It will be hard to top the 2020 draft class of incredible wide receiver. With an eye opening 13 wide outs taken in the first two rounds the bar has now been set higher for future draft classes. This year’s prospects don’t have to take a back seat to anyone. Although size wise they aren’t as big, they make up for it with speed and big play potential. Offenses have evolved at the high school level with 4 and 5 wide receiver sets becoming the norm. This evolution has fed the college ranks and subsequently made wide receiver depth plentiful. With teams always looking for playmakers, look for double digit wide outs to be taken again in first two rounds of the 2021 draft.
Rondale Moore – 5’9” 180 – Perdue – Junior – Rating (3.85)
2019 Stats: (4 games) 29 Receptions / 387 receiving yards / 2 receiving touchdowns
Strengths: A space and chase guy. Elusive runner in the open field & can line up anywhere in your offense.
Weakness: Only played 4 games in 2019 due to injury.
Player Comparison: Tyreek Hill Kansas City Chief Wide Receiver.
Overall: Moore had an electric freshman year for the Boilermakers. He played on the outside, in the slot, as a returner, and carried the ball on jet sweeps. The possibilities are endless as an offensive weapon. Moore missed a majority of the 2019 season and has opted out of the 2020 season. He has turned his focused to the 2021 NFL Draft. When healthy, Moore will be an instant impact guy at the pro ranks with his versatility and ability to make the big play.
Devonta Smith – 6’1” 175 – Alabama –Senior – Rating (3.64)
2019 Stats: 68 receptions / 1256 receiving yards / 14 touchdowns
Strengths: Elusive in the open field, good route runner, and can cut on a dime.
Weakness: Although he played through them, Smith was banged up last year with shoulder and hamstring issues.
Player Comparison: TY Hilton Indianapolis Colts Wide Receiver
Overall: Smith has speed for days for Alabama’s big play offense. He averaged 18.5 yards a catch playing alongside Jaylon Waddle and NFL first round pick Jerry Jeudy. Smith has excellent footwork and balance. The preseason All-American is a great all around receiver who can run every route and be a vital part of an offenses screen game as both a receiver and a blocker. He should be a sleeper in the Heisman race in 2020.
JaMarr Chase – 6’1” 200 – LSU – Junior – Rating (3.57)
2019 Stats: 84 receptions / 1780 receiving yards / 20 touchdowns
Strengths: Great body control, big play machine, and strong hands.
Weakness: Had trouble separating at times from physical press coverage and doesn’t give good effort blocking.
Player Comparison: Stephan Digg Minnesota Vikings Wide Receiver.
Overall: Had an absolute monster 2019 season. Chase was the #1 yardage and touchdown target for the National Champions and arguably the greatest offense in College Football history. Averaging 21.2 yards a reception last season and saved his best game for the title game versus Clemson (9-221-2 Touchdowns). Chase has opted out of the 2021 season to get ready for the Draft. A lock 1st round pick in the spring.
Rashod Bateman – 6’2” 210 – Minnesota – Junior – Rating (3.57)
2019 Stats: 60 receptions / 1219 receiving yards / 11 touchdowns
Strengths: Uses his size well on routes and has strong hands.
Weakness: Does not separate from defenders.
Player Comparison: Breshad Perriman New York Jets Wide Receivers.
Overall: Bateman would have really benefited from another productive year. He worked hard going into his sophomore year. He but on 15 pounds and got a lot stronger to make himself into a more physical receiver. Wins on 50/50 balls with his strong hands and body postioning. Bateman has good potential as a strong move the sticks and red zone target.
Jaylon Waddle – 5’10” 182 – Alabama – Junior – Rating (3.50)
2019 Stats: 33 receptions / 560 receiving yards / 6 touchdowns / 24.4 average punt return / 2 special team touchdowns (1 punt & 1 kickoff return)
Strengths: Big play speed burner who can separate from any defender and extremly elusive in the open field.
Weakness: small receiver who was third option of a talent receiver group. He will have to prove he can be a #1 target to warrant a first round pick.
Player Comparison: DeSean Jackson
Overall : Jaylon Waddle will now take on a bigger role with the Crimson Tide this season. He is an absolute menace in the open field. Waddle makes smooth transitions in his cuts and has electric speed when he gets vertical. Any coach who punts to this guy should immediately be on the hot seat. Last year Waddle lit up rival Auburn with 3 touchdown catches and a kick return for a touchdown. Look for a lot more touches in a variety of ways for Waddle in the up coming season.
Reggie Todd – 6’5” 205 – Troy –Senior – Rating (3.28)
2019 Stats: 38 receptions / 666 receiving yards / 5 touchdowns / 27.4 average per kickoff return / 1 kickoff return for a touchdown
Strengths: Has a unique combination of size, speed, and leaping ability.
Weakness: Todd has been to 3 different schools in three years and was arrested in 2018.
Player Comparison: AJ Green Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver
Overall: Todd physically is an absolute freak. At Mississippi State his freshman year he returned kicks because of his elusiveness and speed. A basketball prospect as well. Todd was arrested in 2018 and transferred to a community college before landing at Troy last season. He could improve his draft stock with a dynamic 2020 season.
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