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INDIANAPOLIS The wide receiver group of the 2014 NFL Draft cla s was one of Sean Smith Jersey the best in NFL history.Odell Beckham Jr. was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year following a breakout season. The former LSU star was selected 12th overall and then caught 91 pa ses for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns for the New York Giants.NFL COMBINE: Beasley blows the doors off with performance | TCU's Dawson explains poor performanceMike Evans and Sammy Watkins were also rookie of the year candidates. Evans was picked seventh overall out of Texas A&M by Tampa Bay and finished his rookie season with 68 catches for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns. Watkins was the fourth overall pick out of Clemson and had 65 receptions for 982 yards and six scores for the Buffalo Bills.Carolinas Kelvin Benjamin, the 28th overall selection out of Florida State, also had a 1,000-yard season and scorednine times. Two other players Philadelphias Jordan Matthews and Brandin Cooks of New Orleans had more than 50 receptions. Green Bay selected Fresno State receiver Davante Adams in the second round and he came on strong late in the year with six catches for 121 yards against New England and then seven receptions for 117 yards and a score in the playoff win over Dallas.John Brown, a third-round pick by Arizona out of tiny Pittsburg State, was the main deep threat for a Cardinals team that began the season 9-1. He finished the year with 48 catches for 696 yards and five touchdowns.Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert called last years wide receiver cla s unique. But the 2015 cla s has the potential to be just as good.I think its stacking up favorably, Colbert said. Last years wide receiver cla s was unique in terms of numbers and in terms of impact players. You really felt at this time of the year last year. So I think that group is coming together. Again, I am not sure it will have quite the impact of last years cla s but, in all honesty, not many will going forward, because that was a special group of players.Alabamas Jim Otto Jersey Amari Cooper, Auburns Sammie Coates and West Virginias Kevin White are the consensus top three. But Arizona States Jaelen Strong and Louisvilles DeVante Parker are right there with them. The most physically gifted player in the cla s might be former Mi souri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who comes with plenty of off-field baggage. Georgias Chris Conley was one of the NFL combine standouts on Saturday. And not to be forgotten is East Carolinas Justin Hardy, the NCAAs all-time leading receiver.Its a great wide receiver cla s, Strong said Friday. Were all friends. Were all close to each other. We all push each other. Were pushing each other every day.Strong and White work out together at EXOS in Arizona. Their efforts showed as Lucas Oil Stadium.White, who is 6-3, 215 pounds, put to rest any thought that he doesnt have top-end speed when he ran a 4.35 40-yard dash on Saturday. That tied him for third with Conley, who also ranked among the best in the bench pre s, vertical leap and broad jump.Whitesaid he loves to block and thinks his skill set separates him from the rest of the cla s.I don't feel that any receiver can do what I can do, he said Friday evening. Whether its blocking, creating space, taking a tunnel screen to the house. I do it all. I dont feel like guys can do what I can do. Not saying that to be cocky, just confident. I feel like Im one of a kind.White also tied with Coates and Connecticuts Geremy Davis with 23 reps of 225 pounds in the bench pre s. Strong, who has good size at 6-2, 217, ran a 4.4 40 and was second behind Conley in the vertical leap.Coates used the same confidence line as White and referred to himself as a playmaker. His college numbers backed that up. While he caught just 34 pa ses last year, he averaged nearly 22 yards per catch.Theres a lot of great wide receivers in this cla s I look forward to competing with those guys, he said. I certainly want to be the best receiver, not just in this cla s, but overall, wherever I go, and Im going to work hard to try to be that.Cooper has the hardware to say hes the best receiver. The 2014 Biletnikoff Award winner caught 124 pa ses last year for 1, Otis Sistrunk Jersey 727 yards and 16 scores.I don't really watch much of those other guys, but from what I've heard, theyre really great receivers, said Cooper, who is only 20 years old. I just go out there and try to work as hard as I can to be the best that I can.I take good pride in the way I release off the line and coming out of my breaks. Thats really the only two ways you can get open. I think that's probably what would Gabe Jackson Jersey separate me from someone else.The 6-1, 211-pound Cooper has plenty of upside and knows he can improve as a more consistent pa s catcher. He impre sed on Saturday with a 4.42 40 and also performed well in the 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.A trustworthy receiver with strong hands, Parker did not have i sues ripping balls away from defenders and winning on the outside.My strengths are that I can catch and break tackles. My weakne s is probably blocking. I need to work on that, Parker said. Ive just been ble sed with God-given ability to be able to outrun defenders and catch the ball.Cooper and Strong both left college early. White Strong knows he can still improve as a route runner, at 21 years old, he believes he has plenty of upside as well.The thing about me is I havent reached my peak yet, he said. I know I have a lot of coaching left in me. Im going to bring it every day. Im a quick learner, eager to get out there and compete.The competition began when they arrived in Indianapolis on Wednesday and will continue through the start of the draft on April 30.

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