1. Jerry Jeudy
It was a close call between Jeudy and lamb for the top spot. What makes me choose Jeudy over lamb is the presence of Courtland Sutton on the field. Sutton was the most double covered WR in the league last season he guarantees Jeudy who is an elite route runner and brilliant at getting open, will not face double coverage and I think he could be an excellent target for Drew Lock. If their is a knock on Jeudy it’s that he can get bullied at the line of scrimmage and it’ll be interesting to see if he struggles here against NFL quality cornerbacks.
2. Ceedee Lamb
What stops me putting Ceedee Lamb over Jeudy is his landing spot. The cowboys offence will be exciting this year and Mike McCarthy usually has a pass heavy offence. However he has also had a tendency to scheme one wide receiver over the others and with Cooper getting a serious pay day and Zeke also being a major weapon in the offence I’m expecting lamb to get less targets in the offence. Lambs raw talent reminds me so much of Deandre Hopkins and I think he’ll be interchanged with Cooper around the formation but he’ll predominantly replace Cobb as a big slot receiver. I still think he’s a generational talent and his arrow is only pointing up. If you draft him keep him for the long hall and watch how good he’ll be in dynasty for years to come.
3. Jalen Reagor
Reagors stock took a bit of a knock with his combine performance, but he is a fantastic example of why you should watch tape and not just trust the figures. He clearly runs and plays faster than his 40yrd dash time and he falls into a landing spot with an ageing and injury prone Alshon Jeffery and a QB in Wentz who loves a receiver who is aggressive at the point of attack and has a bit of mongrel in him to get above his opponent. He’ll need time to develop chemistry with his QB but I’m excited for Reagor and his landing spot
4. Justin Jefferson
Jefferson is another exciting receiver who predominantly played inside but looks to have all the attributes as a route runner and separator to move outside if needed. Their is a common misconception that Thielen played in the slot more than diggs during their time together in Minnesota. In reality they both interchanged and Diggs moved inside more than people realise. Jefferson will be the sort of receiver cousins and the Vikings will love and if I’m rebuilding my dynasty team and I can trade back in the first and target Jefferson or Reagor then I’m doing that all day long.
5. Tee Higgins
Joe Burrow spent some time practicing with Higgins prior to the draft. That the bengals chose to draft him so high tells you everything you need to know. His no show at the combine was expected to hurt his draft stock and he’s not the quickest receiver off the line. But the elite body control and strength he showed at college was enough to convince the bengals to crown him the successor to AJ Green. If Green moves on or isn’t fit you might find Higgins moving up draft boards. But he’s a great dynasty pick early in the second round even though he may see lower targets numbers in his first year.
6. Michael Pitman
The colts appear to have drafted Pitman high in the second because he provides them with the sort of beastly red zone target they missed last season when Devin Funchess (now with the packers) was injured. The knock on Pitman is he’s not the quickest receiver but in an offence with TY Hilton and Paris Campbell he doesn’t need to be. He is excellent at boxing out the CB and expect him to move inside and out to operate as a mismatch in the slot. He’ll provide a big target for Rivers and may gain his points from touchdowns over yardage in his first year.
7. Denzel Mims
Mim’s is a bit lower for me because while he is an outstanding athlete, he is a raw talent who used his physical attributes to go up and take the ball over college secondaries. He doesn’t have the route running skills of the other elite receivers in this class and it’ll be interesting to see if he can win up over NFL corners or if he will have to adapt and improve the other side of his game? He’s going to an offence where Gase is usually conservative in his ball management (see tannehill at the dolphins vs tannehill at the titans) and Darnold doesn’t throw downfield as much as a receiver like Mims would like (see Robby Anderson last season). But one we get to this spot it’s worth the gamble that talent will win out over situation.
8. Henry Ruggs III
Google Henry Ruggs basketball highlights and you’ll realise 2 things. Firstly that Ruggs is an impressively quick and agile specimin and secondly he is as brave and as tough as they come. If that is all you watched he’d be your first wr off the board which makes me wonder how hard the raiders scouted Ruggs. However if you watched his college games he has some difficulty tracking a deep ball and that’s a problem when you’re a burner playing on the outside. Now you may think this all sounds familiar, it is see Amari Coopers time at the Raiders and his sporadic fantasy production. With 2 QB’s on the roster that are sketchy at throwing the deep ball (Carr and Mariota) Gruen is going to have to be inventive and maybe get him open using slants through the middle of the field to make the most of his athleticism and toughness.
9. Brandon Aiyuk
Brandon Aiyuk was a Yards After the Catch (YAC) monster in college and is electric in open space. The fact that an offensive mind like Kyle Shanahan moved up to take him says alot about his potential for the 49ers. People will tell you Jimmy G as his Quarterback is a knock on his value. However this opinion is also a reason why you can get him as late as a mid to late second round pick in your rookie drafts, as the 49ers have no clear WR1 that is insane value. He enters a 49ers offence with a lot of Rbs, Deebo Samuel and George Kittle who can all receive the ball close to the line of scrimmage and take it to the house and this will add to the boom or bust potential for AIyuk. He also only had one year of elite college production and finished the college season with a core muscle injury so follow this prior to your drafts. The bottom line with Aiyuk is he's an explosive playmaker who can receive the ball 2-3yrds from the line of scrimmage and go all the way. He also is in the best possible landing spot with a coach who schemes people open for fun. Don't reach for him, but definitely don't sleep on his value beyond the first round.
10. Bryan Edwards
Bryan Edwards is another mid to late second guy who I really like. His ability as a receiver just seems instinctive. He is really good at tracking the ball and gaining prime position to beat his defender to the ball. He broke the receiving record in South Carolina and showed excellent production in college which has been shown to be the closest metric to translating to success at the NFL level. I think Ruggs helps him stretch the field and avoid double coverage and I think he has the talent to easily lead the team in targets. The reason why he isn't higher for me is the 2 fold. First its the raiders and with either Carr or Mariota at QB the safety blankets of Walker and Renfrow aren't going away so this caps his ceiling. Second you don't need to take him any higher at this point to secure him.
11. Donovan Peoples Jones
12. Laviska Shenault jr.
13. Devan Duvernay
14. KJ Hamler
15. Lynn Bowden
16. Van Jefferson
17. Chase Claypool
18. Antonio Gandy Golden
19. Darnell Mooney
20. Collin Johnson