Welcome back for Workout for Wide Receivers Part 2.

We’re talking about drills you can do to get better at the things NFL scouts tend to look for when they’re scouting receivers.

Two-time All-American and Jaguars’ first-round pick Justin Blackmon (ICON Sports)

Click below if you missed part one:

Workout for Wide Receivers Part 1

I didn’t make up this list of skills, I got ’em from some credible sources; The late-great Bill Walsh, Greg Gabriel, a former NFL scout with over 30 years of experience, and one of the nation’s premier scouting authorities, Scouts Inc.

Let’s finish up, shall we?

Related: Wanna Be One of the Top College Wide Receivers? Here’s What NFL Scouts Look For in Receivers. Part 1

Change of Direction/Quickness

Tim Gardner, from Expert Village, gives you some solid tips on the physics behind what goes on when you’re trying to change directions.

He uses these facts to develop an easy-to-understand philosophy of what your training regimen for improving your change of direction abilities should focus on.

This drill, is designed to help you develop the lateral speed you’ll need to excel as a running back.

This drill reminds me of my db days back in college.


Just watching these guys perform these drills makes it pretty obvious that they can help you change directions on a dime.

Former NFL running back Eddie George introduces you to the Five-Star Drill.

This helps you with your change of direction abilities, burst, quickness, and is also good for conditioning, in addition to training you to run low.

Related: What Everybody Ought to Know About Improving Football Speed


Body Control

I don’t think much explaining is needed on this one, just watching the video makes it pretty apparent that this’ll help you develop better body control.


This is the same drill as the one above, except this one is done with one leg, instead of two.

This drill will help you with your body control as well.

The 90 degree “hip popper” drill is great for body control



Now before you laugh at me for posting some stuff on improving your focus, recall back to the second Wide Receiver Tips post, where I showed you where Coach Walsh said that he used to look through game film of player’s looking for moments that show extreme focus and concentration.

This video gives you a really simple exercise you can do to improve your focus and concentration.

I like how closely it resembles having to catch a football in traffic, or making a tough catch in any other circumstance.  (Courtesy – AB&C Sports Training)


Running Skills/Run After Catch

Former NFL running back Brian Westbrook, with the fundamentals of making a defender miss.

Future Hall of Famer Ladainian Tomlinson on the fundamentals of the spin move.

These drills will help you get better at being a little more elusive with the rock after you’ve made the catch.

The drills on this video are made for running backs, but they’re helpful for wide receivers, too.

For example, there’s a drill where people are hitting you on both sides of you while you’re catching the ball.

A drill like that helps you get used to catching the ball and getting hit by a defender at the same time, which happens to receivers all the time.

The drills in this one help you become more elusive with the ball after you’ve caught it.


Creating Separation

The drills and techniques in the “release” category in Workout for Wide Receivers Part 1 will help you create separation at the line of scrimmage, but there’s a little more info in this section on creating separation, too (obviously).

At the beginning of this video, you’ll find an explanation of how you can use the head fake to help create space off the line between you and the defender.

The video moves-on to blocking, but the separation tips are at the beginning.


Ability to Stretch the Field

If you wanna be considered a consistent deep-play threat, you gotta be able to run the post, go, and stop-n-go routes effectively.

As we mentioned before, a major part of being able to stretch the field is speed, but knowing the nuances of running deep routes definitely won’t hurt..

This gentleman from Expert Village breaks-down the dynamics of the post route.

A well-done break down of the fly/go route.

If the ball is thrown properly, and the receiver runs the route right, the post/corner is one of the hardest routes to defend.

Chris Bocage, former professional football player and wideout/safety at University of Southern California breaks-down the post corner route.

Here’s a break down on the stop-n-go route.




Believe it or not, there are wide receiver blocking drills you can work on that don’t require pads!

Not only that, but the drills pause every now and then with illustrations to explain the techniques in-detail.

Some more info on the fundamentals of blocking at the wideout position.  (Courtesy Expert Village)

Do you know about any other good drills that are good for wide receivers?  Yeah? Well explain ’em in the comments, or leave a link to ’em!

By the way, who’s the best receiver in the league right now, in your opinion?

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Webpage references:

Bill Walsh’s How I Evaluate Each Position: Wide Receiver (via sportsxchange.com), Gabriel’s Scouting Tight Ends and Receivers (via NationalFootballPost.com)
Scouts Inc on Wide Receivers (via Espn.com by Scouts Inc)



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