2015 NFL Draft Part IV: The Receivers

I almost called this part The Wide Receivers because I forgot there were some competent tight ends. It’s a down year for the position, but the wide receivers make up for it. Let’s start at the top:

Amari Cooper: Pretty much all you could ask for in terms of production, performance, and measurables. I expected him to blow away this positional grouping, but DeVante White’s ceiling kept this close. Speaking of…

Kevin White: He’s the wide receiver offensive coordinators are dreaming of. Not as polished as Cooper, but is the considered the better deep threat. I’d be surprised to see either Cooper or White fall in the draft. After them, it gets tricky.

Devante Parker: Huge red flag:

He also wasn’t quite as productive as he should have been vs. the competition he faced. I suspect the team that drafts him is going to get a lemon,

Jaelen Strong: Solid possession receiver. Needs to work on his technique. Biggest issue is a wrist injury that will scare some teams away. Medical issues are above my pay grade, so this comes down to trusting your medical staff.

Nelson Agholor: I love him in the slot. After Cooper and White, I see him as the third most likely to succeed among the WR’s.

Dorial Green-Beckham: First round talent, but a huge off field risk. Any team that reaches for him is playing with fire. On the field he’s a fluid red zone target. The combine hurt him as his hands were smaller than expected, and his vertical leap was bollocks.

Devin Smith: Another solid deep threat. A much better value than DGB.

Devin Funchess: He’s a hybrid WR-TE. Doesn’t particularly like being a tight end though. Projects as a good red zone threat.

Breshad Perriman: I like him, but my guess is some team likes him 20+ picks earlier than I do.

Phillip Dorsett: Blazing speed. Put him with a QB with a strong arm and some DB’s will get posterized.

Sammie Coats: Odd player. Doesn’t have great hands and is awkward getting in and out of breaks. However, he plays with great speed and has a notable work ethic. My guess he eventually becomes a solid pro.

Rashad Greene: Lacks the height or speed teams are looking for. Makes the most of what he has and should be a solid value in the third round.

Tyler Lockett: Better than his grade. I’d love to see him end up in New York.

This is a solid draft for wide receivers. As for tight ends…

Maxx Williams: Came out early due to the lack of competition at his position in the draft. He’s a second-round talent, but he might get lucky if a team wants to reach for a TE. Solid receiver and blocker, but not really excellent at either job.

Clive Walford: Williams is better than him right now, but Walford has the higher ceiling. I’d much rather grab Walford in the third round than Williams in the second.


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