2018 NFL Scouting Combine: Rankings for Top 16 Wide Receivers
Here are my pre-scouting combine rankings on 16 wide receivers that could be in contention for being selected between Rounds 1-4 in the 2018 NFL Draft in April.
Some of the wide receivers listed are ones I did scouting reports on previously so they will be linked to their name and are the ones highlighted. The wide receivers that do not have scouting reports may have ones in the near future. These wide receivers have update measurables, thanks to the NDT Scouting Combine tracker, and the receivers are in order based off all the game film I found for each player on YouTube and Draftbreakdown.com.
Player – School, Class
Height: Weight: Arm length: Hand Size
|6004||189||31 5/8||9 1/8|
While some may see him as a complementary number two type or a slot receiver, I think Calvin Ridley does have the upside of a future number one receiver and is as a polished route runner that’s explosive and while he does not have the best hands in the draft class, he was an underrated deep threat that caught most of the passes his way as an older player that suffered from the Alabama quarterbacks and their run-heavy offensive system.
|5011||213||32 3/8||9 3/4|
Most describe James Washington as a running back playing wide receiver, he still consistently burned defensive backs on the outside that can stretch the field and had a high rate of catching contested passes as a 4-year productive player but was in a spread offense and could work on his route tree at the next level.
Anthony Miller – Memphis, Senior
The sudden moves that Anthony Miller showcased at Memphis are some of the best I have seen from this class as he has the burst to be a dangerous playmaker (also as a returner) that can highpoint the ball and had great 2-year production in the slot or the outside if his medicals, that kept him out of the Senior Bowl, are cleared by team doctors and he can better protect the football.
D.J. Moore – Maryland, Junior
As a built receiver that could play outside or in the slot, D.J. Moore from Maryland dealt with poor quarterback play but still had good production in 2017 as a shifty receiver with great balance and is very solid overall prospect that can be a returner as well that has many intrigued by his potential to be a top receiver for an NFL team if he can catch away from his body more often.
|5103||201||30 3/8||9 7/8|
A dynamic returner at Texas A&M, Christian Kirk was the featured as a versatile offensive weapon that projects best as a slot receiver and while he body catches often and has concerning catch radius with inconsistent hand technique, he still has the acceleration to take any route to the house and is dynamic with the ball in his hands.
|6033||218||32 3/8||9 3/4|
An efficient receiver against lower competition, SMU’s Courtland Sutton was the main staple of their offense and while he is more fluid but was not as physical as you would think for his huge size, he still has the tools and upside to be a number 1 receiver if he can show that he can separate against tougher competition and fix his catching technique that leads to a handful of drops (had unknown injury).
Even though DaeSean Hamilton runs some of the best routes I have seen from the draft class and was a big riser at the Senior Bowl/ East-West Shrine game, the PSU wide receiver does have some concentration drops (health concerns as well) and has to be quicker with his first step as someone who is usually seen as a slot receiver but can win on the outside (will not be testing at the NFL Scouting Combine).
Simmie Cobbs Jr. – Indiana, RS Junior
For as big as Simmie Cobbs Jr. is, the Indiana wide receiver is notably shifty and even though he has some focus drops, he makes up for it with some spectacular catches and is a great red zone target that can move the chains pretty regularly, even though he does have an off-field and injury history in his past.
Equanimeous St. Brown – Notre Dame, Junior
With his height and speed, Equanimeous St. Brown is a measurable freak as in a long strider that can blow past defensive backs and if he can work on selling his routes and cutting in stride, the Notre Dame receiver could be an outside receiver that could be a complementary piece for any offense and does have some promise as his lack of production was still the most on his team in both 2016 and 2017.
Deon Cain – Clemson, Junior
With the good size, speed, and hands; Deon Cain has the mold of a potential two receiver as he never became that featured receiver at Clemson with off-field issues and did not have the production desired as a really raw route runner but has very good deep speed to beat most coverages while having the toughness to get the ball on contested catches and can adjust well to low throws.
D.J. Chark – Louisiana State, Senior
|6027||199||32 3/8||9 1/4|
The LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark could definitely contribute to a deep threat initially for an NFL team on the outside as he showed out at the Senior Bowl and if learns the route tree and is more consistent at attacking the ball, the production due to the lack of a quarterback at LSU will not reflect on the player that could be a return man heading into the NFL.
Dante Pettis – Washington, Senior
|6004||186||32 2/8||9 1/2|
One of the more prolific returners in college football, Dante Pettis fits as a slot receiver and has better hands than what you would expect with a smaller frame and runs smooth routes as he is very elusive but also has questions with physicality/ durability (wanted to be healthy so did not participate in Senior Bowl) and inconsistent/ streaky production coming out of Washington.
Auden Tate – Florida State, Junior
|6047||228||33 3/4||9 3/8|
Listed as the biggest wide receiver at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine; Auden Tate had to play through injury and deal with a backup quarterback in 2017 but still put up great touchdown numbers for FSU as a prototypical red zone threat that can get the jump ball using his frame but surprisingly shows occasional signs of quickness and yet, has to catch in traffic a lot due to lack of separation and seems heavy footed at times on the initial release off the line of scrimmage.
Cedrick Wilson – Boise State, Senior
|6010:194||31 1/2||9 3/4|
Ever since Cedric Wilson arrived at Boise State, the primary return man has been their most productive player and had an up and down Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine game as a pretty natural pass catcher, he could be an above-average outside or slot receiver if he gets better at running the route tree and is more consistent with initial separation and physicality as a potential deep threat against tight coverage coming from NFL bloodlines.
Michael Gallup – Colorado State, Senior
|6006||205||31 1/2||9 1/4|
The Colorado State wide receiver was one of the best receivers statistically and was a consistent threat on the outside or in the slot as Michael Gallup had some flashes at the Senior Bowl but still struggled with drops as a bit of a raw route runner and does not possess one great trait but is well-rounded enough to be a 2nd or 3rd option for an offense that contributes a decent amount his rookie year.
Tre’Quan Smith – Central Florida, RS Junior
|6010: 202||33 3/8||9 1/2|
Tre’Quan Smith turned some heads at the Senior Bowl as he did most of his damage as a slot receiver at UCF and was very dependable when targeted with his long arms but needs to improve his separation against tighter coverages as his catch radius is questionable with a limited skill set that has to be more consistent in contest catches.
Here are some wide receivers I have not watched film on but plan to watch all of them before the 2018 NFL Draft and will come out with new rankings/and or scouting reports once the game tape for these guys are watched but could add someone later if anyone has suggestions or want me to do a specific scouting report on a wide receiver I have not scouted (leave it in the comments below).
Darren Carrington – Utah/ Oregon
J’Mon Moore – Missouri
Richie James – Middle Tennessee
Marcell Ateman – Oklahoma State
Deontay Burnett – USC
Jaleel Scott – New Mexico State
Allen Lazard – Iowa State
Antonio Callaway – Florida
Jake Wieneke – South Dakota State
Jordan Lasley – UCLA
Keke Coutee – Texas Tech
Cam Phillips – Virginia Tech
Braxton Berrios – Miami (Florida)
Robert Foster – Alabama
Devonte Boyd – Nevada Las Vegas
Korey Robertson – Southern Miss
Javon Wims – Georgia
Quadree Henderson – Pittsburgh
Stevan Mitchell – USC
Jester Weah – Pittsburgh
Ka’Raun White – West Virginia
Davon Grayson – East Carolina
Bryce Bobo – Colorado
Ray-Ray McCloud – Clemson
Dylan Cantrell – Texas Tech