NFL Draft: Analyzing 2018’s Top WRs
Next up in our positions analysis for the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft, we move on to the WRs. Let me 1st say that the WRs are my favorite position to scout. And with that, there are a lot of things you can initially see on a WR to give you an impression of what type of player they have to be. Whether that has to do with size, speed, playing style, or straight up production, many things factor into what I’m about to say below. So, let’s get right into the crop of WRs from the 2018 NFL Draft. (Listed players are in alphabetical order)
Deon Cain – Clemson
Cain is a very good athlete, but he didn’t have the production to match his ability. Cain also has small hands that are under 9 inches and seemed to lack focus at times this year. Will be likely taken on day 2 as a deep threat.
DJ Chark – LSU
Chark has a good size and speed combination that a lot of teams will like. He’s 6’3 and ran a 4.34 at the combine. However, he is very thin and, like Cain, has failed to live up to expectations. He comes from a school that knows how to produce WRs, but right now he’s more bark than bite.
Michael Gallup – Colorado State
Gallup actually has the production with 2 years of over 1200 yards. The problem with him is he has slightly above average speed and his size doesn’t help him with 50-50 balls downfield. He has a chance to be solid, but not early, still learning.
Christian Kirk – Texas A&M
Kirk is the perfect size for a slot WR. He has the size and quickness to get open in short-area space. When on the outside he doesn’t create the separation that you would expect. He does have good hands and will have his name called on day 2.
Anthony Miller – Memphis
Miller is another guy that is perfect for a team’s slot. He has quick feet and used that to drum up a load of catches and production at Memphis. Plays like he has something to prove and that’s what you look for in a WR. He won’t ever quit on a play.
DJ Moore – Maryland
Moore has good speed and has solid size for an NFL WR. His biggest issues are he struggles at 50-50 balls, he rounds off some of his routes, and despite his speed, he’s not much of a deep threat. He is good after the catch. He has potential, but that can only carry you so far.
Ridley will be the 1st WR taken in the draft. He has the most potential, but he does have a dropping problem, something that it seems runs in the family for Alabama WRs. Plays a lot like Amari Cooper and even though that is good, he won’t be a Julio Jones type. Low floor, but a semi-low ceiling, player.
Equanimeous St Brown – Notre Dame
Brown is actually my favorite WR prospect. Yes, he has the same issue that Cain and Chark had of being a great athlete with a good combination of size and speed, but no production. However, St Brown was in an offense where it was heavy rushing and when they did throw the ball, he was double teamed. He was great at 50-50 balls, but you have to keep him involved and motivated.
Courtland Sutton – SMU
Sutton is very similar to Brown in that he has all a great combination of size and speed. The problem is he doesn’t seem to show that speed on the field. He has the look of a Keyshawn Johnson type. Someone who will be a big bodied guy who can go across the middle and be a good red zone target, but not going to be a true #1 NFL WR.
Washington is 1 of those guys that you line up against him, and he doesn’t look like he can beat you deep and next you know he’s over the top scoring a 60+ yard TD. He’s not a great route runner and he’s doesn’t have great lateral quickness, but he’s sneaky fast. Not a polished WR, so he is best used is specific packages to stretch the field.
I am actually very disappointed in this year’s WR draft class. Don’t get me wrong, there are some good athletes in the class, but, I don’t see too many WRs that jump off the paper. Most of them look like #2 and slot WRs, but very few have the potential to be a #1 WR and of those, none of them have proven it on the field. It will be interesting to see who goes where because if you ask 10 different people, who are your top 3-5 WRs, you’ll probably not get 1 list that matches. Someone has to step up.