2018 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings: From The College Perspective

2018 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings: From The College Perspective

2018 NFL Draft

2018 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings: From The College Perspective


It’s NFL Draft time. Finally. Who are the wide receivers who’ll matter from the 2018 NFL Draft, and what’s the college perspective on all of the top prospects?

Daily Five: NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings

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It’s a lousy year for receivers. There are a whole lot of okay ones, but there isn’t anyone who’ll change around a franchise.

On the plus side, enough No. 2 & 3 targets are coming in to be ready to roll right out of the box. But throw roughly ten of these guys into a hat, pick one out, and you might have the best of the bunch.

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15. Allen Lazard, Iowa State

6-5, 227: It’s not an overstatement to suggest that his decision to return for his senior year was the catalyst for Iowa State’s great season. With good enough 4.55 speed for a guy his size, tremendous toughness, and great leadership ability, he makes up for his issues – he’s not explosive – by doing everything else right.
Projected Round: Fourth

14. Deontay Burnett, USC

6-0, 186: While he might be just a guy in a receiving corps, but he’ll be a terrific part of an ensemble case. Not big enough or fast enough to stand out, and he’s not going to do anything deep, but he could quietly grow as a workmanlike volume-catch guy.
Projected Round: Fifth

13. Auden Tate, Florida State

6-5, 225: The best is yet to come. He might be lumbering with a. 4.68 40, but he plays faster for a guy of his massive size. No, he might not have the NFL receiver athleticism to be a No. 1 target, but he’ll beat up everyone for the ball and will grab everything that comes his way. Love him around the goal line and as a short-to-midrange go-to guy.
Projected Round: Fifth

12. Tre’quan Smith, UCF

6-1, 210: Tough, thick and fast, he’s a sub-4.5 receiver with a physical style that makes him a matchup problem. Ultra-reliable with the ability to get deep, he’ll be an outstanding pick outside of the third round. His best is yet to come.
Projected Round: Fourth

11. Marcell Ateman, Oklahoma State

6-4, 220: The pretentious call would be to say he’s a better NFL prospect than teammate, James Washington … he might just be that. Very big, he’s got the deep ball ability to scare deep safeties, and he’s enough of an athlete to be devastating when he has to go up and get it. He might not have the wheels, but he’ll do everything for a passing game – and he’ll catch everything.
Projected Round: Fourth

10. Dante Pettis, Washington

6-1, 192: An all-timer of a kick returner, his value will be for his all-around skills as a complementary receiver and a game changer whenever he gets the ball in his hands. While he’s not all that physical, he’ll do everything for a passing game, will catch everything, and will be the type of pure football player coaches will love to have.
Projected Round: Third

9. Deon Cain, Clemson

6-2, 202: A great value pick after the top 50, he’s tall, experienced, and has 4.4 wheels. He makes it all look effortless with easy, gliding running ability to go along with good fight when the ball comes his way. The concern is his focus, missing a few CFP games after failing a drug test and disappearing too much on the field. But it’s all there to grow into a big-time producer and deep threat.
Projected Round: Third

8. Michael Gallup, Colorado State

6-1, 205: Boom or bust, he’s fast enough and can jump out of the stadium, he looks the part, plays the part, and is the NFL part. Outstanding at getting free and making himself open, he finds ways to make things happen. Best of all, he’s got the fiery attitude to go along with the tools.
Projected Round: Second

7. Anthony Miller, Memphis

5-11, 190: Used to being The Man, he has no problems with the pressure on his shoulder as a No. 1 guy who has to make things happen. He seems to relish the role as the one who has to carry a passing game, and he’s got the deep speed and talent to do it.
Projected Round: Third

6. Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

5-10, 200: An ultra-quick do-it-all playmaker, feel free to put him as high as No. 2 on this list – his return skills make him valuable. A fantastic all-around football player, the concerns are mostly correctable and minimal. Throw him out there, and he’ll produce.
Projected Round: Third

5. James Washington, Oklahoma State

5-11, 213: There’s a lot that doesn’t quite fit.

He doesn’t have the right body type, he’s not necessarily a strong target who’ll battle for the ball against the more physical defenders, and he’s not a blazer – running a 4.54.

But the guy can flat-out ball.

When you catch 226 passes for 4,472 yards and 39 scores – averaging close to 20 yards per grab – you’re doing something right no matter what the system.

He’s more than just a deep threat, but throw the ball up in the air, and despite the lack of next-level wheels, let him go do something big.

He’s going to have a problem with bigger, stronger defensive backs, and he’s not going to be a full route-tree guy who does everything for a receiving corps. But make him a third receiver who stretches a defense and comes up with one really big play every other game, and he’ll be doing his job.

Projected Round: Second
Real Value: Late Second Round-Early Third Round

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