Dion Jordan not the only Chandler alum on NFL draft boards
Former Chandler High and Oregon stud Dion Jordan’s name is probably going to be one of the first 10 guys taken in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night, but his one-time high school teammate (football and track) who also inhabited the state of Oregon for his college of choice might be next.
Markus Wheaton is the latest in a small string of undersized, speedy, successful playmakers to come out of Oregon State the past couple years (Jacquizz and James Rodgers before him). The former Wolves receiver/defensive back, Wheaton permanently stayed on offense upon arriving in Corvalis.
He caught 91 passes for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns, and was regularly used on “fly sweep” running plays and special teams during his four seasons of steadily increased playing time with the Beavers, and was one of the most electric players in the Pac-12 in 2012.
Listed at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, he’s bigger than the Rodgers brothers, He also has speed to burn, drew rave reviews with his combine performances and has room for physical growth in his slim frame.
Here’s ESPN.com draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. on Wheaton, listed among his “top 24 rising prospects”: “One of the lesser-known but super productive wide receivers in this draft, Wheaton will surprise you with serious burst, and you see him used in reverses and other plays where the design is purely to get him a touch. Combine that with his reliable hands, and you have an early contributor.”
Most mock draft have Wheaton as a late first-round or second-round pick, and there aren’t many teams who wouldn’t want to take a shot at high-character guy who provides great speed, agility and acceleration in this era of high-passing offenses.