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2018 NFL Draft WR Rankings

By Jim Johnson
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Ranking the draftable receiver prospects from the 2018 class, out of Southern Pigskin's coverage area.

These intial rankings are comprised of what right now are the draftable/PFA worthy prospects from our coverage area here at Southern Pigskin -- the ACC, SEC, Sun Belt, and SoCon.

These pre-combine rankings include a basic rundown of strengths and weaknesses, however, after the combine, they will be updated with round projections, player comparisons, and a more in-depth summation of my personal opinion on each respective player.

Starting with the quarterbacks, they will be released one day at a time until all of the position groups are up. After that, they will be easily found in a comprehensive database from a homepage that includes a first round mock draft.

QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | IOL (OG/C) | EDGE (DE/3-4 OLB) | DL | LB | CB | S


1. Calvin Ridley, Alabama: 6’1, 190

Strengths: Full route tree. Elite speed, separation. So effortlessly smooth. Devastating deep threat. Continues to improve as a run blocker. Has good hands, despite the drops -- plucks the ball out of the air. Can be effective outside or in the slot.

Weaknesses: Has struggled with drops throughout his career, in large part due to lapses in concentration. Slender frame and lack of strength allow him to be redirected by bump and run.

2. Christian Kirk, Texas A&M: 5’11, 200

Strengths: Big time playmaker -- picks up a lot of yards after the catch. Very shifty. Gets in and out of his breaks quickly. Natural pass catcher, improved his drop rate despite shaky QB play and a lot of double coverage last year. One of the great punt returners in SEC history.

Weaknesses: Below average catch radius. Quarterback play at Texas A&M has limited his ability to showcase how effective he can be as a deep threat, consistently.

3. D.J. Chark, LSU: 6’4, 198

Strengths: One of the fastest players in the class. Above average hands. Double moves leave defenders in the dust. Not afraid to go over the middle.

Weaknesses: Nearly half of his targets came on routes 20+ yards downfield... What can he do in the short to intermediate range?

4. Antonio Callaway, Florida: 5’10, 193

Strengths: A homerun threat anytime he touches the ball. Gets from zero to sixty in a flash. Was able to overcome inconsistent (to put it nicely) quarterback play at Florida.

Weaknesses: Persistent character concerns. Struggled with drops throughout his career. Didn’t play last season.

5. J’Mon Moore, Missouri: 6’3, 205

Strengths: Good size and athleticism. Makes plays after the catch. Works the sideline well, as it was his primary utilization in college. High upside.

Weaknesses: Limited route tree. Missouri’s scheme kept things easy for him. Still pretty raw.

6. Auden Tate, Florida State: 6’5, 225

Strengths: Tantalizing size. Red zone threat. Cut down on the drops from 2016 to 2017. Above average hands. Physical mismatch for most cornerbacks.

Weaknesses: Probably could’ve used another year of college, unpolished. An upside gamble, higher bust-ability than some.

7. Javon Wims, Georgia: 6’4, 215

Strengths: Great size for the position. Plus body control helps him to reel in some spectacular catches. Made the most of limited opportunities at Georgia. Deep threat.

Weaknesses: Limited route runner. Doesn’t accelerate in and out of breaks. Lacks top end speed to separate downfield against pros.

8. Deon Cain, Clemson: 6’1, 190

Strengths: Dominant deep threat with Deshaun Watson; not so much with Kelly Bryant, but has the tools to get back into form at the next level. Good size and athleticism.

Weaknesses: Often underperformed his physical tools. Far too many drops. Not very well-rounded.

9. Cam Phillips, Virginia Tech: 6’0, 202

Strengths: Sure handed, reliable pass catcher. Plus route runner and run blocker. Works back to the ball. Consistent.

Weaknesses: Doesn’t win many jump balls. Not as athletic as one would like.

10. Braxton Berrios, Miami: 5’9, 186

Strengths: One of the premier slot receivers in college football last season. Great route runner, maintains speed throughout. Above average hands.

Weaknesses: Underrated downfield threat, but it’s still not great. Subpar lateral agility.

11. Quadree Henderson, Pittsburgh: 5’8, 190

Strengths: Elite acceleration. Picks them up and puts them down. Playmaker with the ball in his hands, be it after the catch, on jet sweeps, or especially in the return game.

Weaknesses: Runs so fast and decisively that he’s almost out of control. Not a good route runner. No real route tree at Pitt.

12. Jester Weah, Pittsburgh: 6’3, 210

Strengths: Good size, top end speed prospect. More potential than production. Improved route runner.

Weaknesses: Minus acceleration, quickness. Way too many drops.

13. Steve Ishmael, Syracuse: 6’2, 209

Strengths: Regressed to the mean in 2017, but was one of the most sure handed receivers in the country in 2016.

Weaknesses: Numbers inflated by Syracuse’s offense.

Jim Johnson - Editor of Southern Pigskin, Producer of "Three & Out", and host of "Explosive Recruiting" on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. E-mail: Twitter: @JimJohnsonSP