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Scouting the draft: USC WR Robert Woods

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  March 30, 2013 07:00 AM

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Name: Robert Woods, WR, USC

Overview: The Patriots are overhauling their wide receiver corps, so there's reason to believe – as most experts have noted – that they'll select a wide receiver in this year's NFL draft. Woods has been one of the names that have been dropped. He's a talented prospect who has underrated speed (4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine) and exceptional route-running skills. The three-year starter at USC had 176 catches in his career for 2,084 yards, and 21 touchdowns. He also returned 55 kickoffs for 1,364 yards and a touchdown, and returned punts (14 for 122 yards) too. His sophomore year he was a Biletnikoff Award finalist – given to the nation's best college wide receiver. In that season, he recorded 111 receptions, 1,292 yards, and 15 touchdowns. Before that, he started all 13 games as a freshman. So he has the resume of a decorated receiver and the highlight tape to back it up (see above). He's a rare talent who thrives in space and provides yards after the catch. However, the worry about Woods is about his frame. His playing weight in college was 190 pounds, but he was weighed at 201 at the combine. He doesn't have the blazing speed to be a returner in the NFL, but is willing to run through traffic, something the Patriots lacked in Brandon Lloyd. He's been projected to be drafted anywhere from late in the first round to the second round.

Attributes:
Height: 6-0
Weight: 201

Workout results (combine):
40-yard dash: 4.51
Bench: 14 reps
Vertical: 33.5 inches
Broad jump: 117.0 inches
3-cone drill: 7.15
20-yard shuttle: 4.47

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