Christopher Smith
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WRs Cooks, Evans, Robinson To Declare

Jan 02, 2014 4:38 PM EST

What's expected to be one of the deepest crop of NFL wide receivers in years now includes three of the most productive underclassmen at the position.

Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, Texas A&M's Mike Evans and Penn State's Allen Robinson on Tuesday all announced their intentions to enter May's draft.

Cooks won the 2013 Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best receiver and led the FBS with 1,730 receiving yards. Listed at just 5-foot-10, Cooks excelled in the Beavers' short passing game, collecting catches and using his quickness to turn upfield. He had games of 196, 210, 141, 168, 137, 232, 117 and 110 receiving yards this year.

Evans, who lost out to Cooks as a Biletnikoff Award finalist, is a more prototypical NFL receiver at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds. He shredded No. 3 Alabama (seven catches, 279 yards) and No. 2 Auburn (11 catches, 287 yards) this season and averaged a whopping 20.2 yards per catch.

Robinson emerged as one of the go-to targets in all of college football playing with a freshman quarterback on a team depleted by NCAA sanctions. Penn State wouldn't have won seven games without him. Robinson didn't score a touchdown after Oct. 26, but was two yards shy from nine 100-yard games. Robinson caught 97 passes, while Penn State's second-leading receiver caught just 28.

The three likely will fight for NFL attention with USC's Marqise Lee, Clemson's Sammy Watkins, LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. and Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews.

With three highly-rated tight ends and receiver depth including Davante Adams and Paul Richardson already declaring as non-seniors, the first two rounds of the draft will be crowded with pass-catchers, so the pre-draft evaluation period will be crucial for these receivers in 2014.