WR Rankings 2018 NFL Wide Receiver Rankings Projected Rounds: 1. James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State: Round 1, 2. Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis: Round 1, 3. Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo: Round 1, 4. Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State: Round 1, 5. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama: Round 1, 6. Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M: Round 1, 7. Auden Tate, WR, Florida State: Round 2, 8. Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State: Round 2, 9. Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana: Round 2, 10. Deontay Burnett, WR, USC: Round 2, 11. Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU: Round 2, 12. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame: Round 2, 13. Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State: Round 2, 14. Dante Pettis, WR, Washington: Round 3, 15. Deon Cain, WR, Clemson: Round 3, 16. Malik Turner, WR, Illinois: Round 4, 17. Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida: Round 5, 18. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State: Round 5, 19. Ritchie James, WR, Middle Tennessee State: Round 6, 20. D.J. Chark, WR, LSU: Round 6, 21. Brandon Shed, WR, Hobart: Round 7, 22. Jester Weah, WR, Pittsburgh: Round 7, 23. Shay Fields, WR, Colorado: Round 7, 24. Devonte Boyd, WR, UNLV: Round 7, 25. Sergio Bailey II, WR, Eastern Michigan: Round 7


2018 NFL Draft: Wide Receiver Rankings





Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: October 22, 2017.



  1. James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State Projected Round 1st Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-0 205 lb James Washington is Mason Rudolph's biggest asset. Washington is one reason why Rudolph is in the first round discussion.


    James Washington began the 2017 season with 98 receiving yards or more in every game leading up to todays game versus Texas where Holton Hill limited Washington to 4 receptions for 32 receiving yards. Washington has 38 receptions, 914 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns so far in 2017. Washington has been consistent enough on tape this season to be considered the top wide receiver in the 2018 NFL Draft.


    James Washington SWOT Report

    Strengths: Can be a physical receiver at times. James Washington is durable. Has ideal size at 6-0 205 lbs. Excellent possession receiver. Can burn defenders at times. Picked apart Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie in Oklahoma State's Bowl win. Has really improved as a crisp complete route runner in 2017. Developed more short and medium routes to compliment his deep routes in 2017.


    Displays an excellent first step. Can use a jab step to fade out defensive backs on deep throws. Absolutely dominates in the red zone. Back-to-back seasons with 10 receiving touchdowns.


    Weaknesses: Has inconsistent outings versus NFL corners. Dominated versus Chidobe Awuzie and Ranthony Texada, but struggled against Amari Coleman and Texas cornerback Holton Hill. Hill blankted Washington in both 2016 and 2017. This is more of a testament to Hill than a knock on Washington.


    Opportunities: I had a second round grade on James Washington back in the preseason. I had questions about him developing short and medium routes, but Washington has corrected that part of his game and that is why he's now the top wide receiver in the 2018 NFL Draft.


    Threats: There are no threats with James Washington. He is a safe receiver, but a receiver that will struggle against #1 field cornerbacks. His struggles with Holton Hill tell me that he will have problems against bigger cornerbacks.


    Potential Grade: 91/99



    Before 2017

    James Washington had 53 receptions, 1,087 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns in 2015. Washington improved on that with 71 receptions, 1,380 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns.




  2. Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis Projected Round 1st Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-11 190 lb Anthony Miller is Riley Ferguson's biggest asset. Ferguson was my sleeper at quarterback for the 2018 NFL Draft. One reason Ferguson had success was due to Anthony Miller's stellar play at wide receiver.


    Anthony Miller has 55 receptions, 784 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns so far in 2017. Cris Carter raved about Anthony Miller on Twitter after he had 9 receptions, 185 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns in an upset win over UCLA after Christian Kirk struggled versus that UCLA defense in A&M's opener. Also had 15 receptions, 224 receiving yards, and 4 receiving touchdowns versus a Connecticut secondary led by Jamar Summers.


    Anthony Miller SWOT Report

    Strengths: Possesses deadly speed for a wide receiver that could be in the 4.3 range when the 2018 NFL Combine rolls around with the 40-yard dash. His route running is amazing. He runs sharp, crisp routes. Displays the route running to run short routes, medium routes, and deep routes. You will see Miller perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, post routes, post stops, curls, curl stops, drags, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops, IOU's, stop & gos, double stops, and double stop & gos. Can execute any type of route at an elite level. Has an extremely high football IQ.


    Displays an excellent first step. Can use a jab step to fade out defensive backs on deep throws. Absolutely dominates in the red zone. Has three consecutive games with 10 receptions at the moment. Is more of a possession receiver than James Washington despite not having the size you want in an NFL wide receiver.


    With Anthony Miller you are talking about a man that has John Ross like speed and Antonio Brown like route running. Miller has a chance to be a special receiver at the next level.


    Weaknesses: The only weakness with Miller is that he's 5-11 190 lbs. That limited size may have people thinking he's a slot receiver, but Miller is a #1 target just by looking at his tape this season.


    Opportunities: Anthony Miller came out of nowhere. He's been on fire this season and may end up with a first round grade. Carolina would be a great fit for Miller as well as Baltimore.


    Threats: There are no threats with Anthony Miller. He is better than James Washington from an intangibles and mental standpoint. He's not as big or as physical as Washington. Both have potential to be Pro Bowl receivers in the NFL.


    Potential Grade: 91/99



    Before 2017

    Anthony Miller broke out as a true sophomore in 2016. Miller had 95 receptions, 1,434 receiving yards, and 14 receiving touchdowns. Miller is a guy that can emerge as a riser if he matches his high level of play in 2017.




  3. Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo Projected Round 1st Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-2 207 lb Anthony Johnson has outplayed Buffalo's team captain at wide receiver this season despite being a first year starter. Johnson is quickly rising onto the scene as one of the nations best receivers.


    Anthony Johnson has 49 receptions, 827 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns so far in 2017. Johnson opened the season with 11 receptions, 140 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown versus Minnesota. Johnson also had 11 receptions, 195 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns versus Western Michigan cornerback Darius Phillips.


    Anthony Johnson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Possesses deadly speed for a wide receiver that could be in the 4.44 range when the 2018 NFL Combine rolls around with the 40-yard dash. His route running is amazing. He runs sharp, crisp routes. Displays the route running to run short routes, medium routes, and deep routes. You will see Johnson perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, post routes, post stops, curls, curl stops, drags, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops, IOU's, stop & gos, double stops, and double stop & gos. Can execute any type of route at an elite level. Has an extremely high football IQ.


    Johnson has the hands, size, route running, speed, blocking, and football IQ you want from a #1 target. Despite being a walk on from Community College this kid has all the tools to wow people in the NFL.


    Weaknesses: The only weakness with Johnson is that he's still raw. His games are all over the place and he will still drop passes at times. He just won't drop as many passes as his Buffalo teammates.


    Opportunities: Anthony Johnson came out of nowhere. He's been on fire this season and may end up with a first round grade.


    Threats: There are no threats with Anthony Johnson. Being a one year starter at Buffalo may have NFL teams thinking he's raw, but all the tools to be a #1 target are there.


    Potential Grade: 90/99



    Before 2017

    Anthony Johnson is the cousin of Jadeveon Clowney. He played at the same High School as Clowney. He played at Community College for two years before enrolling into Buffalo. Johnson ran a 4.44 40-time at Buffalo's Spring practice sessions. With a big season, Johnson could surge up boards like Cordarrelle Patterson did a few years ago.




  4. Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State Projected Round 1st Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-4 218 lb Jake Wieneke has a higher ceiling than anyone in the FCS. I hardly see any flaws with his tape, and I have a first round grade on him since he torched a TCU secondary that held Courtland Sutton to 1 reception for 0 receiving yards.


    Jake Wieneke SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jake Wieneke's route running is superb for an FCS receiver, and he's probably the best route runner in this class outside of Christian Kirk, Anthony Miller, or Anthony Johnson despite playing at the FCS level. He runs sharp, crisp routes. Displays the route running to run short routes, medium routes, and deep routes. You will see Wieneke perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, post routes, post stops, curls, curl stops, drags, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops, IOU's, stop & gos, double stops, and double stop & gos. Can execute any type of route at an elite level. Has an extremely high football IQ.


    Wieneke has soft hands. Can leap into the air while jumping. Capable of making spectacular catches like one-handed catches or can catch the ball in traffic. He can catch anything that comes his way.


    Capable of catching without using his body. By this I mean he catches the ball when it comes his way, and he doesn't have to use his body to reel in the catch. Generates separation with ease and is very difficult to tackle.


    Was a #1 target at South Dakota State. A consistent possession receiver with 72 receptions or more in each of his three seasons at South Dakota State. Can play, the X, Y, or Z wide receiver spots. Has lined up as a flanker receiver, secondary wide receiver, and a slot receiver at South Dakota State.


    Weaknesses: Jake Wieneke had no weaknesses heading into this season. Wieneke only has 29 receptions, 382 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns during his senior .


    Opportunities: The New England Patriots in the late first round, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, and San Francisco 49ers are ideal spots for the second round prospect. If Wieneke has an impressive Senior Bowl, impressive NFL Combine with a 4.4 40-time, and dominates his Pro Day, then this guy has a chance to go in the first round despite being an FCS prospect. I said last year that Cooper Kupp was going to be a huge steal, and I feel the same way about Wieneke at this point in the draft process. Kupp did well during Senior Bowl week, and Wieneke has a chance to do the same.


    Threats: There are no threats with Jake Wieneke. He may be the safest receiver in this class to draft. I love his potential down the road as well.


    Potential Grade: 90/99



    Before 2017

    Jake Wieneke had an instant impact at South Dakota State. Wieneke had 73 receptions, 1,404 receiving yards, and 16 receiving touchdowns as a true frehsman in 2014.


    Jake Wieneke maintained that consistent play with 72 receptions, 1,472 receiving yards, and 11 receiving touchdowns in 2015 as a sophomore. Wieneke had 78 receptions, 1,316 receiving yards, and 16 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Wieneke is an FCS receiver who is a borderline first-round prospect in my mind, but will likely be available on day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft.




  5. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama Projected Round 1st Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-1 190 lb Calvin Ridley is getting Amari Cooper comparisons from Alabama fans. I just don't see it. I think Ridley may very well be the most overhyped wide receiver heading into the 2018 NFL Draft.


    Calvin Ridley had 7 receptions, 82 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown versus Florida State. Tarvarus McFadden wasn't covering Ridley when he scored his receiving touchdown. Ridley has done even worse this year statistically even though he has good route running and 4.44 speed.


    I honestly see a second round production from Ridley, but Ridley may get pushed into the first round simply due to the fact that he plays for Alabama. Ridley's 41 receptions, 523 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns this season are absolutely horrific. He doesn't even have a single game with 10 receptions or 100 receiving yards in 2017. That concerns me even though the hands, route running, and speed are there. The only reason Ridley is coasting by is due to the fact that Alabama is 8-0.


    Calvin Ridley SWOT Report

    Strengths: Can be a physical receiver at times. Calvin Ridley's route running can be effective at times, but he still needs to develop more routes. He runs sharp, crisp routes. Displays the route running to run short routes and deep routes. You will see Ridley perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, post routes, post stops, curls, curl stops, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops, and IOU's. Calvin Ridley has at least 10 routes he can run so he's a good route runner, but not an elite one.


    Consistent possession receiver. Can display 4.4 speed at the 2018 NFL Combine. Not a guy who has wowed people on tape, but has qualities to his game that make you say, this guy is a first round prospect.


    Weaknesses: Calvin Ridley dropped a lot of easy passes on tape in 2016. Never had 10 or more receiving touchdowns in his two seasons at Alabama. Ridley only has 2 receiving touchdowns in 2017.


    Makes me question if he's a red zone threat. Struggles in coverage when corners play man or press on him. Has trouble blocking on tape. Every time he faced a quality cornerback from the 2017 NFL Draft, he got humiliated. That makes me believe he won't be a #1 receiver in the NFL even though he is getting the hype of a top target. He's doing even worse versus weaker corners in 2017.


    Opportunities: I had a second round grade on Ridley in the preseason. He did more to help Alabama defeat Texas A&M then Kirk did to help A&M against Alabama. Right now I have a late first on Ridley, but he's done nothing to change my preseason impression of him or wow me on tape. Anyone who has this guy as WR1 in the 2018 NFL Draft is clearly being paid off by Nick Saban.


    Threats: There are no threats with Calvin Ridley. He is a safe receiver, but a receiver that has a limited upside even though he can be an reliable #2 target in the NFL.


    Potential Grade: 88/99



    Before 2017

    Calvin Ridley was a five star recruit coming out of High School. In fact he was the top recruit in his class before committing to Alabama.


    Ridley wowed people as a freshman in 2015. Ridley had 89 receptions, 1,045 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns that season. Ridley only had 72 receptions, 769 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns in 2016. He could easily bounce back with Hurts in his second season as well as Alabama hiring the New England Patriots former tight end coach to be their offensive coordinator.




  6. Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M Projected Round 1st Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-11 200 lb Christian Kirk is going to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. At this time last year, Myles Garrett was talking about declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft, before being the top pick in the draft. Head coach Kevin Sumlin stated that Kirk is going to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft after this season.


    Christian Kirk struggled versus UCLA. In fact the only opponent Kirk had over 100 receiving yards against was Arkansas. Kirk's touchdown against Alabama was not on Minkah Fitzpatrick where you would normally see a wide receiver beat Fitzpatrick in coverage. Kirk only has 29 receptions, 360 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns. A career low 2017 campaign has Kirk dropping to my second round.


    Christian Kirk SWOT Report

    Strengths: Possesses deadly speed for a wide receiver that could be in the 4.3 range when the 2018 NFL Combine rolls around with the 40-yard dash. His route running is amazing. He runs sharp, crisp routes. Displays the route running to run short routes, medium routes, and deep routes. You will see Kirk perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, post routes, post stops, curls, curl stops, drags, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops, IOU's, stop & gos, double stops, and double stop & gos. Can execute any type of route at an elite level. Has an extremely high football IQ.


    Kirk's agility for a wide receiver is off the charts. That explains why he's shifty and elusive. He's the best receiver that runs with agility since Amari Cooper, and has a legitamate chance to get drafted higher than Mike Evans who was 6-5 230 lbs coming out of Texas A&M three years ago heading into the 2014 NFL Draft.


    Kirk has soft hands. Can leap into the air while jumping. Capable of making spectacular catches like one-handed catches or can catch the ball in traffic. He can catch anything that comes his way.


    Capable of catching without using his body. By this I mean he catches the ball when it comes his way, and he doesn't have to use his body to reel in the catch. Generates separation with ease and is very difficult to tackle.


    Kirk has the agility and vision of a running back. Kirk will even stiff arm like a running back. He was a natural athlete in High School playing four different positions outside of wide receiver which is why some believe he could play running back or cornerback in the NFL even though his main priority is catching the football.


    Was a #1 target at Texas A&M. A consistent posssession receiver with 80 receptions or more in each of his first two seasons at Texas A&M. Can play, the X, Y, or Z wide receiver spots. Has lined up as a flanker receiver, secondary wide receiver, and a slot receiver at Texas A&M.


    Will open up the running game by blocking well. Can be utilized on special teams. NFL teams can use Kirk as a return specialist. He's capable of being a kick returner or a punt returner. Averaged 23.1 yards as a punt returner.


    Tore apart SEC cornerbacks like Tre'Davious White and Marlon Humphrey. Can win battles in the red zone while getting by double coverages. Coaches love his work ethic and he's extremely competitive on a consistent basic as far as production goes while facing a lot of premier competition in the SEC.


    Weaknesses: Would like to see more receiving touchdowns. Has yet to put together a season with 10 receiving touchdowns. Kirk has put up his worse season in 2017.


    Catches in double coverage. Does not catch in triple coverage like Corey Davis or Mike Williams who both went in the top 7 of the 2017 NFL Draft, but I think that's due to him being slightly undersized at 5-11, which isn't a huge deal for me since he's 200 lbs plus he's not undersized like John Ross was. I'm willing to look past this, and do not consider it a flaw in his game.


    Other than that, I see a complete receiver since I see no major flaws with Christian Kirk on tape. He's the most complete receiver I have evaluated since Amari Cooper back in the 2015 NFL Draft. You are getting a blue chip prospect at wide receiver with Christian Kirk.


    Opportunities: The San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns are ideal spots for Christian Kirk. These teams may get Kirk in the second round instead of the first round now.


    Threats: There are no threats with the 20-year-old Christian Kirk who turns 21-years-old in November. Kirk hasn't played like the special receiver I made him out to be in the preseason. He still provides way better value in the draft and resembles Amari Cooper way more than Calvin Ridley though.


    Potential Grade: 88/99



    Before 2017

    Christian Kirk was a 5-star recruit in High School. He was Gatorade player of the year in Arizona. Played running back, wide receiver, and cornerback during his senior season. Also was used as a kick returner and punt returner in High School.


    He had 3,000 all purpose yards. Kirk rushed for 1,692 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns as a High School senior. He also caught 61 catches for 1,187 receiving yards and 17 receiving touchdowns. On defense at cornerback, he had 49 total tackles, 11 deflections from pass breakups, 4 interceptions, and 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns. He played man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage growing up, so he will have no problem recognizing coverages which is almost an unfair advantage for someone as talented as Kirk.


    Christian Kirk had 80 receptions, 1,009 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns as a true freshman in 2015. Kirk had 83 receptions, 928 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns in 2016. The reason Kirk didn't match his numbers from 2015, was due to Trevor Knight underthrowing a lot of passes.




  7. Auden Tate, WR, Florida State Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-5 235 lb Auden Tate only dominated one opponent in Boston College. He didn't have more than 6 receptions in an entire game last year. The reason you may want to look past that is because Florida State geared their offense towards Dalvin Cook and Travis Rudolph. Tate was more of a #2 receiver on that team and the third option the offense would turn to after Dalvin Cook and Travis Rudolph. He should have a much bigger role with those guys gone in 2017.


    Auden Tate used his size to get by Minkah Fitzpatrick in coverage in Florida State's opener versus Alabama to get a touchdown. After starting quarterback Deondre Francois suffered a season ending injury later in that game, he struggled. He now looks like a second round target since he has less targets this season then he did in 2016.


    Auden Tate SWOT Report

    Strengths: Possesses elite size for a wide receiver. Excels in the red zone. Runs short, medium, and deep routes effectively. You will see Tate perform with screen passes, streaks, slants, curls, digs, slugo routes, slugo stops, post routes, post stops, drags, stop & go, and double stop & gos. He's a better route runner than Sutton.


    Tate has soft hands. Can leap into the air while jumping. Capable of making spectacular catches with one-hand.


    Capable of catching without using his body. By this I mean he catches the ball when it comes his way, and he doesn't have to use his body to reel in the catch.


    Can play, the X, Y, or Z wide receiver spots. Has lined up as a flanker receiver, secondary wide receiver, and a slot receiver at Florida State.


    Will open up the running game by blocking well. He maintains blocks on a lot of plays when blocking opposing cornerbacks. Auden Tate is such a dominant blocker on tape, that I honestly could see him converting to tight end and having success there as well.


    Saw limited action at wide receiver. Did not drop any passes on tape though. Dominated in the four games he started as far as production goes.


    Only got two receptions in Florida State's blowout loss to Louisville. Both receptions were receiving touchdowns in the red zone which goes back to my point about how Tate excels in the red zone.


    Weaknesses: Auden Tate was the #2 target at Florida State. Dalvin Cook and Travis Ruoldp were Florida State's top two targets at Florida State so Tate was the odd man left out.


    Florida State used a lot of two tight end sets versus opponents. That really limited Auden Tate to only 4 starts. The lack of experience may scare some teams away.


    Tate was blanketed by teams with quality cornerbacks. Teams with good cornerback play like Clemson and Florida really limited what Tate did offensively.


    Opportunities: The Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, and Carolina Panthers are ideal spots for Auden Tate. Most scouts are giving Tate the silent treatment due to a lack of production during his first two seasons at Florida State. Virginia Tech, Louisville, and Alabama are the only teams I can see keeping Tate to under 100 receiving yards this year. With Dalvin Cook and Travis Rudolph gone, Florida State may focus on being pass first more often with Deandre Francois entering his second season as a sophomore redshirt while Tate enters as a junior.


    Threats: Auden Tate dealt with an injury as a true freshman. He also only had 4 starts in 2016. He's finally healthy in 2017, but without Deondre Francois at quarterback he's sruggled.


    Potential Grade: 88/99



    Before 2017

    Auden Tate only had 25 receptions, 409 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns. Tate only started 4 games though so you can argue he averaged 100 receiving yards in those 4 starts. Florida State didn't use him enough last year, but he will get way more targets in 2017.




  8. Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-6 223 lb Allen Lazard is a big body. Lazard could surge up draft boards with a huge 2017 campaign.


    Allen Lazard's 30 receptions, 350 receiving yards, and 4 receiving touchdowns are underwhelming in 2017. Both Oklahoma cornerback Jordan Thomas and Texas cornerback Holton Hill have been able to blanket him in coverage this year. Lazard needs a huge Senior Bowl week in Mobile if he's going to have any remote shot of jumping into the late first round.


    Allen Lazard SWOT Report

    Strengths: Allen Lazard's route running is remarkable. After Christian Kirk and Jake Wieneke this is my favorite route runner in this class. He runs sharp, crisp routes. Displays the route running to run short routes, medium routes, and deep routes. You will see Lazard perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, post routes, post stops, curls, curl stops, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops, IOU's, stop & gos, double stops, and double stop & gos. Can execute any type of route at an elite level. Has an extremely high football IQ.


    Lazard has soft hands. Can leap into the air while jumping. Capable of making spectacular catches like one-handed catches or can catch the ball in traffic. He can catch anything that comes his way.


    Capable of catching without using his body. By this I mean he catches the ball when it comes his way, and he doesn't have to use his body to reel in the catch. Generates separation with ease and is very difficult to tackle.


    Was a #1 target at Iowa State. Can play, the X, Y, or Z wide receiver spots. Has lined up as a flanker receiver, secondary wide receiver, and a slot receiver at Iowa State.


    Weaknesses: Lazard hasn't been as effective in 2017. Struggled against quality corners this season. Sometimes he won't execute the best drag routes consistently. This is something I'm willing to look past.


    Opportunities: I'm almost certain that we will see Allen Lazard in Mobile. He will have a chance to impress NFL Scouts in Mobile.


    Threats: There are no threats with Allen Lazard. He may be the safest receiver in this class to draft plus I think he's slightly faster than Wieneke even though he's not the route runner he is. I love his potential down the road as well.


    Potential Grade: 88/99



    Before 2017

    Allen Lazard had success against Iowa cornerback Desmond King in 2015. Lazard put together his biggest season in 2016 with 69 receptions, 1,018 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns.




  9. Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-4 220 lb Simmie Cobbs Jr. is a big body. Cobbs Jr. made a huge impression on opening day with 11 receptions, 149 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown on Ohio State. He hasn't built on that game though.


    Simmie Cobbs Jr. SWOT Report

    Strengths: Simmie Cobbs Jr.'s route running is remarkable. After Anthony Miller, Anthony Johnson, Jake Wieneke, Christian Kirk, and Allen Lazard this is my favorite route runner in this class. He runs sharp, crisp routes. Displays the route running to run short routes, medium routes, and deep routes. You will see Cobbs perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, post routes, post stops, curls, curl stops, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops, IOU's, stop & gos, double stops, and double stop & gos. Can execute any type of route at an elite level. Has an extremely high football IQ.


    Cobbs Jr. has soft hands. Can leap into the air while jumping. Capable of making spectacular catches like one-handed catches or can catch the ball in traffic. He can catch anything that comes his way. Picked apart Denzel Ward.


    Capable of catching without using his body. By this I mean he catches the ball when it comes his way, and he doesn't have to use his body to reel in the catch. Generates separation with ease and is very difficult to tackle.


    Was a #1 target at Indiana. Can play, the X, Y, or Z wide receiver spots. Has lined up as a flanker receiver, secondary wide receiver, and a slot receiver at Indiana.


    Weaknesses: Simmie Cobbs Jr. hasn't built on his opening day performance. Would like to see him display more speed and first step quickness on tape.


    Opportunities: I'm almost certain that we will see Simmie Cobbs Jr. in Mobile as long as the junior redshirt receiver gets his degree. He will have a chance to impress NFL Scouts in Mobile.


    Threats: Simmie Cobbs Jr. suffered a season ending injury in 2016. He's been healthy in 2017 so I'm not worried about his injury. He also got a DUI at a concert this Summer.


    Potential Grade: 88/99



    Before 2017

    Simmie Cobbs Jr. had 60 receptions, 1,035 receiving yards, and 4 receiving touchdowns in 2015. Simmie Cobbs Jr. got a medical redshirt in 2016 though. Simmie Cobbs Jr. enters his junior redshirt season and should have his degree by the end of the semester allowing him to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.




  10. Deontay Burnett, WR, USC Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-0 170 lb Deontay Burnett has been Sam Darnold's biggest asset this season. Burnett has played well against teams with quality NFL cornerbacks like Western Michigan, Stanford, Texas, and Notre Dame. Burnett has 57 receptions, 739 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns in 2017.


    Deontay Burnett SWOT Report

    Strengths: Deontay Burnett's route running is remarkable. After Anthony Miller, Anthony Johnson, Jake Wieneke, Christian Kirk, Allen Lazard, and Simmie Cobbs Jr. this is my favorite route runner in this class. He runs sharp, crisp routes. Displays the route running to run short routes, medium routes, and deep routes. You will see Burnett perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, post routes, post stops, curls, curl stops, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops, IOU's, stop & gos, double stops, and double stop & gos. Can execute any type of route at an elite level. Has an extremely high football IQ.


    Burnett has soft hands. Can leap into the air while jumping. Capable of making spectacular catches like one-handed catches or can catch the ball in traffic. He can catch anything that comes his way. Picked apart Darius Phillips, Alijah Holder, and Holton Hill on tape..


    Capable of catching without using his body. By this I mean he catches the ball when it comes his way, and he doesn't have to use his body to reel in the catch. Generates separation with ease and is very difficult to tackle.


    Was a #1 target at USC for Sam Darnold in 2017. Can play, the X, Y, or Z wide receiver spots. Has lined up as a flanker receiver, secondary wide receiver, and a slot receiver at USC.


    Weaknesses: Deontay Burnett is undersized. He also dropped some easy passes on tape which is another concern. His technique when catching the ball is still pretty good for a one year starter.


    Opportunities: Deontay Burnett won't have many opportunities to impress if he decalres for the 2018 NFL Draft. He'll have the 2018 NFL Combine and that's pretty much it.


    Threats: Deontay Burnett is a one year starter. He's done very well this season, but does not have much experience.


    Potential Grade: 88/99



    Before 2017

    Deontay Burnett was a slot receiver in 2016. He takes over as USC's #1 target in 2017 after USC lost two receivers to the 2017 NFL Draft.




  11. Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-4 215 lb Courtland Sutton broke out as a sophomore redshirt in 2016. Most mock drafts had a first round grade on Sutton, but the NFL Draft Advisory Committee gave Sutton a second round grade which is the main reason he returned to school in 2017. Sutton did well versus Connecticut corner Jamar Summers, but struggled versus the 5-11 170 lb Ranthony Texada.


    Courtland Sutton SWOT Report

    Strengths: Possesses great size for a wide receiver. Excels in the red zone. Runs short, medium, and deep routes effectively. Goes up for the ball in the air. You will see Sutton perform with screen passes, streaks, slants, slugo routes, slugo stops, post routes, and drags. He's not elite in this area like a vast majority of the wide receivers in the top ten of our wide receiver rankings.


    Sutton has soft hands. Can leap into the air while jumping. Capable of making spectacular catches with one-hand.


    Capable of catching without using his body. By this I mean he catches the ball when it comes his way, and he doesn't have to use his body to reel in the catch.


    Was a #1 target at SMU. Can play, the X, Y, or Z wide receiver spots. Has lined up as a flanker receiver, secondary wide receiver, and a slot receiver at SMU.


    Excels with post routes. One play against Baylor he was being locked down in triple coverage with Baylor playing zone ahead 26-6. Sutton got by the triple coverage on a post route beating Baylor's boundary cornerback, free safety, and strong safety in coverage to get a touchdown in garbage time in the third quarter.


    Will open up the running game by blocking well. Has a high football IQ as well.


    Weaknesses: Courtland Sutton just doesn't display enough burst off the snap. He doesn't give you that first step or separation with explosiveness that you want in a wide receiver. Needs to add 10 lbs of muscle. Speed wise, I feel like Christian Kirk is a 4.3 guy while Sutton seems more like a 4.5 guy just from the tape I've seen. While Sutton blocks effectively, he's not someone who maintains blocks versus cornerbacks. He only had 1 reception for 0 receiving yards versus TCU.


    His technique with his hands is terrible. His hands are too far out when catching the football. Claps too frequently when catching the football. His vision is inconsistent. He's not as good at tracking balls on short and medium routes despite being a big play threat.


    Sutton dropped a lot of easy passes versus Baylor. There were at least five dropped passes that Sutton made versus Baylor, and his only receiving touchdown in that game occurred when Sutton lined up in the slot. That's why I don't see Sutton as a possession receiver yet, but he could end up taking that next step in 2017.


    Baylor's corners pressed Sutton with ease in that game. Sutton is not someone that will catch the football in traffic when corners use man or zone coverage on him.


    Courtland Sutton runs routes effectively. He just doesn't run every single type of route that Kirk does with consistently. Basically his route running has been mainly screens, streaks, slants, post routes, shoots, and drags. The routes Sutton executes are basic routes. You want to see more advanced routes on his end like wheel routes, curl stops, slugo posts, out & ups, double stop & go routes which are advanced routes that NFL teams want to see wide receivers execute consistently.


    Courtland Sutton is a much bigger target than Christian Kirk. Intangible wise, there are a few things he needs to fix on tape though. He's a multi sport athlete though.


    Opportunities: The San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, and Baltimore Ravens are ideal spots for Courtland Sutton. Most scouts have Sutton, not Kirk as the top receiver in the 2018 NFL Draft at this point, but when you watch the tape, you will realize Kirk's route running is at a more advanced level than Sutton's is at this point. Initially I thought Sutton was a blue chip wide receiver like Christian Kirk. I don't see that with Sutton anymore, but he could be a Pro Bowl receiver on the right team with an elite wide receivers coach and future Hall Of Fame quarterback.


    Threats: Durability may end up being a concern with Sutton if he gets injured this year. He got a medical redshirt in 2014 after only two games. He's been completely healthy the last two years though so this is a not an issue at this point.


    Potential Grade: 87/99



    Before 2017

    Courtland Sutton got a medical redshirt in 2014 as mentioned. Sutton had 49 recepitons, 862 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns as a freshman redshirt in 2015. He earned All American Freshman honors in his conference just like Christian Kirk. He also was a two sport athlete that year playing on SMU's basketball team as well.


    Courtland Sutton led SMU with 76 receptions, 1,246 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns. Became the first receiver to garner All Conference honors since guys like Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley.




  12. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-4 205 lb Equanimeous St. Brown was only 6-0 170 lbs heading into his senior year of high school. He grew a lot of inches as a senior in High School and added 15 lbs of muscle since arriving at Notre Dame. He was DeShone Kizer's best target in 2016, and now has to lead Notre Dame's offense with Kizer gone as a sophomore redshirt.


    Equanimeous St. Brown only has 18 receptions in 2017. He's dropped a lot of easy passes on tape too and that's one thing that has really hurt his draft stock this year.


    Equanimeous St. Brown SWOT Report

    Strengths: Posseses good size for a wide receiver. Feels like a 4.4 guy with tremendous speed for a wide receiver. Excels in the red zone. Runs short, medium, and deep routes effectively. You will see Equanimeous St. Brown run streaks, slants, curls, digs, slugo routes, slugo stops, post routes, post stops, drags, stop & go, and double stop & gos. He's raw, but he has a variety of routes that will appeal to NFL teams.


    Equanimeous St. Brown has soft hands. Can leap into the air while jumping. Capable of making spectacular catches with one-hand. Catches the football in traffic. Has a great football IQ.


    Capable of catching without using his body. By this I mean he catches the ball when it comes his way, and he doesn't have to use his body to reel in the catch.


    Can play, the X, Y, or Z wide receiver spots. Has lined up as a flanker receiver, secondary wide receiver, and a slot receiver at Notre Dame.


    Will open up the running game by blocking well. Equanimeous St. Brown did a remarkable job knocking a defender on the ground which led to a Notre Dame rushing touchdown.


    Saw limited action at wide receiver. Did not drop any passes on tape though. Dominated on tape, even if he didn't dominate statistically as far as production goes. Kizer had 4 chances to throw to Brown when he was wide open and didn't. That tells you more about Kizer than it does with Equanimeous St. Brown.


    Weaknesses: Equanimeous St. Brown struggled against teams with good cornerbacks. Other than that I don't really see one specific weakness with him on tape. He may get more targets this year though with Kizer gone since throwing to him will be a safe option. He's struggled in 2017 without Kizer at quarterback.


    Opportunities: The Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, and Buffalo Bills are ideal spots for Equanimeous St. Brown. Some scouts have a first round grade on Equanimeous St. Brown, but you also have other scouts who believe he won't declare for the 2018 NFL Draft since he's a sophomore redshirt. Kizer declared as a sophomore redshirt too though.


    Threats: Equanimeous St. Brown had a medical redshirt in 2014 so durability could be a concern if he gets injured again. The one threat with Equanimeous St. Brown is that he may not declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. He looks pretty NFL ready based on the tape I watched.


    Potential Grade: 86/99



    Before 2017

    Equanimeous St. Brown was only 6-0 172 lbs in his junior year. He became 6-4 190 lbs by his senior year. He carried a 4.0 GPA and learned 4 different languages including English, Spanish, French, and German. I'm pretty certain he could translate any route a quarterback called in any language.


    Equanimeous St. Brown had 58 receptions, 961 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns in 2016. It will be interesting to see what he does without DeShone Kizer in 2017.




  13. Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-2 205 lb Michael Gallup dominated in his first season at Colorado State. He bailed out Colorado State's quarterbacks last year.


    Michael Gallup has dominated in his first eight games this season. Gallup has 65 receptions, 1,006 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns in 2017. Gallup had 81 receiving yards on Alabama cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick.


    Michael Gallup SWOT Report

    Strengths: Michael Gallup good size. He really bailed Colorado State's quarterbacks out big time last season.


    Michael Gallup's route running is remarkable. He runs sharp, crisp routes. Displays the route running to run short routes, medium routes, and deep routes. You will see Gallup perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, post routes, post stops, curls, curl stops, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops, IOU's, stop & gos, double stops, and double stop & gos. Can execute any type of route at an elite level.


    Weaknesses: Gallup hasn't had as many receiving touchdowns in his second year as a starter.


    Opportunities: Michael Gallup was a fourth round prospect at the beginning of the season. He's done well enough to more up to the second round if he gets an invite to and dominates the 2018 Senior Bowl then he has a chance to move into day 1 territory, but will probably be a day 2 or day 3 pick.


    Threats: Michael Gallup got injured during his sophomore season in Community College. Durability may be a concern again if he gets injured as a senior.


    Potential Grade: 86/99



    Before 2017

    Michael Gallup played football, basketball, baseball, and track & field in High School. He was also a two-position player in High School. That speaks volumes about the kind of athlete he is.


    Dominated as a freshman at Butler Community College in Kansas. Struggled as a sophomore due to a season ending injury.


    Gallup enrolled at Colorado State for his junior season in 2016. Gallup tore it up with 76 receptions, 1,272 receiving yards, and 14 receiving touchdowns.




  14. Dante Pettis, WR, Washington Projected Round 2nd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-1 188 lb Dante Pettis will be Washington's go-to-guy in 2017. John Ross is no longer on Washington's roster. Pettis has struggled to be the #1 guy with John Ross gone.


    Dante Pettis SWOT Report

    Strengths: One thing I like about Pettis is that he's bigger than John Ross. Feels like a 4.4 guy with tremendous speed for a wide receiver. Excels in the red zone. Runs deep routes effectively and can kill your secondary with his speed. You will see Dante Pettis run streaks, post routes, post stops, drags, stop & go, and double stop & gos. He's raw, but he has a variety of routes that will appeal to NFL teams.


    Dante Pettis. Can leap into the air while jumping. Capable of making spectacular catches with one-hand. Catches the football in traffic. Has a great football IQ. Bailed out Washington quarterback Jake Browning on a few passes that he underthrew.


    Capable of catching without using his body. By this I mean he catches the ball when it comes his way, and he doesn't have to use his body to reel in the catch.


    Can play, the X, Y, or Z wide receiver spots. Has lined up as a flanker receiver, secondary wide receiver, and a slot receiver at Washington.


    Weaknesses: Was a #2 target at Washington rather than a #1 target. Still drops passes from time-to-time, this was an issue as a freshman, and is still an issue even though it happened less frequently in 2016. Need to see him develop some more routes in the short and medium passing game. Doesn't block well for a wide receiver on running plays. This may limit Pettis to a slot role.


    Opportunities: A team like the New England Patriots would be a perfect landing spot for Dante Pettis. He would get a chance to learn from some of the leagues best receivers in the late first round and develop while he corrects some of his flaws on tape.


    Threats: Dante Pettis has never started a full season in his three years at Washington. That's concerning as far as durability goes.


    Potential Grade: 86/99



    Before 2017

    Dante Pettis struggled his first two seasons. He didn't have Jake Browning until 2015. He didn't do well until John Ross came back from an injury once Browning had more experience in 2016.


    Dante Pettis had 53 receptions, 822 receiving yards, and 15 receiving touchdowns in 2016. If he can build on that without John Ross in 2017 then he certainly warrants first round consideration.




  15. Deon Cain, WR, Clemson Projected Round 3rd Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-1 210 lb Deon Cain is a big body. He didn't see much action though with Clemson's abundance of targets in their passing game last year. Cain hasn't been that breakout target Clemson was hoping he'd be. Cain can still be a great slot receiver in the NFL though.


    Deon Cain SWOT Report

    Strengths: Deon Cain is a big target. He's physical. Very durable. Has ideal size. Displays all the physical tools you look for in a wide receiver.


    Cain has soft hands. Torches cornerbacks with his speed.


    Capable of catching without using his body. By this I mean he catches the ball when it comes his way, and he doesn't have to use his body to reel in the catch. Generates separation with ease and is very difficult to tackle.


    Weaknesses: Was a #2 target at Clemson. Can play, the X, Y, or Z wide receiver spots. Has lined up as a secondary wide receiver and a slot receiver at Clemson. Relies on streak routes. Would like to see him develop more routes. Needs to jump higher on tape as well.


    Opportunities: Deon Cain may be another candidate for the 2018 Senior Bowl Mobile. He will have a chance to impress NFL Scouts in Mobile.


    Threats: There are no threats with Deon Cain. You'd just like to see him get a bigger opportunity.


    Potential Grade: 86/99



    Before 2017

    Deon Cain hardly saw any action in 2016 due to the abundance of weapons that Deshaun Watson had like Mike Williams, Artivis Scott, Jordan Leggett, Hunder Renfroe, and Wayne Gallman. He will have more targets in 2017 though with all of those guys gone.




  16. Malik Turner, WR, Illinois Projected Round 4th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-3 200 lb Malik Turner is an under the radar receiver at Illinois. Turner could surge up boards with a huge senior season. Malik Turner has struggled as a senior though with only 23 receptions in 7 games.


    Malik Turner SWOT Report

    Strengths: Malik Turner is a big target. He's physical. Very durable. Has ideal size. Displays all the physical tools you look for in a wide receiver.


    Malik Turner's route running is remarkable. After Christian Kirk, Jake Wieneke, and Allen Lazard this is my favorite route runner in this class. He runs sharp, crisp routes. Displays the route running to run short routes, medium routes, and deep routes. You will see Turner perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, post routes, post stops, curls, curl stops, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops, IOU's, stop & gos, double stops, and double stop & gos. Can execute any type of route at an elite level.


    Turner has soft hands. Torches cornerbacks with his speed. Is a home run threat when executing deep routes when catching the football.


    Capable of catching without using his body. By this I mean he catches the ball when it comes his way, and he doesn't have to use his body to reel in the catch. Generates separation with ease and is very difficult to tackle. Makes superb one-handed catches at times.


    Displays excellent vision and can wow you with his burst and first step. He has the ball carrier vision of a running back, and Illinois has lined him up at running back which tells you what kind of athlete he is.


    Averaged over 10 yards per catch in all three years at Illinois. When he gets the ball in his hands, he's going to move the chains.


    Weaknesses: Has a tendency to drop passes on tape. Struggles to catch the football in traffic on short and medium routes. Has difficult time getting his hands on defenders when blocking.


    Was used as a two-down receiver under Lovie Smith at Illinois versus Michigan. Fatigues as well. Sometimes he takes plays off which was something I noticed against Michigan, because that lethal secondary held him to 2 receptions, 86 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.


    He takes plays off doesn't block well. Has a big body and can stretch the field though so you are looking at a slot guy even with his size.


    Opportunities: Malik Turner may be another candidate for the 2018 Senior Bowl Mobile. He will have a chance to impress NFL Scouts in Mobile. If he's not in Mobile, he will get a chance to impress teams at either the NFL Collegiate Bowl or the East West Shrine game.


    Threats: Malik Turner has the size of a #1 target. He has the ceiling of a slot receiver though because of his weaknesses on tape. Turner can be a home run threat that takes off on any play and is a big body. His route running is superb. He makes one-handed catches on tape at times. Scouts love that. He also takes plays off, is terrible at blocking, and drops passes. This is the kind of stuff that makes a regional scout want to pull their hair out because that scout is that irritated with what they see on tape with technique and fundamentals outside of the route running.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2017

    Malik Turner is Illinois's best receiver. He had 39 receptions, 510 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns in 2015.


    Lovie Smith came in for the 2016 season after being the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach. Turner had 48 receptions, 712 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns in 2016.




  17. Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida Projected Round 5th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-11 197 lb Antonio Callaway is getting first round hype. I'm sort of disgusted by the hype he's received because I see another day 3 pick. Last year people laughed at me when I said Caleb Brantley was a day 3 talent and he ended up falling to day 3.


    Antonio Callaway SWOT Report

    Strengths: Antonio Callaway relies strictly on his speed. That's the only strength to his game.


    Weaknesses: There are a lot of things Callaway needs to work on. Hands, route running, drops passes, he's undersized limiting him to a slot role, blocks poorly.


    Opportunities: Some mocks have a first round grade on Callaway. I dislike everything about his tape outside of his speed.


    Threats: Callaway has off the field concerns. He nearly got suspended for Florida's opener until charges were dropped. Maybe I'm blowing his character concerns out of proportion. The bottom line is Callaway needs to keep his head on a swivel and stay out of trouble moving forward.


    Potential Grade: 76/99



    Before 2017

    Antonio Callaway had 54 receptions, 721 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns in 2016. He only has 7 receiving touchdowns in his career. The only thing to like about him is his speed since his 89 receptions in his two seasons at Florida validate all my concerns with him outside of his speed.




  18. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State Projected Round 5th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-1 207 lb Parris Campbell is a guy many think will rise up boards heading into his junior season in 2017. I don't see it yet, and even if Campbell breaks out this year, he's a one-trick pony with one quality season of production at Ohio State.


    Parris Campbell SWOT Report

    Strengths: Parris Campbell is an excellent blocker. He pushes guys to the ground. May be the best blocker in this class.


    Weaknesses: Campbell is raw. Outside of his blocking, he's a project in every other area of his game. He may improve on some of these areas in 2017 and when he does, we'll add these as strengths. Consistency will still be an issue with Campbell in the NFL due to how raw he is.


    Opportunities: Parris Campbell is a guy who could be this years John Ross. Ross didn't do anything spectacular until his junior season. He was a one trick pony as far as experience went, but he showcased superb hands, great route running, a 4.22 40-time, and a dominant pro day at Washington where he showed he could execute any type of route which vaulted him into the top 10. Campbell won't do that well in the draft process, but there is a window of opportunity for him to get picked in the first round if he dominates the NFL Combine and Ohio State's Pro Day. Darron Lee didn't have great stats or tape as a linebacker at Ohio State, but he dominated the NFL Combine two years ago and got picked in the top 20 as a result.


    Threats: Parris Campbell didn't even get a single reception as a freshman. He only had 13 receptions. I see a quality backup right now in terms of potential. May develop into a starter, but I don't feel very confident about a guy with only 13 career receptions heading into his junior season.


    Potential Grade: 76/99



    Before 2017

    Parris Campbell redshirted in 2014. He started three games as a freshman redshirt in 2015 and didn't make any receptions. Campbell started every game in 2016 and only had 13 receptions and 121 receiving yards. He still has yet to get a receiving touchdown at Ohio State.




  19. Ritchie James, WR, Middle Tennessee State Projected Round 6th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-9 180 lb Ritchie James is a superb possession receiver. He's easily the best possession receiver in this draft, and would probably be a first round receiver if he wasn't so undersized.


    Ritchie James dominated in Middle Tennessee State's opener versus Vanderbilt with 10 receptions, 112 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. James hasn't been the same receiver since that game and has also missed three games due to injuries.


    Ritchie James SWOT Report

    Strengths: Elite possession receiver. The only wide receiver in this class with 105 receptions or more in each of his two seasons a starter at Middle Tennessee State. A red zone threat despite being under 5-10.


    Ritchie James has outstanding route running. He runs sharp, crisp routes. Displays the route running to run short routes, medium routes, and deep routes. You will see James perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, curls, curl stops, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops.


    Possesses deadly speed. Runs like a cheetah.


    Weaknesses: Undersized for a receiver. You want to see him add a post route as well as a stop and go route to his game.


    Opportunities: Ritchie James is a possession receiver that can surge up boards. His size makes him a day 3 pick and I currently have a sixth round grade on James.


    Threats: Ritchie James is a junior redshirt. There is a chance he returns to Middle Tennessee State in 2018 for his senior season.


    Potential Grade: 75/99



    Before 2017

    Ritchie James is capable of playing quarterback, running back, or wide receiver. He played all three of those positions at different times in High School. That's how gifted of an athlete he is.


    Ritchie James had 108 receptions, 1,346 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns in 2015 as a freshman redshirt. James had 105 receptions, 1,625 receiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns as a sophomore redshirt in 2016. Went 6/7 on passing plays as Middle Tennessee State's quarterback.


    James is a special receiver despite his lack of size. He's probably this years Trent Taylor if he declares for the 2018 NFL Draft.




  20. D.J. Chark, WR, LSU Projected Round 6th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-3 187 lb D.J. Chark entered his first season as LSU's #1 target since both Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural are gone. Chark has posted 3 100 yard games, but no receiving touchdowns so far in 2017. That's why Chark is a day 3 pick at best in a wide receiver draft that is so deep.


    D.J. Chark SWOT Report

    Strengths: Chark has explosive speed. He can be a home run threat in a vertical offense with his speed.


    Possesses deadly speed. Runs like a cheetah.


    Weaknesses: Needs to add more muscle. Has trouble holding onto the football.


    Opportunities: D.J. Chark is a speed receiver that can surge up boards. His size makes him a day 3 pick and I currently have a fifth round grade on James.


    Threats: D.J. Chark has hardly any experience. He's so raw on the surface.


    Potential Grade: 75/99



    Before 2017

    D.J. Chark did okay with 26 receptions, 466 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns in 2016 as a slot receiver. Chark can be a riser if he builds on that in 2017 though.




  21. Brandon Shed, WR, Hobart Projected Round 7th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-4 205 lb Brandon Shed is probably the best Division 3 prospect to enter the NFL since his former teammate Ali Marpet. There is a lot to like about Shed. Shed has 43 receptions, 615 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns in 2017 so far with 2 regular season games left. Shed will rise if he gets a Senior Bowl invite, but could also go undrafted despite having Pro Bowl potential.


    Brandon Shed SWOT Report

    Strengths: Brandon Shed focuses on when defensive backs move their hips. He may be better in this category than any other wide receiver outside of Christian Kirk. That's high praise for Shed.


    Brandon Shed has outstanding route running. He runs sharp, crisp routes. Displays the route running to run short routes, medium routes, and deep routes. You will see Shed perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, curls, curl stops, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops.


    Makes spectacular one-handed catches. Also displays a natural ability for catching the ball in traffic. Really excels as a deep threat. His deep threat ability makes him a quarterback's biggest asset in a vertical offense. Possesses deadly speed and runs like a cheetah.


    Weaknesses: His highlight reel is sick and out of this world. There are hardly any weaknesses from the highlight reel. I watched his full tape versus RPI and he dropped one pass. He was also used as a two-down receiver in that game. Would like to see him maintain blocks a little longer, this isn't a huge issue with me because he can get his hands on a defender and maintain that for 2 seconds even though you'd like to see him maintain his hands on a defensive back for 4-5 seconds like some of the other receivers when blocking.


    Opportunities: Brandon Shed is outstanding. I had a sixth round grade on him at the beginning of the year, but moved him down due to a lack of exposure. He could go anywhere between the sixth round and the undrafted range depending on where scouts have him. I see a guy with second round potential that is gonna fall to the sixth round due to a lack of exposure. Shed could surge up boards. It comes down to him getting an invite to the Collegiate Bowl, Shrine Game, Senior Bowl, or NFL Combine in 2018.


    Threats: Shed may not get the exposure that most receivers get due to playing at Hobart. Also, since he was a two-down receiver there, he may end up being limited to a slot receiver role in the NFL.


    Potential Grade: 90/99



    Before 2017

    Brandon Shed played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, defensive end, linebacker, cornerback, and safety in High School. His low GPA in High School is the reason he ended up at Hobart.


    Shed turned things around at Hobart though. He even took a computer science course in Web Design so he's a sharp guy when you consider everything he's had to learn and apply himself to. Shed had a career season in 2016 with 74 receptions, 1,284 receiving yards, and 17 receiving touchdowns in 2016.




  22. Jester Weah, WR, Pittsburgh Projected Round 7th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-3 210 lb Jester Weah sat out his first two seasons. He took over for 2016 second round pick Tyler Boyd last season in 2016.


    Jester Weah SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jester Weah is fantastic in the red zone. He can run some basic routes like slants and post routes. Was Pittsburgh's #1 target in 2016. Managed to push Cordrea Tankersley back at the line of scrimmage. When he gets the ball he makes big plays happen.


    Weaknesses: Needs to develop more routes. One year starter. Would like to see him jump more. Needs to catch in traffic. Would like to see spectacular catches from him.


    Opportunities: Jester Weah has a could go anywhere as early as the fourth round, but he could also go undrafted. Jester Weah feels like someone who could fly under the radar and sneak into Mobile.


    Threats: There are no threats with Jester Weah. He's a safe prospect, but may have a limited upside. I see a #4 receiver that could be effective in a depth role.


    Potential Grade: 83/99



    Before 2017

    Jester Weah had 36 receptions, 872 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Weah may rise up boards if he builds on this in 2017.




  23. Shay Fields, WR, Colorado Projected Round 7th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 5-11 185 lb Shay Fields is Colorado's best receiver. He enters his senior season at Colorado. Fields has struggled versus PAC 12 corners. I think it's due to Colorado having a new quarterback.


    Shay Fields SWOT Report

    Strengths: Shay Fields knows how to get separation. Fields has deadly speed. Managed to pick apart some of USC's best corners in 2016 like Adoree' Jackson and Iman Marshall. Capable of catching in traffic. Worked his way into the starting lineup right away despite being fifth on the depth chart as a true freshman. Has an outstanding work ethic that coaches at Colorado rave about.


    Weaknesses: Struggles when corners play man and press on him. Needs to develop more short and medium routes. Want to see him jump more on balls. Would like to see him make some spectacular catches this season.


    Opportunities: Shay Fields is a guy I have a seventh round grade on. He's someone I expect in Mobile for the 2018 Senior Bowl, or the East West Shrine game at the very worst.


    Threats: There are no threats with Shay Fields. He's a safe prospect, but may have a limited upside. I see a #5 receiver that could be effective in a depth role.


    Potential Grade: 78/99



    Before 2017

    Shay Fields did well in 2016 with 56 receptions, 883 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns. Fields needs a huge season in 2017 if he wants to improve his stock. He started strong because at one point he was considered a fourth round prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft, but chose to return to school so with a big season he could move into day 2 territory.




  24. Devonte Boyd, WR, UNLV Projected Round 7th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-1 195 lb Devonte Boyd enters his senior season in UNLV. He had a career low in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns during his junior season. He shows a lot of promise though and could be UNLV's best receiver since Steve Smith.


    Boyd began the 2017 campaign on a high note. A terrible game versus Ohio State where he only had 3 receptions and 48 receiving yards led to a slump.


    Devonte Boyd SWOT Report

    Strengths: Devonte Boyd has the soft hands you look for. Has lined up as an X, Y, or Z wide receiver. Can be used as a flanker, secondary, or slot receiver.


    Devonte Boyd's route running is great, but not elite like I originally anticipated. He runs sharp, crisp routes. Displays the route running to run short routes, medium routes, and deep routes. You will see Boyd perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, post routes, post stops, curls, curl stops, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops, IOU's, stop & gos, double stops, and double stop & gos. Can execute any type of route at an elite level.


    Boyd is awesome at catching in traffic. He may not post the best stats, but he jumps well and appears very complete on tape showing the ability to catch in triple coverage which he did versus UCLA in both 2015 and 2016.


    Weaknesses: Boyd struggles with spectacular catches. You want to see him make a one-handed catch, but he's better at catching the football with two hands.


    Opportunities: Devonte Boyd is a guy I have a seventh round grade on. He's someone who could surge up boards with a huge year. I also wouldn't be surprised though if he was limited to a Shrine Game or Collegiate Bowl invite.


    Threats: Boyd missed two games with an injury in 2016. It was a season ending injury after UNLV's first ten games. If Boyd cannot stay healthy that could cause him to go undrafted. The potential to be an great slot receiver is there with Boyd.


    Potential Grade: 84/99



    Before 2017

    Devonte Boyd had 65 receptions, 980 receiving yards, and 4 receiving touchdowns as a true freshman in 2014. Boyd had 54 receptions, 904 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns in 2015. Boyd disappointed with 45 receptions, 746 receiving yards, and 4 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Boyd needs a huge senior season in 2017 if he wants to get drafted.




  25. Sergio Bailey II, WR, Eastern Michigan Projected Round 7th Round

    2017 Season Recap The 6-1 186 lb receiver only has one year of experience at Eastern Michigan. He wowed me on tape though which is one reason he got late round consideration.


    Sergio Bailey had 5 receptions for 107 receiving yards in a road win over Rutgers. He helped Eastern Michigan start 2-0, but they have lost 5 in a row since then so Bailey looks like a late round pick.


    Sergio Bailey II SWOT Report

    Strengths: Sergio Bailey II has the soft hands you look for. Has lined up as an X, Y, or Z wide receiver. Can be used as a flanker, secondary, or slot receiver.


    Sergio Bailey II's route running is great. He runs sharp, crisp routes. Displays the route running to run short routes, medium routes, and deep routes. You will seeLazard perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, post routes, post stops, curls, curl stops, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops, IOU's, stop & gos, double stops, and double stop & gos. Can execute any type of route at an elite level.


    Sergio Bailey II is awesome at catching in traffic. He may not post the best stats, but he jumps well and appears very complete on tape showing the ability to catch in triple coverage which he did versus Ohio this season.


    Capable of jumping in the air. Possesses great intangibles for a wide receiver.


    Weaknesses: Only has one year of experience in the FBS. Would like to see more big plays from him. Has yet to get 1,000 receiving yards or 10 receiving touchdowns. Was a two-down receiver at Eastern Michigan.


    Opportunities: Sergio Bailey II is a guy I have a seventh round grade on. He's someone who could surge up boards with a huge year. I also wouldn't be surprised though if he was limited to a Shrine Game or Collegiate Bowl invite.


    Threats: Sergio Bailey II went to Community College for two years. He's a one-year starter, but potential to be a depth receiver is there.


    Potential Grade: 78/99



    Before 2017

    Sergio Bailey II went to Community College for two years. He transferred to Eastern Michigan in 2016 where he had 60 receptions, 868 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns.







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