Top 5 receivers

April 14, 1999|By Gary Lambrecht

If the Ravens decide to select a receiver with their first-round pick, here are some that may be available:

Torry Holt

School: North Carolina State

Height: 6-0

Weight: 192

40 time: 4.45

Strengths: Makes the tough catches all over the field, and gets open consistently. Best hands in the draft.

Weaknesses: Lacks blazing speed.

David Boston

School: Ohio State

Height: 6-1

Weight: 215

40 time: 4.4

Strengths: One of the bigger, stronger talents available. Came up big when it counted most.

Weaknesses: Tendency to drop passes at times. Also is not a proven threat in the short and intermediate game.

Troy Edwards

School: Louisiana Tech

Height: 5-9 1/2

Weight: 191

40 time: 4.5

Strengths: Durable and productive. Averaged 15 catches a game in 1998. Had 21 receptions against Nebraska.

Weaknesses: Lacks size, although he could be the next Joey Galloway.

Kevin Johnson

School: Syracuse

Height: 5-11

Weight: 194

40 time: 4.38

Strengths: Might be the fastest receiver in the draft. Could also have a major impact as a return man.

Weaknesses: The jump from Big East to NFL will be a huge adjustment, especially in getting off the line of scrimmage against physical cornerbacks.

Peerless Price

School: Tennessee

Height: 5-11

Weight: 181

40 time: 4.43

Strengths: No one in the nation was better as a pure deep threat. The premier big-play man in the SEC.

Weaknesses: Still has much to learn about making tough catches in the short and intermediate areas.

Pub Date: 4/14/99

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