2013 NFL Combine Receiver Preview

Hello Dolphin Shout and all Miami Dolphin Fans!

The 2013 NFL Combine is upon us and 300 top collegiate prospects will continue on their quest to impress those that control the colors of their NFL dreams. Follow the "underwear Olympics" February 23-26 on NFL Network.

Combine workout schedule:
» Saturday, Feb. 23: Tight Ends, Offensive Linemen, Special Teams
» Sunday, Feb. 24: Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Wide Receivers
» Monday, Feb. 25: Defensive Linemen, Linebackers
» Tuesday, Feb. 26: Defensive Backs

Here are some combine wide receivers to look at.

Aaron Dobson
6-3, 203 pounds, 4.33 40-yard dash
Dobson is another second round prospect who comes in listed as the seventh rated receiver and 51st ranked overall prospect. Marshall University's senior wide-out Dobson made his name against his regularly scheduled opponents in the eleventh ranked Conference USA.

In a limited 2009 freshmen role he converted fifteen catches for 362 yards and four touchdowns including a single outing with four receptions, 127 yards, and two TD's. As a 2010 sophomore he led Marshalls Herd with 44 receptions for 689 and five touchdowns with one being a 96 yard effort. Dobson's Junior 2011 season saw him reel-in another 49 balls for 688 and twelve touchdowns as the team's leader on all counts. His 2012 Senior season as team captain accounted for 57 catches, 679 yards with three touchdown while absent from two games. For his 47 games played career he accrued 165 receptions, 2398 yards, and 24 touchdowns.

Dobson as a long-strider has only elite straight-line speed for spreading the field though he has become an intelligent route runner in learning how to set up those that are sitting on the deep pattern. He is built perfectly for the wide-out position with great length while possessing strong hands for beating press coverage as well as for catches in heavy traffic. He also has excellent hand-eye coordination with a soft touch for the one handed magic act. Dobson is a tough, strong runner that fights till the whistle for yardage, and he is also a willing down-field blocker.

Markus Wheaton
5-11, 183, 4.44
Wheaton is a projected second round prospect while being slotted as the eighth receiver and has an overall player ranking of 55th. He played for the country's 20th ranked Oregon State Beavers in the second ranked Pac-12 conference.

Wheaton was a reserve 2009 freshman with (eight receptions, 89 yards, and eleven end-around sweeps for 79 yards and a TD). He started eight games as a 2010 sophomore while accruing (55 receptions, 675 yards, four touchdowns), and 27 rush attempts for 220 yards with two TD's. As a junior he started all twelve games for (73 receptions, 986 yards and one touchdown) as well as 25 rush attempts for 190 yards. Wheaton had a breakout senior season tabulating 91 receptions for 1244 yards and eleven touchdowns.

During his career he rushed for over 500 yards in accruing over 1000 all-purpose yards in three of his four collegiate seasons, but he is also Oregon States all-time career receptions leader with 277 in surpassing Chad Johnson and TJ Houshmandzedeh. In 33 collegiate starts his great hands gathered 2994 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. Markus Wheaton is another very productive, athletically versatile, good route running, field stretching receiver, and he can play the slot, or as a wide-out.

Robert Woods
6-1, 190, 4.47
Woods is a second round prospect and the fifth rated receiver. He is listed as the 41st overall prospect. He is a junior out of the University of Southern California and played against the nation's second ranked Pac-12 conference.

In joining USC as the number one ranked High School receiver prospect he started all thirteen games of his freshmen season for the 2010 Trojans. On one occasion he had a game with 12 receptions for 224 yards and three touchdowns while totaling 65 catches for 792 with six TD's for his initial season. For his encore sophomore season as a thirteen game starter he snatched seventeen balls in the season opener and had a 2011 total of 111 receptions for 1292 yards and fifteen touchdowns. His 2012 junior season stats were slightly derailed due to team interior offensive issues including that of quarterback Matt Barkley. As well, the country's most explosive sophomore player joined Woods as USC's starting receiver corps. Woods again started all thirteen games in accruing 76 receptions for 846 yards with eleven touchdowns while many (including Barkley) faulted the going away from Woods as a major reason for USC's 2012 woes.

Robert Woods as a three year favorite comes to the NFL with 39 collegiate starts while gathering 252 receptions, 2930 yards and thirty-two touchdowns. He is another highly productive accomplished route runner with good hands, vision, and speed while also being an experienced return man. Woods is a hard worker that thrives to get better. He can play any of the receiver positions and is a willing blocker as an unselfish teammate.

Tavon Austin
5-09, 175, 4.38
Austin is a projected late first to early second round draft selection as the fourth rated receiver, and he has an overall prospect ranking of 39th. He is a senior out of West Virginia which was the Countries 10th ranked team in receiving yardage. The Mountaineers Big 12 Conference is the third ranked conference in the nation behind only the South-Eastern (SEC) and Pac-12 conferences.

He started 4 games as a 2009 freshman with 15 receptions for 155 yards, a 58 yard receiving TD and a 98 yard kickoff return to the house. In 2010 he started 11 games with 58 receptions for 787 yards and eight receiving touchdowns. Tavon ranked eighth nationally in 2011 with 101 receptions for 1186 yards (3rd nationally) with eight TD receptions. He also led the FBS in all-purpose yards with (182 rushing 1 TD, 268 punt and 938 kick-return) yards with 2 TD's. As the 2012 winner of the Paul Hornung award given to the nation's most versatile player he led his conference and was second nationally in all-purpose yards with 112 receptions for 1289 yards and 12 touchdowns, 72 rush attempts for 643 yards and 3 TD's, 978 return yards with 2 touchdowns for a total of 2910 yards.

This kid has 41 extremely productive collegiate starts in 52 games played as a slot-receiver (288 receptions, 3413 yards, 29 touchdowns) as well as six rushing with five special teams touchdowns, and he will be an NFL starter for somebody in 2013!!

He is already well versed at doing everything that made the Pats slot receiver what he became when at his best (after four-plus years in the league), while Austin has the speed and quickness to run circles around Wes Welker. Better Pray that the tea-toddlers don't land him!

Austin is a tough little broad chested guy as a game breaking, play-maker with great vision, hands, exquisite route running, and elite speed! Though he is only a reasonably legitimate first round option for the Dolphins if Miami lands it's true number one receiver in Free Agency! He would be a huge upgrade to our beloved Davone Bess, and Tavon Austin would be an absolute steal with a second round pick no-matter the circumstances!

Reggie Who?? Simply DBess Who??

Don't forget these guys from the senior bowl article:
Terrance Williams
Quinton Patton

Or these guys from Paul's scouting pieces:
Cordarrelle Patterson
Terrance Williams
Keenan Allen
Justin Hunter

Official Combine invite list

THANK-YOU for an Open-Minded read, and we look forward to your viewing angle of the combine prospects!!