NFL Draft Preview – Jeremy Maclin

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by Ryan Lester of Lester’s Legends
Missouri WR Jeremy Maclin followed up a terrific Freshman season (80 catches, 1055 yards, 9 TDs, 375 rushing yards, 4 rushing TDs) with an even better Sophomore season (102 catches, 1260 yards, 13 TDs, 293 rushing yards, 2 TDs).  He was also an accomplished return man taking five returns (3 punt returns, 2 kickoff returns) to the house.  Maclin isn’t a big target (6?0?, 198 Lbs), but he does possess outstanding speed (4.43 forty) and versatility.  He should be able to make an immediate impact as a slot receiver before eventually becoming a primary threat at the next level.  The goal is to get him in space so he can use his speed and quickness to his advantage.  He will run some reverses and make his mark in the return game.  There is a pretty wide range of speculation as to where he’ll end up.  Jacksonville with the 8th pick seems to make a lot of sense to me.

Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown:  #7 to the Oakland Raiders
WalterFootball.com:  #26 to the Baltimore Ravens
Draft King:  #22 to the Minnesota Vikings
Consensus Draft Services:  #16 to the San Diego Chargers
The Football Expert:  #8 to the Jacksonville Jaguars
War Room Report:  #7 to the Oakland Raiders
NFL Draft Scout:  2nd ranked WR
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