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2019 NFL Draft: Wide Receiver Big Board

Who are the best receivers in the country?

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1. Hakeem Butler 6’5 227 Iowa State

- He was a monster during the 2018 season, living off of jump balls and yards after the catch. A physical freak that can make every catch in the book. Pretty solid run blocker. Every bit of 6’5. A red zone specialist in particular. He posted a freaky 4.48 40 at the Combine to go with 18 bench press reps. Also had a 36” vertical jump and 10’6 broad jump. He has separated himself from the pack as the WR1 in the class.

2. N’Keal Harry 6’2 228 Arizona State

- Harry was the do it all weapon for the Sun Devils this past season and made several highlight reel catches. He had an expected Combine with a 4.53 40, 10’1” broad jump, and 36” vertical jump. WR2.

3. D.K. Metcalf 6’3 228 Ole Miss

- Metcalf was knocked out due to injury early on in the 2018 season and it’s apparent that he spent a ton of time in the weight room. He was every bit the freak athlete everyone expected at the Combine. Posted a blistering 4.33 40, 27 bench press reps, 40.5” vertical, and 11’1” broad jump.

4. Deebo Samuel 5’11 214 South Carolina

- Deebo was the alpha of the South wide receiver corps during the Senior Bowl festivities. He made play after play and made it seem effortless. He was used in a variety of roles at South Carolina including on special teams. He is what he is at this point. An excellent route runner who can get open with subtle feints and tricks. A good athlete with a 4.48 40.

5. Riley Ridley 6’1 199 Georgia

- The younger brother of current Falcons receiver and former Bama standout receiver Calvin Ridley. Ridley is a tough evaluation due to the offense he played in at Georgia. He might end up a better pro than a college player because of this.

6. Terry McLaurin 6’1 208 Ohio State

- Terry Mac was THE WR1 of either team throughout the Senior Bowl week. He so utterly destroyed defensive backs in every way imaginable, be it with clever route running or just pure unadulterated speed. He ran a great 4.35 40 at the Combine. Also posted 37.5” vertical and a 10’4” broad jump. He’s having a great offseason process so far.

7. Marquise Brown 5’9 166 Oklahoma

- The electrifying playmaker for the Sooners did not participate in the Combine drills due to injury. He had a foot injury in the Big 12 title game that knocked him out of that contest and lingered to the offseason. He’s a playmaker when healthy. Came in a littler smaller than expected. Cousin of Oakland Raider receiver Antonio Brown.

8. A.J. Brown 6’0 226 Ole Miss

- The “other” dude in the photo with DK Metcalf. Brown is a pretty good prospect in his own right. A perfect slot weapon at the next level due to athleticism and frame.

9. Parris Campbell 6’0 226 Ohio State

- Explosive athlete that tested well at the Combine. The Buckeyes’ leader in the receiver room. A deep threat that can run any route pretty well given his size. Developed into a star as a senior. He’s electric with the ball in his hands in space, Ohio State used him as such on occasion. He ran 4.31 in the 40, had a 40” vertical jump, 11’2” broad jump.

10. Andy Isabella 5’8 188 UMASS

- Everyone’s draft darling had a mostly solid week in Mobile, albeit a bit more quietly compared to the other receivers there. He had several instances of just punking DBs with his route running ability in the practices. Fits as an excellent slot option at the next level. He is limited to slot duties given his frame but can play outside in a pinch. Has some return ability as well. He put up a 4.31 40 at the Combine, which matched the hype. A playmaker with the ball in his hands.

Best of the rest

11. Penny Hart 5’8 180 Georgia State

- Hart was dominant at the Senior Bowl, winning nearly all of his one on one reps. He somehow didn’t garner a Combine invite over some of the more undeserving candidates. He’s a slot receiver at the next level. Should be a steal for someone as he’ll be drafted in the middle rounds due to his frame. I really like him as a prospect.

12. KeeSean Johnson 6’1 201 Fresno State

- Johnson was the eighth leading receiver in all of FBS with 93 receptions for 1,307 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s the main target for the Bulldogs and has improved upon his production every year. Above average route runner with just enough athleticism to get by. Fits as an third receiver type at the next level. East-West Shrine Game participant. 4.60 40 matches what I saw on film.

13. Gary Jennings, Jr 6’1 214 West Virginia

- Jennings had a masterful week at the Senior Bowl and carried it over to the Combine. He was one of the better receivers but he did his work quietly. Route running was great. Won a majority of his one on one reps in Mobile. Had a great Combine effort with a 4.42 40, 20 reps on bench press, 37” vertical, and 10’5” broad jump. It couldn’t have gone better for him. He was the best receiver on the Mountaineers last season.

14. Hunter Renfrow 5’10 184 Clemson

- Renfrow didn’t test well (4.59 40) but he’s just a football player as evidenced on tape. He has to make hay as a slot receiver on a deep team due to his lack of athleticism (compared to the other receivers). A big game player. Profiles similarly to current Tennessee Titan Adam Humphries.

15. Dillon Mitchell 6’1 197 Oregon

- Mitchell tested relatively well at the Combine minus the bench press where he put up a bad 12 reps. Ran a 4.46 in the 40 like the tape predicted. He was the most ball dominant receiver in the Pac-12 last year. Like most of the Ducks receivers, he had a case of the drops. The 2018 film was pretty decent but he’s still hovering around UDFA range on my board.