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NFL draft: Some receivers to watch, some to avoid

Pro Football Focus has an interesting story looking at combine results and projecting which wide receivers might be underrated and overvalued.

Wide receivers will be of obvious interest in this year’s draft to the Kansas City Chiefs. PFF’s theory is that the most important combine drills for wide receivers with regard to predicting future success are weight, 40 time and vertical jump. For comparison purposes, the combine averages in those categories for wideouts were 203 pounds, 4.51 time in the 40 and 36-inch vertical, according to PFF.

By those measures, PFF suggests to keep an eye on Georgia's Chris Conley, Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong and William & Mary’s Tre McBride.

Conley didn’t have monster stats in college, though his 18.3 yard-per-catch average and eight touchdowns in 36 receptions were impressive. At the combine, he weighed 213 pounds, ran a 4.35 and jumped 45 inches. PFF thinks he could be a mid-round steal.

Strong weighed 217, ran a 4.44 40 and jumped 42 inches. He could be of interest to the Chiefs in the first round. McBride is an interesting candidate in the second or third round. He weighed 210 pounds, ran a 4.41 40 and jumped 38 inches.

PFF wasn’t as impressed by East Carolina’s Justin Hardy (192 pounds, 4.56 40, 36.5-inch vertical) and Alabama’s Amari Cooper (211 pounds, 4.42 40, 33 vertical). Cooper still will likely be the first or second wide receiver drafted and not available to the Chiefs when they get their turn at No. 18 in the first round.