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Steelers NFL Draft Forecast: Wide Receivers

Friday, April 20, 2001

By Ed Bouchette, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

David Terrell
6-3, 215
Michigan
1 One of the two best of an outstanding group. Overcame stress fracture in his foot to catch 67 passes last season. Timed at 4.4. Big, strong and fast. Great body control. One knock: He drops too many passes.

Koren Robinson
6-1 1/2, 210
North Carolina State
2 Could be better than Terrell, but likely to go right after him in the draft. A little smaller but big enough and just as fast. Great ability but his desire to put in the work has been questioned and he can be difficult to handle as well.

Santana Moss
5-9 1/2, 185
Miami
3 Extremely fast, big-play receiver who can break tackles and break open games. His size is the only drawback. Ankle problems held him back last season. Also a great punt returner, averaging 18.2 yards with four touchdowns last season.

Rod Gardner
6-2, 215
Clemson
4 Good size but not great speed. He uses his power and athletic ability to separate from defensive backs. Great at catching the ball, which has become a lost art for some receivers.

Reggie Wayne
6-0, 200
Miami
5 Does not have the speed of teammate Moss, but like Gardner is a great pass-catcher and solid overall receiver. Good athlete with decent size. Four-year starter who overcame torn ACL in his left knee before junior season.

Freddie Mitchell
5-11, 185
UCLA
6 Should be the sixth receiver drafted in the first round, an astounding number. Chicago White Sox draft pick in baseball. Caught eight touchdowns and threw for two more last season. Great receiving skills and decent speed. Productive, coachable, makes big catches and small ones.

Chris Chambers
5-11, 210
Wisconsin
7 Great speed and jumping ability, making him seem taller on the field than his listed height. Played basketball early at Wisconsin. Needs to refine his receiving skills.

Chad Johnson
6-1, 190
Oregon State
8 He was great at the Senior Bowl and has good speed. Outstanding package with little experience. Played at Santa Monica in 1997 and 1999 and did not play in 1998. Came to Oregon State in August of 2000. Fast, with good size.

Quincy Morgan
6-1, 210
Kansas State
9 Junior college transfer. Size and speed with big-play ability. Too many dropped passes. Good talent but does not always show it. Caught 64 passes for 1,166 yards and 14 TDs in 2000.

Robert Ferguson
6-1 1/2, 208
Texas A&M
10 Played at a junior college in '98 and '99 and only one season at A&M. Caught 58 passes for 885 yards and 7 touchdowns. Good size and decent speed. Needs a lot of coaching.

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