2021 NFL DRAFT WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS

NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS BY POSITION

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*Player Profiles to be added for each prospect between now and the 2021 NFL Draft

1

JA'MARR CHASE, LSU

OVERALL RANK: 4

​JA'MARR CHASE NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Was the alpha target for Joe Burrow in his record breaking LSU offense in 2019 ahead of Vikings pick Justin Jefferson and could have a similar level of impact as his former collegemate. Would translate to any scheme and instantly upgrade an NFL team's wideout room, becoming the primary target on many teams.

  • Has good, not great size, but his all-around ability and polish makes up for this and he excels in all traits of his position.

  • If a 50/50 ball is thrown to Ja’Marr Chase, it feels much more like 90/10. He can go up and get it with anyone.

  • Chase excels at creating separation at the deep level. He has several moves in his arsenal that give him space on deep routes.

  • Rarely drops the bal and has amazing hands and a wide catch radius.

  • Chase is quick, with good size and should test at or below 4.5 in the 40-yard dash on his pro-day, with a good ability after the catch.

  • Outside receiver and a true 'X' type, should develop into a quarterback's best friend in the NFL.

  • Chase is also an able and willing blocker, rounding out his complete skillset.

2

JAYLEN WADDLE, ALABAMA

OVERALL RANK: 10

​JAYLEN WADDLE NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • One of the quickest players in college football, Waddle is electric after the catch.

  • An unfortunate injury ended Waddle's 2020 season early, but he will remain a top-five receiver on most teams' board throughout the draft process.

  • Waddle is one of the most explosive pass catchers in the 2021 NFL Draft and possesses genuine speed. He can go from zero-to-sixty in the blink of an eye and easily turns short passes into long touchdowns. Simply lethal in the open field.

  • He has an uncanny ability to beat the press despite his size, although his height does knock his profile a touch. Waddle is one of the best returners in the draft and teams will value this highly due to his ability to contribute right out of the gate.

  • Can play outside, in the slot and will be used as a difference maker behind the line of scrimmage on jet sweeps and designed runs, becoming a mismatch underneath. He is so sudden and can weave through defenders with excellent vision whilst maintaining his speed, balance and elusiveness.

  • He is not the most polished route runner, and as mentioned does not have the ideal height, but has a more solid frame than DeVonta Smith and possesses more natural explosion and will hold up better against NFL bodies meaning that he should be taken as the second wideout of the 2021 NFL Draft.

3

DEVONTA SMITH, ALABAMA

OVERALL RANK: 13

​DEVONTA SMITH NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • DeVonta Smith is an excellent route runner with great hands and tremendous run-after-catch ability. Sudden out of his breaks and improvises well when the play breaks down. He is a natural football player who plays the game with great instincts.

  • Can react to awkward balls in the air, showing exceptional body control and late hands.

  • Smith has great wheels and gets to top speed in an instant, with a quick release from the line of scrimmage.

  • Streches the field well in all directions and can defeat double teams, as well as showing a consistent ability to beat up on elite college opposition. Needs to be accounted for on every play. 

  • He has a good catch radius and reliable hands and is another who is willing to go after anything, believing he can come down with the ball.

  • He is an electric playmaker but does possess a small frame, meaning that teams may only view him as a secondary or tertiary target in the NFL. He has also been viewed to have focus lapses but his college production and Heisman win highlight why he deserves to be a first round pick.

  • Slight frame is a genuine concern whichever way you look at it, but Smith's natural ability and drive will see him carve out a successful NFL career.

4

RASHOD BATEMAN, MINNESOTA

OVERALL RANK: 18

​RASHOD BATEMAN NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Exciting physique. Has all the tools to become a number one receiver in the NFL.

  • Along with his nice size, Bateman has excellent playing speed and outstanding hands. Will be a real threat in the red zone.

  • Tracks the ball well and maintains excellent body control through the catch.

  • Terrific route runner and displays an advanced technique in comparison to many of his peers.

  • He has an ability to take over games, but this could be due to the level of competition that he has been playing against. May struggle to create consistent separation from NFL defensive backs due to a lack of twitch and suddenness.

  • He has a strong run after the catch ability, but perhaps does not have elite top speed. If he tests well at his pro-day then, for me, he could jump to second place in these rankings.

  • Bateman has some impressive one-handed catches on tape and competes for every ball in play, tracking back to the ball well, believing that nothing is a lost cause. He will wrestle the ball away from defensive backs if necessary and appears to have a true alpha mentality.

5

KADARIUS TONEY, FLORIDA

OVERALL RANK: 22

KADARIUS TONEY NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • The more you watch Toney, the easier it is to fall in love with him as a first round prospect.

  • Elite ability with the ball in his hands, he can generate yards after the catch effortlessly.

  • Toney has an unbelievable ability to absorb contact, keep his balance and accelerate through and away defenders in a way that is unmatched in this class.

  • He gets up to top speed quickly, but does not have the highest top speed in this class and can be caught, but this may be due to all the work he has already done after the catch.

  • Toney does not have much tape in contested catch situations, so the book is out in this area as to how he will perform in the NFL but he does not drop many and so projects as a starter in any scheme at the next level.

  • He is far from a finished product when it comes to his route running, but will grow in this area and obtains consistent separation on his routes.

  • A little short at 5'10'', but plays a hard with a frame and toughness above his height.

6

TERRACE MARSHALL, LSU

OVERALL RANK: 38

TERRACE MARSHALL NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • An ideal build to play as a featured number one receiver with probably the most prototypical build for the position in the class.

  • Marshall has an excellent height/speed combination with a huge catch radius.

  • He only has a single season as 'the guy' in the LSU offense, putting up 48 receptions for 731 yards and ten touchdowns. This is not a huge leap on what he had done before as the tertiary option behind Ja'Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson and he suffered with drops in 2020 (seven on 55 catchable balls).

  • Marshall offers more than simply a large target though, as he has an ability to make people miss after the catch and can beat defensive backs on his release easily at the line of scrimmage due to his speed and frame.

  • He should develop into a difference maker at the next level and is a willing blocker with a competitive nature.

  • Interviews will be interesting to see if teams believe he has the alpha mentality to become a true lead dog on an offense. Worth a shot on day two.

7

RONDALE MOORE, PURDUE

OVERALL RANK: 40

RONDALE MOORE NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • At only 5'9'', he may never become a true number one receiver at the NFL level, but he could be lethal and a human highlight reel as a secondary or tertiary option in the right system.

  • This is due to his impressive open field ability and slippery skills after the catch.

  • He has explosive suddenness, plays stronger than his size and possesses excellent ball skills meaning that he will thrive as a slot receiver in the NFL at a minimum.

  • Does have injury concerns, having only played seven games over the past two years and so will have to pass the requisite medical checks in order to be a high pick. He also ran a limited route tree during his collegiate career, largely on screens and passes designed to get him in space.

  • True deep ball threat if allowed to get loose and can strecth any defense ve. 

8

ELIJAH MOORE, OLE MISS

OVERALL RANK: 44

ELIJAH MOORE NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Perfect in the slot and with the burners to go deep, Moore deserves to be picked in the first three rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft.

  • Moore has steadily improved across the last three seasons statistically as well as in terms of what he can contribute on the field.

  • He is capable rushing the football too and will be a weapon on jet sweeps and designed runs.

  • Rarely goes down on first contact and plays bigger than his size, with an excellent ability to find yards after the catch.

  • Moore has reliable hands and will become a quarterback's best friend on third downs underneath as an option who will get open amongst traffic thanks to his explosion out of his breaks and shifty quick feet. 

9

AMON-RA ST. BROWN, USC

OVERALL RANK: 67

​AMON-RA ST. BROWN NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • St. Brown projects as a solid number two receiver at the NFL level.

  • He runs good routes, and has experience playing in the slot and outside (where he disappointed slightly in 2020).

  • Displays good body control, adjusting to stray passes well and possesses the ability to make defenders miss.

  • Has good yards after catch ability, but isn't especially explosive or fast - he just plays with a nice fluidity about him.

  • Reliable hands, but does not have any outstanding traits to the level of those ranked above him which is why I have him ranked a notch below the likes of Bateman, Toney, Moore and Marshall.

  • Solid all around wideout with a decent floor who has good blocking skills and will be a contributor on most teams at the NFL level.

10

DYAMI BROWN, NORTH CAROLINA

OVERALL RANK: 69

DYAMI BROWN NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Good height and length with a slightly lean frame, Brown plays tough and with a physicality that supercedes any notion that he is lightweight.

  • He can win at the line of scrimmage due to an excellent release and then varies his movement and speed well on the routes that he runs.

  • There is not that much variation on his actual routes themselves though and is asked to run vertically often.

  • He should be able to develop a more nuanced route tree in the NFL though and projects as a high ceiling number two wideout at worst.

  • Blocks well and competes on every play and is a receiver who is willing to battle across the middle of the field. Braces well for big hits in traffic an will become an effective outlet in the NFL.

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TYLAN WALLACE, OKLAHOMA ST

OVERALL RANK: 78

​TYLAN WALLACE NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Quick release, route running, good hands. Tore ACL in 2019.

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TUTU ATWELL, LOUISVILLE

OVERALL RANK: 90

​TUTU ATWELL NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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FRANK DARBY, ARIZONA ST

OVERALL RANK: 93

FRANK DARBY NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • A genuine deep threat, Frank Darby plays bigger than his 6'1'' frame and is a physical receiver.

  • He competes at the catch point and his toughness enables him to win against bigger and faster opposition and is said to be a leader in the dressing room with a character that players will gravitate towards.

  • Doesn't create easy separation with pure speed, but has quick feet that will enable him to at least become an effective slot receiver at the NFL level on short to intermediate routes and will be effective in this role with his propensity to break arm tackles and evade defenders.

  • As mentioned, his competitiveness at the catch point is what catches the eye with Darby. He can outmuscle larger defenders and uses his strong hands to snatch and wrestle balls away from opposing DBs.

  • He does sometimes rely too much on body catching though, which will make him easier to defend for NFL defenders and so must develop his consistency in attacking balls away from his body.

  • All in all though, Darby has a role as a WR2/3 on an NFL squad as he is a capable and willing blocker with real grit on top of what you have read above

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NICO COLLINS, MICHIGAN

OVERALL RANK: 94

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TAMORRION TERRY, FLORIDA ST

OVERALL RANK: 108

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D'WAYNE ESKRIDGE, WESTERN MICHIGAN

OVERALL RANK: 113

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AMARI RODGERS, CLEMSON

OVERALL RANK: 116

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18

SETH WILLIAMS, AUBURN

OVERALL RANK: 125

​SETH WILLIAMS NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Big bodied receiver, has potential, but no exciting standout characteristics like the higher ranked WRs do.

19

SAGE SURRATT, WAKE FOREST

OVERALL RANK: 127

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SHI SMITH, SOUTH CAROLINA

OVERALL RANK: 133

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DAMONTE COXIE, MEMPHIS

OVERALL RANK: 136

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CADE JOHNSON, SOUTH DAKOTA

OVERALL RANK: 145

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DAX MILNE, BYU

OVERALL RANK: 159

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JAELON DARDEN, NORTH TEXAS

OVERALL RANK: 166

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DAZZ NEWSOME, NORTH CAROLINA

OVERALL RANK: 180

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IHMIR SMITH-MARSETTE, IOWA

OVERALL RANK: 183

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DEZ FITZPATRICK, LOUISVILLE

OVERALL RANK: 187

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JOSH IMATORBHEBHE, ILLINOIS

OVERALL RANK: 190

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MARQUEZ STEVENSON, HOUSTON

OVERALL RANK: 193

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WHOP PHILYOR, INDIANA

OVERALL RANK: 195

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AUSTIN WATKINS, UAB

OVERALL RANK: 196

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ELI STOVE, AUBURN

OVERALL RANK: 200

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TREVON GRIMES, FLORIDA

OVERALL RANK: 202

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ANTHONY SCHWARTZ, AUBURN

OVERALL RANK: 205

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MARLON WILLIAMS, UCF

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T.J. VASHER, TEXAS TECH

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RICO BUSSEY JR, HAWAII

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DAMON HAZLETON, MISSOURI

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DILLON STONER, OKLAHOMA ST

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WARREN JACKSON, COLORADO ST

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JONATHAN ADAMS JR, ARKANSAS ST

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BLAKE PROEHL, EAST CAROLINA

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TARIK BLACK, TEXAS

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J.D. SPIELMAN, TCU

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TYLER VAUGHNS, USC

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RACEY MCMATH, LSU

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JOSH PALMER, TENNESSEE

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BEN SKOWRONEK, NOTRE DAME

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