Ranking the draft-eligible wide receivers for fantasy
Jeff Ratcliffe offers thoughts on 73 different draft-eligible wide receivers from a fantasy perspective.
Ranking the draft-eligible wide receivers for fantasy
With the 2017 NFL draft looming on the horizon, we’ve essentially got as much information on this year’s prospects as we’re going to get. The wide receiver class isn’t an elite group like we’ve seen in recent years, but there’s a lot of potential future fantasy options. Below you’ll find the pre-draft fantasy football rookie rankings for the position along with a detailed profile for each player. The links are to the PFF scouting reports on the players, when available.
Remember, ranking players is a process that continuously changes as we get new pieces of information. The biggest piece won’t come until late April when the player is either drafted, signed as an undrafted free agent, or passed over by the 32 NFL teams. For now, all the incoming players exist in a vacuum without a team and can be compared on even ground.
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1. Corey Davis, Western Michigan — Polished route runner with good size (6-3, 209). Prolific at the collegiate level, Davis is the all-time college leader in receiving yards (5,285). He also scored 52 touchdowns in his four years at Western Michigan. Strong after the catch, Davis averaged 8.1 yards after catch. Ranked top 10 in yards per route run in each of the last three years. Able to line up all over the field. Injured during the pre-draft process and did not work out at his pro day. Comps to Keenan Allen. Has the potential to be a high-volume fantasy option with WR1 production in the long term.
2. Mike Williams, Clemson — A physical specimen, Williams checks in at 6-4, 218 pounds. That size gives him the ability to have success in the short game, but to also make contested catches downfield, including some for the highlight reel. Caught 51.9 percent of his deep-ball targets, which ranked sixth in the nation. Suffered a near career-ending injury in 2015, fracturing his neck after hitting his head on the goalpost on a touchdown catch. He returned to post big numbers in 2016 with 84 catches for 1,171 yards and 10 scores. Strong after the catch, he posted 22 forced missed tackles last season. Only dropped 5.8 percent of his opportunities in 2016. Doesn’t have blazing speed, but ran respectable 40 times of 4.56 and 4.58 at this pro day. Comparable to Alshon Jeffery. Has the makings of a future WR1.
3. John Ross, Washington — Big-play dynamo who caught 13-of-27 deep ball targets for 535 yards and seven scores in 2016. Blazing fast. Put up a record 4.22 40-yard dash and jumped 11’1″ in the broad at the combine. Finished the year with 81 catches for 1,150 yards and 17 scores while also chipping in eight carries for 102 yards and a score. Not the biggest receiver (5-11, 188) but can flat-out fly. Ran a 4.22 at the combine. Torn MCL in 2014 and missed all of 2015 with a torn left ACL. Ross has some DeSean Jackson to his game but may be slightly more versatile. His home-run ability will make him a better asset in standard formats.
4. Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech — Versatile receiver/returner who scored a combined 23 touchdowns in 2016 — 19 receiving, 2 rushing, and 2 return. Extremely productive last season with 1,535 yards on 82 catches. Saw 36 of his 137 targets at least 20 yards downfield. Tied for seventh in yards per route run (3.55). Dynamic and tough after the catch, he put up a massive 9.6 YAC and a nation-leading 48 forced missed tackles. A tad on the smaller side (5-11, 199), but put up a fast 40 time (4.46). Best with the ball in his hands. Isn’t polished as a route-runner. Our team compared him to a bigger version of Tavon Austin. Has the versatility and tools to be a long-term fantasy asset.
5. Zay Jones, East Carolina – The FBS all-time leader in receptions (399) and posted a massive 158 catches last season for 1,746 and eight scores. Good size (6-2, 201) and ran an impressive 40 time (4.45). Caught a lot of balls in the short areas of the field, not necessarily because he dominated the competition. Saw a massive 216 targets, but only 13.4 percent came on deep balls. He’s a faster version of Anquan Boldin. Has the pedigree and potential to be a productive fantasy option.
6. JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC — Strong and physical receiver (6-2, 220), but not the greatest speed (4.54 40 time at the combine). Posted 89 catches for 1,454 yards and 10 scores as a sophomore in 2015, finishing as our No. 30 overall receiver despite playing with a broken hand. Dealt with a back injury in 2016, but still managed 914 yards and 10 scores on 70 catches. His aggressive play and ability to go up and make contested catches have drawn comparisons to Anquan Boldin. Our team likens him to Pierre Garcon. Lacks elite-level talent, but his physicality is a plus. He has the long-term potential to return WR2 value in the right landing spot.
7. Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky — Wildly productive receiver who caught 86 balls for 1,467 yards and 17 scores in 2015 and followed that up with 98 catches for 1.730 yards and 17 scores last year. Caught 20 deep balls for 948 yards and 11 scores, averaged 7.7 YAC, and forced 17 missed tackles last season. He also ranked second in yards per route run at 3.92. Numbers were in part the byproduct of Western Kentucky’s scheme, but he’s still talented enough to be a productive pro and solid fantasy option.
8. Chris Godwin, Penn State — Athletic and muscular at 6-1, 209. Posted 19 reps on the bench. Didn’t rack up massive numbers in college, but managed 59 catches for 982 yards and 11 scores in 2016. Not much of a factor after the catch with 4.5 YAC and nine forced missed tackles. Caught 14-of-32 deep ball targets for 504 yards and seven scores. In total, 34 percent of his targets came downfield. Ran a fast 40 (4.42) and 20-yard shuttle (4.00) at the combine. Has the athletic profile to be a fantasy asset.
9. ArDarius Stewart, Alabama — Solid player who wasn’t heavily used in 2016 with freshman QB Jalen Hurts under center. Still managed 54 catches for 864 yards and eight scores. Built like a running back (6-1, 204). Extremely effective after the catch with a YAC of 10.4 and 18 forced missed tackles. Caught 70.1 percent of his targets. Ran 4.49 in the 40 at the combine. Has the makings of a potentially productive pro.
10. Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington — Hyper-productive small-schooler who racked up 428 catches for 6,464 yards and 73 scores. Impressive speed and athleticism. Not huge, but decent size (6-2, 204). Had 100-plus catches in each of the last three years. Caught 14 deep-ball passes for 530 yards and eight scores last year. Was extremely efficient on a per-route basis, ranking eighth in the nation with 3.32 yards per route run. Ran 85 percent of his routes out of the slot with 99 of his 119 catches coming on these routes last year. Ran a disappointing 4.62 40-yard dash at the combine, but plays faster. Our team compares him to T.J. Houshmandzadeh for his football intelligence and route-running ability. Overall, Kupp is a skilled receiver who has the makings of a PPR asset.
11. Chad Hansen, Cal — Started at Idaho State and then transferred to Cal after one year. Only 19 catches for 249 and a score in 2015. Exploded for 1,249 yards and 11 scores on 92 catches last season. Missed two games to an ankle injury. Has good size (6-2, 202) and ran a respectable 4.53 40 at the combine. Only 4.8 yards after catch per reception with seven forced missed tackles in 2016. Had 16 deep-ball receptions (tied for seventh in the nation) for 480 yards and six scores. Physical style of play and ability to run after catch is similar to Demaryius Thomas. Intriguing prospect with the size/speed to be an upside WR2 in the long term.
12. Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M — Tall and lean (6-3, 194) receiver who has a track background, competing in the hurdles at the high school level. Caught 50-plus balls in all three seasons at A&M. Has 61 receptions for 1,039 yards and 12 scores last season. Deep threat ability, but doesn’t have over-the-top speed (4.52 40 time at the combine). Had 11 deep-ball catches for 450 yards and 4 scores. Red-zone asset. Arguably the best end-zone fade-route runner in this year’s class. Our team compares him to Jordan Matthews. Needs to add mass, but his athleticism helps the cause. Could surface as a big-play threat.
13. Curtis Samuel, Ohio State — Extremely versatile. Played H-back at Ohio State. In 2016, he rushed 97 times for 771 yards and eight scores and had 865 yards and seven scores on 74 catches. Not the biggest player (5-11, 196), but has very good speed (4.31 in the 40). Will likely contribute in the return game at the next level. Raw as a receiver, which bodes poorly for immediate contributions on offense. Has long-term fantasy upside as a Percy Harvin type.
14. Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma — Very thin build (6-0, 178), but has good quickness. Started at Blinn Community College and moved on to Oklahoma in 2015. Had a big 2016 season with 1,524 yards and 17 scores on 80 catches. Also, racked up 20 forced missed tackles and a massive 9.7 yards after catch per reception. Very productive last season, but his lack of size is a concern. Blazed a 4.34 40 time at his pro day. Will likely surface at times on the fantasy radar, but doesn’t profile as a consistent option.
15. Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech — Outside receiver who is a tad on the thin side (6-1, 194) and ran a poor 40 time at the combine (4.61). Topped 1,000 yards and 75 catches in each of the last two seasons. Did very little after the catch with just 4.1 YAC and six forced missed tackles on 79 receptions last year. But is able to high-point 50/50 balls. Ran mainly slants, hitches, and go routes at Virginia Tech. Comps to Justin Hunter aren’t ideal. Could be a deep-ball threat in the mold of Allen Hurns, but that means a boom-or-bust fantasy profile.
16. Malachi Dupre, LSU — Posted lackluster numbers over the last two seasons (43-698, 6 TDs in 2015; 41-593, 3 TDs in 2016) but that was due more to the poor LSU pass game than to ability. Was the state champ in long, triple, and high jump in high school. Has good size (6-2, 196), but isn’t a burner (4.52 40 time). Did display explosion at the combine with a 39.5-inch vertical jump and 11’3″ in the broad jump. Did very little after the catch with a YAC of 4.0 and only three forced missed tackles. Deep speed led to 43 percent of his yards coming on targets at least 20 yards downfield. Comps to Sammie Coates with ability to take the top of the defense but trouble with consistency. Has upside, but will enter the NFL close to his fantasy floor.
17. KD Cannon, Baylor — Productive receiver who topped 1,000 yards in two of three seasons at Baylor, including last year when he put up 1,215 and 13 scores on 87 receptions. Athletic, but on the smaller side (5-11, 182), our team compares him to Travis Benjamin. Fast (4.41 40) and explosive (37″ vert). Ran a limited route tree at Baylor. Has field-stretching ability, but profiles more as a boom-or-bust type for fantasy purposes.
18. Jalen Robinette, Air Force — Big plays galore, he averaged 27.4 yards per reception catching 35 balls for 959 yards and six scores in 2016. Saw 70 targets, and 31 came on deep balls. Caught 17 of those balls for 699 yards and five scores. Impressive size (6-3, 220), but wasn’t asked to do a lot in the Air Force offense. Ran 4.62 in the 40 at the combine. Has an intriguing long-term outlook.
19. Travin Dural, LSU — Only caught 100 balls for 1,716 yards and 13 scores in four years at LSU, but was hampered by injuries and a poor passing game. Has NFL size (6-1, 202), but testing numbers were a tad on the slower side (4.57 40 at the combine). That said, he comes from a track-and-field background and shows good game speed. Had six drops on just 51 targets in 2016. Still very raw as a route-runner. Has upside, but his low floor makes him a potentially volatile fantasy prospect.
20. Josh Malone, Tennessee — Outside receiver who has good size (6-3, 208) and speed (4.40 40-yard dash at the combine). Had a productive 2016 with 50 catches for 972 yards and 11 scores. Caught 67.7 percent of his targets and manage 5.8 yards after catch. Caught 13 deep balls for 509 yards and 10 scores. Similar to Tyrell Williams. Big-play upside makes him a candidate to surface on an NFL roster and possibly as a fantasy asset.
21. Robert Davis, Georgia State — Tall (6-3, 219) and athletic receiver who put up impressive testing numbers at the combine with a 4.45 in the 40, 41 inches in the vert, and a position-leading 11’4″ in the broad jump. Played all four years. Didn’t put up massive numbers, but managed 222 career catches. Went for 968 yards and five scores last year. Thomas Davis’s cousin. Intriguing athlete who could ultimately land on the fantasy radar.
22. Amara Darboh, Michigan — Prototype size (6-2, 214) receiver out of a pro-style offense. Wasn’t the most prolific producer, with 57 catches for 862 yards and seven scores last season. Saw 28 deep-ball targets, but only caught seven. Ran a solid 4.45 40 time at the combine. Forced 17 missed tackles on 117 catches over the last two seasons. Profiles as a complementary receiver at the pro level, so landing spot will heavily impact his long-term outlook.
23. Mack Hollins, North Carolina — Four-year player who scored eight times in both 2014 and 2015. Only played seven games last year due to a collarbone injury that required surgery. Has ideal size (6-4, 221) and speed (4.53 40 time). Downfield threat who saw 21 deep balls on 51 targets in 2015 and 21 out of 62 in 2014. Raw route-runner. Our team notes similarities to Mike Wallace. Averaged 7.1 YAC in 2015. Intriguing upside, but Hollins is a longshot to surface as a consistent fantasy option.
24. Kenny Golladay, Northern Illinois — Started his college career at North Dakota, but transferred after the head coach was fired. Had 73 catches in 2015 and posted 87 receptions for 1,156 yards and eight scores last year. Tall (6-4, 218) and fast (4.50 40 time). Not particularly effective after the catch with just 3.6 YAC and eight forced missed tackles. Has some upside appeal, especially as a red-zone asset.
25. Shelton Gibson, West Virginia – Deep-ball receiver who profiles as a big-play threat in the NFL. Saw 29 deep-ball targets last season, catching 17 for 726 yards and all eight of his scores. On the smaller side (5-11, 191) and isn’t especially fast (4.50). One-trick pony. Only saw 72 targets and caught 43 balls last year. Figures to be a Will Fuller type at the pro level with a low-volume, boom-or-bust fantasy profile.
26. Speedy Noil, Texas A&M — Versatile all-purpose player who had numerous suspensions in college. He was suspended for spring practices and two games — including the bowl game — in 2015. Was also suspended for two games, including another bowl game, last year. Not huge (5-11, 211), but is an off-the-charts athlete. Jumped 43.5 in the vert and 11’1″ in the broad. Character concerns are very real, but has the talent to surface on the fantasy radar.
27. Keon Hatcher, Arkansas — Stout receiver who checks in at 6-1, 212 pounds. Missed most of the 2015 season with a broken left foot. Returned to catch 44 balls for 743 yards and eight scores. Decent YAC (5.9) but only forced seven missed tackles. Only saw 13-of-68 targets downfield. Size and physicality bode well for his play at the next level. Lack of a speed (4.64 40 time) is a concern. Worth a look in deep dynasty leagues if he lands in the right spot.
28. Noah Brown, Ohio State — Big-play receiver who only played 14 games at Ohio State. Missed all of 2015 with a broken leg. Has a big frame (6-2, 222) and is able to use his strength on the field. Massive catch radius. Capable of making highlight reel catches. Inexperience is a concern, as he only saw 50 targets in his college career. His ability as a blocker bodes positively for him landing on an NFL roster, but he’s a bit of a longshot to surface on the fantasy radar.
29. Artavis Scott, Clemson — Caught 245 balls in his three years at Clemson, but managed an uninspiring 8.1 yards per catch last season. More of a possession receiver type who lacks shiftiness. Only checks in at 5-10, 193, and ran a 4.61 40 at the combine. Doesn’t have the makings of a long-term fantasy asset.
30. Ishmael Zamora, Baylor — Big-bodied receiver (6-4, 215) who served a three-game suspension in 2016 after a video was released that showed him beating a dog with a belt. Was not invited to the combine. Has a track background. Was a state champion in the 110 hurdles in high school. Had 908 yards and eight scores on 63 catches, but dropped 10-of-104 targets last year. Has intriguing upside, but is closer to his floor than his ceiling.
31. Ryan Switzer, North Carolina — Slot receiver who played running back in high school. Small (5-8, 181) but quick. Tied for the position best in the 20-yard shuttle (4.00), but ran 4.51 in the 40-yard dash. Ranked 10th in the nation with 96 catches last year. Had 1,117 yards and six scores. Strong returner who scored seven times in four years at North Carolina. Comps to Jamison Crowder as an undersized receiver who lacks physicality but wins with quickness. Like Crowder, Switzer will man the slot in the NFL but is a modest long shot to be a viable fantasy option.
32. Jehu Chesson, Michigan — Outside receiver who could man the big slot role. Caught 50 balls for 764 yards and nine scores in 2015, but suffered a knee injury at the end of that season which hampered him in 2016. Has good size (6-3, 204) and can make contested catches. Can play above the rim and has good speed (4.47 40 time). If he regains his 2015 form, he could be a fantasy factor. But that isn’t a good bet at this point.
33. Amba Etta-Tawo, Syracuse — Athletic vertical receiver who checks in at 6-1, 208 pounds. Only one year of strong production at the collegiate level. Played initially at Maryland and did one more year as a grad transfer at Syracuse. Ended up catching 94 balls for 1,482 yards and 14 scores. Caught 15-of-38 deep-ball targets for 687 yards and eight scores. Also averaged 6.9 YAC. Ran 4.49 in the 40 at the combine. Could surface as a big play option but needs to build on last year’s productive outburst.
34. Darreus Rogers, USC — Stout receiver (6-1, 216) who doesn’t have the best speed. Posted 56 catches for 696 yards and four scores as a senior in 2016. Not strong after the catch with a YAC of just 4.4. Destined to be a possession receiver if he ends up surfacing on a roster. Not the most optimistic fantasy outlook.
35. Jamari Staples, Louisville — Started his college career at UAB but transferred to Louisville after the program shut down. Caught 36 balls for 615 yards and two scores in 2016. Saw 35.6 percent of his targets as deep balls, catching 7-of-26 for 209 yards and a score. Tall and lanky (6-3, 195), he’s been compared to Justin Hunter. Has good speed (4.51 40 time at the combine). A big-play receiver who will at best be a boom-or-bust fantasy option.
36. Chad Williams, Grambling — Big-bodied receiver (6-1, 204) who plays physical and can make contested catches. Charged with marijuana and possession of a firearm in 2016. Went on to put up big numbers with 90 catches for 1,337 yards and 11 scores. Was not invited to the combine, but ran sub-4.4 times in the 40 at his pro day. Played against small school competition, but has an intriguing profile.
37. Trent Taylor, Louisiana Tech — Smaller receiver (5-8, 181) who put up prolific numbers in college. Finished his career with 327 receptions (fifth all-time in the FBS), 136 of which came in 2016. Racked up 1,803 yards and 12 scores. Ran almost exclusively out of the slot (95 percent). Strong after the catch with a YAC of 7.7 and 17 forced missed tackles. Ranked second in the nation in yards per route run out of the slot (3.28). Quick (4.01 20-yard shuttle) but not fast (4.63 40 time). Similar to Cole Beasley. Taylor is skilled but lacks the size to be a reliable long-term fantasy option.
38. Rodney Adams, South Florida — Slot receiver and returner who checks in at a lean 6-1, 189 pounds. Ran 81.2 percent of his routes out of the slot last year. Had 67 catches for 822 yards and five scores, but also fumbled five times. Was good after the catch, though, with 9.8 YAC and 23 forced missed tackles. Ran 4.44 at the combine. Could get a look in the slot, but isn’t likely to be a long-term contributor.
39. Stacy Coley, Miami — Posted 63 receptions for 754 yards and nine scores in 2016. Raw player with some questions from the scouting community about his love for the game. Athletic, but lean (6-0, 195). Ran a solid 4.45 40 time at the combine. Projects as more of a slot receiver at the next level and isn’t a good bet to be a fantasy asset.
40. Gabe Marks, Washington State — Strong producer in the Pac-12 with 316 career catches. Had 193 receptions and 28 scores over the last two years. Had off-field issues that led to a redshirt season in 2014. Not the biggest (5-11, 189), and did little after the catch with a YAC of 3.6 and four forced missed tackles. Ran 4.56 in the 40 at the combine. Projects as a possession slot receiver. Isn’t likely to be a fantasy option.
41. Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington — Cooper Kupp’s teammate was also quite productive in college. Posted 79 catches for 1,201 and seven scores last year. Decent size (6-1, 203) and physical, but lacks game breaking speed (4.68 40 time). Put up big numbers against small school competition. Profiles as a possession receiver type.
42. DeAngelo Yancey, Purdue — Played on bad teams at Purdue (nine wins in his four years). Caught 141 balls in his career. Set personal bests of 951 yards and 10 scores in 2016. Averaged a solid YAC of 6.5. Has decent size (6-2, 201) and ran 4.46 at his pro day. Wasn’t invited to the combine. Downfield ability with 10 deep ball catches on 29 targets last year. Has an outside shot to become a fantasy option.
43. Keevan Lucas, Tulsa — Four-year player who racked up 101 receptions as a sophomore, but had his junior year cut short with a torn patella tendon. Returned in 2016 to catch 81 balls for 1,180 and 15 touchdowns. Smaller (5-9, 192) slot receiver. Ran 96.4 percent of his routes out of the slot in 2016. Forced 12 missed tackles, but only manage 4.4 yards after catch. That’s down from 6.6 in 2014. Ran a slow 4.55 40 time at the combine. Unlikely to be a factor at the pro level.
44. Travis Rudolph, Florida State — Absolute class act who sat with an autistic child during lunch at a middle school visit. Not the biggest receiver (6-0, 189), but was able to post 56 catches for 840 yards and seven scores in 2016. Only 4.8 YAC, but he did manage 12 forced missed tackles. Ran a disappointing 4.65 40 time at the combine. Has an outside shot at surfacing on the fantasy radar.
45. Zach Pascal, Old Dominion — Productive three-year starter who racked up 233 receptions in his college career. Has good size (6-2, 219), but isn’t a burner (4.55 40 time at the combine). Graded 38th out of 512 college receivers last year. Only 4.2 yards after catch, but did catch 13 deep balls for 389 yards and six scores. Outside shot to surface on the fantasy radar.
46. Noel Thomas Jr., Connecticut — Four-year player who broke out in his senior year with 100 catches for 1,179 yards. Only scored 10 times in his college career. Forced a respectable 16 missed tackles. Ran 68 percent of his routes out of the slot in 2016. Decent size (6-0, 205) and can make the occasional highlight reel catch. Ran a slow 40 time at the combine (4.63). Intriguing upside, but a bit of a fantasy long shot.
47. Fred Ross, Mississippi State — Four-year player who put up 88 receptions with Dak Prescott in 2015. Those numbers dipped to 72 catches for 917 yards in 2016, but his touchdowns increased from five to 12. Decent size (6-1, 213) and speed (4.51 40 time at the combine). Capable of winning 50/50 balls. Not particularly effective after the catch with a YAC of 4.8 and four forced missed tackles. Comps to Greg Little. Has some potential as a returner, but isn’t likely to be a fantasy option.
48. Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M — Massive receiver (6-5, 243) who entered college as a prized five-star recruit. Finished his four-year career with a lackluster 123 catches for 1,442 yards and 10 scores. Lacks speed (4.69 40 time). Only caught 49.1 percent of his targets last year. Graded out 469th of 512 wide receivers in 2016. Size you can’t teach, but his poor production doesn’t bode well for NFL success at wide receiver. He did play 14 percent of his snaps at tight end in college. Tweener profile is similar to Quincy Enunwa. Would be much more fantasy relevant at tight end.
49. Austin Carr, Northwestern — Former walk-on who didn’t emerge until his senior year in 2016. He caught 90 balls for 1,247 yards and 12 touchdowns. Not particularly big (6-1, 194). Similar player to Allen Hurns in that most of his snaps came out of the slot. He’s a very deep name who has an outside shot of surfacing on the fantasy radar.
50. Drew Morgan, Arkansas — Tough receiver who excels in the short and intermediate areas of the field. Caught 60-plus balls in each of the last two years. Scored 10 times in 2015, but just three times last year. Not small (6-0, 190), but not big either. Very slow (4.74 40 time at the combine), but plays faster. Strong route runner with quick footwork. Profiles as a slot receiver who is unlikely to make much of a fantasy impact as a pro.
51. Damore’ea Stringfellow, Ole Miss — Big-bodied receiver who played mainly on the outside. Has a large catch radius, but dropped 10 balls in 2016. Looks the part, but his lack of production bodes poorly for him to make meaningful contributions on an NFL roster. Unlikely to ever be a viable fantasy option.
52. Quincy Adeboyejo, Ole Miss — Size/speed prospect who wasn’t terribly productive at Ole Miss with just 38 catches in 2015 and 35 in 2016. May ultimately surface in the NFL because of his appealing size (6-3, 197) and impressive speed (4.41 40 time at the combine).
53. Karel Hamilton, Samford — Small-schooler who posted massive numbers in 2016 with 1,389 yards and 14 scores on 111 catches. On the thin side (6-1, 181). Intriguing prospect, but questions abound about how he’ll play against better competition.
54. Krishawn Hogan, Marian (IN) — Prolific producer at the small-school level. Over the last three years he has 263 catches for 4,395 yards and 42 touchdowns to go along. He’s also scored 25 rushing touchdowns on just 62 carries over the last two years. Has NFL size (6-3, 222), but didn’t necessarily wow you with his testing numbers at the combine (4.56 40 time). Has upside, but will need to prove that he can play against better competition if he’s ever going to surface as a fantasy option.
55. James Quick, Louisville — Three-year starter who checks in at 6-0, 186 pounds. Has a track background with the Kentucky high school state record in the 200 meters, but ran an unimpressive 4.60 40 time at the combine. Posted 45 catches for 769 yards and six scores. Ran 42.8 percent of his routes out of the slot last year, and figures to primarily play in the slot at the pro level. Lack of size isn’t ideal. Unlikely to be a fantasy option.
56. Jerome Lane, Akron — Former basketball player who has good size (6-2, 226). Posted 62 catches for 1,018 yards and six scores in 2016. Caught nine balls on 31 deep targets. Still very green at the position. Played defensive end early in his college career. Size bodes well, but isn’t particularly fast (4.60 40 time). Could also move to tight end.
57. Greg Ward Jr., Houston — College dual-threat quarterback who has experience as a receiver and returner. Very athletic, but doesn’t have the size (5-11, 190) to play quarterback in the NFL. Ward ran for 2,381 yards and 39 scores on 557 carries over four years in college. Will be interesting to see if he can transition at the pro level.
58. Michael Rector, Stanford — Four-year player who didn’t put up massive numbers in college, but this was partially due to a lackluster passing game at Stanford. Has a track background. Ran 4.42 in the 40 at the combine. On the lean side (6-0, 193). Poor after the catch with a YAC of 3.4. A long shot to become a fantasy option.
59. Kermit Whitfield, Florida State — Short (5-8, 185), but fast (4.44 40 time). Was the Florida high school champ in the 100 and 200 meters. Strong returner, but isn’t a prototype receiver. Likely to be more of a special-teamer/gadget-play guy at the NFL level.
60. Bug Howard, North Carolina — Huge (6-4, 221), but not especially fast (4.58 40-yard dash time). Had 53 catches for 827 yards and eight scores in 2016. Only had 3.6 yards after the catch and two forced missed tackles. Interesting size, but his lack of quickness doesn’t bode well.
61. Trey Griffey, Arizona — Ken Griffey Jr.’s son has decent size (6-3, 192) but wasn’t especially productive at the collegiate level. Finished 2016 with just 23 catches for 382 yards and two scores. Great story, but unlikely to make a fantasy impact.
62. Jordan Westerkamp, Nebraska — Four-year player who suffered a back injury in his senior year. Still managed 167 catches for 2,474 yards and 18 scores in college. Has decent size (6-0, 201) but lacks speed. Not invited to the combine. Profiles as a possession receiver but may not surface on an NFL roster.
63. Billy Brown, Shepherd — Built like a tight end (6-4, 255) and very strong (23 bench reps at the combine). But lacks speed (4.70 40 time). Led all Division II receivers with 99 catches and was second with 1,580 yards and 22 scores in 2016. Did not play in the FBS due to academic issues. Very interesting profile, but put up his big numbers against inferior competition.
64. Tony Stevens, Auburn — Good size (6-3, 198), but wasn’t very productive at the college level. Had a career-high 31 catches for 487 yard and three touchdowns in 2016. More of a developmental prospect, but his athleticism and size are a plus. That said, he may never be fantasy relevant.
65. Deon-Tay McManus, Marshall — Stout receiver (5-11, 230) who wasn’t extremely productive in 2016 with 40 catches for 453 yards and three scores. Only averaged 3.3 yards after catch. Unlikely to ever be a fantasy option.
66. Tim White, Arizona State — Dual-sport track athlete who has explosive ability. On the smaller side (5-11, 175). Projects as a slot receiver, but is a longshot to ever be fantasy relevant.
67. Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia — Pint-sized receiver (5-7, 173) with electric return ability who scored six times on special teams in college. Caught 44 balls for 633 yards and seven scores in 2016. Unlikely to make an impact outside of special teams.
68. Michael Clark, Marshall — Tall and lean (6-7, 212), Clark only played one year of college football and one year of high school football. Comes from a basketball background at the college level. Very raw, but has appealing size/speed.
69. Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State — Shorter receiver (5-8, 178) who comes from a track background in high school – was a hurdler. Triple threat who had 46 catches, 28 carries, and 41 returns in 2016. Lacks straight line speed (4.54 40 time at the combine). Likely to be a special-teamer.
70. Bobo Wilson, Florida State — Small but stout receiver (5-9, 189) who projects as a slot option. Didn’t test particularly well at the combine. Ran 4.57 in the 40-yard dash and failed to display short area quickness with a 4.57 in the 20-yard shuttle. Likely destined to be a special teamer.
71. Gehrig Dieter, Alabama — Played at Alabama as a grad transfer after putting up 94 catches for 1,033 yards and 10 scores in 2015 at Bowling Green. Has a big frame (6-3, 207), but lacks speed. Isn’t likely to be a future fantasy option.
72. Derrick Griffin, Texas Southern — A basketball/football two-sport athlete who initially signed with Miami, but was unable to gain academic eligibility. Transferred to Texas Southern and played both sports. Was dismissed from the football program two games into 2016 for failing to meet team requirements. Massive (6-7, 225), but still raw. Unlikely to ever be a fantasy option.
73. River Cracraft, Washington State — Slot receiver who ran 97 percent of his routes out of the slot in 2016. Shifty and quick, but isn’t especially fast. Suffered a torn ACL in 2016. A longshot to surface on the fantasy radar.
Jeff Ratcliffe | Director of Fantasy
Jeff Ratcliffe is the Director of Fantasy at Pro Football Focus. He produces all of our projections and is 2016's second-most-accurate ranker in the fantasy industry. Jeff also is the host of our show on SiriusXM fantasy sports radio and is one of the main hosts of our Fantasy Slant podcast.