NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Oregon State WR Markus Wheaton
|04.23.13 at 7:12 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to provide daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Wide receiver
School: Oregon State
Weight: 189 pounds
Achievements: 2012 All-Pac-12 first team (coaches), 2011 All-Pac-12 honorable mention
What he brings: While not a prototypical 6-foot-plus receiver, Wheaton makes up for it with his quickness and agility. Many scouts have been impressed with Wheaton’s knack for consistently gaining a first step on his defenders. Even on poor throws from the quarterback, Wheaton has shown that he can adjust quickly or make the difficult over-the-shoulder catch on deep routes. Wheaton, also a terrific track athlete at Oregon State, has been compared to Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 2
Notes: Before the 2012 season, Wheaton was chosen as one of Oregon State’s four co-captains. By the end of his senior season, Wheaton finished as the school’s all-time leader in receptions with 227. In his final season, he passed the likes of James Rodgers, Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. In a September 2012 win over Arizona, Wheaton hauled in 10 receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns. … His brother Marquese was an All-Conference USA cornerback for Southern Mississippi in 2011. Marquese signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent last summer but was cut during training camp.
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Video: Here’s a look at Wheaton in action vs. BYU in 2012.