2017 NFL Draft: Wide Receiver Rankings
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: January 18, 2017.
- Mike Williams, WR, Clemson Projected Round Top 10 Pick
- 2016 Season Recap Mike Williams is bigger and badder than ever at 6-4 220 lbs. Mike Wiliams missed the 2015 season with an injury and Clemson still made the 2016 College Football Playoff without Williams. Maybe Clemson can win it all with Williams.
- Mike Williams had 9 receptions and 174 receiving yards against Auburn. Williams carried Clemson to a critical win in week 1. Williams has 15 receptions for 245 receiving yards so far in 2016. Williams stood out against Auburn, but struggled against Troy and South Carolina State.
- Mike Williams got his first receiving touchdown in 2016 against Georgia Tech. Williams had 5 receptions, 70 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown against Louisville. Clemson is 5-0 thanks to some critical touchdown catches that Williams made.
- Mike Williams dominated on tape against cornerbacks like Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey, Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley, and Wake Forest cornerback Brad Watson. He also had success against Boston College safety John Johnson and appears to be the most complete receiver in the 2017 NFL Draft despite struggling against Florida State cornerback Marquez White and Virginia Tech's Brandon Facyson who returned to school for his senior season at Virginia Tech.
- Williams had a huge junior season. That was a big reason why Clemson dethroned Alabama in a rematch of the 2016 College Football Playoff Championship game.
- Mike Williams had 57 receptions, 1,030 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns as a sophomore in 2014. Williams suffered a season ending injury after smashing into a goal post in Clemson's 2015 opener making him a junior redshirt heading into 2016.
- He has the speed, agility, hands, route running to run short, medium, or deep routes, blocking, and ability to catch in traffic that you look for in a receiver. He caught a touchdown in triple coverage against Florida State during his sophomore year. That tells you about the kind of receiver he is and there is no question that after JuJu Smith-Schuster that Mike Williams is the top receiver in the 2017 NFL Draft.
- Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan Projected Round 1st Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-3 205 lb Corey Davis was Western Michigan's top receiver in 2015. Davis was a flanker while Daniel Braverman lined up in the slot and sometimes across from Davis. Without Braverman, Davis has to deal with more double teams in 2016.
- Corey Davis had 7 receptions for 70 receiving yards in an upset win over Northwestern. Davis needs to do better moving forward even though Western Michigan pulled the upset. Davis has had 11 receptions in his last two games. Western Michigan's wide receiver has 18 receptions, 317 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns through 3 games in 2016. Davis is a big reason why Western Michigan is 3-0 with road wins over Northwestern and Illinois.
- Corey Davis has 30 receptions, 467 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns in his first five games. Western Michigan is 5-0 thanks to Corey Davis.
- Corey Davis destroyed most MAC opponents. Davis had 13 receptions, 173 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns against Buffalo when ESPN went to Kalamazoo for College Gameday in 2016. Davis had a good performance in the 2017 Cotton Bowl against Wisconsin after leading Western Michigan to a perfect 13-0 before losing the Cotton Bowl. Davis finished the year with 97 receptions, 1,500 receiving yards, and 19 receiving touchdowns.
- Mike Williams may be the best receiver in the 2017 NFL Draft. At the same time, I also believe Corey Davis is the biggest red zone threat in this draft. Davis may not be playing in the 2017 Senior Bowl, but he has shown everything you look for in a #1 flanker receiver despite that.
- Corey Davis had 67 receptions, 941 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns as a true freshman in 2013. That season, he won the MAC freshman of the year.
- Davis had 78 receptions, 1,408 receiving yards, and 15 receiving touchdowns. Davis took his game to new heights during his sophomore season.
- Davis had his best season in 2015 when he had 90 receptions, 1,436 receiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns. The 6-3 205 lb Corey Davis has the speed, hands, jumping, spectacular catching, route running on short, medium, or deep routes, one handed catching to succeed at the next level. His two weaknesses are that he can drop passes at times and that he struggles to catch the ball in traffic. I saw him struggle in traffic against Darqueze Dennard as a true freshman and Anthony Brown in 2014 as a sophomore. Davis is great at getting separation, but struggles when pressed because he has trouble catching the football in traffic meaning that Davis has to rely on his speed to get separation when running deep routes and streaks. I'm not sure how Davis will do blocking on running plays, but he won't be as good as JuJu Smith-Schuster or Mike Williams based on the tape I watched of the 2017 wide receivers.
- Corey Davis is a senior. Davis may be a first round prospect, but he may end up playing in the 2017 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama if scouts don't see him as a first round prospect by December.
- Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-2 215 lb Cooper Kupp is the top FCS prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft. This guy is so good on tape that he could have been a Day 3 pick if he declared as a junior in 2016. With Kupp back at Eastern Washington, I expect one more huge season out of him.
- Cooper Kupp had 12 receptions, 206 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Kupp showed the ability of a first round pick against Washington State. Kupp had 5 receptions, 62 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns against North Dakota State. North Dakota State beat #13 Iowa the following week after their shootout with Eastern Washington.
- Kupp missed Eastern Washington's third game, but came back for Eastern Washington's game against Northern Arizona where he had 12 receptions for 111 receiving yards. Kupp had 12 receptions, 274 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns against U.C. Davis breaking Jerry Rice's record for All Time receiving yards among FCS wide receivers.
- Cooper Kupp had his best season yet with 117 receptions, 1,700 receiving yards, and 17 receiving touchdowns. Kupp led Eastern Washington to the semifinals of the 2016 FCS Playoffs and accepted an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl.
- Kupp didn't face tough corners in his career despite dominating FBS teams. Kupp will face some tough corners on the North Team in Mobile and if he dominates agains them he could sneak into the first round.
- Cooper Kupp made an immediate statement as a freshman after carrying a 4.0 GPA in High School. Kupp had 93 receptions, 1,691 receiving yards, and 21 receiving touchdowns as a true freshman in 2013. Kupp posted career highs in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns that year.
- Cooper Kupp really clicked with then junior quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. Kupp had 104 receptions, 1,431 receiving yards, and 16 receiving touchdowns. Kupp may not have been the asset Vernon Adams Jr. had in 2013, but he was still a security blanket to Adams before he transferred to Oregon.
- Kupp began his season in Oregon facing his former quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. Kupp had a career game against the Oregon Ducks. Kupp had 15 receptions, 246 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns against an FBS secondary which is something people didn't expect Eastern Washington to do after losing his starting quarterback to Oregon.
- Cooper Kupp finished the season with 114 receptions, 1,642 receiving yards, and 19 receiving touchdowns as a junior in 2015 without Adams. Kupp led the FCS in receptions, receptions per game, receiving yards, receiving yards per game, and receiving touchdowns. Kupp has won the NCAA FCS Offensive Player of the Year Award for the third year in a row.
- Cooper Kupp has the speed, hands, jumping, spectacular catching, route running on short, medium, or deep routes, one handed catching, ability to catch in traffic, and blocking that you look for in a #1 wide receiver. Cooper Kupp is the best FCS receiver I've seen on tape since Randy Moss coming out of Marshall when Marshall was an FCS school.
- Kupp attended Manning's Passing Academy three years in a row and has already been promoted to counselor. This receiver is basically Wayne Cherbet with size minus the character concerns Randy Moss had entering the 1998 NFL Draft as Kupp carries a 3.56 GPA in his three years at Eastern Washington.
- Cooper Kupp is a second round pick at this time. If he dominates in 2016 and gets an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, he will be a 2017 first round pick. That's how good Kupp is and I'm giving a team a B grade at the very worst for taking this guy in the first round.
- John Ross, WR, Washington Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 5-11 190 lb John Ross is arguably the top receiver in the PAC 12. Lots of people believe Ross is the third best receiver after Mike Williams and Corey Davis. A majority of people have him ranked ahead of Cooper Kupp and its easy to understand why.
- John Ross had excellent games on tape against premiere cornerbacks in this draft class like Oregon State cornerback Treston DeCoud, USC cornerback Adoree Jackson, and Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie. Ross struggled against Chidobe Awuzie though.
- John Ross had his best season yet with 81 receptions, 1,150 receiving yards, and 17 receiving touchdowns. Ross probably has better speed than Cooper Kupp. I don't think Ross has the size, experience, leadership, or consistency that Kupp provided though which is why Ross came in at 4 on my wide receiver rankings.
- John Ross has incredible speed. He may be due for a breakout year in 2016. He needs one if he is to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.
- John Ross has the speed, hands, jumping, spectacular catching, route running on short, medium, or deep routes, one handed catching, ability to catch in traffic, and blocking that you look for in a wide receiver. His size may limit him to a slot receiver role though.
- Chad Hansen, WR, California Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-2 203 lb Chad Hansen has dominated without Jared Goff in 2016. Hansen has 40 receptions, 546 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns in 2016.
- Chad Hansen had 14 receptions, 160 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns against Hawaii in Australia. Hansen had 14 receptions, 190 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown against Damontae Kazee and San Diego State. Hansen had 12 receptions, 196 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns against Texas.
- Chad Hansen had 10 receptions, 110 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown against Arizona State. Hansen only had 5 recepitons, 98 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns against Utah. Hansen wasn't as flashy against the Utes, but he played well enough to defeat a Utah team that intercepted Jared Goff 5 times in 2015.
- Chad Hansen finished 2016 with 92 receptions, 1,249 receiving yards, and 11 receiving touchdowns. Hansen got injured against Oregon State. He missed two games against Oregon and USC, but did well against every other team having a few plays where he got the best of Washington cornerback Sidney Jones.
- Chad Hansen began his career at Idaho State. Hansen had 45 receptions, 501 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns at Idaho State before transferring to California after his freshman season in 2013. Hansen redshirted at California in 2014.
- Chad Hansen saw limited action in 2015. With Jared Goff gone, Hansen has to become a leader on California in 2016.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-2 220 lb JuJu Smith-Schuster looks like he's a 6-5 230 lb receiver with his muscle and he may be the top ranked receiver heading into the 2017 NFL Draft. We rarely see a receiver maintain their top ranking though. Before the 2009 season, a lot of 2010 NFL Mocks had Dez Bryant as the top wide receiver even though Demaryius Thomas got drafted ahead of him. Two years later we saw Alshon Jeffery in the top 5 of a lot of mock 2012 NFL Mocks before the start of the 2011 College Football season. After that Robert Woods and Marqise Lee were considered the top receivers in the 2013 and 2014 draft classes heading into the 2012 and 2013 College Football seasons. They both fell to the second round. Only A.J. Green and Amari Cooper have retained their ranking as the top receiver in their draft class heading into the preseason.
- Alabama blanketed JuJu Smith-Schuster as they held USC's receiver to 1 reception for 9 receiving yards. JuJU Smith-Schuster really hurt his stock with this game on tape. JuJu Smith-Schuster only has 11 receptions, 99 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns in 2016.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster did well against Utah. He blossomed with 7 receptions, 123 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns against Arizona State. Smith-Schuster finally blossomed in October after a rocky September.
- Most of JuJu Smith-Schuster's big games came against weak opponents. He did get some separation on a few plays against Washington cornerback Sidney Jones despite being limited to 3 receptions for 41 receiving yards.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster was a security blanket for freshman redshirt quarterback Sam Darnold. He had a big game against Penn State in the 2017 Rose Bowl. JuJu Smith-Schuster finished 2016 with 70 receptions, 914 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster may not have stood out on tape this year like PAC 12 receivers John Ross and Chad Hansen. You can still make an argument that he's the most consistent of the PAC 12 receivers and arguably the fourth best receiver behind Mike Williams, Corey Davis, and Cooper Kupp. Kupp played in the FCS so if he struggles in the 2017 Senior Bowl, then JuJu Smith-Schuster still has an outside chance to potentially be the third receiver drafted.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster had an instant impact in 2014 with 54 receptions, 724 receiving yards, and 5 receiving yards as a true freshman next to Nelson Agholor in 2014. JuJu Smith-Schuster had 89 receptions, 1,454 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns in 2015, but he struggled against Washington cornerback Sidney Jones in a one-on-one battle.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster has the speed, hands, jumping, spectacular catching, route running on short, medium, or deep routes, one handed catching, ability to catch in traffic, and blocking that you look for in a #1 wide receiver. JuJu Smith-Schuster is the most complete receiver I've seen on tape since Andre Johnson entering the 2003 NFL Draft. I really like this prospect, but he has to show up in 2016 without his star quarterback Cody Kessler.
- Amba Etta-Tawo, WR, Syracuse Projected Round 3rd Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-2 202 lb Amba Etta-Tawo has dominated for Syracuse in 2016. Amba Etta-Tawo has 47 receptions, 840 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns through 5 games in 2016.
- Amba Etta-Tawo had 12 receptions, 210 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown against Colgate. Amba Etta-Tawo followed that up with 8 receptions, 103 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns. Amba Etta-Tawo had 8 receptions and 123 receiving yards against South Florida. Amba Etta-Tawo had 12 receptions, 270 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns against Connecticut. Amba Etta-Tawo followed that up with 7 receptions, 134 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.
- Amba Etta-Tawo is providing first round production on tape. He didn't put things together like this though until his senior season.
- Amba Etta-Tawo finished 2016 with a career high 94 receptions, 1,482 receiving yards, and 14 receiving touchdowns. Amba Etta-Tawo had a great season, but struggled against Wake Forest cornerback Brad Watson, Florida State cornerback Marquez White, and Clemson cornerback Cordrea Tankersley.
- Amba Etta-Tawo accepted an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl. He's gonna be on the North team with Cooper Kupp and has a chance to make up some of the ground he has if he can do well against these tough cornerbacks on the North team in Mobile.
- Amba Etta-Tawo struggled his first three years at Syracuse. He needs a career senior season if he wants to get drafted.
- Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina Projected Round 3rd Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-1 197 lb Zay Jones stepped up in 2015. He lost Shane Carden plus Justin Hardy at quarterback and wide receiver for East Carolina and really delivered at wide receiver. Jones should have a big 2016 season and should get an invite to the 2017 East West Shrine Game.
- Zay Jones has 66 receptions, 696 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdown in his first five games. Jones did a great job getting separation. Jones dominated against Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Facyson who opted to return to school for his senior season.
- Zay Jones had 58 receptions, 1,746 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Jones exceeded my expectations and accepted an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Jones is a consistent possession receiver, but he also still struggles in the red zone. Jones is practicing against the same cornerbacks on the North team as Cooper Kupp and Amba Etta-Tawo.
- Isaiah Jones now known as Zay Jones 81 receptions, 830 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns in 2014 in Shane Carden's final year at quarterback. Zay Jones had 98 receptions, 1,099 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns in 2015.
- Jones did a great job against Florida displaying the hands, route running, agility, speed, and ability to catch in traffic. Jones can be used as a deep threat, but he doesn't jump a lot on catches and he struggles in the red zone. Jones could be a slot receiver in the NFL though because he's an outstanding possession receiver when watching his tape.
- Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech Projected Round 3rd Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 5-11 191 lb Carlos Henderson has the size of a slot receiver. Henderson declared for the 2017 NFL Draft and may have the tools to develop into a slot receiver.
- Carlos Henderson had 82 receptions, 1,535 receiving yards, and 19 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Henderson has fantastic speed along with the hands to be a spectacular catcher. I have questions about his intangibles like his route running, jumping, and ability to catch in traffic even though I love his agility on tape. Henderson like John Ross, Chad Hansen and Amba Etta-Tawo only has one good year in 2016 which makes me question how consistent he can be.
- Carlos Henderson only had 36 receptions, 774 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns. Jeff Driskel didn't turn to Henderson as a receiving option so does that say more about Driskel or Henderson. Henderson can declare with a huge junior season.
- Tanner Gentry, WR, Wyoming Projected Round 3rd Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-2 210 lb Tanner Gentry was Josh Allen's top receiving target in 2016. Gentry did well on a Wyoming team that had a weak schedule.
- Tanner Gentry had 72 receptions, 1,326 receiving yards, and 14 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Gentry has good hands and can jump into the air. Gentry is one of the better jumpers and more explosive athletes in the 2017 NFl Draft, but my two concerns with him are route running and and his ability to constantly drop easy passes. His route running got better this season, but I still have concerns about how consistent it can be.
- Tanner Gentry did not get an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl. His only chances to impress NFL teams will be at the 2017 NFL Combine assuming he gets an invite and Wyoming's Pro Day.
- Tanner Gentry is fast. He has the speed, hands, size, and jumping you look for in a top receiver. He just needs a good quarterback. Josh Allen is starting for Wyoming in 2016 so maybe Gentry's luck will change.
- Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma Projected Round 3rd Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-0 175 lb Dede Westbrook became Baker Mayfield's top target in 2016. Westbrook struggled against Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley. That was the only legit cornerback Westbrook faced all season.
- Dede Westbrook had 74 receptions, 1,465 receiving yards, and 16 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Dede Westbrook opted out of the 2017 Senior Bowl after finding out scouts would ask questions about his off the field concerns. Scouts will only ask even more questions at the 2017 NFL Combine.
- Dede Westbrook was a touted JUCO receiver. He was arrested twice though in two assault cases in 2012 and 2013 before being recruited for Oklahoma in 2014. Westbrook complimented Sterling Shepard in 2015 with 46 receptions, 746 receiving yards, and 4 receiving touchdowns.
- Mitchell Shegos, WR, Notre Dame Ohio Projected Round 4th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-2 200 lb receiver is the top wide receiver in Division 2. Mitchell Shegos has 31 receptions, 583 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns so far in 5 games in 2016. Notre Dame Ohio is 4-1 thanks to 2 games where Shegos has over 200 receiving yards.
- Mitchell Shegos finished his 2016 campaign with 75 receptions, 1,097 receiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns. I interviewed Shegos on one of my podcasts. This is the Mitchell Shegos Interview.
- Shegos may not be listed in any of the big bowl games with NFL prospects. I hope he gets an invite to the 2017 NFL Combine though because Shegos reminds me of a bigger Julian Edelman at Notre Dame Ohio and he plays with a lot heart and passion on and off the football field.
- Honestly, I'm not even sure if Shegos will get drafted. You will probably have to go to Notre Dame Ohio's Pro Day to get a better look at Shegos. I've watched his tape though and am extremely impressed with his consistency. If you are looking for an under the radar receiver you can draft on day 3 look no further than Mitchell Shegos.
- Mitchell Shegos had 78 receptions, 1,086 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns in 2015. Shegos displayed excellent hands, route running, speed, and jumping on tape. Shegos showed the ability to run short, medium, or deep routes in Division 2. Now he just needs to put together a winning record as a senior while matching those numbers in 2016.
- Fred Ross, WR, Mississippi State Projected Round 4th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-2 205 lb Fred Ross was impressive in 2015. He will have to adjust in 2016 without Dak Prescott throwing him the football.
- Fred Ross had 6 receptions and 34 receiving yards against South Alabama. Ross tried to make plays, but wasn't as effective without Dak Prescott.
- Ross had 6 receptions, 89 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown against LSU. He did better than most expected against Tre'Davious White and even managed to score his only touchdown of that game by using his strength to overwhelm White, but still struggled without Prescott.
- Ross was an effective wide receiver at times in 2016. He improved in the red zone greatly. Ross did not show the same speed and explosion he showed in 2015 with Dak Prescott though.
- Fred Ross only had 68 receptions, 873 receiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Ross did struggle against White for most of the LSU game and was obsolete against Alabama receiver Marlon Humphrey. Ross is on the South team in the 2017 Senior Bowl and will get a rematch with White in Mobile and will also face Tennessee cornerback Cameron Sutton in one-on-one drills. Ross should do well against the other corners on the South team though.
- Fred Ross finally blossomed in 2015. He had 88 receptions, 1,007 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns as a junior in 2015. Now he enters his senior season without Dak Prescott.
- Fred Ross has the speed and route running you look for. He also has the hands you want your receiver to have. He can jump in the air and make spectacular one handed catches.
- Fred Ross is a pretty complete receiver prospect. If he shines without Prescott he should get an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
- Austin Carr, WR, Northwestern Projected Round 4th Round
- 2016 Season Recap Austin Carr made a huge jump in 2016 6-1 200 lbs. Carr only had 7 receptions in 2014 and 16 receptions in 2015. Carr had a mind boggling 90 receptions in 2016.
- Carr showed the hands, route running, speed, jumping, spectacular catching, and catching in traffic that you look for in a star wide receiver. Carr was solid, but not superb against Iowa cornerback Desmond King. Carr did a terrific job getting by Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley which is something Dee Westbrook had problems with.
- Austin Carr is fast, but isn't as explosive as Westbrook off the snap with that first-step quickness. Carr also struggledd in the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Pittsburgh's weak secondary at cornerback.
- Austin Carr did not get an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl. I think that makes him a day 3 pick at the moment unless he stands out at the 2017 NFL Combine. Honestly though, I think Carr provides better overall value than Dede Westbrook.
- Austin Carr didn't play for Northwestern until 2014 as a sophomore redshirt. He has 23 receptions in the lst two years at Northwestern and looks undraftable at this point heading into his senior season.
- Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky Projected Round 5th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-1 195 lb Taywan Taylor dominated against Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey and was effective against Middle Tennessee State cornerback Jeremy Cutrer.
- Taywan Taylor had 9 receptions for 121 receiving yards against Alabama. Taylor had 9 receptions for 112 receiving yards against Vanderbilt. Taylor had 12 receptions, 197 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown in a 44-43 double overtime win over Middle Tennessee State. All of Taylor's receptions came in regulation against Middle Tennessee State.
- Corey Davis has 30 receptions, 467 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns in his first five games. Western Michigan is 5-0 thanks to Corey Davis.
- Taywan Taylor finished the year with 98 receptions, 1,730 receiving yards, and 17 receiving touchdowns. Taywan Taylor accepted an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl.
- Taywan Taylor will face cornerbacks Tre'Davious White and Cameron Sutton on the South team during practice sessions in the 2017 Senior Bowl. Taywan Taylor is the one receiver from this draft class that everyone is underestimating.
- Taywan Taylor had 86 receptions, 1,467 receiving yards, and 17 receiving touchdowns in 2015. Taylor was Brandon Doughty's go-to-guy. Taylor hs the speed and hands to separate himself from cornerbacks. I'd like to see Taylor improve his route running and jumping. Taylor can be a riser if he improves on his 2015 season without quarterback Brandon Doughty.
- Trent Taylor, WR, Louisiana Tech Projected Round 5th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 5-8 178 lb Trent Taylor is one of the most complete receivers I've seen on tape. Despite his lack of size he has all the tools to be a slot receiver in the NFL.
- Trent Taylor had his best season yet with 136 receptions, 1,803 receiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns. Trent Taylor accepted an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl and will be facing bigger and more battle tested cornerbacks that are graded higher than him so I expect him to struggle in Mobile, but will move him up if he proves me wrong.
- Trent Taylor had a solid freshman season in 2013. Taylor contributed as a sophomore with 64 receptions, 834 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns.
- Trent Taylor really clicked with Jeff Driskel having 99 receptions, 1,282 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns in 2015.
- Trent Taylor has the speed, hands, jumping, spectacular catching, route running on short, medium, or deep routes, one handed catching, ability to catch in traffic, and blocking that you look for in a #1 wide receiver. His only weakness is his size since there were plays in 2015 where he did a great job blocking for Kenneth Dixon on running plays.
- Trent Taylor has the skills do dominate in the slot. I'm not sure if NFL teams will look past his size though.
- Gabe Marks, WR, Washington State Projected Round 5th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-0 190 lb Gabe Marks was Luke Falk's biggest asset in 2015. Marks may be this years Will Fuller with another big season in 2016.
- Gabe Marks had 10 receptions, 128 receiving touchdowns, and 2 receiving touchdowns in Washington State's opener against Eastern Washington. Marks is showing the same production that Fuller has, but he just needs to show the speed.
- Marks had 10 receptions, 75 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown against Boise State. So far through 3 games, Gabe Marks has 27 receptions, 242 receiving yards, and 4 receiving touchdowns.
- Gabe Marks 2 receptions, 20 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown against Oregon. Marks is still my #6 receiver, but a newcomer is becoming a threat to take his spot in my rankings.
- Marks struggled once PAC 12 play started. He had strong games against Oregon State cornerback Treston DeCoud and Washington cornerback Sidney Jones.
- Gabe Marks had 89 receptions, 894 receiving yards, and 13 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Marks was a security blanket ofr Washington State quarterback Luke Falk.
- I honestly believe Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks was a Senior Bowl snub. Marks has dominated practice sessions at the 2017 East West Shrine game by showcasing his speed, hands, and route running on tape and has a chance to emerge as a potential day 2 pick if he dominates at the 2017 NFL Combine. Route running was a question mark with Marks heading into the season. He's corrected that in 2016 though.
- Gabe Marks had 74 receptions, 807 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns in 2014. In 2015, Marks had 104 receptions, 1,192 receiving yards, and 15 receiving touchdowns. Marks is more of a possession receiver than Fuller is, but Fuller has better speed. Both receivers were 6-0 170 lbs on tape in terms of size which is why the Marks comparison to Fuller is a good one.
- Marks added 20 lbs of muscle to get up to 190. He has to maintain his speed and agility in 2016 and realize he's not as fast as Fuller while continuing to produce as a possession receiver. If Marks can do that he should get an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
- KD Cannon, WR, Baylor Projected Round 5th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-0 180 lb Baylor receiver will take over for Corey Coleman as Baylor's flanker receiver in 2016. Cannon can either go pro after this season or return to school in 2017 and probably be a first round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
- KD Cannon only had 5 receptions, 46 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdowns against Northwestern State. Cannon needs to do more if he wants to improve his stock. Cannon did well against SMU with 10 receptions, 93 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Cannon had 9 receptions, 213 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns against Rice.
- KD Cannon missed Baylor's game against Iowa State. Baylor barely won 45-42 to keep Baylor unbeaten.
- KD Cannon had 87 receptions, 1,215 receiving yards, and 13 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Cannon dominated against Oklahoma cornerback Jordan Thomas, but struggled against Rasul Douglas. Thomas went back to school, but struggling against fourth round pick Rasul Douglas makes Cannon a fifth round pick with route running still being an issue for Cannon.
- Cannon should have returned to school. I understand the decision to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft though.
- KD Cannon had 58 receptions, 1,030 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns as a true freshman in 2014. Cannon only had 50 receptions, 868 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns as a sophomore in 2015 when complimenting Corey Coleman.
- KD Cannon relies on his streak routes in the deep passing game to make plays. Take that away from Cannon and he will have a minimal impact in the NFL.
- Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech Projected Round 5th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-2 190 lb Isaiah Ford was Virginia Tech's #1 flanker receiver as a sophomore in 2015. He should be a day 2 pick if he declares for the 2017 NFL Draft. Ford could go anywhere between the late first round and the early fourth round with his ability on tape.
- Isaiah Ford had 11 receptions, 117 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Ford struggled against Cameron Sutton at Bristol Motor Speedway. Ford still struggles against elite corners, and its probably be in his best interest to return for his senior season.
- Ford also struggled against Miami FL cornerback Corn Elder, North Carolina cornerback Des Lawrence, Duke cornerback Breon Borders, and Clemson cornerback Cordrea Tankersly. Despite this Ford finished 2016 with 79 receptions, 1,094 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns. All of Ford's big games were against teams with mediocre cornerbacks.
- Ford should have gone back to school. I understand the decision to declare though with Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft as well though.
- Isaiah Ford had 56 receptions, 709 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns as a true freshman in 2014. Ford improved on that in 2015 with 75 receptions, 1,164 receiving yards, and 11 receiving touchdowns during his sophomore.
- Ford struggled against Ohio State's secondary. His route running really began to blossom against Tulsa in Virginia Tech's bowl game so hopefully he can build on that asa junior in 2016.
- Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina Projected Round 6th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 5-10 180 lb receiver thinks he can be a first round pick. Switzer has never put together a season with 100 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards, or 10 receiving touchdowns heading into his senior year.
- Ryan Switzer led North Carolina with 7 receptions and 52 receiving yards. Most of North Carolina's receivers struggled against Georgia's cornerbacks, but Ryan Switzer did the best among North Carolina's receivers.
- Ryan Switzer had 5 receptions, 101 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. James Madison has an NFL prospect at cornerback and Switzer picked that guy apart.
- Ryan Switzer had 14 receptions for 158 receiving yards against Florida State. Switzer showed NFL ability against Florida State picking apart Marquez White.
- Ryan Switzer had 96 receptions, 1,112 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Switzer is not a red zone guy and he struggled against good cornerbacks on tape. Those cornerbacks were peanuts compared to Tre'Davious White and Cameron Sutton so I expect Switzer to win the battles against White, but struggle against White, Sutton, and Elder.
- Ryan Switzer may go undrafted. He's a seventh round pick at this point though.
- Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M Projected Round 6th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-4 190 lb Josh Reynolds enters his third season at Texas A&M. The Texas A&M senior wide receiver may have his work cut out for him in 2016.
- Josh Reynolds had 4 receptions, 78 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown against UCLA. Reynolds needs another strong year in 2016.
- Reynolds struggled in Texas A&M's next game, but had 98 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown against Auburn. Reynolds may jump Ricky Seals-Jones if he keeps it up.
- Josh Reynolds finished the season with 61 receptions, 1,039 receiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns. Reynolds only had 1 game against Arkansas where he had 4 receptions, 141 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Reynolds had receiving touchdowns against Alabama and Auburn, but was used sparingly.
- Josh Reynolds accepted an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl. Reynolds will play on the South team and practiced against Tre'Davious White and Cameron Sutton.
- Josh Reynolds hasn't sold me on being a true #2 receiver at Texas A&M. He will start out on the bench and probably develop into a slot receiver over time. Reynolds had 52 receptions, 842 receiving yards, and 13 receiving touchdowns in his first season with Texas A&M in 2014 after playing at Tyler Junior College as a true freshman.
- Josh Reynolds only had 51 receptions, 907 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns in 2015. Reynolds can be a threat if he reverts to his 2014 form. With all the receivers on Texas A&M's depth chart, Josh Reynolds may have his work cut out for him. Reynolds does have some character concerns as he was suspended for one game, but those concerns appear to be minor at this point.
- Ricky Seals-Jones, WR, Texas A&M Projected Round 6th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-5 235 lb Ricky Seals-Jones has Vincent Jackson like size. He doesn't have the production on tape that you are looking for.
- Ricky Seals-Jones had 4 receptions and 57 receiving yards against UCLA. Ricky Seals-Jones is splitting action with a lot receivers on Texas A&M and is making plays despite ineffective throws by Trevor Knight.
- Ricky Seals-Jones hasn't dominated in his first three games. He's now 6-5 240 lbs.
- Ricky Seals-Jones struggled all year. His first receiving touchdown came in Texas A&M's bowl game. His size is the only reason he's even considered a day 3 pick that is projected to go in the sixth round at this point.
- Ricky Seals-Jones had two impressive games on tape against Alabama and South Carolina in 2015. Seals-Jones has amazing size and an uncanny ability for making one-handed catches. I like his route running. He won't produce consistently in terms of production, but like Dupre and Dural he can line up on the inside or on the outside in the slot at wide receiver. He may be able to be a #2 receiver on the outside, but he's not a #1 target at Texas A&M likeChristian Kirk who will enter his sophomore season after having 80 receptions as a true freshman last season.
- Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU Projected Round 6th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-3 190 lb Malachi Dupre is the only second round receiver left. Dupre is the top receiver left at this point and he was more productive than teammate Travin Dural who played across from him at wide receiver at LSU.
- Malachi Dupre only had 3 receptions for 24 receiving yards against Wisconsin. Dulpre had 4 receptions and 54 receiving yards against Wisconsin. Travin Dural played better than Dupre and that has to concern you if you are Dupre.
- Malachi Dupre has been even worse than Travin Dural in 2016. Dupre does not have a receiving touchdown yet through 5 games in 2016.
- Dupre did better than Dural did down the stretch though. Dupre's only good games on tape were against non SEC opponents Southern Mississippi and Louisville. That's why both LSU receivers are day 3 picks. Dupre could have returned to school and been a day 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
- Malachi Dupre had 43 receptions, 698 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns. Dupre is the top receiver left at this point.
- Malachi Dupre is great in the short and medium passing game and is a #1 receiver that got Travin Dural open in 2015. Dupre used his speed, hands, jumping, route running, and blocking to make his presence known. His route running needs to become mmore consistent, but Dupre has the tools to be a special receiver in the NFL.
- Travin Dural, WR, LSU Projected Round 6th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-2 203 lb Travin Dural has incredible size. Some think Dural is the top senior receiver in the 2017 NFL Draft and Dural should end up playing in the 2017 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
- Travin Dural had 5 receptions, 50 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown against Wisconsin. Dural has a chance to jump Malachi Dupre on draft boards.
- Jacksonville State and Mississippi State both blanketed Dural. There is also a rumor that Dural gained 30 lbs from eating Popeye's before the start of the season with him now weighing 6-2 230 lbs. That would explain Dural's 18 receptions, 176 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown in 5 games.
- Dural did not have a receiving touchdown after the season opener against Wisconsin. Dural needs a huge week in Mobile for the 2017 Senior Bowl on the South team in Mobile, Alabama if he wants to redeem his stock.
- Travin Dural only had 28 receptions, 533 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns. The thing that stood out with Dural was his size, ability to be a deep threat on tape, and his blocking.
- Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan Projected Round 6th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-2 212 lb Amara Darboh was battling with Jehu Chesson to be Michigan's #1 receiver. Darboh surpassed Chesson in 2016 and one could argue that Darboh has been more consistent on tape over the least two seasons then Chesson.
- Amara Darboh had 5 receptions, 111 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns. Darboh finished 2016 with 57 receptions, 862 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns.
- Darboh got an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl instead of Chesson. Darboh will face much tougher cornerbacks on the North team and every good cornerback that Darboh faced shut him down in coverage.
- Amara Darboh has the speed, hands, catching in traffic, spectacular catching, and jumping to dominate on tape. Darboh did a good job getting some separation on Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley in 2015.
- Darboh had 58 receptions, 727 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns in 2015. Darboh had more receptions than Jehu Chesson, but many consider Chesson the top receiver on this roster.
- Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan Projected Round 6th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-3 196 lb Jehu Chesson was awesome on tape in 2015. Chesson is expected to weigh around 200 lbs by 2017.
- Jehu Chesson was limited to 3 receptions for 43 receiving yards in Michigan's season opener. Chesson has to do more in front of weaker opponents at Ann Arbor by playing more consistent in 2016. His first battle tested opponent was Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie. Awuzie blanketed Chesson which makes me wonder how consistent Chesson is since he does not look like the same receiver that picked apart Vernon Hargreaves III on tape last year.
- Wisconsin limited Chesson to 2 receptions for 8 receiving yards. Chesson only has 13 receptions for 197 receiving yards so far with Michigan in 2016.
- Chesson only had 1 good game on tape against Maryland in 2016. Chesson had 5 receptions, 112 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.
- Chesson had 35 receptions, 500 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Chesson entered the year as a second round pick, but dropped a lot of easy passes and cost himself a spot in MObile. It's gonna be tough for Chesson to rebound from this.
- Jehu Chesson has the speed, hands, jumping, spectacular catching, route running on short, medium, or deep routes, one handed catching, and the ability to catch in traffic. I'd like to see more blocking from him and better production on tape since Chesson only had 50 receptions, 764 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns in 2015. He torched Vernon Hargreaves III though and is worthy of going in the second round.
- Jehu Chesson only had 29 receptions combined in his first two seasons at Michigan with 15 receptions or fewer in each season at Michigan. Chesson really took that next step in 2015 and may make a huge splash in 2016.
- Billy Brown, WR, Shepherd Projected Round 7th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-4 241 lb Billy Brown may be the second Division 2 receiver drafted in 2017. Brown had 77 receptions, 1,202 receiving yards, and 17 receiving touchdown in 2016.
- Billy Brown had 89 receptions, 1,492 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns in 2015. Brown got Shephard to the 2015 Division 2 Championship game.
- Stacy Coley, WR, Miami FL Projected Round 7th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-1 196 lb Stacy Coley needs a huge senior season. If he can develop some chemistry with Brad Kaaya he may just get an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
- Stacy Coley was limited to 2 receptions, 13 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Coley has to step up after an awful outing against Florida A&M.
- Coley had 5 receptions, 85 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns against Appalachian State. Coley still needs to improve and become more consistent.
- Stacy Coley's best game came against Duke where he had 9 receptions, 131 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown against a Duke team with a good secondary. Cornerback Breon Borders struggled in his first game back from an injury.
- Coley finally improved his route running against Duke. Coley finished the season with 63 receptions, 754 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns in 2016.
- Coley did not get a Senior Bowl invite. He turned down an East West Shrine game invite to make matters worse. The good news is he corrected his issues with route running though.
- Stacy Coley impressed with 7 receiving touchdowns as a true freshman in 2013 before regressing as a sophomore. Coley had a career high in receptions and receiving yards during his junior season. His 47 receptions and 689 receiving yards are a career best.
- Coley has incredible speed and will thrive in a vertical offense. Coley is limited to being just a slot receiver in a vertical offense. He can catch screen passes and create some separation, but he doesn't know any other routes. Coley got called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Jalen Ramsey so he can be a bit overly aggressive at times.
- Artavis Scott, WR, Clemson Projected Round 7th Round
- 2016 Season Recap Artavis Scott had to play in the slot on the outside with two big body receivers like Mike Williams and Charone Peak complimenting him in 2014 due to his size at 5-11 190 lbs. Mike Wiliams missed the 2015 season with an injury and Clemson moved Scott to the outside where he developed into a flanker receiver who posted better numbers than Charone Peak. Now he will revert to a #2 role with a healthy Mike Williams in 2016.
- Artavis Scott had 3 receptions and 30 receiving yards against Auburn. Auburn really limited what Scott could do and I think it would be wise if he considered returning to school. Scott's best game was against Troy, but he struggled against South Carolina State. Scott really should return for his senior season.
- Artavis Scott has struggled most of his junior year early in the season. Scott caught his first receiving touchdown in October against Louisville after a shaky September.
- Scott put together his worse junior receiver in 2016 with 76 receptions, 614 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns in 2017. Even though he's a junior redshirt, since Scott graduated he got added to the 2017 Senior Bowl at the last minute. I don't expect him to do anything against any of the cornerbacks on the South team.
- Artavis Scott was productive in the slot right away with 76 receptions, 965 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns as a freshman in 2014. Scott followed that up on the outside away from the slot with 93 receptions, 901 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns as a sophomore in 2015.
- Scott will not be a #1 receiver in the NFL. He's a great possession receiver that could develop into a #2 receiver and will have an instant impact in the slot, but there are a lot of thingsI think Scott needs to work on after watching his 2015 tape from last season.
- Travis Rudolph, WR, Florida State Projected Round 7th Round
- 2016 Season Recap The 6-1 192 lb Travis Rudolph has to step up in 2016. He needs to play at a high level to take some pressure off of running back Dalvin Cook.
- Travis Rudolph has been superb off the field being a class act at Florida State. Rudolph began the season with 6 receptions, 75 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.
- Travis Rudolph had 7 receptions, 105 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns against Charleston Southern. Rudolph struggled against Louisville.
- Travis Rudolph had 13 receptions for 238 receiving yards against Wake Forest. Rudolph had quite a bit of plays where he got separation on Wake Forest cornerback Brad Watson.
- Rudolph ended 2016 with 56 receptions, 840 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns. Rudolph declared for the 2017 NFL Draft even though he could have been a day 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft if he returned to school for his senior season.
- Travis Rudolph was the top ranked wide receiver in the class of 2014. Rudolph was part of the 2014 Under Armour Game as a wide receiver.
- Rudolph had 38 receptions, 555 receiving yards, and 4 receiving yards as a true freshman in 2014 with Winston entering his final year at quarterback. Last season Rudolph had 59 receptions, 916 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns. Rudolph needs a huge breakout year in 2016 otherwise he may return to school for his senior season in 2017.