Others: Justin Gage (Missouri), David Kircus (Grand Valley State), Billy McMullen (Virginia), Sam Aiken (North Carolina), Doug Gabriel (Central Florida), Walter Young (Illinois), Kassim Osgood (San Diego State), Nate Burleson (Nevada), J.R. Tolver (San Diego State), Ronald Bellamy (Michigan), Chris Vance (Ohio State), Antwone Savage (Oklahoma), Adrian Madise (TCU), Carl Morris (Harvard).
Rising: Arizona's Bobby Wade is a mid-4.5s guy but is a very savvy wide receiver who is more quick than fast, runs sharp routes and simply knows how to get open. He could go near the end of the first day and, in the right system, be an effective slot receiver. Chisom Opara of Princeton has size, and only decent speed, but has performed well in workouts and could now be a second-day pick.
Declining: There are four big-name wide receivers -- Anquan Boldin (Florida State), Brandon Lloyd (Illinois), Terrence Edwards (Georgia) and Shaun McDonald (Arizona State) -- whose pedestrian 40-yard times have put them on the slide. Boldin could still be chosen in the second round because of his size and athleticism. Edwards is viewed as soft, Lloyd as slow and McDonald is a little guy who hasn't run well.
Intriguing: Arnaz Battle of Notre Dame has played a lot of positions, including quarterback at one point, but has good hands and is a natural athlete. He surprised scouts by running in the low 4.4s and, while still raw as a receiver, could be a nice utility player. He can return kickoffs, play on the kick coverage units and maybe serve as a No. 5 receiver. Teyo Johnson of Stanford is as big as some tight ends in this draft (6-5 3/8, 247 pounds), and perhaps could be used as an H-back.
Sleeper: Tennessee's Leonard Scott is a world-class sprinter who has dabbled at football, catching just 28 passes in four seasons, but it's hard to ignore his 4.26 speed and kickoff return potential. He's not very big or tough but showed much improved receiving ability at his campus audition.
Notable: Reggie Newhouse (Baylor) is the son of former Dallas Cowboys running back Robert Newhouse. ... Terrence Edwards (Georgia) is the brother of Miami Dolphins tailback Robert Edwards. ... In his four years in the Florida Marlins minor league system, Kelley Washington (Tennessee) hit just .219 while playing shortstop. ... Leonard Scott (Tennessee) has won virtually every sprint title in the Southeastern Conference and was an NCAA 60-meter champion. ... Clinton Jones (Iowa) is the cousin of Hawkeyes quarterback Brad Blanks.
Position trend: Size matters and, if you don't believe it, take a look at the physical dimensions of the top five prospects. Every team wants the bigger, more physical wide receiver who can muscle defenders off the ball and use his body to create separation, especially in the "red zone."