Wide Receivers/2020

Updated April 19, 2020. Pre-Draft.

Mims moves up, possibly into the first round. Hamler sits on edge of the first/early second. Speed, as we saw in the Super Bowl, is moving these guys up the board.

Some of these receivers opted out of the Combine, only to have their Pro-Day cancelled. That’s going to hurt them, especially if a team was on the fence.

Quintez Cephus, who I really like as a player, ran a horrible 4.73 at the Combine and didn’t get a second chance because there was no Pro-Day. That’s going to make for challenging evaluation, and I’m sure drop his stock.

2020 NFL Draft:  Top Rated WRs

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1. Jerry Jeudy*, Alabama, 6-1/193

Jeudy and Lamb are still neck-and-neck on a lot of boards for the top spot at WR. At the Combine, Jeudy ran a 4.45 and looks smooth, as always. I would take either guy on my team. I just thing Jeudy is more pro-ready, he’s smoother.

2. CeeDee Lamb*, Oklahoma, 6-1/198

Lamb has been a star on a team loaded with talent. When Oklahoma needed a big play, they looked to Lamb. He attacks the ball with strong hands and excellent body control.

3. Henry Ruggs III*, Alabama, 5-11/188

Ruggs has quietly moved up many draft boards. What sets him apart from say, Baltimore’s Hollywood Brown, is that Ruggs is really, really, good at taking those crossing routes and slants and taking them to the house. He’s a better receiver than your regular go-route burner.

Ruggs didn’t break any records at the Combine, but he did run a 4.27.

4. Denzel Mims, Baylor, 6-/207

Mims is a riser, running a 4.38 with a WR class best 6.66 3-Cone. He could continue to rise as the draft nears.

5. K.J. Hamler*, Penn State, 5-8/178

Hamler only lifted. Since his game is based on speed, we’ll have to see what he runs at his Pro-Day.

6. Tee Higgins*, Clemson, 6-3/216

Higgins and his 80″ wingspan did not participate, we’ll have to wait for his Pro-Day.

7. Justin Jefferson*, LSU, 6-1/202

Jefferson ran a 4.43 and looked good all week. He definitely helped himself.

8. Chase Claypool, Notre Dame, 6-4/238

The big man from Notre Dame ran a 4.42 at 238 lbs. Definitely helped himself at the Combine.

9. Laviska Shenault*, Colorado, 6-0/227

Shenault ran a 4.58 which turned some heads. Afterwards, he announced he was going to have “Core Surgery.”

10. Michael Pittman, Jr., USC, 6-4/223

Pittman can in at 6′ 4″ and ran a fluid 4.52. He did nothing to hurt his stock.

11. Jalen Reagor*, TCU, 5-10/206

Reagor ran a solid 4.47, but he didn’t blow the doors off the cars.

12. Devin Duvernay, Texas, 5-11/200

Duvernay ran a 4.39 and continues to see his stock improve.

13. Brandon Aiyuk*, Arizona State, 5-11/205

Aiyuk measured in a 5″ 11″, about two inches shorter than he was listed during the year; however, he has an 80″ wingspan. He ran a 4.5 and had a 40 Vertical Jump.

14. Isaiah Hodgins*, Oregon State, 6-3/210

Hodgins ran a pedestrian 4.61; however, he had a 4.12 20-Yard Shuttle which was tops in the WR class.

15. Bryan Edwards, So. Carolina, 6-2/212

Edwards did not participate in the Combine drills.

16. Van Jefferson, Florida, 6-1/200

Jefferson did not participate at the Combine.

17. Antonio Golden-Gandy, Liberty, 6-4/223

Golden-Gandy is one of the most athletic and acrobatic wide receivers in this class. He’s not the fastest, clocking in a 4.6 flat, and ran the slowest 3-Cone in his WR class. He’s still got the look of a player.

18. Gabriel Davis*, UCF, 6-2/216

Davis held his own at the Combine, he remains in the 18th spot.

19. Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin, 6-0/202

Cephus took a dive by running a 4.73. Certainly, he’ll try to improve that mark at Wisconin’s Pro-Day.

20. Tyler Johnson, Minnesota, 6-1/206

Johnson did not participate in the drills at the Combine.

21. Quez Watkins, Southern Mississippi, 6-0/185

Quez helped himself by running a 4.35 at the Combine.

22. Donovan Peoples-Jones*, Michigan, 6-1/212

Peoples-Jones had the vest Vertical (44.5) and Broad Jump (139) in the WR class. Like Jalen Reagor, People-Jones was expected to do good at the Combine. His 4.48 didn’t blow anybody away. However, did enough to make evaluators go back and check the tape again.

23. Collin Johnson, Texas, 6-5/222

Johnson was considered a possible top five wide receiver if he had declared for the draft last year. He hasn’t done anything wrong, but now he finds himself buried in an exceptionally talented WR class.

24. K.J. Hill, Ohio State, 5-11/196

Hill ran a pedestrian 4.6; his real gift is his route running.

25. Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt, 5-11/207

Like Collin Johnson, he’s too talented to be buried way down here. There’s some talented wide receivers who will be going on day three.

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OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  • Juwan Johnson, Oregon, 6-4/230
  • Joe Reed, Virginia, 6-1/215
  • Freddie Swain, Florida, 6-0/199
  • Darnell Mooney, Tulane, 5-10/176
  • Kirk Merritt, Arkansas State, 6-0/215
  • Malcolm Perry, Navy, 5-9/190
  • John Hightower, Boise State, 6-2/185
  • Trishton Jackson*, Syracuse, 6-1/194
  • Quartney Davis*. Texas A&M, 6-2/200
  • Lynn Bowden, Kentucky, 6-1/195
  • Tony Brown, Colorado, 6-0/198
  • Ja’Marcus Bradley, Louisiana, 6-1/195
  • Kendall Hinton, Wake Forest, 6-0/190
  • Jauan Jennings, Tennessee, 6-3/216
  • Josh Hammond, Florida, 6-0/194
  • Tyrie Cleveland, Florida, 6-2/206
  • Binjimen Victor, Ohio State, 6-4/205
  • James Proche, SMU, 5-11/188
  • Jordan McCray, Oklahoma State, 6-6/190
  • Marquez Callaway, Tennessee, 6-2/199
  • Cody White*, Michigan State, 6-3/214
  • Darrell Stewart, Michigan State, 6-2/218
  • Austin Mack, Ohio State, 6-2/215
  • Nick Westbrook, Indiana, 6-3/209
  • Stephen Guidy, Mississippi State, 6-4/190
  • Omar Bayless, Arkansas State, 6-3/207
  • Diondre Overton, Clemson, 6-4/210
  • Isaiah Wright, Temple, 6-1/214
  • Jeff Thomas*, Miami, 5-10/177
  • Lawrence Cager, Georgia, 6-5/220
  • Derrick Dillon, LSU, 5-11/185
  • Chris Finke, Notre Dame, 5-10/182
  • Demonte Coxie, Memphis, 6-3/200
  • Kendrick Rodgers*, Texas A&M, 6-4/204
  • Maurice Ffrench, Pittsburgh, 5-11/190
  • Malik Stanley, Lousiana Tech, 6-3/212
  • Saiosi Mariner, Utah State, 6-2/193
  • Dezmon Patmon, Washington State, 6-3/223
  • Kyle Davis*, FAU, 6-2/213
  • Darnell Salomon*, USF, 6-3/207

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SMALL SCHOOL PROSPECTS

  • Aaron Parker, Rhode Island, 6-3/191
  • Mason Kinsey, Berry, 5-10/191
  • Josh Pearson, Jacksonville State, 6-4/205
  • Zimari Manning, Tarleton State, 6-2/200
  • Isaiah Coulter*, Rhode Island, 6-3/190
  • Chris Rowland, Tennessee State, 5-8/180
  • Michael Bandy, San Diego, 5-11/190
  • Kristian Wilkerson, Southeast MO State, 6-4/214
  • Juwan Green, Albany, 6-0/187
  • Quan Shorts, Northwestern State, 6-2/195
  • J.P. Shohfi, Yale, 6-1/209
  • J.J. Koski, Cal-Poly, 6-1/195
  • Menneseh Bailey, Morgan State, 6-1/195
  • Kameron Brown, Charleston So., 6-3/220

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*Denotes underclassman.

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