As the draft approaches, I will be releasing final prospect rankings for the majority of positions, along with their round grade. To start, the Wide Receivers will be released.
- Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss: Mid Round 1
Treadwell has a great balance of height, elite body control, and is elusive after the catch. One of the best parts of Treadwell’s game is his ability to win contested catches.
- Josh Doctson, WR, TCU: Late Round 1
Standing at 6’2, Doctson also pairs his height with great ball skills. If given time to develop, he could become a dynamic playmaker in the NFL.
- Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor: Late Round 1
With a 4.4 40 yard dash, Coleman eats up any cushion given by the cornerback. Though he lacks ideal size, the Baylor alum will be a dangerous deep threat at the next level.
- Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma: Early Round 2
Shepard gains immediate separation with his initial quickness, and also had a very low drop rate of 3%. He may be undersized, but he can be a great slot threat in the pros.
- Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State: Mid Round 2
Thomas has combines his speed and size with soft hands, and should be able to jump into the NFL as a WR2 early in his career.
- Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame: Late Round 2
After a running a blazing 4.32 40 yard dash at the combine, it was clear to scouts that Fuller could be a deep threat in the NFL. His NFL production will be reliant on whether he can improve his hands, which led him to drop 13.4 % of his catchable targets.
- Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh: Late Round 2
Boyd is tough over the middle, and is able to bring down 50/50 balls. NFL executives worry that he may have potential off the field issues, as he was arrested from a DUI last year.
- Charone Peake, WR, Clemson: Early Round 3
Peake may very well be the biggest sleeper in this wide receiver class. Peake has an elite balance of height, deep speed, and ball skills. The Clemson product is also physical after the catch, and an eager good run blocker.
- Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina: Mid Round 3
Cooper’s production was hampered as a result of poor quarterback play. He does have above average hands, and is a threat after the catch. If he can improve his route running and production against the press, he can be a dynamic threat in the slot.
- Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State: Mid Round 3
Since recently transitioning from quarterback, Miller has shown his potential at wide receiver over the past year. Though raw, Miller is a threat after the catch, and has an extremely high ceiling in the NFL
- Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia: Late Round 3
Mitchell has impressive hands, and is a consistent deep threat. If not for a torn ACL two years ago, Mitchell could be a second round prospect
- Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers: Late Round 3
Caroo can bring down contested catches, and has improved his release versus press coverage as of late. Though character concerns may turn off NFL suitors, he does have potential to be an immediate contributor in the league.
- Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State: Early Round 4
Higgins has reliable hands, and is a dynamic threat due to his ability to get separation late. His struggles with press coverage are worrisome, but if he can fix that area of his game he can be a playmaker as an outside receiver.
- Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA: Early Round 4
Payton is well sized, and has the ability to be a vertical threat. He is physical down field, but not great in space.
- Kenny Lawler, WR, California: Late Round 4
Though a touchdown machine at Cal, Lawler’s lean frame will make it harder for him to bring down balls against bigger defenders in the NFL.