2019 NFL Combine Wide Receiver Best of the Rest Rankings, Top 20
20. Diontae Johnson, Toledo 5-11, 181 (4)
With special return skills and explosive skills with the ball in his hands, he’ll find a role somewhere as a must-get pick just outside of the top 100. Ultra-quick, he should blow up the workout circuit and overcome his lack of raw bulk.
19. Darius Slayton, Auburn 6-1, 190 (4)
He might slip through the draft class and be a mid-round pick – and about the 15thish receiver taken – but he can fly, he’s a home run hitter, and he should be a lot better as a pro than he was in college. Even when he was just okay, he averaged over 20 yards per catch.
18. Miles Boykin, Notre Dame 6-4, 228 (4)
It took a few years to blossom – and a better-throwing quarterback – and then it all came together with a strong 59-catch, 872-yard, 8 TD season. He has to use his bulk a whole lot better, and he needs more polish, but he’s built to be a tough No. 2 guy.
17. KeeSean Johnson, Fresno State 6-2, 200 (4)
Fantastic over a strong four-year career, he didn’t explode for too many big plays, but he caught 275 passes for close to 3,500 yards. No, he’s no Davante Adams, but but he’s a fighter with a good frame and a No. 1 receiver attitude. The raw wheels aren’t there, but he’ll start.
16. Mecole Hardman, Georgia 5-11, 183 (3)
FAST, fast, and more fast. He might not be an elite wide receiver talent, and he had an okay college career with just 60 catches in three seasons, but he’s the epitome of the take-top-off-a-D talent. He’ll never be a No. 1 guy, but he can be a 40-catch, 20+-yard average guy.
15. Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Texas 6-4, 210 (4)
It took a bit to get there, but Humphrey turned into a terrific all-around receiver with an 86-catch season with nine scores before leaving early. He doesn’t have special speed, but he’s got the size and the No. 1 receiver all-around ability. He’ll be a mid-range target, but a good one.
14. Emanuel Hall, Missouri 6-2, 201 (3)
He’s not going to be for everyone, and he’s not going to be a No. 1 target who catches 100 passes, but put him on the outside and he’ll fly for the deep ball. The size is good enough, but it’ll be his raw speed – averaging over 23 yards per grab over the last two years – that gets him a roster spot.
13. Riley Ridley, Georgia 6-1, 199 (2)
He’s not like his brother, Calvin. He’s more physical and not quite as athletic or good at getting open. He’ll hit, and he’ll battle for everything as a strong pass catcher as well as a blocker. He’s not going to blow up with big plays, but he’ll be a nice starter who coaches will fall in love with.
12. Hakeem Butler, Iowa State 6-5, 227 (2)
Nah, he’s not going to fly through the workouts, and there’s little wiggle to his game, but he averaged 22 yards per catch last year, and he’s a big body target who creates matchup nightmares. Got as a sophomore, the team needed him to step up into a No. 1 role last season, and he more than came through.
11. Deebo Samuel, South Carolina 5-11, 214 (2)
A superfun player who balls out hard for every play, he’s a dangerous playmaker no matter how he gets the ball in his hands. He can be used as a kick returner, a runner, and in just about any receiver position even though he’s built like a running back.
10. Anthony Johnson, Buffalo 6-2, 209 (3)
A nicely kept secret in the MAC world over the last two seasons, he caught 133 passes for 2,367 yards and 25 scores as one of college football’s top all-around playmakers. He got the all-around skills and tools, but he’s missing the elite speed. Everything else is there.
9. Kelvin Harmon, NC State 6-2, 221 (2)
Purely a good receiver who’s better than his speed and athleticism, he’s got the hands, he knows how to get open, and he’s fantastic a finding his way to the ball. He might be limited by his lack of raw speed, but he’s going to be as reliable and steady as they come.
8. JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford 6-2, 225 (2)
Not quite as big as he seemed or played – measuring in at just 6-2 – but he beats up everyone for the deep ball and he can jump out of the stadium when he has to go up and get it. He’ll figure out all the little nuances and not just be a deep guy, and he’ll be deadly around the goal line.
7. Andy Isabella, UMass 5-9, 188 (4)
He’s too small, he didn’t play at a Power Five school, and he’ll have problems with the tougher corners, but he’s a big-time speedster who catches lots and LOTS of passes, making 229 grabs for 3,519 yards and 30 scores over the last three years. He’ll slide because of his size, but he’ll be in the league for a long, long time as a slot receiver.
6. Antoine Wesley, Texas Tech 6-4, 206 (5)
He rose up and grabbed the No. 1 receiver role in the Red Raider offense, catching 88 passes in his junior year. The size and hands are terrific, with the ability to grab anything that comes within a mile of him. The speed isn’t there, but everything else is.