Rankings and quick lookaheads of all the wide receiver prospects invited to the 2019 NFL Combine.
2019 NFL Wide Receiver Combine Workout: Saturday, March 2
Here we go with the 2019 NFL Combine, with all the breakdowns and analysis of every positive and negative for all of the top prospects. This isn’t that hard. Just simplify it – who can play football well enough to make an impact at the next level?
The bigger breakdowns will come before the NFL Draft, but for now – again, from the college perspective – here are the pre-combine rankings for all of the wide receivers invited to the big workout.
Before getting into the top five breakdown, here’s a ranking of the best of the rest.
2019 Pre-NFL Combine Wide Receiver Best of the Rest Rankings
Number in parentheses is the projected round drafted pre-NFL Combine.
49. Nyqwan Murray, Florida State 5-10, 176 (7 FA)
The speed and quickness are there to think there’s something potentially great with the right offense and quarterback. He’s way too small and he didn’t do enough at FSU, but he’ll get a tryout for someone in the slot.
48. Hunter Renfrow, Clemson 5-10, 180 (6)
The true definition of a possession receiver, he has the hands, and he runs amazing routes, but there’s no deep aspect to his game. He’ll get drafted late by someone hoping for a limited but reliable third down target.
47. Gary Jennings, West Virginia 6-1, 214 (7 FA)
Always seen as the second-fiddle next to David Sills, he still put up massive numbers with 97 catches in 2017 and 13 touchdowns last season. If he makes a team, it will be as a mid-range slot target who won’t come up with too many big plays – the NFL tools aren’t there.
46. Olabisi Johnson, Colorado State 6-0, 190 (7 FA)
A decent deep threat with good quickness, he caught 125 career passes for over 2,000 yards. However, he’s not a big-time scorer and he has to make a team as a return man.
45. DaMarkus Lodge, Ole Miss 6-2, 194 (7 FA)
The former Texas Longhorn came up with a strong 65 catch season despite being the third guy in the receiving mix on a loaded Rebel receiving corps. He’s got great size and looks the part, but he’s got average functional speed.
44. Emmanuel Butler, Northern Arizona 6-3. 216 (7 FA)
There isn’t enough speed to go along with his great size, but he’ll battle for passes and he was able to get deep on the lower level. He’s worth a flier on his body type alone.
43. Jovon Durante, Florida Atlantic 6-, 165 (7 FA)
The West Virginia transfer came up with a nice season at Florida Atlantic – 65 catches for 873 yards and five scores – but he doesn’t have the body type and he’ll be erased by physical corners. He can move, though.
42. Dillon Mitchell, Oregon 6-2, 189 (6)
The star target for Justin Herbert, he blew up with a strong 75-catch, 10-touchdown season, but does he have the NFL tools? He’s a good versatile option who can do a little of everything, but is he fast enough? Does he have anything that stands out?
41. Terry McLaurin, Ohio State 6-0, 202 (5)
He didn’t do too much among the gaggle of talented Ohio State receivers, but he’s got nice size and he’s tough enough to battle for passes his way. However, he’ll likely have to make a team as a special teamer and grow into a No. 3 target.
40. Ryan Davis, Auburn 6-0, 181 (7 FA)
A quick slot target who didn’t do enough with the ball in his hands and didn’t stretch the field, he was a solid volume catcher on short-range passes. There isn’t enough special about his game to get fired up, but he’ll be reliable.
39. Jamarius Way, South Alabama 6-3, 215 (7 FA)
A nice player over his two years at USA with 108 catches and 11 scores, he’ll have to make a roster on his size and his physical play. He’s not going to do much as a deep threat and the speed isn’t there. Even more, he needs a ton of polish.
38. Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern State 6-5, 223 (7 FA)
The size is great and the talent is there as a home run hitter for Northwestern State, but he was a former LSU Tiger thanks to academic issues and a failed drug test. He’s too good not to take with a late round draft pick.
37. Felton Davis, Michigan State 6-3, 203 (6)
Reliable, big, and tough when the ball is in the air, he might not be a wow guy, but he’s the type of target quarterbacks like on third downs. However, he has to get back after an Achilles tendon injury that knocked him out midway through last year.
36. Cody Thompson, Toledo 6-1, 205 (7 FA)
A deep threat target who averaged over 18 yards per catch and was able to stretch the field well, he plays better than his tools. The medical evaluation is the key after suffering a broken leg two years ago, but he was okay last season.
35. Johnnie Dixon, Ohio State 5-11, 198 (7 FA)
A quick target with the upside to serve as a No. 3 receiver and deep threat, he’s not going to be a volume catcher, but he might be able to find a role as a field stretcher. His workouts will be terrific.
34. Ashton Dulin, Malone University 6-1, 202 (7 FA)
He’ll start out being seen as a third receiver and a kick returner, and he could turn out to be a fantasy star with a little bit of time. Explosive, he’s got all the measurables and should blow up the Combine with his tools and skills.
33. Terry Godwin, Georgia 5-11, 168 (7 FA)
A very nice all-around receiver, he’s not big enough, and his tools aren’t amazing, but he does everything right, he has nice hands, and there’s a whole lot of polish to his game. He’s versatile enough to play in a variety of roles.
32. Alex Wesley, Northern Colorado 6-0, 190 (7 FA)
Literal track star speed, he’s a sprinter who translated the wheels to the field two 1,000-yard seasons. He’s not big, and he’s purely a deep threat specialist, but he’ll be worth a long look in a camp.
31. Jaylen Smith, Louisville 6-2, 227 (5)
Blow off what happened last year when he struggled with mediocre quarterback play. The size is great and he can work anywhere, but he might get the “just a guy” tag in a deep group of targets. The pieces are there, though, to give him a flier shot in the late rounds.
30. Jamal Custis, Syracuse 6-5, 213 (7 FA)
After doing next to nothing for three seasons, he cranked up a 51-catch season averaging close to 18 yards per grab. With his massive size and deep threat ability, he’s worth a long look, even if he’s still a flier. The size and athleticism alone will get him on a roster.
29. Tyre Brady, Marshall 6-3, 206 (6)
A tough, physical receiver who’ll beat up corners for mid-range plays, but he’s not going to take the top off a defense. There’s a whole lot to work on technique-wise, and he has to be more consistent, but in this class he’s a different sort of option because of his physicality.
28. Travis Fulgham, Old Dominion 6-2, 214 (5)
No big whoop for three years, he blew up as a senior with a surprising 1,083-yard season with nine scores. He’s a tough target who battles well, but he’s missing the separation speed and next-level tools.
27. Stanley Morgan, Nebraska 6-1, 195 (6)
While he might not be all that big, he’s got the fight, the deep threat ability, and the skills to be a bit of an afterthought of a pick, and then hang around. He’s got NFL talent with all the right abilities, but there’s nothing special about his game or his tools.
26. Greg Dortch, Wake Forest 5-9, 165 (6)
A small volume catcher who’ll take a beating and keep popping up and producing. Ultra-quick as an inside receiver or a return man, he’s going to find a role somewhere and produce right away as a late-round flier. New England, he fits you perfectly.
25. Keelan Doss, UC Davis 6-3, 204 (5)
No, he’s not going to blow up the workout circuit, but he’s a rock-solid football player who’ll be an afterthought pick who slides into a camp and turns out to be an impossible cut. Put him on a team like Green Bay with a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers and he’s a deadly No. 3 guy who does everything right.
24, Penny Hart, Georgia State (Not Invited To Combine) 5-8, 180 (5)
He wasn’t invited to the Combine, but he’ll make a team as a jack-of-all-trades return man and slot receiver. Good luck covering him in open space, and for his size, he’s a tough volume receiver who roared when the quarterback play was okay.
23. David Sills, West Virginia 6-4, 204 (4)
A whole lot of fun to watch in the Mountaineer offense, he’s a tall target with great hands and the ability to go grab the ball anywhere it’s thrown at him. He’s smooth, knows how to get open and comes up with big plays at big moments – 33 touchdowns in the last two years – but he doesn’t have the next-level athleticism to be special.
22. Jalen Hurd, Baylor 6-4, 228 (4)
What are you going to do with him? The former Tennessee running back is a big receiver who’s more like a tweener H-Back. He’ll be used in a variety of ways by someone with a special combination of size and athleticism, but he needs time and polish.
21. Jakobi Meyers, NC State 6-2, 203 (4)
The No. 2 guy in the system next to Kelvin Harmon in terms of hype and press, the big, tough Meyers still turned into a top-target with 92 catches last season. He’s not going to be a field stretcher, but he has the upside to grow into a reliable chain-mover on a team full of smallish quick targets.