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Redskins Could Grab a Receiver In Draft


With the Redskins switching to the West Coast offense this offseason, it's thought that the team needs to add another wide receiver to the mix.

Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El, both starters last season, stand at 5-10 and use speed and finesse in their game.

Missing is the tall, rangy receiver who can convert clutch third downs and be more of a factor in the red zone.

Could it be Anthony Mix, the 6-5, 235-pound wide receiver who is in his third year? Or could it be newcomers Maurice Mann or Billy McMullen?

Or maybe it will be a player the Redskins target in the NFL Draft.

Here are some of the top wide receiver prospects available in the draft (listed in no particular order):

-- Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma

Kelly, 6-4 and 220 pounds, comes out as a junior. In just three seasons with the Sooners, he caught 144 passes for 2,285 yards and 21 touchdowns. He has been compared to the Texans' Andre Johnson.

-- Limas Sweed, WR, Texas

Sweed's senior season was cut short by a wrist injury, but at 6-5 and 219 pounds, he remains a first-round prospect and possible Redskins target. As a junior, he caught 46 passes for 801 yards and 12 touchdowns.

-- Andre Caldwell, WR, Florida

The brother of former Redskin Reche Caldwell, Andre has 50-plus catches each of the last two years at Florida, plus 16 career touchdowns. He stands at 6-0 and 200 pounds.

-- Devin Thomas, WR, Michigan State

Thomas, at 6-2 and 220 pounds, has the size the Redskins would be looking for, but he starred only one season at Michigan State as junior college transfer. He caught 79 passes for 1,350 yards and nine TDs last year and also served as a kick returner.

-- James Hardy, WR, Indiana

Hardy, 6-6 and 220, was a three-year starter for the Hoosiers and posted solid numbers: 191 career receptions, 2,740 yards and 36 touchdowns. Some scouts have questioned his speed and ability to get past physical corners.

-- Early Doucet, WR, LSU

Some draft guides have Doucet, at 6-0 and 209 pounds, as the top-rated wide receiver in the draft, comparing him to Reggie Wayne. He played behind 2007 first-round draft picks Craig Davis and Dwayne Bowe, and then last year caught 57 passes for 525 yards and five TDs.

-- DeSean Jackson, WR, California

Jackson is the speedster of the draft--he has been compared to the Redskins' Santana Moss. The 5-9, 175-pounder played in a West Coast offense at Cal, where he grabbed 65 passes and six TDs last season.

-- Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan

Manningham has seen his draft stock fluctuate since January. The 5-11, 181-pounder has shown elite-level skills, grabbing 72 passes for 1,274 yards and 12 touchdowns. But some teams have reportedly removed him from their draft boards due to possible drug use.

-- Jordy Nelson, WR, Kansas State

Nelson had a remarkable 2007 season for Kansas State, catching 122 passes for 1,206 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is 6-2 and 217 pounds and is regarded as more of a possession receiver.

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