How we evaluate the wide receiver position

With the NFL Combine taking place in Indianapolis next week, one thing has become apparent: Draft season is upon us.

Today, we want to introduce you to the evaluation process for the wide receiver position.

Here are some of the key points we keep in mind when scouting wide receivers, followed by Wes Bunting’s current top five.


1. Can he add to the return game?

2. Does he score touchdowns? Big time players make big time plays. We need scores from the great ones.

3. Does he have fast hands? How big are his hands? What ball does he catch the best? What happens after a drop?

4. Can he catch the deep ball over his head? Can he catch the over-router best right to left, or left to right?

5. Can he catch the ball with his feet? (Like a centerfielder in baseball)

6. RAC (run after catch): Be sure to have a good grasp of this on each catch. Who does he make miss, a linebacker or a member of the secondary?

7. Does he have balance down the field? Can he get a rebound?

8. Will he block? It’s hard to run the ball in the NFL without wide receivers who can block. He must compete in this area.

9. Do they have a hot system at his college? How many protections do they have?

10. Can he catch a cold ball? Cold balls are heavy and hard to catch.

11. What is his role in the kicking game?

12. How many of his catches are on third down? How many first downs has he gotten?

NFP Director of College Scouting Wes Bunting’s top five wide receivers:

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