- D.K. Metcalf – Ole Miss
The wide receiver class might not be very strong this year, but D.K. Metcalf is one of my favorite players in this draft mostly because he is an athletic freak. Metcalf has ideal size for a wide receiver as he’ll spend most of his time on the outside. However, Metcalf also has terrific speed as proven by his 4.33 40-yard dash at the combine. Metcalf didn’t have much production at the college level, but he has the physical tools to be a very good NFL wide receiver and that’s why he’s a lock to be a 1st round pick.
2. Marquise Brown – Oklahoma
Maybe Brown doesn’t have the size and physicality to be able to make contested catches at the NFL level, but that’s not why Brown will likely be drafted in the 1st round. Brown is extremely fast and he can be used specifically as a deep threat at the NFL level. Brown isn’t the all-around player that Metcalf is, but Brown will be a major weapon for any NFL team that drafts him.
3. A.J. Brown – Ole Miss
A.J. Brown might not have the same physical tools that his college teammate D.K. Metcalf has. However, Brown was an even more productive receiver at Ole Miss than Metcalf was. Brown doesn’t project very well as a strictly outside receiver because he lacks the size and physicality to go up against bigger cornerbacks. That being said, Brown is a really good slot receiver and he can be a 1,000 yard receiver very soon at the NFL level. Brown has the chance to go in the 1st round of the draft, but he could be taken early in the 2nd round as well.
4. N’Keal Harry – Arizona State
N’Keal Harry had very good production at the college level and he has proven that he can he can be very good at making contested catches because of his size. He’ll likely play mostly on the outside because of his physical style of play, but he can occasionally be used in the slot as well. Harry isn’t great after the catch and he might not be the biggest playmaker out there, but he still has the potential of being a decent number one receiver in the NFL. Harry will likely be picked early in the 2nd round, but he could manage to slip into the 1st round of the draft as well.
5. Parris Campbell – Ohio State
Parris Campbell had a terrific college career at Ohio State mostly because he was elite at running outstanding routes out of the slot position. Campbell is most known for his elite speed as evidenced by his 4.31 40-yard dash at the combine. Campbell didn’t run many deep routes in college, yet he has the speed to beat just about any cornerback at the NFL level. Campbell will likely go early on in the 2nd round of the NFL draft.