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