Pre-Senior Bowl WR Rankings 2018 NFL Draft
The NFL Playoffs are in full swing and the college football season has officially ended—that means it is NFL Draft time here at MFST. Over the next four months we will be diving into rankings, mock drafts, profiles and scouting reports on all of the eligible draft prospects. Here are our quarterback rankings before the Senior Bowl at the end of the month. As it always is during the time leading up to the NFL Draft, these rankings can and will change often.
WR Rankings 2018 NFL Draft
1. Courtland Sutton-SMU
- Sutton is a beast at 6’4 215lbs–he can handle physical corners and his hands are impressive.
2. Anthony Miller-Memphis
- Probably my favorite WR in this class, Anthony Miller doesn’t possess elite size, but his route running is ideal and his heart is as big as a 400-pound lineman.
3. Calvin Ridley-Alabama
- Ridley is a great athlete, but got lost at times in that Alabama offense. His pre-draft workouts will be key for his draft stock.
4. Michael Gallup-Colorado State
- Like Miller, Gallup is one of my favorite WR’s in this class. I’ve watched a lot of Colorado State games over the past few seasons and Gallup always stands out. With a lanky frame, you might not envision Gallup as a high-end receiver but with a solid combine and meetings with teams, he could sneak into Round 1.
5. James Washington-Oklahoma State
- Washington put up incredible numbers in the Oklahoma State offense and his tape is impressive, I want to see more over the next few months to see how he will translate to the pros.
6. Auden Tate-Florida State
- Tate was a surprise declaration (at least for Seminoles fans), but I love his size at 6’5 225lbs. He will need to be more polished in many aspects but his ceiling is very high.
7. Jaleel Scott-New Mexico State
- Just like Tate, I love Scott’s size, he stands at 6’6 215lbs. His leaping ability is unquestioned and a team will see an immediate red zone threat in Scott.
8. Christian Kirk-Texas A&M
- Kirk’s stock was higher before the season–he was in the top three on many experts draft rankings, but an up-and-down season (partly due to poor QB play) has seen him slide down this list. A solid combine/pro day and he could be right back up at the top.
9. Dante Pettis-Washington
- Pettis had a great career at Washington and is dynamic in the return game. I have a soft spot for him, because his dad Gary is the third base coach for the World Series Champion Houston Astros, a man I have had the pleasure of meeting.
10. Marcell Ateman-Oklahoma State
- Opposite James Washington, Ateman didn’t always get the publicity he deserved. During the pre-draft process he will need to step out from behind Washington’s shadow and show he is the man.
11. Deontay Burnett-USC
- Burnett was Sam Darnold’s safety blanket during his time at USC–he is higher on a lot of other rankings I have seen–I’m not sold yet on his hands and route running ability. The speed is there.
12. Tre-Quan Smith-UCF
- Smith was McKenzie Milton’s top receiver this season at UCF and has declared for the draft. He is a speedy receiver with size at 6’1 210lbs. I expect his name to become more popular leading up to the draft.
13. Allen Lazard-Iowa State
- If you want a ‘football player’ look no further than Allen Lazard. He isn’t flashy, but he will outwork you and catch everything that comes his way. Watch five minutes of his tape and enjoy.
14. Bryce Bobo-Colorado
- Bobo had an up-and-down career with the Buffs. Some games he would jump off the screen making incredible catches and dominating opposing defensive backs. Other games he would disappear and you wouldn’t know if he was on the field. That inconsistency will have scouts worried, but one NFL team will think they can coach Bobo into a consistent threat.
15. Deon Cain-Clemson
- Cain is a big name on a stacked Clemson team, but he seems to be a one-trick pony. Run deep and let’s throw you the ball. I need to see more decisive route running and better hands.
16. DJ Moore-Maryland
- Honestly, Moore will be moving up on this list as the pre-draft process continues. He has the speed you covet and the production you want out of a receiver. Keep an eye on this former Terp.