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NFL Draft Prospect Rankings 2-13 | Top 10 Wide Receivers

By Alex Kurpeski

Speed is everything in today’s NFL, as we have seen from the success of the Kansas City Chiefs and their high-octane offense based almost entirely upon fielding 3-4 track stars at the position. While elite speed has become the latest trendy quality for NFL quality pass-catchers to have, it’s far from the only trait teams will look for in an effective wideout. One look at this past year’s class of rookies, and one can see several distinct archetypes that made for some of the league’s most impactful young pass-catchers. From oversized route-runners like A.J Brown of the Titans to burners like Mecole Hardman of the Chiefs and 

Washington’s Terry McLaurin to big-bodied red zone targets like D.K Metcalf of the Seahawks, there were countless rookies — of different shapes and sizes — who made a huge fantasy impact in their first season. With yet another fantastic incoming class of rookie receivers, expect more of the same in 2020. 

10. Jalen Reagor, TCU

TCU WR Jalen Reagor has drawn comparisons to Tyreek Hill

      Pro Comparison: John Brown

      Pro Ceiling: T.Y Hilton

      Pro Floor: John Ross

Reagor may be the fastest receiver in this class — although Henry Ruggs III may have something to say about that — as he used his speed and agility to stretch the field effectively for the Horned Frogs these past few seasons despite some abhorrent quarterback play. While his numbers in 2019 may not look stellar (43 receptions, 611 receiving yards, and 5 touchdowns), context is very important when looking into Reagor’s underwhelming statistics. 

9. Michael Pittman Jr., USC

USC Trojans WR Michael Pittman Jr. mosses a pair of Colorado defenders

    Pro Comparison: N’Keal Harry

    Pro Ceiling: Courtland Sutton

    Pro Floor: Allen Lazard

The son of a former NFL running back, Pittman is a big, physical receiver who really showed out during Senior Bowl week. He may not be a first round pick, but teams who miss out on Tee Higgins will be happy to have Pittman fall to them as a contingency plan. Expect Pittman to be used extensively in the red-zone from the get-go.

8. Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State

ASU Sun Devils WR Brandon Aiyuk broke out big time in 2019

    Pro Comparison: Anthony Miller

    Pro Ceiling: Chris Godwin

    Pro Floor: Dante Pettis

Aiyuk broke out in a big way in 2019, reeling in 65 passes for 1,192 yards and 8 touchdowns. A solid athlete with top shelf receiving skills, Aiyuk could be a steal in the early rounds of this spring’s draft. While it may be a slow start from a fantasy production standpoint for Aiyuk, he will certainly be worth a stash in dynasty formats. 

7. Tyler Johnson, Minnesota

Minnesota Golden Gophers WR Tyler Johnson makes a one-handed catch in his final collegiate game

    Pro Comparison: DeMarcus Robinson

    Pro Ceiling: Keenan Allen

    Pro Floor: Keelan Cole

A shift route-runner with the size to do damage on the boundary, Johnson’s athletic profile is very similar to Chargers’ wideout Keenan Allen. On the right team he could very well emerge as one of the most productive players in this class. 

6. Justin Jefferson, LSU

Dec 28, 2019; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Justin Jefferson (2) reacts after his fourth touchdown during the second quarter of the 2019 Peach Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

    Pro Comparison: A.J Brown

    Pro Ceiling: Cooper Kupp

    Pro Floor: Brandon LaFell

Essentially a large slot receiver, Jefferson was great as the No. 1 option in LSU’s passing attack this past season, totaling 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns on 111 grabs. A reliable pass-catcher, Jefferson should be a late first or early second round selection with the potential to become a very solid WR2 at the NFL level. 

5. Tee Higgins, Clemson

Former Clemson Tigers WR Tee Higgins

    Pro Comparison: Alshon Jeffery

    Pro Ceiling: Randy Moss

    Pro Floor: Devin Funchess

At 6’4, 215 lbs, former Clemson receiver Tee Higgins is the ideal “big-bodied” receiver for any team in need of some red-zone help. Linked to numerous teams in the back half of round one, Higgins has a real chance to emerge as the top target on a talented team. While some are skeptical about Higgins’ ability to separate from defenders, there’s no reason to believe he won’t succeed in the NFL after dominating top flight ACC and SEC defenses these past three seasons. 

4. Henry Ruggs III, Alabama

Aug 31, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) runs away from Duke Blue Devils safety Dylan Singleton (16) during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

   Pro Comparison: Will Fuller

   Pro Ceiling: DeSean Jackson

   Pro Floor: Devin Smith

If you’re looking for the guy that everyone will fall in love with at the combine, Ruggs is your man. The latest generational “speed guy” to grace draft boards, some believe that Ruggs will be one of the first receivers selected due to his speed alone — as some scouts are projecting him to break the all-time 40 yard dash record. Yet Ruggs is more than just a “speed guy”, as he has some crafty route-running to his game, and his ability to lose defenders is almost on par with his college teammate Jerry Jeudy (easily the best route-runner we have seen in years). In the right situation, Ruggs could be a very special fantasy asset, as his ability to break off long gains will be his trademark in the NFL. 

3. Laviska Shenault, Colorado

Former Colorado WR Laviska Shenault

    Pro Comparison: JuJu Smith-Schuster

    Pro Ceiling: Julio Jones/

    Pro Floor: Percy Harvin

Scouts are torn on whether Shenault has the tools to be an effective WR1 in an NFL offense. Some believe that Shenault possesses the upside of a player like Falcons’ receiver Julio Jones, due to their similar builds and physical style of play. Others see Shenault as more of a gadget player, like former NFL receiver Percy Harvin. Regardless of what Shenault turns out to be at the NFL level, he will almost certainly be one of the first receivers off the board this spring, and it’s likely that he will be given an opportunity to produce for his new team almost immediately. Calling him a future WR1 may be a stretch at this point, but the Colorado product will certainly possess WR2 upside regardless of landing spot.

2. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Sooners WR Ceedee Lamb should be one of the first receivers off the board this spring

    Pro Comparison: Michael Gallup

    Pro Ceiling: DeAndre Hopkins

    Pro Floor: Tyrell Williams

Lamb has been compared to DeAndre Hopkins by many insiders, thanks to his tremendous body control and reliable hands. Operating as the WR1 for Oklahoma’s offense this past season, Lamb was an absolute star, accounting for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 62 receptions. With his experience in an Air-Raid style spread offense, one would think that the Arizona Cardinals might look to add Lamb with their fisr selection in this year’s draft, reuniting him with his former Sooner teammate Kyler Murray. Wherever he lands, I expect Lamb to be one of the better fantasy contributors in this year’s receiver class, with a high-end WR2 ceiling in redraft leagues. 

1. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy

    Pro Comparison: Jarvis Landry

    Pro Ceiling: Antonio Brown

    Pro Floor: Tyler Boyd

Jeudy is as good of a route-runner as you’ll see, making crisp cuts and subtle moves in stride look second nature. The latest in a long lineage of top receiver prospects from Alabama, many expect Jeudy to come off the board within the top 10 picks of this spring’s draft. Depending on his landing spot, it’s quite possible that Jeudy may be a WR1 candidate in fantasy football off the bat, as several pass-happy, WR-needy offenses are set to pick early on in this year’s draft. As far as pro-ready prospects go, Jeudy is at the top of that list.

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