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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Draft breakdown, Day 4

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April

Today, it's time to look at the receivers. Here are Rick Stroud's top 10. I'll have the defensive backs for you tomorrow.

1. Devin Thomas, 6-2, 215, Michigan State

Registered 79 catches, 1,260 yards and eight touchdowns in his only season of major college football.

2. DeSean Jackson, 5-10, 175, California

Most explosive wideout and natural pass catcher. Could help immediately as kick returner.

3. Limas Sweed, 6-4, 217, Texas

Great size and tremendous red zone threat. Injured wrist caused his stock to drop.

4. James Hardy, 6-6, 216, Indiana

Creates matchup problems with smaller DBs. Double-digit TDs in three seasons.

5. Malcolm Kelly, 6-4, 222, Oklahoma

Great on film, but hurt himself with 40-yard time of 4.75.

6. Early Doucet, 6-0, 208, Louisiana State

Slot receiver slowed last season by groin injury.

7. Jordy Nelson, 6-3, 215, Kansas State

Polished receiver projects as a No. 2 option for West Coast-style offense. Slow 40-yard time dropped him.

8. Lavelle Hawkins, 5-11, 185, California

Dropped passes and disappeared for Cal late in the season.

9. Mario Manningham, 6-0, 183, Michigan

Character issues abound and slower-than-expected 40-yard time of 4.59.

10. Keenan Burton, 6-1, 199, Kentucky

Great hands and work ethic. Series of injuries affected last season's performance.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:00pm]

    

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