The Cleveland Browns need to inject some speed into their wide receiver room. Here are three Senior Bowl day one wide receiver standouts that should be on the Browns radar.
The Senior Bowl is officially underway in Mobile, Alabama. Over 120 of College Football’s top prospects are in attendance and will be looking to showcase their skills in front of NFL general managers, coaches, scouts, and a litany of media. Draft season is in full swing, and Dawg Pound Daily is here for all of it.
The Cleveland Browns have two of their coaches participating in the Senior Bowl this year. Offensive quality control coach, Ashton Grant, is coaching the wide receivers for the National team, and Israel Woolfork, the Bill Wills Diversity Coaching Fellowship recipient, will be coaching the quarterbacks for the American team.
While the majority of the Browns offseason focus has been on retooling some defensive positional groups, and rightly so, there is an obvious need on the offensive side of the ball as well. The Browns need to bring in some weaponizable speed into their wide receiver room. Luckily for the Browns, the Senior Bowl has some quality candidates.
Here are three Senior Bowl wide receivers that should be on the Browns radar
Senior Bowl WR No. 3: Tre Tucker, Cincinnati
If speed kills, then consider University of Cincinnati wide receiver Tre Tucker an assassin. While Tucker is diminutive in size, 5-foot-8 and 187 pounds, he has big-time speed and versatility. While he’s not one of the more talked about receiving prospects, he will garner some attention when he laces up his sprinter shoes in Indianapolis at the NFL combine. Reportedly Tucker should comfortably clock in the 4.3s in the forty-yard dash.
But all that speed is worthless if a player doesn’t understand how to get open. That’s where Tucker can separate himself from the other small speedy receivers in this draft cycle. Tucker is an ideal slot receiver, who can pressure defensive backs with speed and then break them off with his footwork. Tucker understands leverage and he is sudden.
That suddenness was on full display during the first day of Senior Bowl practice. Tucker was winning one on one reps with ease using his speed and shiftiness to create immediate separation. It did not take long for the defensive backs in Mobile to start respecting Tucker’s speed.
Another plus to Tucker’s game is his ability in the kick return game. While he is learning the ropes as a receiver in the NFL, Tucker will be able to contribute as a homerun threat punt returner. That alone will earn him a home in the league.
But because of his size, Tucker is a player that should still be available on day three of the 2023 NFL draft. For a team like the Browns, Tucker, a native of Cuyahoga Falls, would be an ideal fit as a slot receiver and immediate contributor in special teams.
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