NFL Draft: Top 5 Wide Receiver Prospects
With the draft approaching, some have heralded this wide receiver class as one of the top in the past decade. Where does the Ohio State duo rank? Did Jameson Williams’ injury drop his ranking? Overall, which receivers stand out above the rest? Let’s take a closer look.
1. Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
With Wilson, it’s simple; don’t overthink it. Over the course of his three seasons as a Buckeye, Wilson accumulated 143 receptions for 2,213 yards and 24 scores. Wilson averaged 15.5 yards per reception as well.
His scheme versatility, fluid hips and ability to stretch the field make him a playmaker for any team. He runs an advanced route tree and should be able to pick up a pro playbook quickly.
All and all, Wilson is one of the safest players in the class with the potential to be a true top receiver in an offense relatively quickly.
2. Drake London, USC
The former two-sport athlete as a Trojan has been labeled by some as the receiver with the highest potential in this class. Although coming off an ankle injury has given some reason for concern, all indications point to London returning to full strength for the fall.
London was on pace to go down in the history books with the Trojans prior to injury as his volume received was unprecedented, averaging 11 receptions a game through eight games this past fall. London finishes his collegiate career with 160 receptions for 2,153 yards and 15 touchdowns.
London adds allure as a 50/50 ball weapon, but he can do so much more. His length allows him to create separation relatively easily, plus he’s a physical receiver with a build that makes him incredibly tough to bring down. London will be a versatile weapon capable of being an impact player right away, wherever he ends up.
3. Chris Olave, Ohio State
Olave was someone many thought could have come out in last year’s draft class and been just as successful. Olave opted to return though and continue to develop his game. He now provides intrigue as one of the most refined route runners in the class, a constant threat to get open and find separation and one of the most consistent producers. Olave posted 175 receptions for 2,702 yards and 35 touchdowns in his four-year career.
Olave will immediately be able to produce at the next level and with minimal injury concern and consistency in multiple facets of his game, he may just be the safest receiver in the draft class.
4. Jameson Williams, Alabama
Jameson Williams' speed and playmaking ability has drawn comparisons to past Bama receiver Jaylen Waddle and his fellow Dolphin, Tyreek Hill. Williams, who is coming off a significant injury, will look to carry that mantle at the next level, something he should do with ease upon his expected return during the NFL season.
Williams exploded at Bama after transferring from Ohio State this past year, posting 79 receptions for 1,572 yards, 15 touchdowns and an average of nearly 20 yards per reception. Williams is a dominant playmaker who looks primed to wreak havoc upon the NFL if he can stay healthy.
5. Jahan Dotson, Penn State
The Nittany Lion legend ranks in at No. 5 after a strong combine and pro day performances and outstanding play in his final season in the blue and white. Dotson produced to the tune of 183 receptions for 2,757 yards and 25 touchdowns in his four years at Penn State.
Dotson’s superb body control, scheme diversity and excellent route running capabilities will allow him to flourish at the next level and his game breaking ability should vault him to a top 40 draft selection and a potentially lengthy pro career.
Dylan Price is a first-year majoring in journalism. To contact him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dylan Price is a first year student at Pennsylvania State University studying Journalism in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.
Dylan currently serves as a member of CommRadio at Penn State where he works with other students to cover Penn State and national sports. Outside of sports media, Dylan is an Eagle Scout and serves as a board member for FOTO, a special interest organization benefiting THON. Dylan also hosts his own podcast called, “Ambitious with Dylan Price” where he interviews NFL players, College Football coaches, NASCAR Champions, NHL Legends, Mental Health Advocates, ESPY Award Winners and Former U.S. Senators. Dylan also works as a staff writer for Empire Sports Media and Turn On The Jets covering the New York Jets, New York Yankees, Baseball, Boxing and NASCAR. Dylan intends to graduate and pursue a career in media or coaching as his biggest passion is entertaining and helping others.