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Receivers Coates, Smith Make Senior Bowl Splash

In the deep pool of wide receivers participating in the Senior Bowl this week, two of them, especially, have made their mark on Daniel Jeremiah.

The NFL Media analyst said Auburn's Sammie Coates and Ohio State's Devin Smith are the receivers he can't wait to watch in Saturday's game -- and headed into the NFL Combine.

The North and the South teams continued practices for a third day for the 2015 Senior Bowl Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

Coates -- who stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs 213 pounds -- keeps it local at the Senior Bowl. The Leroy, Ala., native is proximate to both his hometown and college – where he ranked third in the nation in yards per catch (21.5) in 2013.

In 2014, Coates recorded 34 receptions for 741 yards, and hauled in four receiving touchdowns.

Jeremiah said Coates -- who had 14 receptions for 30-plus yards in 2013 -- has the speed, size and ability to make "all kinds of plays." But, with questions about his hands, Jeremiah said Coates will "have a chance to prove doubters wrong this week at the Senior Bowl."

Smith, meanwhile, is a deep threat who has the potential to be a first round selection in the NFL Draft, Jeremiah said.

In Smith's college career, he had 23 touchdowns for 40.3 yards per reception, which ranks 5th in Buckeyes history. The 6-0, 190-pound receiver averaged 28.5 yards a catch for his career, including a school-record 90-yard touchdown reception in 2013.

That's saying something at a school that just won its eighth National Championship.

"You saw in the playoffs and the National Championship game the element he provides," Jeremiah said of Smith.

Coates, Smith and the rest of the participants in Senior Bowl get their final opportunity to shine in a game setting Saturday at 4 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.




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