1. Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
A dynamic, explosive playmaker, Wilson is one of the more complete prospects I have seen in a while. Sure, he has some size limitations (6’0 193) but that shouldn’t sway teams from selecting him early, heck even in the top 5. I will say it was very close between Wilson and Williams, but Wilson just has it all .
2. Jameson Williams, Alabama
Jameson Williams is a top receiver for his pure speed and footwork. Just watching his tape, he makes the best of the best corners twist themselves like a pretzel. If it weren’t for the torn ACL he is currently recovering from, he would probably go immediately after Wilson, but there are some rumblings he may fall into the 20s.
3. Chris Olave, Ohio State
A crisp route runner, and the best one in the draft class, Olave projects as a future WR1 for the team that selects him. Some of the more WR needy teams are picking towards the back end of the first, but I think he has a chance to actually be closer to Williams and Wilson’s Tier 1A, than 1B of Drake London, Jahan Dotson, and Skyy Moore. He just needs to add some muscle.
4. Drake London, USC
Drake London is a go up and get it, big-bodied, athlete. He is coming off of a fractured ankle, but looked great at his pro day a little over a week ago. The only thing scaring me from taking him is that he does n’t separate well, and her relies on the 50/50 ball, which he will need an accurate QB for. He will have to get better at route running, but if that can develop, we’re talking Mike Evans/Mike Williams level of production.
5. Jahan Dotson, Penn State
Separation is this man’s middle name. Dotson, as you can tell, is probably my favorite wide receiver in this class. His stature is only 5’11 178, but he plays much bigger than that on tape. He also has some of the best hands in the draft, and is lightning fast off the line of scrimmage, making him a potential elite slot receiver. He does need to add some muscle to win those battles against strong slot corners, but that’s something not impossible to add on.
6. George Pickens, Georgia
Pickens has the over-the-top speed and great hands. He loves the contested catch throws, and could really make an impact. He is a playmaker but he has n’t produced the numbers we all expected, so he falls a little here, especially coming off of an ACL injury.
7. Skyy Moore, Western Michigan
Skyy Moore is an electric playmaker that should make any team happy. He is on the smaller side at 5’10, 196 lbs, but makes up for it with crisp routes, and YAC ability. His speed that he tested with, does n’t match up to game speed, but he is still an excellent slot receiver option for teams looking for that in this draft. I have him slightly lower than Dotson, and either of them will probably go end of round one, or early round two.
8. Treylon Burks, Arkansas
The one everyone is talking about, who could become an elite WR1, Treylon Burks is a physical, tough receiver not afraid of going over the middle. QBs will love him if he ever develops into a true number one receiver. He is the most boom or bust prospect in this draft for me and he feels a lot like N’keal Harry in 2019, and I’m just not that sold on Burks like everyone else. He has the size, hands, and blocking ability to make an impact all game, but he lacks speed and separation, and with the league’s corners getting better and better at staying with their man, you need separators.
9. Christian Watson, North Dakota State University
6’4, 208 and ran a 4.36 40 time, which is incredible for someone of his stature. He is n’t a light 208 either, he has some physicality to his game. The only knock on Watson, who is projected as a second-rounder, is that he didn’t face the best competition. So unlike his comparison Tee Higgins, I doubt he makes an impact right away. The skillset is there for him to develop with good coaching though.
10. Khalil Shakir, Boise State
Shakir is one of my favorite receivers in this draft, and much like Jahan Dotson will make an excellent slot receiver in this year’s class. He has a quick first step and excellent hands. Shakir could benefit from an accurate QB, or a west coast style offense that will allow him to make some plays with the ball in his hand.