2014 Pre-Draft Rookie Wide Receiver Rankings

2014 Pre-Draft Rookie Wide Receiver Rankings

Depth personified
By: Pete Davidson : May 08, 2014 4:09pm

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Here’s a pre-draft look at this year’s absurdly deep wide receiver class. This is our top thirty, but we will add some more sleeper candidates when we post our "best of the rest" article on day three. We think these are the thirty best options in this year’s class and a lot of them will get their names called on Thursday or Friday night.

As I have said repeatedly, this year's class is deep and filled with a lot of different types of receivers.  It's going to be very interesting to see where these guys get taken and by whom.  Buckle, up, folks.  It's draft time!

You can access the RBs, TEs and QBs as well as our two pre-draft podcasts via the links below.

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Rank PLAYER College Height Weight 40 time THE SKINNY
1 Sammy Watkins Clemson 6’1” 211 4.43 The best overall receiver in the class because he has no real weaknesses and some very dependable strengths.
2 Mike Evans Texas A&M 6’5” 231 4.53 We have Evans in pretty much a virtual tie with Watkins. It’s really a question of what the team selecting wants.
3 Odell Beckham Jr. LSU 5’11” 198 4.43 We’ve been on Odell’s bandwagon since the beginning. He was our first scouting report at receiver this year. Size is his only relative weakness.
4 Brandin Cooks Oregon State 5’10” 189 4.33 Check out his full scouting report for the full take, but we are big on Cooks, who plays the game with a chip on his shoulder. He’s the fastest receiver in this class but that’s just one facet of his game.
5 Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt 6’3” 212 4.46 We have a lot of confidence in Matthews, who is a natural playmaker with plus size and speed.
6 Marqise Lee Southern California 6’0” 192 4.52 We gave him a bump up at the last second for those of you who listened to the podcast. We think he’s faster than 4.52 on film. There’s some health risk, but we think a team pulls the trigger early on him because he is so game ready. He could be one of the guys with 2014 redraft value if he finds a good home.
7 Allen Robinson Penn State 6’3” 220 4.60 We’re big fans of his play-making ability and after-the-catch ability.
8 Cody Latimer Indiana 6’2” 215 4.38 One of the most complete receivers in this draft. Cody gives you a little bit of everything. He’s a fit for any offense. Latimer’s 40 time was a Pro day time.
9 Kelvin Benjamin Florida State 6’5” 240 4.61 A shaky motor, but a monster skill set. He’s probably the most volatile talent at the position this year.
10 Davante Adams Fresno State 6’1” 212 4.56 Hasn’t been getting much love lately, but he has a great all-around skill set. This kid can go get the football once it’s in the air.
11 Quincy Enunwa Nebraska 6’2” 225 4.45 One of our favorite sleepers. We may have him too high, but we want to make a point. Quincy is way underrated.
12 Kevin Norwood Alabama 6’2” 198 4.48 A finished product and he could start right away in the right situation.
13 Martavis Bryant Clemson 6’4” 211 4.42 Huge upside but not a ton of good tape or production. You see our size and speed bias here, but he has the look of a player who has figured things out. We think he could be very good in a season or two.
14 Paul Richardson Colorado 6’0” 175 4.40 One of favorite players in this draft. he has some TY Hilton in him, but he’s probably more versatile.
15 Robert Herron Wyoming 5’9” 193 4.48 A tough kid who can make big plays with his explosiveness.
16 Bruce Ellington South Carolina 5’9” 197 4.45 Andre Ellington’s cousin, and he has a lot of same positive traits, but at receiver.
17 Donte Moncrief Ole Miss 6’2” 221 4.40 We really like him as a playmaker, but his hands are a serious limiter. He’s a guy with tons of upside but also abundant risk.
18 Jarvis Landry LSU 5’11” 205 4.77 We think he’s faster than his 40 time and he’s got some of the best hands in this draft. We also like his old school approach to the game.
19 Jared Abbrederis Wisconsin 6’1” 195 4.50 An outstanding route runner who plays hard every snap. He’ll help a team move the chains, but his durability is a potential issue.
20 Jeremy Gallon Michigan 5’7” 185 4.49 Very small but very talented. He could have nice PPR upside in the right scheme.
21 Michael Campanaro Wake Forest 5’9” 192 4.46 A very sound technical receiver who should get more attention. Check out our full report and watch his film.
22 Josh Huff Oregon 5’11” 206 4.51 A versatile player who needs to develop his full game. Would go higher on a typical year.
23 Jeff Janis Saginaw Valley 6’3” 219 4.42 A small school wonder with big school measurables. Janis has a few things to work on but has a high ceiling.
24 L'Damian Washington Missouri 6’4” 195 4.43 A hard-nosed big-play receiver who still has some developing to do with routes and hands. We like the way L’Damian plays.
25 Brandon Coleman Rutgers 6’6” 225 4.56 We’re not as big on Coleman as some other outlets, but he’s obviously a potential red zone threat at the next level, but he’s a bit too lethargic with his route for our tastes.
26 Chandler Jones San Jose State 5’9” 183 4.38 A very productive speedster who is not getting enough attention from draftniks.
27 Mike Davis Texas 6’0” 197 A bit of a project, but he has NFL talent if he can put things together.
28 Devin Street Pittsburgh 6’3” 198 4.55 We think Street can play in the NFL, but he needs to add a bit of bulk and refine his routes a bit.
29 John Brown Pittsburg State 5’10” 179 4.34 He runs good routes and has outstanding speed. The Pitt State product has got good hands and has a lot of toughness for a smallish receiver. Brown’s a high-quality sleeper. Coach Turner likes this guy.
30 Solomon Patton Florida 5’8” 179 4.37 He’s obviously got long speed and a ton of quickness. We think this kid is a nice sleeper if somebody gives him a shot. Like with John Brown, he is tough for his size. He adjusts to the football well and has nice vision in the open field. Has the special teams ability to stick on a roster early in his career.