Picking the right wide receivers in the opening rounds can make or break your fantasy football team. Which players should you be targeting inand when should you take them off the board?
You can think of these extremes as a rough draft window for each player. If you can pick up a player with a later pick than his lowest big board ranking, you may have just added some major value to your team.
The NFL has repeatedly reminded coaches and staffers on NFL sidelines to wear masks or face shields throughout games this season, and after fining several coaches a significant amount of money for violating that protocol, the league now says that coaches will be flagged if they speak to officials while not wearing a mask or face covering.
After the NFL Referees Association complained to the league over non-compliance from various coaches, the NFL warned teams in a memo that if a coach is caught not wearing a mask while interacting with an official, they could be hit with a Aside from the Saints' Week 1 performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we've seen vulnerabilities.
Their offense looks afflicted by the absence of receiver Michael Thomas. The Chargers, meanwhile, look hot, in part because quarterback Justin Herbert is a revelation. Once considered a project, Herbert has stepped in with productivity and competence.
2020 NFL Rookie Rankings: Joe Burrow, Justin Jefferson and lots of first-round offense
The missing link? He still needs to show Lots of people are making a big deal out of the fact that it appears Tom Brady didn't shake Nick Foles' hand after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Chicago Bears on Thursday night after Brady's possible mental error he and Bruce Arians denied he didn't know the downs on the final drive. Please enter an email address. Something went wrong. WR Odell Beckham Jr. CLE Projected round: 3rd Average draft position: WR Marvin Jones Jr.
DET Projected round: 7th Average draft position: WR Michael Pittman Jr. IND Projected round: 14th Average draft position: WR Laviska Shenault Jr. JAX Projected round: 15th Average draft position: WR Steven Sims Jr. Projected round: 16th Average draft position: August 25, You are currently viewing the best wide receivers in the NFL Draft.
Our top wide receiver prospects are selected after thousands of hours carefully scouting the most talented pass catchers in all of college football. Even though only about 30 will get selected in the draft, dozens more will be signed as free agents, and many receive a training camp invite. Find who is a first round talent, and who is likely nothing more than a training camp body.
Find draft stars, WR sleepers, who will be a bust, and who is being undervalued. BNB Football is the best place for in-depth analysis of NFL draft wide receiver prospects at all levels of college football. To view other positions, follow the links below. Last Updated: April 16, CeeDee Lamb is a shifty wide receiver who has elite route running ability that will directly translate to the NFL.
He catches the ball naturally, puts on a route running clinic, and will have no problems gaining separation at the NFL level. He also knows how to use his body like a tight end, and is great at contested catches.
Jerry Jeudy is a premier wide receiver with the route running ability to become a WR1 his first day in the league.
He combines his fluid, shifty routes with easy speed to keep defenders on their toes. After being mostly a deep threat inhe expanded his repertoire this past year to include a variety of routes, and he works back towards the football well. Jeudy gives you everything you need in a WR1 with very few weaknesses. Still, Ruggs is a lot more than just fast. He is also powerful and shifty with big hands that helped him rarely ever drop passes at Alabama. Like the two receivers above him, Ruggs is a solid route runner who looks natural releasing from the line and making the catch.
He still needs to prove he can deal with physicality, but press corners will require safety help because of his elite speed. His combination of hands, speed, and route running will be very enticing and gives him All-Pro potential. Denzel Mims helped himself as much as anyone in the combine, putting up a 4.
His ball skills and body control are top end, helping him make jump ball and sideline catches with regularity.Dan Orlovsky shares his top rookies through the first four weeks of the season, highlighting Joe Burrow, Tristan Wirfs and Patrick Queen. Four weeks into the NFL season and a scoring splurge can certainly be seen among the league's best rookies. In our first rookie rankings of the season, nine of the top 10 play on the offensive side of the ball -- and the top of April's first-round draft board is heartily represented as well.
We tabulated the results, using Heisman-type scaling for each ranking, which gave us an overall list. Then, I looked at two first-years who have seen their stock rise over the past four weeks, and two more whose stock has declined. I also provided a few additional notes on the class.
Eight first-round picks from this past April made the cut, including three of the draft's top six picks. Let's take the plunge into the first edition of the rookie rankings, starting with the guy who was the No. Jump to: Top 10 Stock watch Other notes Under the radar. Stats: 1, passing yards, Burrow already has carved out a small slice of NFL history as the first rookie quarterback to throw for at least yards in three consecutive games.
Peyton Manning, for example, started every game as a rookie and had four yard passing games for the season, and none on consecutive weeks. Burrow's 1, yards passing put him at 10th in the league as well. However, the Bengals need to care for the franchise guy much better, given Burrow has been sacked 15 times. Only the Texans' Deshaun Watson has been dropped more after four games Stats: 16 receptions, yards, 1 TD Drafted: No. After finishing with 26 and 44 receiving yards in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively, Jefferson has since gone for and in back-to-back games, averaging at least 25 yards per catch in each of those games.
He has consistently shown in the early going he can beat man coverage even when opposing defensive backs try to get physical with him. Stats: 25 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble Drafted: No.
Just ask the Broncos how versatile Winfield is.
In the Buccaneers' Week 3 win in Denver, Winfield had six tackles, a sack, another quarterback hurry and knocked down a pass. He has played all but one snap for the Buccaneers' defense through four games, and Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has already found a significant role for him in the team's blitz packages. Stats: Becton played every snap in the first two games of the season but left the Week 3 game against the Colts with a shoulder injury and did not start Week 4 against the Broncos he entered and then left the game after just 17 plays.
But he has been the most consistent pass-protector in a wobbly offensive line for an offense that is tied for last in the league in yards per game Stats: passing yards, Herbert made a surprise Week 2 start when Tyrod Taylor suffered a punctured lung when getting a pregame pain injection and has since thrown for at least yards in three consecutive games.
His 8. Stats: 8 tackles, 2. Young suffered a groin injury in Week 3 -- he played 13 snaps before leaving the game -- and did not play in Week 4. But the first snaps he played in Weeks were exactly what Washington had hoped for when they drafted him second overall. He has made an impact both in the pass rush and as a run-defender. Stats: 21 receptions, yards, 2 TDs Drafted: No. The Cowboys have five players with at least 24 targets over the season's first four weeks, yet Lamb has been able to carve out his spot.
He's third on the team in targets 29 and has had at least 59 yards receiving in each of his four games, with his first two touchdowns of the season coming in Week 4 against the Browns.
2020 NFL Draft – Wide Receiver Rankings
Per PFF, he averaged Winks: WR1. Analytics Top Model : WR1. Consensus: WR1. Despite being very young and facing top-notch competition not just in the SEC but for targets on his own teamhe averaged at least He also finished inside the 96th percentile in my adjusted production metric last season.
On tape, he creates separation with the best route running in the class and finishes plays with stop-start moves after the catch. An extremely polished receiver with just one very forgivable question mark 38th percentile Adjusted SPARQ athleticismJeudy can be a high-end slot receiver or go-to target on the outside in the NFL. Winks: WR2.
Analytics Top Model : WR2.
Consensus: WR2. He operated as the No. Already coming off a highly-efficient season as a year-old, Ruggs should only get better with more in-game reps, profiling as a matchup mismatch in Year 1. Winks: WR3. Analytics Top Model : WR3. Consensus: WR3.
Primarily a slot receiver, Jefferson wins with nuanced route running, steady hands, and yards after catch ability. His He occasionally won on vertical routes at LSU and may be the part of his game that can be developed the most in the NFL, especially after showing 4.
Jefferson can be a reliable underneath target as a rookie and has WR1 upside within a couple of seasons. Winks: WR4.Last season, he averaged On tape, he wins at the line of scrimmage with quick feet, creates separation at the next level with his combination of speed and route running ability, and finishes off plays with in-air adjustments and yards after the catch. Per PFF, he averaged Analytics Top Model : WR1. Despite being very young and facing top-notch competition not just in the SEC but for targets on his own teamhe averaged at least He also finished inside the 96th percentile in my adjusted production metric last season.
On tape, he creates separation with the best route running in the class and finishes plays with stop-start moves after the catch. An extremely polished receiver with just one very forgivable question mark 38th percentile Adjusted SPARQ athleticismJeudy can be a high-end slot receiver or go-to target on the outside in the NFL.
Analytics Top Model : WR2. He operated as the No. Already coming off a highly-efficient season as a year-old, Ruggs should only get better with more in-game reps, profiling as a matchup mismatch in Year 1. Analytics Top Model : WR3. Primarily a slot receiver, Jefferson wins with nuanced route running, steady hands, and yards after catch ability.
His He occasionally won on vertical routes at LSU and may be the part of his game that can be developed the most in the NFL, especially after showing 4. Jefferson can be a reliable underneath target as a rookie and has WR1 upside within a couple of seasons. Analytics Top Model : WR4. At Baylor, he broke out as a sophomore and set new career highs as a senior with areceiving line.
He flashed the ability to run a full route tree during the Senior Bowl but likely needs some rookie contract development in that area.
The primary knock on his profile is that he was a year-old non-declare. Analytics Top Model : WR6. As a year-old last season, he produced areceiving line, averaged the third-most yards per target Higgins needs a runway to build up to his 4.One of the most well-rounded and athletic receiver prospects in this year's draft class, Aiyuk took a quick screen pass from quarterback Nick Mullens, got a few nice blocks, and finished it off by going airborne over a defender and landing on his feet in the end zone.
The defender never even touched Aiyuk, who gave 49ers just a slice of what he's capable of bringing to their already potent offense. Please enter an email address. Something went wrong. Jerry Jeudy Alabama.
CeeDee Lamb Oklahoma. Tee Higgins Clemson. Laviska Shenault, Jr. Tyler Johnson Minnesota. Tylan Wallace Oklahoma State. DeVonta Smith Alabama. KJ Hamler Penn State. Justin Jefferson LSU.Top 10 Wide Receivers In The 2020 NFL Draft (Updated)
Donovan Peoples-Jones Michigan. Sage Surratt Wake Forest. Brandon Aiyuk Arizona State. John Hightower Boise State. Devin Duvernay Texas. Collin Johnson Texas. Chase Claypool Notre Dame. Bryan Edwards South Carolina.Editor's Note: These rankings were originally published before the combine.
We will be updating our position rankings throughout draft season. Over the past 50 years, there have been seven drafts with at least six wide receivers selected in the first round. The draft had seven first-rounders, although that draft class was relatively mediocre outside of Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald. The group may turn out to be the best receiver draft class ever and has a chance to challenge—or tie—that group for the most first-rounders.
Regardless of how many are selected in the first round, the class is strong at the top with impressive depth throughout the draft. Jeudy is a polished route-runner that sets up opposing cornerbacks well and has tremendous acceleration out of his breaks. Both quick and fast, the former Biletnikoff award recipient excels after the catch with his stop-start ability and elusiveness.
Jeudy has impressive body control and natural hands, but he has had some concentration drops. The alpha in a receiving corps loaded with four potential first-rounders counting Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle next yearJeudy is a high-floor receiver that should emerge as his future team's No. Like Jeudy, Lamb profiles as a No. Lamb ended with 62 catches for 1, yards and 14 touchdowns Experienced lining up both inside and outside, Lamb has exceptional ball skills with a special ability to contort his body and adjust to the ball in the air.
While he doesn't have elite speed he's fast enough, thoughLamb is dangerous after the catch with his vision in the open field and ability to make would-be tacklers miss. As expected, Ruggs ran the fastest yard dash 4. Given his rare acceleration and run-after-catch ability, Ruggs is a threat to take any slant to the house.
Through his three seasons at Alabama, Ruggs averaged While speed is his most deadly weapon, he has improved as a route-runner and adjusts well to the football. A nuanced route-runner with outstanding ball skills, Jefferson finished top-three in the country in receptionsyards 1, and touchdowns The year-old junior has the versatility to win both outside and from the slot. Shenault remains an unrefined route-runner, but he provides a creative offensive mind and is a versatile weapon that has lined up all over for Colorado.
Built more like a running back than a wide receiver, he turns into a running back with the ball in his hands. With his ability to break tackles, Shenault flourishes in the open field due to his strength, size, burst, vision and elusiveness.
Shenault has strong hands and tracks the deep ball well. His NFL mock draft graded as the most accurate and his NFL mock draft was the second-most accurate out of draft analysts. Home NFL.