2021 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings includes a prospect ranking, a breakdown of scouting for the position, key questions about the position, and a link to learn more.
Wide Receiver Rankings:
- Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
- Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
- DeVonta Smith, Alabama
- Kadarius Toney, Florida
- Terrace Marshall, LSU
- Elijah Moore, Ole Miss
- Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
- Tutu Atwell, Louisville
- Rondale Moore, Purdue
- D’Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan
- Amari Rodgers, Clemson
- Jaelon Darden, North Texas
- Nico Collins, Michigan
- Cade Johnson, South Dakota State
- Dynami Brown, North Carolina
- Jalen Camp, Georgia Tech
- Seth Williams, Auburn
- Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
- Cornell Powell, Clemson
- Anthony Schwartz, Auburn
- Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC
- Demetric Felton, UCLA
- Tamorrion Terry, Florida State
- Emeka Emezie, North Carolina State
- Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa
- Charleston Rambo, Oklahoma
- Sage Surratt, Wake Forest
2021 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings
- 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.