Pre-Combine Rookie WR Rankings: A Dynasty Fantasy Football Perspective

Pre-Combine Rookie WR Rankings- Dynasty Football

    We are months away from the NFL draft, let alone any rookie drafts, but Id like to get my early rookie rankings out before the combine. There will be minor changes throughout and after the scouting combine and NFL Draft but I wouldn’t expect a dramatic change. Hours and hours of film study have been put into evaluating the skills each wide receiver possesses, both positive and negative. Below there is 31 wide receivers ranked and a few skills that stood out on film.
    If I was occupying a chair as a general manager, scout, or personnel department this is how my board would look at the current time. These rankings are not taking into account where they will fall on draft day, as different variables could alter them; i.e. scheme, fit, and in some cases coaching. Character issues may surface with some of these prospects as I attempt to dig deeper into there background as the draft approaches.
  1. Sammy Watkins– Watkins blew me away on film, his burst was extraordinary zero hesitation or decisiveness when getting up field. Elite body control, hands, separation and vision where all demonstrated.  Watkins is locked in at number 1 on my board.
  2. Jordan Matthews– Matthews is not a physical specimen but is exceptional in every skill you look for in a wide receiver. His 4 years of experience has made him the most polished and pro ready wide receiver of this class. He should have a smooth transition to the pro level.
  3. Marqise Lee– Lee has excellent vision in the open field, his acceleration an ability to separate is similar to Keenan Allen. Injury concerns may cause him to fall in rookie drafts.
  4. Odell Beckham Jr.- Agile, physical freak, great at adjusting to the football and love his ability to go up and high point the football, he plays much bigger then his measurements.
  5. Allen Robinson– Polished route runner, confident, intelligent and some big play ability.
  6. Jarvis Landry– Reliable, confident,  physical and can get vertical with big play ability.
  7. Kelvin Benjamin– Athleticism is off the charts, great body control but needs to improve his repertoire.
  8. Mike Evans– Huge catch radius, plays physical and attacks defenders but lacks acceleration, top-end speed and struggles getting separation.
  9. Brandin Cooks– His acceleration and agility is among the top of this class, polished as a route runner, ability to make defenders miss, plays physical for his size.
  10. Josh Huff– Dynamic playmaker, big play ability, elite in open field and capable of stretching the field.
  11. Cody Hoffman– Catch Radius is great, good adjustment on the football, attacks defensive backs, but lacks initial quickness and burst.
  12. Davante Adams– Great hands, acceptable route runner, bullies DBs around when blocking for the run game.
  13. Paul Richardson– Explosive off line of scrimmage, big play ability, needs to work on consistency and blocking.
  14. Brandon Coleman– Has the skill set to be elite, coaching and determination is needed if he wants to have success at the next level.
  15. L’ Damian Washington– His physic is similar to AJ Green , average route runner and struggles to make defenders miss after the catch but has some big play ability.
  16. Martavis Bryant– Has the size and athletic ability to be a top flight wide receiver at the next level will come down to coaching, mental strength and adjusting to the pro level.
  17. Jared Abbrederis– Polished route runner, intelligent wide receiver , has a deep artisanal to keep defensive backs on there heels.
  18. Michael Campanaro–  Versatile, great hands, very good at getting in and out of his breaks, doesn’t tip routes off, allusive after the catch.
  19. Donte Moncrief– Good size and plays physical, needs to improve route running, struggles to get separation.
  20. Kevin Norwood– Good body control, attacks the football, but shows some inconsistency and concentration issues.
  21. Shaq Evans– Acceleration and top-end speed is great, big play ability but has some concentration issues.
  22. Robert Herron– Versatile weapons, always finds a way to separate, good at adjusting for the football, size will be a concern.
  23. Devin Street– Very agile, acceleration is good, polished route runner, inconsistent hands and suffers getting separation.
  24. Mike Davis– Can stretch the field, but needs to improve and expand his route running ability.
  25. Jalen Sanders– Average speed, he’s a football player with a high motor, always intense and max effort.
  26. Ty Montgomery– Polished in every aspect, uses his hands well to get separation, hands are average at best.
  27. Ryan Grant– Disguises routes well, excels at catching the football in traffic, get him in space and has a dash of big play potential.
  28. Jeremy Gallon– Has potential if you get him in space, issues are size, route running and consistency.
  29. Cody Latimer– Crisp route runner, polished wide receiver with great hands, isn’t physical freak but has great fundamentals.
  30. Bruce Ellington– Outstanding body control, great at adjusting to any football, has a small frame but a huge catch radius. Doesn’t have great initial burst, and top-end speed is questionable.

RB, TE, and QB will soon follow, if you have any questions, opinions, or anything for that matter, find me on twitter @FFPrimeTime.




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