2015 NFL Combine Watch List; Part 1: Wide Receiver

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Feb 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive back Brock Vereen catches a pass during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With fifteen days (the Combine kicks off on February 17 this year) until the start of the NFL Scouting Combine, teams are gearing up their scouting departments and starting work on their preliminary draft boards. General Managers, coaches, scouts, and other team staff will be heading to Indianapolis to observe the event, all looking for players to back up with workouts and drills and tests and interviews the production they showed as college athletes.

The Combine is often where unheralded college players make a name for themselves as NFL prospects, sometimes for better or for worse. Jay Cutler went from an unknown from a lousy school to the hottest name in the draft after a strong Combine workout, while other players saw their draft stock plummet after a poor showing, or after not participating in certain drills. While new names will emerge from the Combine and familiar names may disappear, every team is going into the event with a list of players they will be closely monitoring and evaluating, and draft maven Reggie McKenzie will certainly be playing close attention.

More from Las Vegas Raiders Draft

Between now and the Combine I will be publishing a list of players that I believe the Raiders may have on their watch list for each position group where the team has a need: Wide Receiver, Offensive Line, Defensive End, Defensive Tackle, Safety, and Inside Linebacker. While JBB staff has covered many of the players that may be on these lists with thorough individual profiles, these lists will provide a general overview of the top talent at these positions and what they may need to show in the Combine to impress Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders staff. We begin with the most visible need position on offense: wide receivers.

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