This years draft class is full of talent. The wide receivers in this class have loads of upside. There are plenty of teams looking for either a franchise receiver or just another threat to add to their offense. Here are the top receivers in this years NFL draft.
Top Wide Receivers in 2017 NFL Draft
10. ArDarius Stewart, Alabama
Stewart is a sleeper in this years draft class. As a junior last season, he caught 54 passes for 864 yards and 8 touchdowns. He is a tough, speedy receiver. He is very versatile, and can do just about everything. Stewart is also a very solid run blocker. ArDarius could be a big pickup for a team on draft day.
9. Malachi Dupre, LSU
Dupre is a big receiver who wins the ball at its highest point. At 6-3, he uses his height as an advantage. Dupre also has some seriously strong hands, which help him make catches in traffic. LSU’s run heavy offense helped show that Dupre is an effective run blocker. With limited targets, Dupre hauled in 41 catches for 593 yards and three touchdowns last season.
8. Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech
The one word to use to describe Ford’s game is speed. Pure speed. Ford is a burner receiver. He has the ability to stretch a defense out down the field. He burned past a lot of college corners in his days, and creates separation with his wheels. Last season at Virginia Tech, Ford hauled in 79 receptions for 1,094 yards and 7 touchdowns.
7. Juju Smith-Schuster, USC
Smith-Schuster is a big possession receiver, with a serious combination of size and physicality. He can go across the middle and make the catch in traffic for you. His big size can help him out muscle defensive backs. Smith-Schuster is also a phenomenal blocker, as that is one of the things he takes pride in. Last season he hauled in 90 receptions for 914 yards and 10 touchdowns.
6. Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington
Kupp had a very productive college career. In four years, he put up 428 catches for 6,464 yards and 73 touchdowns, setting the Division I career record in all three categories.. His senior year he put up a career high 117 catches for 1,700 yards. Kupp figures to fit into the NFL as a slot receiver. He has decent size and some excellent hands. Kupp has the confidence that he will catch every pass his way. He is a competitive natural pass catcher. Remember the name Cooper Kupp people, this kids going to be good.
5. Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma
Westbrook is playmaking wide receiver. He does damage down the field or even across the middle. He runs some crisp precise routes. Dede will likely spend most of his time coming out of the slot. Last season, Westbrook was a key part of the Sooners offense as he recorded 80 catches for 1,524 yards and 17 touchdowns. His speed and playmaking ability should make him a threat.
4. Curtis Samuel, Ohio State
Samuel brings NFL teams a sort of versatility. He has the ability to be a slot receiver or a running back. As a receiver, Samuel has some excellent route running skills. His speed and bulk makes him a threat running after the catch. Last season as a receiver, he had 74 receptions for 865 yards and 7 touchdowns. As a running back, he averaged 7 yards per carry and had eight touchdowns. Samuel could be a real weapon as both a receiver and back in the NFL.
3. Corey Davis, Western Michigan
Davis is a quick, polished receiver. He has some very impressive hands, size, and route running. His RAC skills could make him a threat in the NFL. He was a consistent performer at WMU, as he scored 10+ touchdowns and recorded 1,000+ yards in three of his four years there. Last season he put up a stat line of 97 receptions for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns.
2. John Ross, Washington
Standing at 5-11, Ross is a very undersized receiver. He should fit in as a speedy, shifty slot receiver. Ross’ speed, route running, and tremendous hands make in a threat out of the slot. His speed could create some mismatches for him. Last season he was very productive in Washington’s high powered offense. He went for 81 receptions for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns.
1. Mike Williams, Clemson
Williams is without a doubt the top receiver in this draft class. He doesn’t have amazing speed but his tremendous size (6-3) makes him a reliable red zone target. He has had issues with drops over his career so that is something he would need to work on. Last season he caught 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns. His play making ability combined with his size should make a threat for the team who drafts him.