Top 10 Receivers in the 2017 NFL Draft

 

10. Zay Jones – East Carolina

The all-time FBS receptions leader, Jones should be another valuable NFL player like those in his family before him. His father played linebacker in the NFL, winning three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys and his uncle, Jeff Blake, was a quarterback for 14 years. He has incredible hands and isn’t fazed by tight coverage. While he’s a receiver who can play both in the slot and outside, some will argue that the records he broke were due to the scheme ECU ran, but a wise man once told me, “you can’t run away from the DNA.”

 

 

9. Amara Darboh – Michigan 

Darboh may be an NFL quarterback’s dream. He’s comfortable making plays all over the field, whether they be short in-routes or 60-yard vertical shots to the end zone. He knows his routes well and adjusts to his quarterback, making throwing opportunities easier on them. Darboh also has good size and can block in the run-game. However, some GM’s think he needs to have a good combine this week to be in the top-10 receivers selected.

 

 

8. Isaiah Ford – Virginia Tech

Fightin’ Ford I call him. He isn’t afraid to hear his name called in a jump-ball situation. A natural athlete, he’s able to quickly get off the line of scrimmage and become a vertical threat. Ford may be a more complete package than other receivers in this class.

 

 

7. Chad Hansen – California

Hansen is a quick receiver who made quarterback Davis Webb look like an NFL talent. While quick off the line, he plays with physicality and has no problem making catches in traffic. An invaluable skill he possesses is the ability to work the sidelines and make great catches while keeping his feet in-bounds. He will be a hot name being thrown around by GM’s in the draft room.

 

 

6. Dede Westbrook – Oklahoma 

A big-play weapon with quick feet, Westbrook is a reliable playmaker. You can give him the ball behind the line of scrimmage and he will turn it into a score.

 

 

 

 

5. Cooper Kupp – Eastern Washington

Don’t let the fact that he played for Eastern Washington keep you from realizing the potential of Kupp. He set all-time records in total receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in all of Football Championship Subdivision history. Something that stands out about him is that he has the incredible ability to make circus grabs while quickly tucking the ball in to his body.

 

 

 

 

 

4. JuJu Smith-Schuster – USC

JuJu is another receiver who has great size and plays with aggression. What NFL GM’s will love about him is his blocking ability and his soft hands. He could be more polished as a route-runner, but is a physical specimen nonetheless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. John Ross – Washington

Ross is truly a big-play receiver. Every time he touches the ball, expect something special to happen. He has great vertical speed but isn’t as strong as he needs to be to be a complete player in the NFL. For now, he will be a dynamic downfield threat but has all the intangibles to be something special in the league one day.

 

 

2. Corey Davis – Western Michigan 

As you probably know by now, Davis is no-longer a secret. Last season’s Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Davis is college football’s all-time leader in receiving yards. He’s the best in this class at tracking the ball in the air and fights aggressively for jump-balls. He’s a clutch weapon in the red zone who can turn a good quarterback into a great one.

 

 

 

1. Mike Williams – Clemson

This college star racked up 1,361 yards on 98 catches and 11 touchdowns last season while picking up first-team All-ACC honors as well as a National Championship. He has a great frame at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds and also has great speed. He makes spectacular catches and made Deshaun Watson’s job easy on several occasions. Mike Williams will be a fantastic offensive weapon in the NFL.

 

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