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Top Five 2022 NFL Draft Prospects- Wide Receiver

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These guys will look to become the future playmakers of NFL franchises. Today I rank the top five wide receiver prospects for the upcoming NFL Draft.

1 Drake London- USC

Drake London, WR, USC

Drake London, WR, USC

Bio: An all-state athlete in both football and basketball, Drake London signed on at USC to play both sports. He committed solely on football after his freshman year and really became a star. In 2021, he was named the PAC-12 Offensive Player of the Year after recording 88 receptions for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns.

Strengths: Elite size and length to be a matchup nightmare. Hard worker in every aspect. Played extensively on both the outside and in the slot. Fights through inside leverage on inside crossers. Baits coverage away on downfield routes. Generates space out of route cuts. Takes control of the pass on each level. Uses strength to create window throws on the sideline. Quickly locates deep balls and adjusts when tracking. Works back to the pass using basketball boxing out skills on defenders. Wins contested balls with long arms and strong hands. Impressive leaper with great timing and large catch radius.

Weaknesses: Lacks ideal foot quickness off the line. Press corners have stalled him off the snap. Has issues getting free from route redirections. Slow to develop complex downfield routes. Struggles to gain separation out of route breaks. Runs and moves more like a tight end. Poor strength as a run blocker. Lacks speed to run away after the catch.

Pro Comparison: AJ Green

Projected Round: 1

Possible Landing Spot: New York Giants

2. Garrett Wilson- Ohio State

Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

Bio: Growing up in Columbus but played high school football in Texas, Garrett Wilson chose to go home and enroll early at Ohio State. After playing as a valuable reserve as a true freshman, he became a starter the following season. In three seasons, he amassed 2,213 receiving yards and 24 total touchdowns.

Strengths: Deceptive speed surprises corners in single coverage. Instant acceleration creates problems for defense. Knows how to change up speed throughout route. Enough strength to fight through hand traffic and get back on pace. Consistently gains separation on deep routes. Strong and instinctive hands. Good hand extension to catch passes away from his frame. Fantastic leaping ability and can adjust midair. Hauls in difficult 50-50 passes. Elusive and fast after the catch. Experience at returning punts.

Weaknesses: Linear release will be hindered by press corners. Route running needs refinement. Has to adjust better in traffic. Route tree is raw and undisciplined. Footwork gets sloppy on intermediate level. A lot of wasted motion out of breaks. Had some focus drops near the boundaries. Average win rate against positioning cornerbacks.

Pro Comparison: Stefon Diggs

Projected Round: 1

Possible Landing Spot: Cleveland Browns

3. Jameson Williams- Alabama

Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Bio: After playing two seasons in a reserve role at Ohio State, Jameson Williams transferred to Alabama in 2021. In his lone season with the Crimson Tide, he recorded 79 receptions for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns while being named a team All-American.

Strengths: Broke Ezekiel Elliott's Missouri state record in the 300-meter hurdles. Smooth release with blazing acceleration. Able to destroy hands and blow past corners. Speed demands safety help in coverage. Separation is almost guaranteed on go routes. 11 touchdowns of 30 yards or more in 2021. Long arms with extensive catch radius. Sudden hands to pluck balls out of the air. Fluid hips to easily handle back shoulder passes. Instances where he's given up on routes. Poor play strength when fighting for contested balls. Inconsistent at working back to passes and tracking deep balls. Tore his ACL in the national title game.

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Pro Comparison: Will Fuller

Projected Round: 1

Possible Landing Spot: Philadelphia Eagles

4. Chris Olave- Ohio State

Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Bio: After a playing a reserve as a true freshman, Chris Olave became the starter the following fall. He was a three time All-Big Ten selection and an All-American as a senior. He finished his Buckeye career with 176 receptions for 2.711 yards and 36 touchdowns.

Strengths: Smooth operator. Jabs and jukes press corners to get free. Great top end speed for deep routes. Glider with skill to stride past coverage. Good burst to gain separation at any level. Able to set and settle on curls and comebacks. Shifts weight and direction to maintain balance on sharper cuts. Crisp in the air and made countless highlight plays. Alters speed to balls path. Elite ball skills with focus and fast hands. Goes off script and gets open when his quarterback is forced to scramble. Blocked two punts and has skills as a gunner on special teams.

Weaknesses: Ohio State's scheme offered a lot of roam for receivers to roam. Lacks desired play strength for the pro game. Needs to learn to sell his route deception more. Average hand strength to haul in contested catches. Inconsistent at working back to under thrown passes. Just okay after the catch. Gets worked through as a run blocker.

Pro Comparison: Terry McLaurin

Projected Round: 1

Possible Landing Spot: Los Angeles Chargers

5. Treylon Burks- Arkansas

Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

Bio: A four star recruit out of high school, Treylon Burks chose to stay home and attend Arkansas. As a true freshman, he led the team with 475 receiving yards. In 2021, he was a first-team All-SEC selection with 66 catches for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns while setting a school record with six 100 yard receiving games.

Strengths: Great combination of size and speed. Large hands with rare core strength for a wide receiver. Body control to be a mismatch for small cornerbacks. Quickly and urgently gets by press coverage. Release in routes have good lean and push to create space. Quickly turns and sets to show quarterback he's open. Smooth strider for someone his size. Good leverage and acceleration in his route running. Second gear to gain separation. Former baseball outfielder with ability to track and grab deep balls. Sacrifices his body to make tough catches. Climbs the ladder and snags high passes. Strong stiff arm to make a short catch into a large gain.

Weaknesses: Maintaining his ideal playing weight could be an issue. Battling on contested balls has been inconsistent. Allows defensive backs to make a play on 50-50 balls. Wastes time getting into breaks on second level throws. Occasionally makes unnecessary one handed attempt catches. Not the physicality after the catch one would expect with his size.

Pro Comparison: AJ Brown

Projected Round: 1

Possible Landing Spot: Indianapolis Colts

Other Notable Prospects

Jahan Dotson- Penn State

  • Elite break away speed, durability concerns

Alec Pierce- Cincinnati

  • Great size and catch radius, not very dynamic

George Pickens- Georgia

  • Quality size and speed, injury history

David Bell- Purdue

  • Versatile and smooth, lacks pure speed

John Metchie III- Alabama

  • Good in quick/short game, has problems working downfield

Christian Watson- North Dakota State

  • Impressive size, weak level of competition

Romeo Doubs- Nevada

  • Prototype build, not a natural pass catcher

Bo Melton- Rutgers

  • Compact and well built frame, not a great athlete

Khalil Shakir- Boise State

  • Versatile athlete, more quick than fast

Jalen Nailor- Michigan State

  • Speed to embarrass defenses, overly raw

Jalen Tolbert- South Alabama

  • Crafty hesitation, one speed

Devon Williams- Oregon

  • Excellent vertical leap, slender for his size

Erik Ezukanma- Texas Tech

  • Reliable hands, limited pro style route tree

Danny Gray- Southern Methodist

  • Easy strider, below average size

Wan'Dale Robinson- Kentucky

  • Impressive initial burst, very small frame to play on the outside

Reggie Roberson Jr- Southern Methodist

  • Technically refined, Injury concerns

Dontario Drummond- Ole Mississippi

  • Intriguing body control, not a physical receiver

Makai Polk- Mississippi State

  • Long frame, struggled against strong competition

Kevin Austin Jr- Notre Dame

  • Nice burst off the line, Not very polished

Skyy Moore- Western Michigan

  • Human highlight reel, smaller frame

Calvin Austin III- Memphis

  • Legitimate track speed, strictly a slot receiver due to size

Velus Jones Jr- Tennessee

  • Sharp route runner, shies away from contested catches

Tre Turner- Virginia Tech

  • Climbs the ladder, average play strength

Justyn Ross- Clemson

  • Enormous size, slow speed

Kyle Philips- UCLA

  • Elite athleticism, restricted to the slot

Slade Bolden- Alabama

  • Played big in big spots, was never the top target in an offense

Jerreth Sterns- Western Kentucky

  • Ideal safety blanket, Only one season in FBS

Josh Johnson- Tulsa

  • Naturally rout runner, limited playing time

Ty Fryfogle- Indiana

  • Good ball tracker, underperformed in 2021

Devin Thopmkins- Utah State

  • Electrifying playmaker, lacks physical traits

Tyquan Thornton- Baylor

  • Great speed, poor play strength

Charleston Rambo- Miami

  • Solid speed and ball tracking, lots of dropped balls

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