NFL Draft: Which Senior Bowl WR will be this year's Day 2 steal?

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In what's seemingly becoming an annual tradition, at least one Senior Bowl receiver who stands out on the Ladd Peebles practice field in January will go on to become a Day Two steal come April.

Cooper Kupp, the Eastern Washington product and most recent example of this growing trend, was basically uncoverable in Mobile last year before going on to lead the NFC West champion Rams with 869 receiving yards as a third-rounder (69th overall).

Two years ago it was Sterling Shepard, who flashed big-play potential inside and outside and, as the 40th overall pick by the Giants early in Round Two, amassed eight touchdowns among his 63 grabs for 683 yards as the perfect OBJ complement.

In 2015, Kansas State's Tyler Lockett perhaps was as dynamic as any player in Mobile, quick as a hiccup with dangerous long speed to get on top of a secondary and behind the kick and punt return coverage units. Lockett made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, when the third-rounder (69th overall) accounted for eight total scores.

Who'll be this year's Day 2 wideout steal from the Senior Bowl? Here's our five best guesses.

1. DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State

Hamilton was perhaps Mobile's most polished pass catcher, save for perhaps Hamilton's Penn State teammate, TE Mike Gesicki. The nearly 6-1, 202-pound Hamilton showcased pristine route running, including an understanding of how to set up his defender and create plenty of separation. We saw Hamilton, who'd just come off a strong week of Shrine Game practices, making plays at all three levels of the field and being lined up both in the slot and outside.

2. Michael Gallup, Colorado State

As his name and college production suggests, Gallup can get up and go. He was clocked as the fastest receiver on Day 1 in Mobile, and the FBS' leader in receiving yards per game as a senior seemed to catch everything thrown his way, several going for big plays downfield. Gallup also didn't shown any hesitance in using his size (6-1, 198) to help separate from man coverage and to morph into a strong runner after the catch.

3. Marcell Ateman, Oklahoma State

The Cowboys' "other" 1,000-yard receiver in 2017, one year removed from a broken foot that sidelined him all of his junior year, Ateman told PFW he's not just a jump-ball and possession receiver. We believe him, but there's also no shame in him dominating in the red zone and winning over the middle — both fairly frequent occurrences this week. We saw Ateman pluck both a 50-50 ball and quick slant for red-zone scores, and he appears to have plenty of quickness to create throwing windows for his quarterback. Ateman's teammate, James Washington, was an animal in Mobile and appears to have Round One status cinched. But sleeping on Ateman would be a mistake.

4. Allen Lazard, Iowa State

A few reservations for Lazard, namely sort of a lumbering style of separating and a few drops we'd like to see him secure. But he did separate with regularity despite lacking great speed and suddenness, and who knows, his size (6-4, 227) may even entice clubs to consider transitioning Lazard to a pass-catching TE role. He was very productive in Ames (26 career touchdowns) and carried it over by making a lot of plays in Mobile.

5. Cedrick Wilson, Boise State

Maybe the most explosive wideout on our list, Wilson was No. 2 in the nation last season with more than 1,500 receiving yards and he has a very effortless way of separating and making difficult catches. Wilson corraled a bullet TD from Josh Allen in red-zone work — the kind of throw that makes one instantly understand the polarizing Wyoming QB's appeal, we should add — and he provides the large target (6017, 194) that a young guy like Allen appreciates.

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