NFL Draft best available: Quinton Patton leads wide receivers

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Eight wide receivers were selected on the second day of the NFL Draft, but several interesting prospects remain on the board.

Eight wide receivers found new homes in the second and third rounds of the 2013 NFL draft on Friday, but there are still plenty of good wide receivers to be had as the draft continues on Saturday.

Repeating the first round, only three wide receivers were taken in the second round, with Justin Hunter going to the Tennessee Titans as the No. 34 pick. The run on the receiving corps took a bit of time to get going, not until the 12th pick of the third round, when Terrance Williams headed to the Dallas Cowboys as the No. 74 pick. Three of the next five picks would also be wide receivers. With that said, there are still players ready to contribute quickly this season.

Top wide receivers available

1. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech, 22

2012 stats: 12 games, 104 receptions, 1,392 yards, 13 touchdowns

Considering the big numbers Patton put up in Louisiana Tech's high-flying offense last year, it is surprising to still see his name in the pool of players waiting to be picked. Patton has quick acceleration, runs routes with the best of them and is a threat to be reckoned with if it's a jump ball in the end zone.

2. Da'rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech, 21

2012 stats: 11 games, 61 receptions, 893 yards, 10 touchdowns

Rogers also has some stellar looking stats, but his off the field troubles pushed him down the draft board. He was suspended indefinitely from Tennessee in 2012 and transferred to Tennessee Tech. He is one of the strongest receivers left on the board, as long as a team is willing to overlook his troubled college past.

3. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M, 22

2012 stats: 13 games, 72 receptions, 913 yards, eight touchdowns

Swope posted one of the better NFL Combine 40-yard times, but he doesn't always play at such a high speed. He works well when the play breaks down and knows how to deliver a block to help out the run game.

4. Josh Boyce, TCU, 22

2012 stats: 13 games, 66 receptions, 891 yards, seven touchdowns

Boyce's short stature doesn't make many scouts drool, but he opened eyes at the NFL Combine, being the only receiver to rank in the Top 4 in both the 40 yard dash and bench press. He is a strong guy that is hard to bring down and would fit in nicely as a team's slot receiver.

5. Chris Harper, Kansas State, 23

2012 stats: 13 games, 58 receptions, 857 yards, three touchdowns

Harper didn't show his promise until transferring from Oregon back to his home state of Kansas. Once there, his play earned him second-team All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches.

Honorable mentions

Tavarres King, Georgia
Aaron Mellette, Elon
Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas
Ace Sanders, South Carolina
Kenny Stills, Oklahoma

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