April 26, 2017

2017 Wide Receiver Prospects

#84 Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan



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There is not a Julio Jones or an A.J. Green type of receiver in this year's draft. Corey Davis is a notch below, but is clearly the top wideout the 2017 draft has to offer. Seemingly every year, future starters can be found outside of round one, even deep into the third day of the draft, and this year should be no exception.

Prospect rankings are based on film breakdown provided by Draft Breakdown with a minimum of 3 games watched per prospect in most cases. Measurables, athletic testing, future roles and projections are also taken into effect.
Injuries, off the field issues, etc. will mot be taken into consideration. These rankings are based on talent and projections on the field. Players are grouped into "tiers" to separate them. Players that I project as early round picks will be placed in the "All-Pro"/"Pro Bowl" tiers for example. Prospects that I saw limited film of or was unable to watch at all will not be ranked, but listed under "Other Notable Prospects". Specifically, prospects well known in the scouting community and draft sites like CBS Sports and Pro Football Focus will be listed here.



Tier One: All-Pro Prospects


1. Corey Davis
Experience: Senior | School: Western Michigan
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 209 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/8" | Arm Length: 33" | Grade: Top 10


40 Time: N/A | Bench: N/A | Vertical: N/A | Broad: N/A
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Davis is like the most complete receiver in this draft. He is the coveted height-weight-speed prospect with above average athleticism. His route running is exceptional, but he can also create separation with his speed. Can win in contested situations. True red zone threat. Looks like a running back in space and it so good after the catch. Displays an impressive catch radius as well. A quiet post season (no workouts) could cause him to slide to the end of round one. NFL teams will be foolish to pass on him.




Tier Two: Pro Bowl Prospects


2. Mike Williams
Experience: Senior | School: Clemson
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 215 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/8" | Arm Length: 33 3/8" | Grade: Round 1


40 Time: 4.51 | Bench: 15 | Vertical: 32.5" | Broad: 121"
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Williams is expected to go within the top 10-15 picks, and I don't even think he's a finished product. That's not a bad thing at all. His upside is really high. He checks off a lot of boxes. Prototypical size and athleticism, great body control, can consistently win at the catch point, dangerous after the catch, and overall a physical receiver. He does have some work to do with his route running and needs to eliminate some of the easy drops due to lack of concentration. Creating initial separation does appear to be an issue. That isn't where he wins. In a weak receiver class in terms of bonafide first round picks, Williams will benefit.




3. John Ross*
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Washington
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 188 lbs.
Hand Size: 8 3/4" | Arm Length: 31 1/2" | Grade: Round 1


40 Time: 4.22 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 37" | Broad: 133"
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Any team looking for a dynamic slot receiver who can also take the top of the defense will love John Ross. He is a solid route runner, but he creates separation with his blazing speed. Has great hands and tracks the ball well. While his lack of size could limit his ability to be a true number one receiver, he would be a great fit for plenty of NFL teams.




4. Ishmael Zamora**
Experience: Sophomore (RS) | School: Baylor
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 224 lbs.
Hand Size: N/A | Arm Length: N/A | Grade: Round 1


40 Time: 4.53 | Bench: 13 | Vertical: 40" | Broad: 133"
3 Cone: 7.10 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.34 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Zamora is a stud. The complete package for a boundary receiver. Great size, speed, and athleticism. Natural hands catcher. Plucks the ball out of the air. Can attack the ball at its highest point and wins in contested situations. Vertical/Redzone threat. Much better route runner than I expected. He can create consistent separation. Very good after the catch. Physical receiver. Off the field issues could keep him from being drafted in the early rounds.




Tier Three: Future Starter Prospects


5. Chris Godwin*
Experience: Junior | School: Penn State
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 208 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/8" | Arm Length: 31 5/8" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.42 | Bench: 19 | Vertical: 36" | Broad: 126"
3 Cone: 7.01 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.00 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.21


Analysis: One word to describe Chris Godwin... stud. Good build for a boundary receiver, really good route runner, can create separation consistently, can work over the middle, wide catch radius, strong, reliable hands, can track the ball, and is one of the premier wideouts when it comes to making contested catches. Also a really good blocker outside. He is a complete wideout who should make an immediate impact, and could be a better pro than college player.




6. Dede Westbrook
Experience: Senior | School: Oklahoma
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 174 lbs.
Hand Size: 9" | Arm Length: 30 5/8" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.34 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 34.5" | Broad: 120"
3 Cone: 7.28 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.33 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: He's going to have to play in the slot. He doesn't have the ideal frame or strength to play on the outside. But, comparing him to some of the other prospects who project best as a slot receiver, Westbrook is near the top. Excellent all around game. Able to get open with suddenness and quickness, has the speed and tracking skills to be a consistent vertical threat. Really good after the catch as well. Can work over the middle and underneath. Willingness as a run blocker. Makes contested catches. Could take an offense with an established outside receiver or two to the next level.




7. Isaiah Ford*
Experience: Junior | School: Virginia Tech
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 191 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/4" | Arm Length: 32 5/8" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.57 | Bench: 14 | Vertical: 35.5" | Broad: 127"
3 Cone: 6.94 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.29 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Isaiah Ford is really, really good. He does need to get stronger, as he will get muscled by bigger, more physical corners. He also doesn't have game breaking speed. He can create separation with suddenness and precision in his routes. Has tons of potential as a deep threat. Tracks the ball well, high points it, and can come down with it more often than not. Another receiver who wins in contested situations. Hands catcher. Reliable. Not the best after the catch, but solid. Could potentially work from the slot.




8. Carlos Henderson*
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Louisiana Tech
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 205 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/8" | Arm Length: 31 3/8" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.46 | Bench: 13 | Vertical: 36" | Broad: 131"
3 Cone: 7.18 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.35 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.79


Analysis: I wanted to watch more of Carlos Henderson, but from what I was able to see, I'm a fan. He's such a tough receiver. Breaks a lot of tackles and can be a threat after the catch, though I wouldn't call him elusive. Can high point the ball and come down with it very well. Not the most polished route runner, but the foundation is there. Separates mostly with suddenness and overall quickness. Bit of a body catcher. Can beat opposing corners deep when he gets a good release. Didn't see him get pressed much. How will he be able to handle that?




9. Zay Jones
Experience: Senior | School: East Carolina
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 201 lbs.
Hand Size: 9" | Arm Length: 32 1/2" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.45 | Bench: 15 | Vertical: 36.5" | Broad: 133"
3 Cone: 6.79 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.01 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.17


Analysis: Zay Jones may not project as a true "number one" wideout at the next level, but should be a valuable possession receiver who can work from the slot. His smooth route running allows him to create separation, and his strong hands are gonna make him a favorite target for NFL quarterbacks. He's not the best receiver after the catch, and I didn't see too many chances for him to make contested catches or grab 50/50 balls. However, he's got pretty decent size and athleticism. Solid Day Two prospect.




10. JuJu Smith-Schuster*
Experience: Junior | School: Southern California
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 213 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 1/2" | Arm Length: 32 7/8" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.54 | Bench: 15 | Vertical: 33.5" | Broad: 120"
3 Cone: 6.88 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.19 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Smith-Schuster came into the season with a lot of hype. While not in the first round mix anymore, he could be a solid option for a team on Day Two. He's not a burner, and doesn't consistently create separation having only average speed and being a good, but not great route runner. He's great at finding the soft spots in zone coverage, and can make some impressive contested catches, though doesn't win the 50/50 balls as much as you would like. Physical type of receiver who can hold up as a run blocker on the perimeter. Doesn't look comfortable in space, yet tough to bring down in the open field. Projects as a second or third option at the next level.




11. Cooper Kupp
Experience: Senior | School: Eastern Washington
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 202 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/2" | Arm Length: 31 1/2" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.56 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 31" | Broad: 116"
3 Cone: 6.53 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.08 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Big receiver who has a very polished game. Very good route runner, makes contested catches, and despite top end speed, was able to separate and make plays after the catch. Will be able to separate consistently at the next level? Plays faster that he tested at the combine, but is not a great accelerator. I think Kupp is a possession receiver who will probably be most effective in the slot. Solid Day Two pick.




12. Josh Malone*
Experience: Junior | School: Tennessee
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 210 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 5/8" | Arm Length: 31 3/8" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.40 | Bench: 10 | Vertical: 30.5" | Broad: 121"
3 Cone: 7.05 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.19 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.77


Analysis: Height-weight-speed receiver prospect. Has good hands. Separates well with smooth route running and short area quickness. Excellent speed to be a vertical threat. Offers good yards after catch ability. Has good body control and tracks the ball well. Has potential as a red zone threat as well. Can make tough, contested catches. Could use more polish to his all-around game, but has a ton of potential.




13. Taywan Taylor
Experience: Senior | School: Western Kentucky
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 198 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/4" | Arm Length: 32 5/8" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.50 | Bench: 13 | Vertical: 38" | Broad: 132"
3 Cone: 6.57 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.21 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.23


Analysis: Has a case to be considered the top slot receiver prospect in the draft, but may not be limited to the slot. May not be explosive, but Taylor certainly has great speed and quickness. I believe he is one of the better route runners in this class, and I love his ability to track the ball down the field. He has very good sideline awareness and is not afraid to attack the ball away from his body. Good player after the catch as well. Needs to eliminate concentration drops.




Tier Four: Developmental Starter Prospects


14. Amara Darboh
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Michigan
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 216 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 7/8" | Arm Length: 32 5/8" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.45 | Bench: 17 | Vertical: 36.5" | Broad: 124"
3 Cone: 6.81 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.30 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Really good at working over the middle and finding the soft spots in the zones. One of those receivers who will drop some easy passes, but make a lot of difficult, contested catches. He is more of a body catcher. Wanna see him pluck the ball out of the air more. Won't offer much after the catch due to lacking great quickness and explosiveness, but has the straight-line speed to be a vertical threat. Not the sharpest route runner, but ran a lot of different routes at Michigan and can separate.




15. KD Cannon*
Experience: Junior | School: Baylor
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 174 lbs.
Hand Size: 8 7/8" | Arm Length: 30 3/4" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.41 | Bench: 13 | Vertical: 37" | Broad: 119"
3 Cone: 7.10 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.37 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Could be the best vertical threat in this year's class. Has the speed to take the top off the defense, and tracks the ball really well in the air. Has the body control to make downfield catches even with a defender on his tail. Has some upside as an after the catch threat. Raw route runner. Thin frame. Could be bullied by physical receivers and thrown off his routes in the NFL. Needs to add weight to his frame. Has some concentration drops.




16. Josh Reynolds
Experience: Senior | School: Texas A&M
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 193 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/8" | Arm Length: 31 1/2" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.52 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 37" | Broad: 124"
3 Cone: 6.83 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.13 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.32


Analysis: Reynolds should be able to make an immediate impact in the NFL as a red zone threat. He's a big receiver who has strong hands to attack the football in the air. He displays excellent body control and sideline awareness. One of the best receivers in this class when it comes to making contested catches. Solid route runner, though didn't appear to run a full route tree at Texas A&M. Didn't see him make a lot happen after the catch, and didn't see him separating a lot on tape. How will he fair against press coverage? Should be a very good possession receiver.




17. Chad Hansen*
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: California
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 201 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 1/8" | Arm Length: 32 1/8" | Grade: Round 4


40 Time: 4.40 | Bench: 11 | Vertical: 35" | Broad: 119"
3 Cone: 6.74 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.13 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Smooth receiver. Nothing special about his game, but he is well rounded. Good size and speed for a receiver. Not the most dangerous after the catch, but has the speed to take it the distance. Runs sharp routes and shows a willingness to block. Will drop some catch-able passes, but has the athleticism and awareness to make tough catches.




18. Noah Brown**
Experience: Sophomore (RS) | School: Ohio State
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 222 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/8" | Arm Length: 31 3/4" | Grade: Round 4


40 Time: 4.59 | Bench: 19 | Vertical: N/A | Broad: N/A
3 Cone: 7.07 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.33 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Big wideout with pretty good athleticism. Could be a red zone/vertical threat from day one. Needs to limit body catches, but he has proven he can make the tough catches and separate with impressive route running. How good is he after the catch? Raw Day 3 prospect.




Tier Five: Developmental Backup Prospects


19. Fred Ross
Experience: Senior | School: Mississippi State
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 207 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/4" | Arm Length: 31 1/4" | Grade: Round 5


40 Time: 4.51 | Bench: 10 | Vertical: 35" | Broad: 113"
3 Cone: 6.99 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.28 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Good size and decent athleticism for the position. Attacks the football away from his body, and can win in contested situations. He also displays really good body control. The problem is that he doesn't create separation on tape. His speed is above average for the position, but it isn't elite, and he is too hesitant with his route running. Also doesn't offer too much YAC ability, and can struggle with press coverage. Has a good foundation, however. Day 3 gem.




20. ArDarius Stewart*
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Alabama
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 205 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/8" | Arm Length: 32 1/4" | Grade: Round 5


40 Time: 4.49 | Bench: 10 | Vertical: 34" | Broad: 124"
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: He's a guy a team could try to manufacture touches for. Built like a running back, comfortable with the ball in his hands. As a receiver, he doesn't have much polish to his game. Has the speed to take the top off the defense, but probably a one trick pony. Not a great route runner. Too many easy drops. Doesn't have the strength to play on the boundary. Likely will be limited to the slot. Day 3 prospect.




21. Ryan Switzer
Experience: Senior | School: North Carolina
Height: 5-9 | Weight: 179 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/4" | Arm Length: 28" | Grade: Round 5


40 Time: 4.51 | Bench: 11 | Vertical: 32" | Broad: 116"
3 Cone: 6.77 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.00 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.14


Analysis: Switzer is a gamer. He is a shifty player in space, and has the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. He is a very small player who will be limited to the slot and special teams. Quicker than fast. Speed is decent, but his quickness is outstanding. Despite having a smaller catch radius, Switzer is a reliable receiver going over the middle. Not really a hands catcher though. Separates with suddenness instead of sharp route running. Return ability should help him be drafted earlier.




22. Chad Williams
Experience: Senior | School: Grambling
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 207 lbs.
Hand Size: N/A | Arm Length: N/A | Grade: Round 6


40 Time: 4.40 | Bench: 26 | Vertical: 38.5" | Broad: 123"
3 Cone: 7.06 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.15 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Late round sleeper. Speed and athleticism likely to intrigue NFL teams on Day 3 of the draft. He shows some route running skills and solid hands. Was very productive at Grambling.




23. Kenny Golladay
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Northern Illinois
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 218 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/4" | Arm Length: 32" | Grade: Round 6


40 Time: 4.50 | Bench: 18 | Vertical: 35.5" | Broad: 120"
3 Cone: 7.00 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.15 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Height-weight-speed prospect who should he coveted in the middle rounds. Though he won't offer a ton of ability after the catch, he projects well as a possession receiver who could receive some targets in the redzone.




Tier Six: Roster Depth Prospects


24. Damore'ea Stringfellow*
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Ole Miss
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 218 lbs.
Hand Size: N/A | Arm Length: N/A | Grade: Round 6


40 Time: 4.60 | Bench: 17 | Vertical: 36" | Broad: 130"
3 Cone: 7.20 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.50 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Big, physical receiver. Love the way he attacks the football. Displays good body control at times. Needs to develop as a route runner if he wants to be more than a possession receiver/red zone threat, as he struggles to separate. Not a burner. Role could be limited at the next level. Inconsistent hands. Could be a good option in the later rounds.




25. Malachi Dupre*
Experience: Junior | School: Louisiana State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 192 lbs.
Hand Size: 9" | Arm Length: 31 1/2" | Grade: Round 7


40 Time: 4.52 | Bench: 11 | Vertical: 39.5 | Broad: 135
3 Cone: 7.19 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.22 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.88


Analysis: Should have stayed in school. Height/weight/speed prospect. Development and production were limited by the LSU offense. Didn't run anything close to a full route tree. Didn't see separation skills on tape. Hands are questionable. Tendency to body catch. Looked much better after the Wisconsin game (he looked awful). Some team might overdraft him on Day Two, but he's a late round project IMO.




Other Notable Prospects


Mack Hollins
Experience: Senior | School: North Carolina
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 219 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/4" | Arm Length: 33 1/4" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.53 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: N/A | Broad: N/A
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Wasn't able to watch enough of Hollins to give him a grade, but he has the upside to be a mid-round pick. Could become the best receiver out of North Carolina from this class.




Artavis Scott*
Experience: Junior | School: Clemson
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 194 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/8" | Arm Length: 31" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.57 | Bench: 13 | Vertical: 31" | Broad: 116"
3 Cone: 7.19 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.49 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 12.06




Travin Dural
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Louisiana State
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 199 lbs.
Hand Size: 9" | Arm Length: 32" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.57 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 30.5" | Broad: 116"
3 Cone: 7.29 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.55 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 12.21




Stacy Coley
Experience: Senior | School: Miami
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 191 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/4" | Arm Length: 32 1/4" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.39 | Bench: 10 | Vertical: 34" | Broad: 122"
3 Cone: 7.15 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.40 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Travis Rudolph*
Experience: Junior | School: Florida State
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 189 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/4" | Arm Length: 31 7/8" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.59 | Bench: 12 | Vertical: 31.5" | Broad: 114"
3 Cone: 6.93 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.46 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Shelton Gibson*
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: West Virginia
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 187 lbs.
Hand Size: 8 7/8" | Arm Length: 32" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.40 | Bench: 8 | Vertical: 32" | Broad: 121"
3 Cone: 6.83 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.20 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 10.71




Jehu Chesson
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Michigan
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 204 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/8" | Arm Length: 33 1/4" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.46 | Bench: 13 | Vertical: 39.5" | Broad: 132"
3 Cone: 6.70 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.09 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Bug Howard
Experience: Senior | School: North Carolina
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 221 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 3/8" | Arm Length: 33 1/8" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.58 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 37.5" | Broad: 119"
3 Cone: 6.95 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.14 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.75




Darreus Rogers
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Southern California
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 218 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 1/8" | Arm Length: 32" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.89 | Bench: 10 | Vertical: 29" | Broad: 113"
3 Cone: 7.14 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.41 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




DeAngelo Yancey
Experience: Senior | School: Purdue
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 220 lbs.
Hand Size: N/A | Arm Length: N/A | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.53 | Bench: 21 | Vertical: 35.5" | Broad: 121"
3 Cone: 6.84 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.27 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Yancey has made his rounds, and is poised for a Day 3 draft selections even though I have not seen him ranked as such on other draft sites.