Wide Receivers: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked WRs

The wide receiver class has plenty of speed. D.K. Metcalf ran a 4.33; Parris Campbell ran a 4.31; Emanuel Hall ran a 4.39; and Mecole Hardman and Terry McLauren also ran in the 4.3’s. Marquise Brown, who is recovering from an injury, didn’t run – but is said to run a sub 4.3.

This class is solid and deep alway the down, at every level. If you want speed, but don’t want to spend a top pick, try Jeff Smith of Boston College – Smith ran a 4.34 at his Pro Day. David Sills was a touchdown machine in West Virginia and will be a great mid-to-late-round pick up. Overall, a lot to like about this class.

If his medical checks out, Metcalf could be the first WR taken in the draft. He’s big, raw, athletic and has all the measurables teams fall in love with.
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1. D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi, 6-3/228

Metcalf is a monster. He ran a blazing 4.33 at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 1.53 split. Just line him up and send him deep. The speed alone will keep any defense honest. Along with the speed, he’s big and physical. He’s a bit raw, but just that much more to work with.

2. Parris Campbell, Ohio State, 6-0/205

Campbell ran a 4.31 at the combine, pushing him up the boards. When you look at the success Carolina is having with Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel, Campbell’s going to go in the first round.

3. A.J. Brown, Mississippi, 6-0/226

Brown is Mississippi’s all-time leader in receiving yards. He can line up anywhere on the field. Reliable hands and knows how to create separation from defenders. May be the most polished receiver in this class.

4. Marquise Brown, Oklahoma, 5-9/166

Didn’t work out at the combine, so we are waiting to see his 40 time. Word is he’ll be the fastest guy coming out. The fastest time at the combine was a 4.29, so if Brown breaks that someone will grab him in the first two rounds. I don’t recall a receiver this highly rated, and this small, since Todd Pinkston in 2000. Pinkston was 6-3/167 and went in the second round.

5. Emanuel Hall, Missouri, 6-2/201

Rare athlete with track background. Has speed and quickness to make his a doubly dangerous. Can leap high for the jump ball. Injuries have been a concern during his career.

6. Deebo Samuel, South Carolina, 5-11/214

During the Senior Bowl, Samuel really raised his draft status. Several scouts said that Samuel was playing at the higher level than everyone else. He can also double as a return man.

7. N’Keal Harry, Arizona State, 6-2/228

Harry looks the part. He’s tall. He’s fast. Physically, he’s chiseled. Has strong hands to grab the contested balls. Like Metcalf, he’s still raw and has a lot of potential to build upon. Was a good return man at ASU.

8. Miles Boykin, Notre Dame, 6-4/220

Big-bodied receiver with rare size and strength. Good hands and willing to fight for the ball. Came out early, so with good coaching he’ll just get better and better.

9. Hakeem Butler, Iowa State, 6-5/227

Bulter has averaged 19.5 yards per catch over his three-year career at Iowa State. Uses his height and size to box out like a basketball player. Very good and going up and winning the contested ball.

10. Mecole Hardman, Georgia, 5-10/187

Hardman will make a good third receiver to start his career. With 4.33 speed and excellent return skills, look for Hardman to come off the board early. Still a bit raw, so plenty of upside.

11. Terry McLauren, Ohio State, 6-0/208

McLauren has used the post-season to move up draft board with steady and impressive performances. He wrapped up a solid week at the Senior Bowl with an impressive game. His 4.35 will certainly entice teams too.

12. Riley Ridley, Georgia, 6-1/199

Younger brother of Calvin Ridley. Excels are reading coverages and exploiting them. Considered the draft’s best route runner. He’s not going to “wow” you, but he’ll make the kind of catches that keep the chains moving. Doesn’t get the separation you’d like to see, and not fast.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Anthony Johnson, Buffalo, 6-2/209
  2. Andy Isabella, UMass, 5-9/188
  3. Daruis Slayton, Auburn, 6-1/190
  4. Morgan Stanley, Nebraska, 6-1/201
  5. Diontae Johnson, Toledo, 5-10/183
  6. Dillon Mitchell, Oregon, 6-1/197
  7. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford 6-2/225
  8. Kelvin Harmon, NC State, 6-2/221
  9. Johnny Dixon, Ohio State, 5-10/201
  10. Ashton Dulin, Malone, 6-1/215
  11. Jalen Hurd, Baylor, 6-5/226
  12. Keelan Doss, UC Davis, 6-2/211
  13. Gary Jennings, West Virginia, 6-1/214
  14. Andre Lindsey, Sacramento State, 6-1/192
  15. David Sills, West Virginia, 6-3/211
  16. Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern State, 6-5/227
  17. Jeff Smith, Boston College, 6-0/191
  18. Nick Easley, Iowa, 5-11/203
  19. Keesean Johnson, Fresno State, 6-1/201
  20. Terry Godwin, Georgia, 5-11/184
  21. DeMarkus Lodge, Mississippi, 6-2/202
  22. Jaylen Smith, Louisville, 6-2/219
  23. Alex Wesley, No. Colorado, 6-0/190
  24. Reggie White, Jr. Monmouth 6-3/210
  25. Hunter Renfro, Clemson, 5-10/184
  26. Emmanuel Butler, No. Iowa, 6-3/217
  27. Tyre Brady, Marshall, 6-3/211
  28. Preston Williams, Colorado State, 6-2/210
  29. DeAndre Tompkins, Penn State, 5-11/192
  30. Scott Miller, Bowling Green, 5-9/174

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

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