In a 16-round draft:
Jerricho Cotchery, Carolina – This guy had 10 touchdowns last year in more of a backup role in Pittsburgh. He can still play and will probably be the top wide receiver this year for Carolina, considering the top three wide receivers from last year are gone. His only competition is a rookie and two No. 3 receivers. Cam Newton is going to have to throw to someone. My money is on Cotchery.
Harry Douglas, Atlanta – Now that the Falcons are without Tony Gonzalez they will use three-receiver sets more often. Douglas has already proven he can play as last year he had 85 catches. The Atlanta offense may start to look like the Green Bay or Denver offense in which three receivers may put up big numbers. He may even wind up being the No. 1 or No. 2 receiver given the injury histories of Roddy White and Julio Jones.
In a 26-round draft:
Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets – With Santonio Holmes gone, Jeremy Kerley will be the slot man for the Jets. In 12 games last year he caught 43 balls. That projects almost 60 catches if he played all 16 games and this is with Holmes taking snaps away from him. When Holmes was hurt in October, Kerley had 18 catches in four games. Two years ago he had 56 receptions. He will at least be in the 60-catch range this year, which makes him a steal starting around Round 22.
Cole Beasley, Dallas – With Miles Austin gone, Beasley will be the new slot receiver for the Cowboys. He is perfect for this role being of the Wes Welker ilk. He had 40 catches last year in limited playing time. When Austin was hurt last year, Beasely stepped up, catching six balls against Minnesota. Beasley should be in the 60 catch range.
Malcom Floyd, San Diego – Malcom Floyd should regain his role as a starting receiver on the Chargers opposite Keenan Allen . With Keenan Allen drawing all of the coverage this year, Floyd should have a great season if he stays healthy. He has recovered from his injury, and because the injury was above the waist it should not be a concern. Last year Floyd had five catches for 102 yards in a half against Philadelphia before he got hurt. Two years ago he had 56 catches in only 14 games. Floyd should easily get 60 catches this year and maybe even more going against teams’ No, 2 corners. His competition includes Vincent Brown, who had his chance to step up last year and failed miserably with only 41 catches and one touchdown in 16 games. Floyd has the size at 6-foot-5 and the speed to easily beat out Brown this year.
In a 35-round draft:
Kris Durham, Detroit – Durham caught 38 passes last season and did a good job filling in for Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson when they were hurt. In October and November he caught 30 of his 38 receptions. Now that Nate Burleson is gone, Durham is the favorite to take over the third receiver spot. Assuming Golden Tate is more of a slot receiver, Durham could find a role opposite Calvin Johnson using his 6-foot-6 frame. It also does not hurt that he roomed with Stafford in college.