5 Receiving Prospects the Chiefs Should Target After Round 1

November 22nd, 2012

Does Ryan Swope fit in with the Chiefs in 2013? (Photo:: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

KCCD Writer: Elliot Dennis

Let’s face it, the Chiefs’ offensive problems are not based solely on the quarterback. One area of concern that has to be addressed in the 2013 Draft is wide receiver.

With Bowe most likely to walk this offseason (the Chiefs won’t franchise him 2 years in a row), wide receiver is a top need this offseason. The Chiefs WR corps after Bowe hasn’t been very good this season. Jonathan Baldwin hasn’t been able to get open, Steve Breaston doesn’t see the field anymore, and the only thing Dexter McCluster has been consistent with is tipping the ball into a defender’s waiting arms.

With a quarterback almost assuredly going to the Chiefs in the first round in the upcoming draft, wide receiver must be addressed between rounds 2-4.

Here are 5 prospects the Chiefs should target in those rounds:

Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee*

Patterson was the highest rated junior college prospect in 2011 and showed why he was touted as such this season for the Volunteers. Da’Rick Rodgers was kicked off the team before the season started and Patterson has not disappointed in taking his place in the starting lineup.

Patterson was impressive in his debut for the Vols, continually burning a good college cornerback in David Amerson. He finished that game with 6 receptions for 96 yards and a score.

All season he has shown great explosiveness and speed in returning kicks, receiving, and rushing and could be a solid pickup for the Chiefs in the 2nd or 3rd round.

Career Stats

Receiving

Rushing

SEASON REC YARDS TD RUSH YARDS TD
2012 42 690 4 23 270 3

 

Stedman Bailey, West Virginia*

Bailey has been a great player for the Mountaineers in recent seasons. He has been one of the most productive players in the country this season and has shown great speed. He’s a great route runner with excellent hands and could become a good slot receiver in the NFL.

He had one of the best games among any receiver this season in college football. In a game against Baylor, Bailey had 13 receptions for 303 yards and 5 touchdowns. Baylor simply had no answer for him. If he’s available in round 2, the Chiefs should jump on him.

The big knock on Bailey is his size; he is only 5’ 10”, 188 lbs.

 

Career Stats

Receiving

Rushing

SEASON REC YARDS TD RUSH YARDS TD
2012 88 1,260 20 1 0 0
2011 72 1,279 12 0 0 0
2010 24 317 4 0 0 0

 

Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt*

Jordan Matthews has a unique combination of size and speed (6’ 3”, 200 lbs). He has been a great player for the Commodores this season and his numbers would be even better if he had a decent quarterback throwing him the ball.

His best games this season were in the season opener against South Carolina and a matchup against Florida. He totaled eight catches for 148 and a score and eight receptions for 131 yards and a score, respectively, against two very good defenses.

He should be drafted in the 2nd or 3rd round. A lot hinges on his pre-draft workouts. Chiefs could get him in round 3.

Career Stats

Receiving

Rushing

SEASON REC YARDS TD RUSH YARDS TD
2012 77 1,118 6 2 65 1
2011 41 778 5 0 0 0
2010 15 181 4 0 0 0

 

Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

Swope has had an excellent career at A&M and has played very well so far this year. He has decent size (6’ 1”, 206 lbs) and is an excellent route runner. He has very sudden quickness that makes him very swift coming out of his routes and is excellent after the catch.

He started off slow during the 2012 season, however, he has come back in a big way the last few weeks and has returned to his junior form. He has been superb in SEC conference play, going up against top corners and playing against press coverage. He will be drafted anywhere in the 2nd round to 4th round range.

Career Stats

Receiving

Rushing

SEASON REC YARDS TD RUSH YARDS TD
2012 57 758 6 1 -2 0
2011 89 1,207 11 7 3 0
2010 72 825 4 11 58 0
2009 19 172 1 0 0 0

 

 

Conner Vernon, Duke

Vernon is a sleeper receiver in the 2013 Draft. He has been Duke’s best player this season and has shown a great combination of size and quickness (6’2”, 195 lbs). If he played with a good quarterback, his already good college numbers would be even better.

He was not a highly recruited prospect in high school, but has shown scouts wrong during his career. He broke the ACC all-time reception record of 232 this season. He has been a major part of the turn-around of Duke’s football program.

He should be drafted somewhere in rounds 3-5 and would be a solid mid-round pick for any NFL team.

Career Stats

Receiving

Rushing

SEASON REC YARDS TD RUSH YARDS TD
2012 64 846 5 3 -2 0
2011 70 956 5 3 0 0
2010 73 973 4 5 40 0
2009 55 746 3 0 0 0

 

 

*dictates underclassman

Tags: Cordarrelle Patterson, Dwayne Bowe, Ryan Swope, Stedman Bailey

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