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Colts' Top 5 possible wide receiver draft picks

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Colts weigh options

The News-Sentinel will look at possible draft picks for the Colts over the next four days, leading up to Thursday night's NFL Draft.

Monday: Wide receivers
Tuesday: Offensive linemen
Wednesday: Defensive linemen, linebackers
Thursday: Defensive backs

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Could Indy draft another complement to Reggie Wayne?

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 12:13 am

The only position ruled out for the Indianapolis Colts in this week's NFL Draft is quarterback. With Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck and Chandler Harnish, the Colts have all QB angles covered.

Beyond quarterback, and maybe tight end, the Colts could go almost any direction at No.24 in Thursday's first round. They might even trade down. For the next four days, The News-Sentinel will look at some of the options expected to be available around that time.

Today, we look at wide receivers.

The Colts return Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill from last year's receiving corps, and signed free agent Darrius Heyward-Bey. But they could be looking for one more if the right player is available.

The top five wide receiver choices likely available at No.24, presuming Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson goes earlier:

Keenan Allen, California, 6-2, 210

Most mock drafts have Allen being picked before the Colts have a shot, but if he's available, he would be seriously considered. He's not exceptionally fast, but he has great size, he's a physical receiver and he has great hands, as demonstrated by his status as Cal's all-time leading receiver with 205 catches, which he turned into 2,570 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is presumably recovered from a knee injury.

Robert Woods, USC, 6-1, 190

He's very adept at the slant route that made Austin Collie so effective before health issues cut his time short. He's a USC record-setter (252 catches) in three years and hauled in 32 touchdowns. USC coach Lane Kiffin has compared him to Jerry Rice. That's high praise, probably over-the-top but if he has a sliver of that dynamic, he's a keeper. He's fast but not blindingly so.

DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson, 6-1, 212

OK, about that hotel room at the NFL Combine… Hopkins' name has surfaced as one of the players responsible for a trashed hotel room at the combine. His agent denies it, but the timing to be suspected is tough. Hopkins has had a rough life, surrounded by tragedies in his family. The NFL is his chance to turn things around. He's appealing because of his size and ability to go up and get passes. He's seen as something of a possession receiver by many.

Justin Hunter, Tennessee, 6-4, 198

The Colts might be intrigued by Hunter's height and the possibilities it could present for quarterback Andrew Luck. The rap on Hunter is that he sometimes drops the seemingly routine catch but makes the spectacular ones. (That was a knock on former Colts WR Pierre Garcon as well.) Scouts have said he needs more strength. With a deep receiving crew, maybe the chance for the spectacular is worth the risk.

Terrance Williams, Baylor, 6-2, 207

Williams has been primarily an outside receiver in the NFL, which could make him a complement to Wayne and Heyward-Bey with the Colts. He has nice speed and is strong enough to break tackles. He might be more raw than other wide receivers in the draft, but he has shown an ability to stay in stride and break tackles when he gets hit.