June 21, 2018 - Dion Caputi
2019 NFL Draft Preview – WRs
The 2019 receiving class is a mix of size, length and speed, yet most (but not all) are plagued by issues, whether it's inconsistent quarterback play or injury. Despite those drawbacks, all have remained productive. My (very fictional) crystal ball tells me that at the end of the 2018 collegiate season we'll be more excited about this year's crop than last years. 1. A.J. Brown, Ole Miss (6'1" 225lbs.) • Though catching passes from multiple quarterbacks in 2017, Brown remained highly productive. Despite lacking in top-end speed, Brown possesses dangerous ability after the catch, running with reckless abandon. His pro comparison is a rich man's 2010-2011 Hakeem Nicks. 2. N'Keal Henry, Arizona State (6'4" 216lbs.) • Long, big-bodied volume catcher with a wide catch radius, Henry does quite well in most 50-50 situations, imposing size on smaller defenders. A former blue-chip recruit, Henry has acrobatic athleticism and makes play-saving adjustments on film. The question he will have to answer is can he separate against speed consistently in 2018? [caption id="attachment_80944" align="alignright" width="186"] © Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports[/caption] 3. Deebo Samuel, South Carolina (6'0" 210lbs.) • Your quintessential Swiss Army knife. Before suffering a broken leg injury that ended his season in SC's third game, Deebo accumulated four offensive touchdowns (three receiving, one rushing) and returned both of his two kick return attempts for scores. He could be a special playmaker, but needs to stay healthy. 4. David Sills V, West Virginia (6'4 203lbs.) • A former quarterback prodigy who committed to USC at the tender age of 13, Sills ultimately wound up in Morgantown and, after a transition year in JUCO, he went on to lead the NCAA in receiving touchdowns (18, tied with Anthony Miller). Though quite raw, if Sills continues to develop and proves he can run a greater variety of routes he will shine at the pro level. He's already a lethal red zone threat. [caption id="attachment_80945" align="alignright" width="178"] © Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports[/caption] 5. Stanley Morgan Jr., Nebraska (6'1" 195lbs.) • The focal point of Nebraska's passing offense in 2017, Morgan's blend of physicality and inside-outside versatility will assure him of even more responsibility this season. Due for a production bump in Scott Frost's newly implemented offense, Morgan could become a household name. Honorable Mention: Marquise Brown, Oklahoma (5'11" 162lbs.) • This underclassman is one of college football's fastest offensive players. While size and bulk are concerning, the success of diminutive profiles like Tyreek Hill and Antonio Brown have broken barriers for receivers like Marquise Brown. Lincoln Riley's offense should give him a good place to showcase his skills. This is our way-too-early position by position look at the 2019 NFL draft. The previous parts in the series were Quarterbacks and Offensive Tackles.