2018 NFL Draft Prospects by Position:
2018 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Ranking
Height: 6-4 Weight: 215 lbs
One of the rare “X” receivers coming out of college these days, he has the height, body build, speed, and talent to be a true number one receiver in the NFL… Full Profile
Height: 6-1 Weight: 188 lbs
An electric, quick footed receiver that excels in the open field. Well suited for yards after the catch type routes, especially in the slot in an NFL system… Full Profile
Height: 5-11 Weight: 200 lbs
Fast and agile receiver that can line up anywhere on the line and one of the best returners in college football… Full Profile
Height: 6-0 Weight: 205 lbs
An elite “go route” receiver, Washington has been phenomenally productive over the last three years, averaging almost 20 yards a reception… Full Profile
Height: 6-1 Weight: 192 lbs
Has many of the traits that NFL teams are looking for in wide receivers: excellent route running skills, a strong burst off of the line of scrimmage, disciplined footwork, and great hands… Full Profile
Height: 5-10 Weight: 215 lbs
A short, but powerfully built and experienced wide receiver that has been profoundly productive over his time at Maryland… Full Profile
Height: 6-2 Weight: 185 lbs
A “take the top off of the defense” type wide receiver, with the speed and the pass catching ability to back up the threat…Full Profile
Height: 5-11 Weight: 190 lbs
A shifty, agile wide receiver that will play in the slot primarily at the next level, but is dependable and versatile enough to move around the offense… Full Profile
Height: 6-2 Weight: 210 lbs
An extremely athletic, shifty wide receiver / return man that is going to shine all through the draft process…Full Profile
Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 lbs
Has a instinctive ability to get open and to operate in space. An excellent “yards after catch” type receiver, particularly well suited for West coast offensives… Full Profile
Example Draft Considerations:
- Is he more of a vertical “go-route” “take the top off the defense” receiver, a slot guy, a “possession” receiver that is a bigger guy with sure hands, or a hybrid wr/rb type that is becoming popular.
- Speed… shiftiness and top end vertical speed are often two different things
- There are two ways a WR gets separation: physically separating through elite speed / shiftiness, and the ability to separate when having a defensive back right on him, such as with leaping ability.
- Ability to “high point” balls often referred to as “catching the ball at its highest point”… wherein he can time balls thrown to him, go up and get it over the defenders head.
- Strong hands and reliability of catching balls thrown to him.
- Able to beat press coverage at line of scrimmage.
- Willingness and toughness when going over the middle, catching balls and taking hits.
- Able to move all over the line of scrimmage, lining up in different wide receiver positions.
- Route running… very important. Able to run crisp routes and accelerate out of breaks.
- Some WR’s play in pro systems and have that advantage.
- Average Yards per catch… will be mentioned with some vertical receivers and stat will be something like % of catches over 20 yards.
- Number of touchdowns per year, indicating red zone threat.
- Number of years with productivity.
- Able to help in punt returns and kick off returns.
- Are they a true “X” receiver, which is very rare… Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones types
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