes, he scored on 27% of his catches last season. Don't sleep on Coleman's creativity; he's a threat out of the backfield.

CONCERNS

Playing in a spread O limited his route tree.

NFL COMP

T.Y. Hilton

6 MICHAEL THOMAS

Ohio State (6'3", 212 lbs.) 56 rec / 781 yards / 9 TDs

Thomas will be more productive as a pro than he was at Ohio State, where there were too many mouths to feed. He has strong hands, he makes tacklers miss, and he keeps defenders guessing by not tipping his plans.

CONCERNS

More potential than finished product.

NFL COMP

Eric Decker

7 BRAXTON MILLER

Ohio State (6'1", 201 lbs.) 26 rec / 341 yards / 3 TDs

Through limited opportunities, the former QB showed a natural ability as a WR. Miller's footwork has the effect of making him appear to be moving at twice the speed of his defenders. There's simply way too much athleticism here to ignore.

CONCERNS

Very raw. Can he work between the hashes?

NFL COMP

Tavon Austin

8 WILL FULLER

Notre Dame (6'0", 186 lbs.) 62 rec / 1,258 yards / 14 TDs

Time and again, Fuller proved he could get behind college corners. And when he did so, he made a bevy of tough clutch catches. His speed (4.32-second 40) spooks defenders into giving him an extra cushion.

CONCERNS

One-trick pony right now. Too many unforced drops.

NFL COMP

Ted Ginn Jr.

9 RASHARD HIGGINS

Colorado State (6'1", 196 lbs.) 75 rec / 1,062 yards / 8 TDs

His numbers dipped in 2015 after his old QB, Garrett Grayson, headed to the NFL and his Rams coach, Jim McElwain, bolted for Florida. But Higgins's talent remains. He has an understanding for how to get open, backed by wiggle after the catch.

CONCERNS

Lacks NFL physicality. Won't scare pro defenses over the top.

NFL COMP

Michael Crabtree

10 MALCOLM MITCHELL

Georgia (6'0", 198 lbs.) 58 rec / 865 yards / 5 TDs

The Mitchell we saw in '15? That might just be scratching the surface. He can fire into routes over the middle, and once he does, defenses must dedicate multiple people to him, as he's tricky to tackle.

CONCERNS

Physical CBs keep him from getting into routes.

NFL COMP

Robert Woods

11 PHAROH COOPER

South Carolina (5'11", 203 lbs.) 66 rec / 973 yards / 8 TDs

So many possibilities here. Cooper not only caught a combined 135 passes over the past two seasons, he also averaged 7.2 yards per carry during his career and 22.4 yards as a freshman kick returner.

CONCERNS

More puzzle piece than star. Doesn't fight through contact.

NFL COMP

Stefon Diggs

12 LEONTE CARROO

Rutgers (6'0", 211 lbs.) 39 rec / 809 yards / 10 TDs

Carroo got into a load of trouble (curfew violation; domestic violence charges, which were dropped), but when he was on the field he often dominated, setting up defenders with crisp routes and embracing contact.

CONCERNS

Off-field red flags. Plays big but lacks height.

NFL COMP

Pierre Garçon

13 TAJAE SHARPE

UMass (6'2", 194 lbs.) 111 rec / 1,319 yards / 5 TDs

Sharpe puts CBs on their heels by bursting off the line, planting and breaking routes on a dime. His QBs often didn't provide him much room for receptions, and he didn't need it—Sharpe attacks the ball.

CONCERNS

Small hands could push him down some boards.

NFL COMP

Allen Hurns

14 AARON BURBRIDGE

Michigan State (6'0", 206 lbs.) 85 rec / 1,258 yards / 7 TDs

At MSU, he bailed out Connor Cook a good number of times by making acrobatic grabs in traffic. He positions himself well along the sideline, finding gaps between coverage, and he has excellent hands.

CONCERNS

He's a bit of an outside/slot tweener.

NFL COMP

Jared Abbrederis

15 KEYARRIS GARRETT

Tulsa (6'3", 220 lbs.) 96 rec / 1,588 yards / 8 TDs

Garrett's body fits the profile of an NFL receiver. Should he develop a complete repertoire to go along with it, he could be a draft steal. He'll be a deep threat and a red-zone option out of the gate.

CONCERNS

Can he only go deep?

NFL COMP

Malcom Floyd

2015 FBS receiving yards leader KEYARRIS GARRETT, Tulsa 1,588

Top 40 time at combine WILL FULLER, Notre Dame 4.32

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