2019 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings: From The College Perspective

2019 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings: From The College Perspective

2019 NFL Draft

2019 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings: From The College Perspective


Which wide receivers will matter in the 2019 NFL Draft, and what’s the college perspective on all of the top prospects?

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It’s the best group of receivers since the 2014 class of Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans and Sammy Watkins with an interesting few calls needing to be made.

There are all-timer freakish tools among the top guys, and they’re mixed in with a few rock-solid types who should and could turn into No. 1 targets as great value gets just outside of the top 50.

15. Miles Boykin, Notre Dame

6-4, 220: With a great combination of size and 4.4 speed, he’s an impressive all-around prospect with elite tools and excellent upside. There’s a whole lot of technique work to do, and he disappeared a bit too often, but it all kicked in last season catching 59 passes for 872 yards and eight scores. The sky’s the limit.
Projected Round: Third

14. Terry McLauren, Ohio State

6-0, 208: He was just another good-looking Ohio State receiver with speed and upside, and then he tore off a 4.35 and worked out really, really well to crank up the stock in a big hurry. This is a value pick – he’s still got room for improvement running a full route tree – with the ability to be a home run hitter right away.
Projected Round: Fourth

13. Emanuel Hall, Missouri

6-2, 201: The raw tools are there to be excellent. He’s big, runs a sub-4.4, and he can explode and attack the ball. Nah, he’s not going to do much over the middle, and he’s not going to be a 100-catch producer, but as a No. 3 receiver on the outside, look out. Wind him up, let him go, throw it deep, and enjoy the 20+ catch average.
Projected Round: Fourth

12. Mecole HarDman, Georgia

5-10. 187: 4.33. He wasn’t all that productive with just 60 catches with the Bulldogs, and he’s too small, but he’ll be a good return man, he’ll always be able to get deep with unteachable speed, and he could grow into a yards-after-catch killer. Still emerging and improving, he’s going to be a mid-round chance on greatness.
Projected Round: Third

11. Hakeem Butler, Iowa State

6-5, 227: A big play matchup nightmare at Iowa State, he’s got a big frame and was great at using to battle away in the Big 12. And then he got to the offseason workouts ran a sub-4.5, and his stock blew up. There’s a whole lot to work on – route running, consistency, needing to spend days with a JUGS machine – but if and when it all comes together, look out.
Projected Round: Fourth

10. JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford

6-2, 225: Throw the ball and let him go get it. The athleticism is just okay, but he’s a deep threat because he’ll beat up defensive backs to go get the ball. He’s a power forward who’ll position himself to get the rebound, playing a whole lot bigger and stronger than his size.
Projected Round: Third

9. Kelvin Harmon, NC State

6-2, 221: There’s a big boom-or-bust aspect to his game. He’s got the bulk, and he’s fast enough, but he’s not going to blaze past anyone at the next level and might just be a midrange target who fits in as a No. 2 or 3 guy. He’ll catch everything, and he’ll win his share of 50/50 balls, but he’s not going to generate a whole lot of separation.
Projected Round: Third 

8. Andy Isabella, UMass

5-9, 188: Size is a problem, and he’s not going to be the volume catcher he was at UMass, but the guy can fly with 4.3 wheels and elite quickness. He’ll get erased by anyone who gets a hand on him, but put him on the outside and watch him blow past a secondary. If you make 229 career catches with 30 touchdowns despite being keyed on, you’re doing something right.
Projected Round: Third

7. Riley Ridley, Georgia

6-1, 199: The high-end speed isn’t there to be a dangerous top target like his brother, Calvin, and there isn’t a whole lot of flash, but he’s got good size, he’s tough, and he’ll make the big grab when needed. As a midrange target and blocker with almost no bust potential, he’s a easy pick somewhere in the top 100.
Projected Round: Third

6. Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

5-11, 214: Shifty, fun, and a baller who goes all out on every play, just get the ball in his hands and watch him go. Line him up in the backfield, use him as a kick returner, or send him deep. His physical style will get him banged up, but he’s no lightweight when it comes sacrificing his body to make a play.
Projected Round: Second

5. AJ Brown, Ole Miss

6-0, 226: It’s totally not fair to compare Brown to another Ole Miss star with the same body type, but take the good parts of Laquon Treadwell and add more speed to the equation.

No one thought Brown was going to be a blazer in the offseason workout circuit, but the sub-4.5 40 was more than good enough. There were 4.7 concerns, and he blew those away without a problem.

D.K. Metcalf is everyone’s No. 1 guy because of his freakish tools, but Brown was the top target in the high-octane Rebel attack with 189 career catches for close to 3,000 yards and 19 scores.

He’s not as exciting as a Metcalf, or a Hollywood Brown, but he’s a good, sound target who’s simply a really good technical wide receiver.

Nah, he’s not going to take the top off an NFL defense, but he’ll fight for the ball, he’ll get the first down, and be a reliably quick go-to midrange target with No. 1 guy upside.

Projected Round: Second
Real Value: Second

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