Wide Receivers have fallen by the wayside in the 2018 draft. I’ve seen some draft analysts say that there is a chance that zero receivers come off the board in the first round on Thursday night. I believe the talent is there and ripe for the taking. In any other year, I see a lot of these wide receivers that would be higher up on most boards.
1. D.J. Moore – Closest to being a complete receiver at the pro level. His combine is one of the reasons he jumped over Ridley on my board. Even coming out of Maryland, the Terps WR still compiled over a 1,000 yds through the air. Moore will be a day one starter in most offenses.
2. Calvin Ridley – Coming from a pro style offense in Alabama under Nick Saban gives Ridley a huge advantage over the rest of the draft class. His frame is smaller, but he’s been more durable than originally thought. His IQ level was highest among WR’s and he knows how to exploit defenses amd find the soft spots for the QB.
3. Courtland Sutton – Running a 4.54 on the 40 at 6’4″ and 220 lbs has offensive coordinators drooling. After watching his tape and seeing that he isn’t afraid of going over the middle to catch passes or his impressive ability to work the sidelines. I’m certain whatever team picks him up will try to use him as a possession WR.
4. Anthony Miller – If there’s a stat that NFL talent evalutaros love to look at with WR’s, it’s YAC. Miller is an elusive WR that’s smaller in size, but does his play ever make up for it. His 92 receptions, over 1,400 yds and 18 TD’s shows he’s ready for the next level. His soft hands and quick twitch speed at his Pro Day will land him in the slot position.
5. D.J. Chark – Chark is a prototypical wide out that is meant to take the top off a defense. His 40-yard dash time was a blazing speed of 4.34. That’s freaky fast for a player who is 6’2″. His numbers for 2017 don’t jump out at anybody, but his high-ceiling is what is getting people’s attention along with a good combine performance.