The 2019 NFL Draft is filled with wide receiver talent in the later rounds. It’s not a top heavy class but it is deep. There are a lot of players that could see themselves landing as day 2 picks for teams that are needy. Many teams can find both depth and starters at wide receiver in this draft.
5. N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
Harry is a textbook possession receiver. He is 6’2″ and 228 lbs and he knows how to make contested catches. He will catch whatever is thrown to him. One negative about Harry is that he plays physical. Normally, that’s not a bad thing but he has had many instances where he’s gotten flags thrown on him for playing too aggressively. He can be a great wide receiver if he straightens that out but it needs to be done first.
4. Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel is very fast. His 4.48 second 40 yard dash at the combine exemplifies this as well as being one of the most electric returners in the country. He can track the ball well and elevate to make tough catches. Any team picking Samuel will land a returner that is electric plus a wide receiver that can take the top off of a defense.
3. D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
Metcalf may end up having the best career of any wide receiver in this draft. He definitely has the highest ceiling. However, scouts focus too much on simply the fact that he’s a good downhill runner with a big body. However, Metcalf lacks the nuances of running routes. He also doesn’t use his large frame to his advantage which he needs to be successful. Route runners with the ability to create separation are some of the best wide receivers in the NFL and Metcalf still needs to learn
2. Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
Brown may be the second best wide receiver in this class but he’s not even the best Brown. He may be small, standing at 5’9″ and 166 lbs but it’s not an issue for him. The way Brown plays the game is special for someone of his size. He doesn’t just rely on quickness. His body lends himself to going up to make special catches and he’s quick and shifty. He seems destined to be a slot wide receiver in the NFL, given his size. However, he is an all-around great wide receiver in spite of being super small.
1. AJ Brown, Ole Miss
Brown is a similar size to his teammate, Metcalf and he is a more polished prospect. He uses his frame well and runs clean routes which are traits Metcalf doesn’t have. He is a player that can come in and have an immediate impact for any team. Meanwhile with Metcalf, it may take a while for him to meet his ceiling. He is currently the best out of any wide receiver prospect and is the safest if a team is looking for an immediate impact.