Rating 16 large receivers within the 2021 NFL Draft


Why whats up there BGN, it has been some time. Draft season is upon us and I’ve been making an attempt to observe as many prospects as doable so I can complain when my favourite prospect is sitting there and Howie decides to take yet one more defensive finish…

Anyway, my favourite place to judge has all the time been the large receiver place so I’ve been watching a good few guys this yr so I made a decision I ought to put out my rating seeing because the draft is just a few weeks away. Like everybody, I’ve a good few dangerous misses on the large receiver place (there’s nonetheless hope for Jaelen Robust, Hakeem Butler, and ArDarius Stewart, proper?) however I believe on the entire I’ve a fairly first rate hit fee on the receiver place. I bought JJAW proper at the least, though I want I used to be utterly flawed about him!

I believe it’s vital to be clear when speaking concerning the draft, so these have been my large receiver rankings for the Eagles final yr:

I clearly bought Justin Jefferson flawed, though I did have him as WR4 in my very own private rankings however didn’t just like the match for the Eagles. I completely liked Brandon Aiyuk and Tee Higgins and I’m trying good there proper now.

Anyway, on to this yr’s rankings. I didn’t need to flip this right into a full scouting report so I’m not posting my strengths and weaknesses on this particular article, only a small abstract about what I take into consideration the precise participant. In order for you a full scouting report for a participant beneath, simply remark and I can submit what I’ve saved about them. I can even be speaking about all of those gamers on my podcast Eagles Brawl so you may verify that out too! I submit a bunch of stuff on my Twitter too – @JonnyPage9.

Ultimate level, this isn’t my prime 16, that is the one 16 I’ve watched in-depth sufficient to correctly rank them. I haven’t posted precisely the place I’d draft each however I’ve tried to place them in tiers so you may see the place I’d contemplate them.

Tier 1: Early 1st

1: Ja’Marr Chase

Chase suits the invoice as an excellent outdoors WR who makes his cash outdoors the numbers. Has well-rounded recreation, good measurement, explosiveness, and can present an offensive with a vertical ingredient. May begin as a Z day one however must develop capability to get off press to be able to be an excellent X however I anticipate he’ll be capable of do that. Contemplating his draft inventory, I do query whether or not his route operating is nice sufficient to beat the very elite no 1 cornerbacks the place he received’t be bodily superior. Then once more, there aren’t quite a lot of WRs who can beat these guys persistently anyway.

2: Devonta Smith

Smith is an extremely gifted prospect. Elite pace, good fingers and isn’t only a 1 trick pony on the skin. Will possible want motion to get him off contact at occasions as he’ll possible battle to beat press protection persistently on account of his measurement (however he did play the X a bit this previous season and excelled). Sturdiness issues are legit contemplating his body however he has the expertise to be an especially good NFL WR and can possible be worthwhile of a really excessive draft decide. I’m prepared to financial institution on his expertise regardless of understanding the issues together with his body.

3: Jaylen Waddle

Restricted video games in 2020 make Waddle a slight threat however he’s an actual expertise who’s value taking an opportunity on. An X-Issue who can rating from anyplace on the sector and has game-breaking pace. He’ll possible battle on the skin in opposition to greater bodily corners who can press on the subsequent stage and can must be used within the slot/inside alignments as he’s higher when he is ready to get a free launch. Nonetheless barely uncooked in locations as a route runner but additionally runs some routes excellently (resembling a deep over, particularly from a nasty alignment) and can scare defensive coordinators together with his pace and talent after the catch.

Tier 2 – Late 1st-2nd

4: Rashod Bateman

Actually intriguing prospect with a superb mix of measurement and pace. Fairly superior as a route runner and has some nuances to his recreation. 2019 tape regarded lots higher when he was used outdoors extra. Regarded stiff within the slot at occasions and disappointing 2020 could trigger him to slip. Regardless of being versatile, I see him becoming as an ‘X’ or ‘Z’ who can win vertically and with deep breaking ins. Query he might want to reply is does he have to hurry to offer massive performs within the passing recreation.

5: Kadarius Toney

Toney will go well with quite a lot of trendy offenses who anticipate their slot receiver to carry out a variety of completely different roles. Toney will likely be very efficient within the brief recreation the place he has the power to interrupt tackles and even create yards after contact. The large query that may decide his ceiling is whether or not he’s quick sufficient to offer massive performs down the sector too. He was solely used sparingly final yr on deeper throws, however did catch 7 of his 9 deep targets for 266 yards and 4 TDs which suggests he might have untapped potential right here. He isn’t bodily highly effective and received’t win quite a lot of contested catches however is an explosive weapon who can be utilized in quite a few methods by a artistic offensive thoughts as an offenses WR2/3.

6: Tylan Wallace

Wallace’s tape impressed me lots. In a league the place it’s getting tougher and tougher to seek out high quality receivers who excel outdoors the numbers, he stands out as somebody who can do that. He doesn’t run an enormous quantity of routes however I don’t see that as a significant drawback so long as he’s used equally on the subsequent stage. I’m within the minority (I imagine) as I believe Wallace has the potential to play the X place and withstand press protection. He would require a while to develop his launch however he if is in a position to do that I believe he might be a steal for whoever takes him. I do know it is a threat to place him this excessive however I’m prepared to face up for him as ‘my man’ this yr…

Tier 3: 2nd-Third

7: Elijah Moore

Moore is a traditional fast twitch smaller receiver who is proscribed to the slot however can create explosive performs out of nothing. He confirmed actually good fingers which is able to enable him to make robust catches over the center too, one thing you typically affiliate with greater large receivers. Regardless of his measurement, he’s nicely constructed and isn’t simple to convey down with the ball in his fingers. A artistic offensive thoughts will take pleasure in utilizing him on quite a lot of shorter routes and getting him the ball in area. Nonetheless, he received’t simply want manufactured touches as he has proven he’s additionally a superb route runner and can separate in opposition to man protection.

8: Terrace Marshall

Suits the profile of an enormous slot WR who offers a pleasant catch radius over the center of the sector. He has the ball monitoring capability and measurement to be a weapon vertically however didn’t present it final yr and struggled to separate down the sector. He has the power to be a really dependable weapon from the slot together with his measurement and motion expertise however he has to wash up the drops. Exhausting for a participant with the profile like him to succeed although if he doesn’t minimize out the questionable drops.

9: Rondale Moore

Intriguing participant with quite a lot of query marks. A giant play ready to occur with the ball in his fingers with elite YAC, energy, pace and imaginative and prescient. Can’t simply line him up and anticipate him to win. Performed in an offense the place he wasn’t used on vertical routes so tough to know if he can present an offense with a vertical ingredient. If an offense needs a spark within the brief recreation, then Moore will likely be an ideal match. Query is, can he separate v. man protection persistently or he’s a ‘gadget man’ solely who requires manufactured touches to succeed. He was used as a gadget purchase largely in school however that doesn’t imply he can’t do extra.

10: Sage Surratt

Sage Surratt is without doubt one of the most attention-grabbing prospects at WR on this class. He’s a little bit of a ‘growth/bust’ prospect for my part however I’d be prepared to take a threat on his expertise. He has elite measurement and physicality and will develop right into a ‘X’ receiver. I don’t see him as an enormous slot and suppose he’ll battle anyplace however outdoors the numbers. His lack of separation will trigger him bother as he is not going to win in contested conditions as a lot in opposition to good NFL corners. Nonetheless, I believe his elite size, ball monitoring and physique management means he can immediately change into a weapon within the Pink Zone and at ‘Z’ if he struggles in opposition to press protection. He’s actually not a secure prospect however he has expertise that’s value taking a shot on if you’d like a playmaker outdoors the numbers.

11: Amon-Ra St. Brown

St Brown ought to match very well right into a West Coast/Unfold system that makes use of the brief to intermediate passing recreation lots. He has glorious fingers and physique management and is a menace within the Pink Zone. He does have athletic limitations and he received’t present an offense with an enormous play menace as he has explosive limitations, however he’s a savvy route runner who will make constant catches. He’s a man I’d wish to have on my soccer staff however as a WR3 quite than a WR1/2 on account of his lack of explosiveness.

12: Dyami Brown

Will match nicely in a vertical offense that throws the ball down the sector typically. Brown most likely doesn’t have the dimensions/motion to beat press protection and subsequently received’t line up as an ‘X’ regardless of taking part in this in school. Greatest case is a WR2 within the NFL however most likely is healthier suited to a WR3/4 place. Lack of change of course expertise and YAC makes his worth within the brief/intermediate recreation fairly poor. Nonetheless, he has nice ball monitoring expertise and runs some glorious downfield routes outdoors the numbers so he could have a task on an NFL staff.

Tier 4: 4th-Fifth

13: Amari Rodgers

Rodgers seems like a generic slot receiver who can win within the brief recreation and can create yards after contact on bubble screens and so forth. His worth will rise if he can add a deep menace which he didn’t present final yr. He received’t be capable of separate on the skin on the subsequent stage. His questionable fingers can even change into a problem if he’s extremely focused on brief routes. I want to see him within the backfield at occasions on account of his construct. Until he can present a vertical menace, I see him as a WR3 at greatest on the subsequent stage.

14: Tamorrion Terry

I battle to see something greater than a WR 4/5 who can contribute with within the Pink Zone. Somebody will take an opportunity on Terry on account of his nice measurement and talent to play outdoors the numbers however I’m not positive he has the explosiveness or capability to separate that he’ll want on the subsequent stage. I don’t suppose he has the motion expertise to maneuver into the slot both the place some greater receivers have discovered success by boxing out smaller CBs. I see him as your backup X/Z receiver who can are available on particular conditions and may offer you a pleasant matchup in the event you face a staff with a smaller outdoors CB.

15: Seth Williams

Williams has quite a lot of work to do on the subsequent stage to change into a beginning WR. He does have preferrred measurement and size and a staff will hope that they’ll develop him into one thing greater than a WR4/5 however he has lots to enhance on. He flashes some capability at occasions however it is vitally inconsistent. He had too many drops and didn’t win sufficient in contested conditions regardless of his measurement. His QB was not superb however it doesn’t make up for a number of the dangerous tape. I’m not positive he has the explosiveness or route operating to ever be greater than a WR4/5 however he can nonetheless be utilized in sure packages and within the Pink Zone the place his size will likely be helpful.

16: Tutu Atwell

Atwell will all the time have worth on an NFL roster since you don’t get many gamers as quick as he’s. Nonetheless, aside from that pace, he doesn’t have lots else going for him and he simply seems very small on a soccer area. I’d anticipate him to be a WR4 who can be utilized in a particular position on shot performs, WR reverses, and as a decoy. Sensible offensive minds will discover methods to make use of him however I extremely doubt he’ll ever be a starter.

I hope you loved BGN! Will attempt get to another positions over the following couple of weeks and let me know when you’ve got any questions on how I got here to those rankings and I’ll let you understand beneath.


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