#ASTDraftExpress WR Rankings…
To continue our NFL Draft Coverage for #ASTDraftExpress, I am evaluating and ranking the 2014 Wide Receiver Class. Let me just say that, this year’s wide receiver class is the most talented I’ve ever seen enter the NFL. This group in general is the most talented from the 2014 Draft. It wasn’t easy making these rankings, but I hope you enjoy them… #ASTDraftExpress
1. WR Sammy Watkins from Clemson -
He is the complete package at the wide receiver position. There isn’t a debate on who’s the best at what he does. Sammy just can’t do no wrong. His route running is really good. I love his acceleration after the catch and he isn’t afraid to be physical with DB’s. For someone who is 6’0, he plays like he’s 6’5 with his ability to win in jump ball situations. Possess strong hands and the rare ability to turn a lot of plays into big ones. This guy is the TRUTH…
2. WR Mike Evans from Texas A&M -
You can’t teach 6’5 and 232 Pounds. You can’t teach the ability to win every jump ball situation, you’re in. Most times they say, the quarterback makes the receiver look good but in Evans’ case, he made QB Johnny Manziel look good on a lot of occasions. His ability to focus on the ball despite multiple defenders around or having to back track, is very impressive. For someone who isn’t “fast”, he does have good acceleration when he has the ball. Route running can use more improvement but it’s good enough for him to be a impact player in his rookie year. Watch out for Mike!
3. WR Marqise Lee from USC -
I really like how Lee plays the game. A gifted route runner who can run any route in the book. Possess good hands and good body control. Is very quick and can reach top speed quickly in open space.
4. WR Odell Beckham Jr from LSU -
This guy is a straight up stud. Regardless of which route he’s running or the coverage that’s in front of him, his speed can’t be contained. Also possess a good pair of hands and is capable of making any catch.
5. WR Brandin Cooks from Oregon State -
This guy might have one of the highest ceilings out of everyone at his position and that’s saying a lot. Even though he’s listed at 5-10 and 185 Pounds, he plays bigger than that. His speed and quickness is tremendous, especially after the catch. His route running and explosion off the line is top notch IMO. Strong hands for a small guy too. He can be a big impact player in his rookie year… just watch!
6. WR Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State -
After watching a few of his game tapes along with performance at the Combine, I think Kelvin can be the next Larry Fitzgerald. There are some similarities between the two receivers. Both have great size (Larry is 6-3 and 218 while Kelvin is 6-5 and 240). Despite their size, both have played in the slot a lot and excelled. The biggest similarities I see between the two is how they play the game and their ability to show up in crunch time. Both players use their size as a advantage and when the end is near, you can expect both of them to make big plays. I like this dude.
7. WR Davante Adams from Fresno State -
I wasn’t “Wow’d” when watching his tape but when I finished studying, I left with a good vibe. Davante is a competitive player who is willing to run through anybody that’s in his way. His natural hands allow him to catch the ball with no problem and his release off the line is on point. Has nice size for the position (6-2 and 212) and should be a regular contributor on the next level.
8. WR Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt -
In a time, where scouts and fans focus heavily on a player’s athleticism and potential, Jordan Matthew’s game is refreshing to me. He isn’t the fastest or the quickest, but his skill-set is pretty good IMO. I love not only how he runs his routes (nice and low while getting off the line quickly) but how he sells them. Selling a route, especially one that requires a double move is very important. Jordan does a good job selling every movement his body makes when running a certain route. Think of it as a pump fake or when a player jumps into his crossover in basketball. That’s what Jordan Matthews does when running routes. He also shows off good hands and the ability to get the ball at it’s highest point.
9. WR Jarvis Landry from LSU -
My thoughts on Jarvis might be different from others but oh well. I like Jarvis but I’m not the biggest fan of his. He does show the ability to make tough catches and he plays with a lot of heart, but I’m not sure about his athleticism and route running ability. I think he can be much better, if drafted by the right team and learning from accomplished veterans.
10. WR Allen Robinson from Penn State -
Allen has good size (6-3 and 210 Pounds) but that’s the only good part of his game. I think everything else is solid but can be good if worked upon a lot. From route running to catching to jump ball skills, Allen can be a good player in the NFL. I see him as a Eric Decker type of receiver. Won’t wow you with his athleticism but with his skills, he can.