Ranking the top fantasy wide receivers in the 2018 draft class
In less than two weeks, the NFL will convene for its annual player selection meeting. To continue our prep work for the draft, you’ll find the fantasy football scouting reports for the wide receivers below. This year’s class isn’t an elite bunch, but there are several receivers with the potential to be future fantasy standouts.
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.
1. Calvin Ridley, Alabama — A fast and polished receiver who is a big play waiting to happen. The raw stats don’t pop but pay them no mind — Ridley wasn’t necessarily set up for statistical success in Alabama’s run-first offense. The two major knocks on Ridley are his hands and age. Ridley dropped 23 balls on 335 targets at the college level. He’s also already 23 years old, giving him a slightly shorter dynasty shelf life than some of his cohort. That being said, Ridley’s speed and route-running ability positions him as the best bet for fantasy success in this year’s class.
2. Courtland Sutton, Southern Methodist — A big-bodied (6-4, 218) and physical receiver with good straight-line speed. Didn’t post crazy numbers but did managed to top 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons despite lackluster quarterback play. Comes from a basketball background, which is a plus in the red zone. Tied for 13th among draft-eligible wideouts with 391 yards on deep-ball targets last season, catching 12-of-36 targets 20-plus yards downfield. Solid after the catch with 26 forced missed tackles over the last two years. Sutton’s size and downfield ability bode well for fantasy success at the next level. He may not end up as a consistent WR1, but he’s a good bet to be a fantasy producer on Sundays.
3. D.J. Moore, Maryland — A productive wideout who impressed at the combine with a 4.42 40-yard dash, 39.5-inch vert, and an 11-foot broad jump. Has decent size (6-0, 210) to accompany his speed. Heavily targeted in 2017 with a massive 36-percent share of his team’s targets. Struggled on contested catches with a rate of just 38.5 percent. Strong after the catch, as he forced 39 missed tackles on 146 career receptions. For fantasy purposes, Moore has a lot of similarities to fellow Maryland wideout Stefon Diggs. That means future fantasy value is likely for Moore.
4. James Washington, Oklahoma St — Speedy deep threat who led the nation in deep-ball receptions with 17 for 715 yards. Scored double-digit touchdowns in each of his last three seasons, with 39 scored in his four years at Oklahoma State. Heavily targeted downfield with 924 of his 1,544 receiving yards coming on post or go routes. Only seven forced missed tackles last season. Had four scores of 70-plus yards in 2015. Comes from a track and field background at the high school level. A big-play dynamo who has the makings of a future boom-or-bust fantasy wide receiver.
5. Michael Gallup, Colorado St — Outside receiver who ranked third among draft-eligible receivers with 3.47 yards per route run. Strong after the catch, forcing 20 missed tackles. Downfield threat who ran corner, post, and go routes on 40 percent of his total routes run. Six of his seven scores came on vertical routes. Poor SAT scores forced him to go the community college route. Put up massive numbers with 2,685 and 21 scores in two years at CSU. Has all-around ability to make plays downfield as well as in the short and intermediate areas of the field. That versatility is likely to make Gallup a fantasy factor at the next level.
6. Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame — A tall and lean (6-5, 204) wideout with the speed to separate. Numbers dipped last season. Caught 58 balls for 961 yards and nine scores in 2016. Managed just 33 receptions for 515 yards and four touchdowns last season. Fast for his size, he ran a 4.48 40-yard dash time at the combine. His father was a competitive weightlifter who won Mr. Universe twice and Mr. World three times. Has intriguing upside, but St. Brown isn’t a strong bet to surface on the fantasy radar as anything more than back-end starting option. That said, his size-speed is appealing enough to warrant consideration in dynasty rookie drafts.
7. Christian Kirk, Texas A&M — Slot receiver who lined up on the outside just 21 times in 2017. Racked up 234 catches over the last three seasons, but wasn’t used much downfield, and averaged 12.2 yards per catch. Isn’t the biggest receiver, but is powerfully built at 5-10, 200 pounds. Posted very athletic numbers at the combine with a 4.47 in the 40, 20 reps on the bench, and a 35.5-inch vert jump. Has ability as a returner, scoring six times on punts and once on kicks in his three years in college. Profiles very similarly to Sterling Shepard, which means the potential for long-term fantasy value is there with Kirk provided he lands in the right spot.
8. Anthony Miller, Memphis — Athletic and versatile receiver who has the ability to play outside and in the slot. Very productive over the last two seasons with 1,400-plus receiving yards and double-digit scores in each season. He racked up 95 catches in 2016 and 96 catches in 2017. Posted 3.22 yards per route run in 2016 and 3.47 last season. Strong after the catch with 44 forced missed tackles on 238 career receptions. Scored six touchdowns on contested balls in 2017. Powerfully built at 5-11, 201 pounds. Comes from a track and field background at the high school level where he excelled in the hurdles and long jump. Has 21 drops on 185 targets over the last two years. Miller is more likely to play in the slot at the pro level, which may make it tough for him to ever be more than a WR3 PPR option.
9. Deon Cain, Clemson — An outside vertical threat with a flair for the spectacular play, Cain is very much in the mold of a Clemson receiver. Decent size (6-1, 210) and has the ability to separate from coverage downfield. Numbers dropped off after Deshaun Watson left from 19.1 yards per catch in 2016 to 12.7 last season. Also struggled on contested catches, catching just 40 percent in 2017. Cain’s upside is appealing, but he isn’t the most versatile receiver from a route-tree standpoint (only caught 13-of-24 balls on intermediate targets). He projects a more of a boom-bust fantasy option.
10. Marcell Ateman, Oklahoma State — Possesses size you can’t teach (6-4, 216), but ran just 4.62 in the 40-yard dash at the combine. But was able to be quite productive with 1,156 yards and eight scores on 59 catches. Has the ability to make contested catches with 320 yards in contested situations. Missed all of 2016 with a foot injury. Has drawn comps to Brandon Coleman. Not particularly effective after the catch with just 11 forced missed tackles on 126 career catches. Ateman’s ability in contested situations will be a plus in the red zone, but his profile as more of a complimentary receiver doesn’t bode well for long-term fantasy success.
11. Jordan Lasley, UCLA — Possesses good size (6-1, 210), but ran an underwhelming 4.50 40-yard dash time at the combine. Play speed appears to be faster than his time suggests. Was suspended multiple times at the college level and was arrested twice in 2016 for possession of alcohol and trying to use a fake ID at a club. Had 1,264 yards and nine scores in 2017 despite being suspended for three games. Had 11 drops on 92 targets last season, which was one of the highest drop rates in the nation. He was wildly productive when on the field, but Lasley’s off-field issues are a concern. That said, he has the overall profile to make a fantasy impact at the next level.
12. D.J. Chark, LSU — Blazing fast in a straight line, Chark ran the top 40-yard dash time among wide receivers at the combine with 4.34. He also impressed with a 40-inch vert jump. Was largely unproductive in his first three seasons at LSU with just 26 catches and 13 rushing attempts over that span. Took the lead role last season, racking up 874 yards on 40 catches. Scored just six receiving touchdowns in his college career. Tall and lean (6-3, 199). Big time downfield threat with 45.9 percent of his targets coming 20-plus yards downfield last season. Despite his upside, Chark’s thin college resume and one-trick-pony playing style leaves many questions about his long-term fantasy potential.
13. DaeSean Hamilton, Penn St — Slot receiver with good size (6-1, 205) and athleticism. Four-year starter who didn’t put up massive numbers — he never topped 1,000 yards — but was also limited by the quarterback play at Penn State. Ran 98.5 percent of his routes out of the slot last season. He averaged 1.90 yards per route run out of the slot, which ranked 18th in the nation. Hamilton isn’t the most dynamic player, but his size and efficiency bode well for him surfacing on the fantasy radar as a PPR option at some point in his NFL career.
14. Keke Coutee, Texas Tech — Small (5-11, 180) and fast (4.43 40 time). Ran almost exclusively out of the slot, with 93.7 percent of his routes in the slot last season. But does have the ability to get downfield, catching 9-of-13 deep balls last season. Very strong after the catch with a career YAC of 8.5 and forcing 39 missed tackles on 160 catches. His speed and versatility are appealing, but Coutee projects primarily as a slot receiver as the pro level which gives him a low ceiling fantasy profile.
15. Antonio Callaway, Florida — One of the biggest wild cards among this year’s wideouts. Possesses good speed (4.41 40-yard dash) and athletic build (5-11, 197). Has dealt with off-field issues including sexual assault charges (of which he was cleared), marijuana possession, and credit card fraud that caused him to miss the 2017 season. Has big-play upside, but only managed to score seven receiving touchdowns in his two seasons at Florida. Callaway has the explosive upside to make an impact in the NFL, but his off-field baggage makes him far from a sure thing to emerge as a viable fantasy option.
16. Cedrick Wilson, Boise St — Hyperproductive receiver who led the nation with 4.58 yards per route run against the Power-5. Played at the community college level for two years before heading to Boise St. He then topped 1,000 yards in each of his two seasons as a Bronco, racking up a combined 2,640 receiving yards and 18 scores on 139 catches. Wilson was one of just 15 FBS receivers to top 80 catches this year. Capable after the catch, he posted 22 forced missed tackles over the last two years. His father, also named Cedrick Wilson, played wide receiver in the NFL for seven years. Not much of a deep threat, catching just 38.7 percent of his deep-ball targets last year (112th in the nation). Isn’t the most dynamic player, but his solid production and versatility give him a shot to emerge as a deeper fantasy asset in his pro career.
17. Dante Pettis, Washington — An athletic receiver who can play outside and in the slot. Not the biggest player at 6-0, 186 pounds, but displayed very good hands in college with just seven drops on 254 targets. Scored 15 touchdowns in 2016, but never topped 1,000 yards in his four years at Washington. Comes from an athletic family. His father played 11 years in the MLB, and his cousin Austin played in the NFL. Has the ability to return punts, posting a career average of 14.2 yards per return and scoring nine times on 90 returns. Profiles more as a complimentary receiver, which puts a cap on his long-term fantasy upside.
18. J’Mon Moore, Missouri — Big-bodied (6-3, 207) receiver who put up an impressive vert jump (38 inches) but ran just 4.60 in the 40-yard dash. Used his size to excel on contested balls, catching 57.9 percent of these balls. Also caught 10-of-21 deep-ball targets. Despite his combine testing, he did display good straight-line speed in college. Comes from a limited route tree at Missouri, so still has a lot to learn at the pro level. Played almost exclusively on at left outside receiver last season. Moore’s size and downfield ability are appealing, but he’ll need to develop as a route-runner in order to become a fantasy asset.
19. Tre’Quan Smith, UCF — Big-play threat who averaged a massive 19.8 yards per reception in 2017. Racked up 1,171 yards and 13 scores on 59 catches. Caught 13-of-19 deep ball targets for 491 yards and seven scores. Notched a first down on 55.4 percent of his catches, which was second among draft-eligible receivers. Good size/speed combination at 6-2, 203 pounds with a 4.48 40-yard dash time. Projects as a vertical slot option who can play on the outside. Has an appealing skill set, but inconsistencies at the college level suggest he’s a bit of a long shot to emerge as a consistent fantasy option.
20. Javon Wims, Georgia — A size/speed prospect who went the JUCO route before his two years at Georgia. Measured in at 6-3, 215 pounds and ran a 4.53 40-yard dash time at the combine. Possesses a big catch radius and is capable of making highlight reel catches. Excelled downfield, catching 55 percent of his deep targets. Not the most polished route-runner and only has one year of strong production under his belt. Wims’ size and ability to make contested catches could make him a red-zone asset. He has an outside shot of surfacing as a fantasy option.
21. Deontay Burnett, USC — Slot receiver who is on the thin side at 6-0, 186 pounds. Productive on a per-route basis with 2.98 yards per route run, which tied for 22nd in the nation. Racked up 1,114 yards and nine scores on 86 catches last season. Also flashed very good hands with just four drops over his college career. Capable of making highlight reel catches. Solid after the catch with 26 forced missed tackles and a YAC of 5.8 on 152 career catches. His lack of size caused him to struggle against more physical corners. Despite Burnett’s productivity and flare for the spectacular, his lack of size and role as a slot receiver make it unlikely he’ll have much long-term fantasy value.
22. Trey Quinn, Southern Methodist — All-around athlete who starred in football, baseball, and track and field at the high school level. Started his college career out at LSU, but transferred to SMU after two seasons. Racked up 114 catches for 1,236 yards and 13 scores in 2017. Isn’t a burner — he ran 4.55 at the combine — but has decent size 6-0, 212 pounds. Great hands. He had just two drops on 161 targets over the last three years. Has the ability to make contested catches with catch rate of 57.1 percent in contested situations. While he projects as a possession receiver out of the slot at the pro level, Quinn has the game to be a potential fantasy asset in deeper leagues.
23. Justin Watson, Penn — Underrated small-school wideout who possesses NFL size (6-3, 225) and speed. Crushed his pro day, running a 4.42 40, though some scouts had him under 4.4. He also jumped 40 inches in the vert. He’s the only receiver in Ivy League history to catch a ball in every game of his college career. He also caught at least one touchdown in all 10 of his games last season. Dominated weaker corners in the FCS. Has a fantasy profile similar to Chris Hogan, which means Watson is a bit of a dark-horse candidate to become a fantasy option.
24. Allen Lazard, Iowa St — A big-bodied (6-5, 227) receiver who was heavily recruited out of high school and passed up the likes of Notre Dame and Stanford for Iowa State. A four-year starter, he put up 3,360 yards and 26 scores on 241 catches over his career. Decent speed for his size (4.55 40 time), but he isn’t a burner. More of a long strider who has to build up to speed. Uses his size to make contested catches. Saw 43 targets in contested situations, which led the nation. Not much after the catch. Forced just 17 missed tackles in four years at Iowa St. Lazard looks the part of an NFL receiver, but his lack of dynamic athleticism profiles him more as a complementary possession receiver who isn’t likely to make much of a fantasy impact.
25. Jaleel Scott, New Mexico St — A one-year wonder who went the JUCO route after not qualifying academically out of high school. Has a big frame (6-5, 215) and ran a respectable 4.56 at the combine. Broke out in 2017 for 1,079 yards and nine scores on 76 catches. Racked up 326 yards in contested situations, which ranked seventh in the nation. Excelled downfield, catching 55.9 percent of his deep ball targets (ranked seventh in the nation). Not much after the catch with just six forced missed tackles and 2.8 yards after catch in his two years at NMSU. Scott has the size, speed, and athleticism to play on Sundays. He’s a sneaky deep name to know for fantasy purposes and could be this year’s Kenny Golladay.
26. Auden Tate, Florida St — A wideout who possess a massive frame at 6-5, 228, but lacks speed. He ran a disappointing 4.68 in the 40-yard dash at the combine. Uses his body well in contested situations, tying for sixth in the nation with a 66.7 percent catch rate in contested catches. Only caught 65 balls over the last two seasons, but 16 of them went for scores. Tate has the physical tools and size of an NFL receiver, but his lack of speed is a concern for his fantasy outlook. He profiles more as a red-zone option who isn’t a good bet to return much fantasy value over the long term.
27. Vyncint Smith, Limestone — Small schooler who played at the Division II level. Tall and lean (6-3, 195). Fast and athletic. Ran sub-4.4 and jumped 39.5 inches at his pro day. Will face a learning curve at the pro level but has the athletic upside and explosive playmaking ability to be considered a dark-horse fantasy option.
28. Simmie Cobbs Jr., Indiana — Possesses NFL size (6-4, 220), but lacks speed. He ran 4.64 in the 40-yard dash at the combine. Also posted lackluster numbers in the vert (30 inches) and broad jump (nine-foot-five). Had 71 catches for 830 yards and eight scores in 2017. Hands can be an issue. Dropped 21 balls on 225 targets over his college career. While his size is appealing, Cobbs’ lack of speed and explosive plus his propensity for drops makes him an unappealing long-term fantasy option.
29. Jester Weah, Pittsburgh — Size/speed receiver who saw his production decline in 2017 without Nathan Peterman. Ran a fast 40 time at the combine (4.43) and checked in at 6-3, 210 pounds. Despite his size, he struggled in contested situations, catching just 7-of-25 contested balls. Also lacked efficiency on downfield, catching just 25.9 percent of targets 20-plus yards downfield. Has an appealing athletic profile and big-play upside but is still more of a developmental prospect.
30. Richie James, Middle Tennessee St — Athletic receiver who put up prolific numbers in two and a half seasons in college with 243 catches, 3,249 yards, and 23 scores. Undersized (5-9, 178) but has good speed (4.48 40 time). Posted just six reps on the bench at the combine. Missed a big chunk of last season due to an ankle injury and a broken collar bone. James has appealing athleticism, but his lack of size and strength will make it very difficult for him to return long-term fantasy value.
31. Dylan Cantrell, Texas Tech — A bigger receiver (6-3, 212) who lacks speed (ran 4.59 in the combine 40-yard dash). Good hands. Had nine drops on 234 targets over his last three seasons. Not particularly strong after the catch with a career YAC of 4.6. Saw 36 contested targets (eighth in the nation) and caught 44.4 percent. Struggled downfield with a catch rate of just 20 percent on deep-ball targets. Profiles as a possession receiver who has an outside chance of surfacing in the PPR radar.
32. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, South Florida — Tall (6-4, 206) and very fast (4.37). Played his first two years at South Carolina but transferred to USF after the Gamecocks changed their offensive scheme. Put up 53 catches for 879 yards and six scores. Strong downfield option who saw a deep ball on 30.7 percent of his targets. Hands can be an issue, as he dropped 9-of-97 targets last season. Despite the very appealing size and speed, Valdes-Scantling is a one-trick pony who isn’t likely to offer much fantasy value at the pro level.
33. Jake Wieneke, South Dakota St — Small schooler who put up big-time numbers with 5,157 receiving yards and 59 touchdowns on 288 receptions. Big (6-4, 213), but slow (4.67 40 time). Was asked to run a full route tree at the college level. Has the size to be a weapon in the red zone but lacks the overall athletic profile for long-term success in the NFL. Unlikely to be a fantasy option.
34. Davon Grayson, East Carolina — Athletic and lean (6-2, 187) outside wide receiver with a minimal college resume due to injuries. Miss all of 2016 with a back injury, which nagged him throughout last season. Comes from a track and field background where he was a jumper and sprinter in high school. Was overshadowed for most of his career by Zay Jones. Showed physicality at the point of catch, snagging 15-of-30 contested catches last season. Not efficient downfield, catching just 39.3 percent of his deep ball targets. Ran 4.51 in the 40 at the combine. Only one year of major production and has the makings of a possession receiver at the pro level. A longshot for future fantasy value.
35. Darren Carrington II, Utah — Tall and lean (6-2, 200). Played three years at Utah before getting dismissed from the team for a DUI. Played at Utah in 2017 as a grad transfer and put up 70 catches for 980 yards and six scores. Was also suspended in 2015 and 2016 for a failed drug test. Comes from a good pedigree. His father (Darren Carrington) played eight years in the NFL. A similar player to Cameron Meredith. There are things to like about Carrington’s game, but his off-field issues and lack of dynamic upside don’t bode well for fantasy success.
36. Ka’raun White, West Virginia — Kevin White’s little brother. Doesn’t quite have his brother’s size (6-1, 199) or speed (4.52 40 time). Really broke out in 2017 with 1,004 yards and 12 touchdowns on 61 catches. An outside receiver with a shot to catch on with an NFL team, but he doesn’t have a good chance of surfacing as a fantasy option.
37. Braxton Berrios, Miami — Small (5-9, 184) slot receiver who broke out in his senior year for 679 yards and nine scores on 55 catches. Efficient with a 64.4 percent catch rate, but he did very little after the catch with just eight forced missed tackles and a YAC of 4.7. Has the ability to return punts. Berrios’ lack of size and failure to display explosive upside bode poorly for his fantasy prospects at the pro level.
38. Daurice Fountain, Northern Iowa — A four-year player who broke out in his senior year with 66 catches for 943 yards and 12 scores. Very athletic. Comes from a track and field background as a hurdler and long jumper. Unproven resume with only one year of production at the FCS level suggests he’ll need to develop at the pro level. That isn’t the recipe for fantasy success.
39. Korey Robertson, Southern Mississippi — Appealing height and weight (6-1, 212) prospect. Minimal production early in his career but broke out for 1,106 yards and 12 scores on 76 catches last season. Displays physicality but lacks breakaway speed — he ran 4.56 in the combine 40-yard dash. Nifty after the catch with 20 forced missed tackles and a YAC of 5.1 in 2017. There are things to like about Robertson’s game, but his overall lack of athleticism isn’t ideal for future fantasy success.
40. Jalen Tolliver, Arkansas-Monticello — Small-schooler with NFL size (6-3, 210). Topped 1,000 yards and double-digit scores in each of the last two years, but this production came against lower level competition. Could face a steep learning curve at the pro level and isn’t a good bet to be a fantasy option in the long term.
41. Byron Pringle, Kansas St — A downfield threat who averaged a massive 24.1 yards per catch in 2017. Wasn’t heavily used with just 39 catches in 2016 and 30 catches in last season. Saw 33.9 percent of his targets 20-plus yards down field. Ran 4.46 in the 40 at the combine. Has the ability to return kicks and punts. Already 24 years old and will turn 25 in November. Pringle is a one-trick pony deep threat who isn’t likely to ever be a fantasy option.
42. Damion Ratley, Texas A&M — Plus height at 6-3, but has a lean frame (190 pounds). Caught just 47 balls in three college seasons. Flashed impressive athleticism at his pro day with a 38-inch vert and 4.45 in the 40. Flashed big play ability with 11 of his 30 catches going for 25-plus yards. Despite the upside, his limited resume doesn’t bode positively for future fantasy success.
43. Gary McKnight, Northeastern St — Small-school wideout who ran a 4.44 40-yard dash and jumped 36 inches in the vert at his pro day. Has plus athleticism and good size (6-1, 200), but McKnight is more of a developmental prospect who is an extreme longshot to surface on the fantasy radar.
44. Robert Foster, Alabama — A lightly used receiver who only played 19 games and caught just 35 balls in four years at Alabama. Tested well at the combine with a 4.41 40-time, and possesses NFL size at 6-2, 196 pounds. Has impressive athleticism, but his overall resume isn’t ideal. He’s a longshot for future fantasy success.
45. Teo Redding, Bowling Green — Four-year player who improved in each of his seasons at Bowling Green. He topped out last seasons with 45 catches for 624 yards and eight scores. Very good hands. He had zero drops on 71 targets in 2017. He also had eight catches on targets of 20-plus yards. Lean frame (6-1, 172). A longshot to ever emerge as a fantasy option.
46. Cam Phillips, Virginia Tech — A solid, but unspectacular receiver who checks in at 6-0, 199 pounds. Topped 900 receiving yards and had 70-plus catches in each of the last two seasons. Solid after the catch with 40 career forced missed tackles, but isn’t particularly dynamic. Profiles as a backup at the NFL who may end up carving out a role as a possession receiver.
47. Russell Gage, LSU — A converted defensive back who only caught 26 balls since changing to wide receiver over the last two seasons. Lean at 6-0, 184 pounds. Has plus athleticism, but profiles more as a special-teams player who could see some time in the slot at the pro level. Isn’t a future fantasy option.
48. Jeff Badet, Oklahoma — Played three years at Kentucky before transferring to play with Baker Mayfield in 2017. Only managed 26 catches for 400 yards and three scores last season. Displayed major athleticism at the Oklahoma pro day with a 4.27 40-yard dash and a 39.5-inch vert jump. Has ability as a returner. The testing numbers are plus, but Badet’s lean frame (6-0, 185) and thin resume are ideal. He isn’t a good bet to emerge as a future fantasy option.
49. Quadree Henderson, Pittsburgh — A return specialist who scored four times on kicks and three on punts over the last three seasons. Also averaged an impressive 26.6 yards per kick return and 13.4 yards per punt return. Did very little as a receiver with just 45 catches over three seasons. Was also used as a runner with 98 carries. Think Jet Sweep. Henderson could certainly surface as a returner, but he’s an extreme longshot to be anything for fantasy purposes as a receiver.
50. Jaelon Acklin, Western Illinois — Intriguing size/speed prospect who checks in at 6-2, 190 pounds and ran a 4.47 40 at his pro day. Also jumped 38 inches in the vert. Had just 21 catches over his first three years but broke out in a big way in 20177. Ranked second in the FCS this past season with 1,369 receiving yards on 84 catches. Very athletic, but just one year of production against lower level bodes poorly for his fantasy prospects.
51. Steven Dunbar, Houston — A height/weight prospect at 6-3, 202 pounds, but he lacks speed. Ran a slow 4.76 40-yard dash at his pro day. Despite lackluster play, he was able put up 76 catches for 1,070 yards and three scores last season. Had just three drops on 113 targets in 2017. At his peak, Dunbar profiles as a possession receiver at the pro level.
52. Chris Lacy, Oklahoma St — Played in a loaded wide receiver corps, so he never put up big numbers. His best season came in 2016 when he notched 489 yards and three scores on 31 catches. Has NFL size (6-3, 205) and ran a solid 4.51 40 time at the combine. Wasn’t asked to run a complex route tree at Oklahoma St. His height/weight/speed combination is appealing, but Lacy is a longshot to emerge as a fantasy option.
53. Taj Williams, TCU — Tall and lean (6-4, 193). Went the JUCO route before TCU and was forced to play only two games last season due to family issues. Put up 702 yards and five scores on 39 catches in 2016. Very raw prospect who is unlikely to carve out a spot on a 53-man roster.
54. Steven Mitchell, USC — A four-year player who battled injuries for much of his college career. Posted his best statistical season in 2017 with 644 yards and four scores on 41 catches. Undersized at 5-10, 195 pounds. Plays fast, but his 4.56 40-time leaves something to be desired. His lengthy injury history and overall lack of major production will make it tough for Mitchell to catch on in the NFL.
55. Ray-Ray McCloud, Clemson — An all-purpose player who was used as a receiver, runner, and returner in college. Lacks prototype size (5-10, 180), and isn’t particularly fast (4.53 40 time). Averaged 12.1 yards per punt return in 2017. Had 49 catches in each of the last two seasons. More of a gadget player at the pro level, McCloud’s best fit is likely on special teams.
56. Tavares Martin Jr., Washington St — Very productive over the last two seasons with a combined 134 catches for 1,559 yards and 16 scores. Was suspended for one game for missing team activities last season and decided to not return to Washington State. Caught just 22 percent of his deep targets, which ranked 126th in the nation. Ran a 4.80 40 time at the combine. That lack of speed and his limited route tree will make it tough for Martin to make a 53-man roster.
57. Devonte Boyd, UNLV — A four-year player who put up strong production with 198 catches for 3,242 yards and 18 scores in his college career. Only caught four balls on targets of 20-plus yards this past season. Ran a 4.55 40 time at his combine and checks in at 6-1, 185 pounds. Nothing about Boyd’s game suggests he’ll be a long-term fantasy option.
58. JJ Jones, West Georgia — Dynamic small schooler who posted a fast 4.35 40-time and a 38-inch vertical at his pro day. Minimal production in college with just 24 catches for 278 yards last season. Lacks NFL size (5-10, 173). Despite the impressive testing numbers, the fact that Jones didn’t produce against lower competition bodes extremely poorly for him having success at the next level.
59. Cam Sims, Alabama — Massive frame (6-5, 214), but was very lightly used in college with just 41 catches for 467 yards and two scores over the past four years. Sims has the physical traits of an NFL receiver, but his extremely limited college resume makes it unlikely that he carves out a role in the NFL.
60. Bryce Bobo, Colorado — Played all four years, but didn’t put up numbers that particularly stand out. His best statistical season came last year with 693 yards and five scores on 62 catches. Caught just two balls 20-plus yards downfield last year. Has decent size (6-2, 190). Doesn’t do anything special that suggest he’ll ever be a fantasy option.
61. Elijah Marks, Northern Arizona — Lean but athletically built (6-1, 175) receiver who posted 1,170 yards on 71 catches in 2017. Ran 4.55 in the 40 and jumped 36.5 in the vert at his pro day. Has ability as a returner but isn’t a good bet to land on an NFL roster.
62. Regis Cibasu, Montreal — The Canadian delegation in this year’s wide receiver class, Cibasu checks in 6-3, 232. He was very productive at the college level but wasn’t facing the level of competition he would have seen at a Power-5 school. Has the physicality to possible land on an NFL roster, but he won’t be a fantasy option.