Arizona Cardinals: Top 5 WR at Scouting Combine
By Scott Allen
The NFL Scouting Combine gets underway on Tuesday February 17th in Indianapolis
This week we will be looking at positions the Arizona Cardinals will be looking for help in the offseason. With the NFL Scouting Combine commencing this week, there will be a lot of talk about those available in the upcoming NFL Draft. Here we will look at wide receivers.
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Even though on the surface things look alright for the Arizona Cardinals at wide receiver, the truth is there is some doubt about what this corp should or will look like come July. Larry Fitzgerald’s contract is going to be addressed in the next couple of weeks. Michael Floyd has shown he’s not a number one receiver. John Brown and Jaron Brown are both still young and jury might still be out on Jaron. Here is a look at the top five guys the Cardinals should look at in the 2015 draft. These are not necessarily the top five receivers available in the draft overall.
1. Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
He has the leaping ability of Larry Fitzgerald. His biggest negative is his route-running. Certainly if he is available come second-round, which is iffy at-best, then the Cardinals might want to go after him. I don’t think the Cardinals want to use a first-round pick on a receiver. They do have bigger needs.
2. Nelson Agholor, USC
This guy is projected to be a second-rounder. He could be a perfect fit for the Cardinals. He is a punt returner as well as a receiver. In addition to the 179 receptions and 2,572 yards and 20 touchdowns by reception, he also returned four punts for touchdowns. He could be the guy to provide that dual threat the Cardinals though they would get from Ted Ginn a year ago.
3. Devin Funchess, Michigan
Here’s another guy that can go up and grab a ball out of space. His leaping ability is something that would work in the Cardinals system. With Carson Palmer’s tendency to throw high, a guy like Funchess would be a good fit. He could be a guy they grab if he’s still around in the second round. He had 62 receptions for 733 yards and four touchdowns in a very down year for Michigan football in 2014.
4. Ty Montgomery, Stanford
He’s also a taller receiver who can grab a lot of balls. He had 61 receptions for 604 yards and three touchdowns for Stanford in 2014. He only averaged 9.9 yards-per-catch but he’d be a guy that could fill Fitz’s role should things not work out for Fitz and the Cardinals. He would probably be a third or fourth rounder.
5. Austin Hill, Arizona
Now, I might be biased with this selection but can you blame me? He had 49 receptions for 635 yards and four touchdowns in 2014 for the Wildcats. This was coming off 2013 when he missed the entire season due to injury. He killed it in 2012 with 81 receptions for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had some more guys around him that could catch the ball in 2014, so that can account for some of the lack of production. I like him if he’s still around in the fourth or fifth round.