2018 NFL Draft Prospects: Wide Receivers



By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2018 Wide Receiver prospects available for the 2018 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2019 prospect. ** - denotes 2020 prospect.

This page was last updated Nov. 4, 2017. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P


  1. Calvin Ridley*, WR, Alabama
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 188.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2018): 1.

    11/4/17: In surveying sources from five teams, the most common name that came up as the top receiver was Ridley. The talented junior gets a lot of praise for his route-running, quickness, and generally having good hands. Ridley has 41 catches for 523 yards with two touchdowns on the season, but his production is held back by Alabama featuring its ground attack while using a running quarterback with passing limitations. Though Ridley is the top consensus wide out, he doesn't come without some concerns as multiple sources say independently that his thin frame worries them for the NFL. He is listed at 190 pounds, but team sources say that he has weighed-in in the 180s. With that being one factor, some scouts have said they are grading Ridley as a late first-rounder. He could end up going high out of team need at his premium position, however.

    7/17/17: In 2016, Ridley made 72 catches for 769 yards with seven touchdowns. He had a tremendous debut for Alabama and became the Crimson Tide's No. 1 receiver as a freshman. As a replacement for Amari Cooper, Ridley was very effective with 89 receptions for 1,045 yards with seven touchdowns. He finished the 2015 season with impressive performances against Florida and Michigan State to help push Alabama to the National Championship. Ridley has size, speed and a ton of upside for the NFL.






  2. Arden Tate*, WR, Florida State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-2.

    11/4/17: Tate has 26 receptions for 386 yards and five touchdowns this year, but he has been really impressive. The huge receiver is a mismatch weapon who gives defensive backs a lot of problems. He is very dangerous to win jump balls downfield and is a real red-zone weapon. Tate's numbers are held back by playing with the backup quarterback, but Tate has huge potential and upside for the NFL.


  3. Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 216.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-2.

    11/4/17: Thus far in 2017, Sutton has 43 catches for 706 yards with nine touchdowns. He has played well for SMU and continues to be a dynamic point-scoring threat.

    7/17/17: In 2016, Sutton totaled 76 receptions for 1,246 yards - 16.5 yard average per catch - with 10 touchdowns. He played well for SMU, showing his size, strength and quickness. He could have been a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but the redshirt sophomore decided to return for his junior year.

    In the preseason of 2016, sources say they have been really impressed with Sutton. One scouting director told WalterFootball.com that in studying up on players before hitting the road for college training camps, Sutton's tape really stood out. As a redshirt freshman, he totaled 862 yards - 17.6 yard average per catch - and nine touchdowns on 49 receptions. In the 2015 season opener, SMU was blown out by Baylor, but Sutton had 82 yards and two touchdowns on only three receptions. Sutton has size to him and has consistently displayed big-play ability.


  4. Equanimeous St. Brown*, WR, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-3.

    11/4/17: St. Brown has 20 receptions for 253 yards and three touchdowns on the year. Throughout this season, St. Brown has gotten open while also seeing a lot of double teams, but the immense struggles of Notre Dame's quarterback play and passing offense have limited St. Brown.

    7/17/17: Sources who have done advance work on the 2018 class are really impressed and intrigued with St. Brown. They say he is a super-polished route runner with tremendous speed, athletic ability, body control, and hands. They said they think St. Brown could be more gifted and talented than the three wideouts who went in the top 10 of the 2017 NFL Draft, but St. Brown gets fewer opportunities to show his skill. In 2016, he had 58 receptions for 961 yards with nine touchdowns.




  5. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 208.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-3.

    11/4/17: Campbell has shown that he is an explosive play-maker this season, but his receiving production is being held back by Ohio State struggling to pass the ball. In 2017, he has 29 receptions for 410 yards and two touchdowns.

    7/17/17: Campbell made only 13 receptions for 121 yards in 2016, but sources from multiple teams have told me that Campbell has big-time ability and they believe he is going to break out. They also think Campbell has No. 1 receiver talent in the NFL. He probably will take on a bigger role for Ohio State in 2017.


  6. Simmie Cobbs Jr.*, WR, Indiana
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-3.

    11/4/17: Cobbs has 54 receptions for 600 yards and five touchdowns so far this season. In a thoroughly impressive performance, Cobbs had his way with the highly acclaimed Ohio State defense. He got the better of every corner the Buckeyes matched up against him as he totaled 149 yards and a touchdown on 11 receptions. Cobbs showed size, hands, quickness, route-running, body control, and the ability to win 50-50 passes. That was a phenomenal start to the season for him.

    7/17/17: Cobbs missed the 2016 season with an ankle injury, but he showed some big-play ability in 2015 when he caught 60 passes for 1,035 yards (17.3 average) and four touchdowns. He is a big receiver who has an intriguing skill set. Cobbs could feasibly return to Indiana if he was given a medical redshirt for the 2016 season.


  7. Christian Kirk*, WR, Texas A&M
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.43.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-3.

    11/4/17: Kirk has 34 catches for 393 yards and five touchdowns so far this season. Versus Arkansas, he carried Texas A&M to a win with five catches for 110 yards with two touchdowns and a kickoff returned for a touchdown. Kirk is a fast play-maker who really competes and has special potential for the NFL.

    7/17/17: Kirk played well in 2016 despite inconsistent quarterback play from the Aggies. He had 83 receptions for 928 yards with nine touchdowns while splitting targets with wideouts like Josh Reynolds and Ricky Seals-Jones.

    Kirk had an outstanding freshman debut for Texas A&M and earned playing time over more veteran receivers who had previous produced for the Aggies. In 2015, Kirk caught 80 passes for 1,009 yards with seven touchdowns. He averaged only 19.3 yards per kick return, but averaged 24.4 yards per punt returns with two touchdowns. Kirk is a fast, explosive play-maker. Some scouting sources have said there nickname for Kirk is "Baby Beckham" in reference to Odell Beckham Jr.




  8. Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-3.

    11/4/17: Pettis has played well in 2017 with 45 receptions for 484 yards and six touchdowns. He also has passed DeSean Jackson to be the Pac-12's all-time leader in punt returns for a touchdown with eight. Some scouts really like Pettis and say he is a smooth receiver who is fluid, fast, quick handed, and dangerous after the catch. Other sources have said they think Pettis lacks elusiveness, drops too many passes, and is just a guy.

    7/17/17: Pettis was the Huskies' No. 2 receiver to John Ross in 2016 and was a solid contributor. Pettis totaled 53 receptions for 822 yards with 15 touchdowns for Washington. With Ross in the NFL, Pettis should be Jake Browning's top target as a senior. Pettis has quickness and looks like he could be a solid complementary receiver in the NFL.


  9. Deebo Samuel*, WR, South Carolina
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-3.

    11/4/17: Samuel had 15 receptions for 250 yards and three touchdowns across the first three games of the year, but in the third contest, he broke a bone in his left leg. Samuel may not play the rest of the 2017 season. The junior got his season started in great fashion against N.C. State. It started right away as he took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. Samuel added another kick return for a touchdown in the next game.

    7/17/17: Samuel had 59 receptions for 783 yards and a touchdown last season. He has some quickness with the upside to produce a lot more as a junior.


  10. Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    11/4/17: Miller has played really well for Memphis, showing good route-running, quickness, good hands, and elusiveness after the catch. He has 61 receptions for 859 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2017. Miller came up huge to help Memphis upset UCLA and has created some positive buzz for himself in the scouting community. Miller is viewed as more of a second-day talent who could be a weapon as a slot receiver in the NFL.

    7/17/17: Miller is smaller receiver, but he was massively productive for Memphis in 2016 as the No. 1 receiver for quarterback Riley Ferguson. Miller totaled 95 receptions for 1,434 yards with 14 touchdowns on the year. The previous season, he hauled in 47 passes for 694 yards and five touchdowns. Miller and Ferguson should be poised for another big season in 2017.


  11. Deontay Burnett*, WR, USC
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 170.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    11/4/17: Burnett has totaled 61 receptions for 788 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017. Burnett doesn't have great size, but he is a quick receiver who is a quality route-runner.

    7/17/17: Burnett flashed as the No. 2 receiver for the Trojans in 2016, catching 56 passes for 622 yards with seven touchdowns. With JuJu Smith-Schuster in the NFL, Burnett could be the No. 1 receiver for USC in 2017. With a tremendous quarterback in Sam Darnold, Burnett could be poised for a big season.




  12. D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 187.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    11/4/17: Chark has 22 receptions for 535 yards and zero touchdowns this season. Once again, LSU's limitations in the passing game are restricting the roster's receiving talent. Some sources say they are grading Chark as a mid-rounder.

    7/17/17: LSU has really struggled with quarterback play over the past few seasons, and that has held back talented receivers like Chark, Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural. In 2016, Chark had just 26 receptions, but averaged almost 18 yards reception to total 466 yards with three touchdowns. Chark has good size and quickness, if he can get consistent help from his quarterback, he's capable of producing a lot more.


  13. Cedric Wilson, WR, Boise State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 188.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    11/4/17: Boise State has gotten a lot of use out of Wilson this season with 45 receptions for 748 yards and five touchdowns. The senior had huge games against Virginia with 209 yards and Washington State with 147 yards. As a junior, he totaled 56 catches for 1,129 yards with 11 touchdowns. Wilson has height and length to him.


  14. Jauan Jennings*, WR, Tennessee
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    11/4/17: Jennings caught three passes for 17 yards against Georgia Tech in the season opener before dislocating his wrist. He hasn't played since then.

    7/17/17: Jennings has a lot of talent and could have produced more if Josh Dobbs had been a more consistent passer during the 2016 season. As a sophomore, Jennings totaled 580 yards on 40 receptions with seven touchdowns. He is capable of producing a lot more if he gets consistent quarterback play.




  15. David Sills*, WR, West Virginia
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 203.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    11/4/17: Sills has been very productive in 2017 with 49 receptions for 781 yards with 15 touchdowns. He has mismatch size and has enough speed to challenge defenses downfield. Sills is an excellent red-zone weapon with his size, hands, and leaping ability. He is on his way to turning himself into a legit NFL prospect.


  16. James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    11/4/17: Washington has caught 45 passes for 1,005 yards with eight touchdowns this season. He is a deep-threat receiver with a lot of production in his college spread attack, which takes advantage of a lot of weak defenses.

    Some team sources told me they graded Washington as a mid-rounder. Washington has a running back build and is not really twitchy. He is deceptively fast, but that is build-up speed rather than first-step explosiveness. Sources also say that he has good hands, but doesn't really make players miss after the catch. One team source said they graded Washington as a late fourth-rounder.

    7/17/17: Over the past few seasons, Washington has been a big-play threat for the Cowboys. He put 71 receptions for 1,380 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2016, including a record-setting game against Pittsburgh (9-296-2) and a domination of Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie in the bowl game (9-171-1). As a sophomore, Washington snagged 53 passes for 1,087 yards with 10 scores. Washington has decent size and can stretch teams vertically with speed.


  17. Deon Cain*, WR, Clemson
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    11/4/17: In 2017, Cain has recorded 28 receptions for 356 yards and three touchdown. He hasn't played as well this year, but that could be from a few factors. Clemson has spread the ball around and not given Cain a lot of targets as it is still breaking in a new quarterback. Team sources have been disappointed in Cain's play as well, including some ugly dropped passes. They say he is a one-trick-pony deep receiver who is going to need development for the NFL.

    7/17/17: Cain (6-1, 210) didn't get as much attention among the Tigers' offensive weapons, yet he made a lot of big plays for Clemson's National Championship team. Cain caught 38 passes for 724 yards with nine touchdowns on the year. His speed and athleticism were illustrated by his average of 19 yards per reception. He averaged 17 yards per catch as a freshman (34-582-5). Even though Clemson is breaking in a new quarterback, Cain could have a big season as the Tigers' No. 1 receiver.


  18. J'Mon Moore, WR, Missouri
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    11/4/17: In 2017, Moore has 39 receptions for 676 yards and seven touchdowns. He had a fabulous start to the season against Missouri State with four receptions for 187 yards and two touchdowns. The senior has good size to him and some quickness. As a junior, he caught 62 passes for 1,012 yards with eight touchdowns. Moore contributed (29-350-0) as a sophomore.


  19. Darren Carrington, WR, Utah
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    11/4/17: Carrington transferred from Oregon to Utah before the start of the 2017 season. After struggling last year, Carrington is playing well for the Utes. He has 54 catches for 779 yards and five touchdowns on the season.

    7/17/17: In 2016, Carrington totaled 43 receptions for 606 yards with five touchdowns. He was banged up, yet continued to play. Carrington wasn't very impressive though and was wise to return to Oregon.

    Carrington flashed more big-play skills for the Ducks over his first two seasons. In both of those years, he averaged 19 yards per reception. Carrington hauled in 32 passes during 2015 for 609 yards with six touchdowns. As a freshman, he had 37 receptions for 704 yards and four touchdowns.


  20. Hunter Renfrow*, WR, Clemson
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 180.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2018): 4-6.

    11/4/17: Renfrow is undersized for the NFL, but he is still a dangerous slot receiver. The junior is a quick wideout who has good hands and runs good routes. Renfrow has 35 receptions for 357 yards in 2017. As a sophomore, he recorded 44 catches for 495 yards and six touchdowns, including the winning score in the National Championship to beat Alabama. As a freshman, he totaled 33 catches for 492 yards and five scores. Renfrow always seems to come up big in crunch time.


  21. Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2018): 4-6.

    11/4/17: Gallup has 72 receptions for 1,167 yards and six touchdowns in 2017.

    7/17/17: Gallup had nice production for the Rams in the 2016 season as he totaled 1,271 yards and 14 touchdowns on 76 receptions. Gallup was recruited by a number of SEC schools out of high school, but he ended up going the junior college route. After two years at Butler Community College, Gallup chose Colorado State over a number of other suitors.


  22. Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2018): 4-6.

    11/4/17: In 2017, Wieneke has 37 receptions for 479 yards and 11 touchdowns. The senior started 2017 Al Bundy style with four touchdowns in the season opener. He had six receptions for 75 yards and those scores in that contest. Over the past three seasons, Wieneke has dominated his FCS competition. As a junior, he totaled 78 catches for 1,316 yards with 16 touchdowns. His sophomore (72-1,472-11) and freshman (73-1,404,16) seasons were good as well.


  23. Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 222.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2018): 4-6.

    11/4/17: Lazard has 39 receptions for 477 yards and five touchdowns in 2017. As a junior, he totaled 69 receptions for 1,018 yards and seven touchdowns. Lazard made solid contributions as a sophomore (56-808-6) and a freshman (45-593-3), too. The senior is a big receiver for the NFL who presents as a size mismatch. Having enough speed for the pro game will be the question Lazard has to answer to improve his draft stock.


  24. Antonio Callaway*, WR, Florida
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 197.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
    Projected Round (2018): 4-6.

    11/4/17: Callaway hasn't played this season because of a suspension. He is reportedly facing felony fraud charges for allegedly transferring money from a stolen credit card. NFL teams already had major off-the-field concerns about Callaway. While he loves football, he has a lot of issues in terms of hanging out with bad influences, and teams are concerned about him consistently failing drug tests in the NFL. Callaway has been suspended repeatedly by Florida, and he hurt his team by earning another suspension to start the 2017 season.

    Scouts across the league say that Callaway has first-round talent. They've even compared him to Antonio Brown in terms of his skill set and what he can do as a receiver, but teams think that Callaway will fall into the mid-rounds because his off-the-field issues are too serious to draft any earlier. They don't have any confidence that he will change and avoid suspensions in the NFL.

    7/17/17: In 2016, Callaway totaled 54 receptions for 721 yards with three touchdowns. He displayed his deep speed and play-making ability during the season despite inconsistent quarterback play. Callaway was one of the most dangerous play-makers in the SEC as a freshman. Despite Florida's terrible quarterback play in the second half of the 2015 season, he totaled 678 yards on 35 receptions with four touchdowns on the year. He also returned two punts for touchdowns.

    Callaway plays bigger than his size and is a threat to rip off a long gain anytime he touches the ball. Team sources have been really impressed with him on the field, but have major off-the-field concerns. The off-the-field issues have the potential to be a huge weight on Callaway's draft stock.


  25. Steve Ishmael, WR, Syracuse
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 209.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2018): 5-7.

    11/4/17: Ishmael has played well for Syracuse this season. The Orange's receivers have their stats inflated by their offense, but team sources have said that Ishmael is put together pretty well. In 2017, he has 66 receptions for 843 yards with four touchdowns.


  26. Jester Weah, WR, Pittsburgh
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2018): 5-7.

    11/4/17: In 2017, Weah has 29 catches for 489 yards and four touchdowns. He struggled to get open and produce this season in games against Georgia Tech, Penn State, Oklahoma State and Youngstown State.

    7/17/17: Weah showed some big-play ability for Pittsburgh last season as he averaged 24.2 yards per reception. On only 36 catches, Weah totaled 870 yards with 10 touchdowns. It will be interesting to see what Weah is capable of doing if he gets more opportunities to produce in 2017.


  27. Richie James*, WR, Middle Tennessee
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 180.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2018): 6-FA.

    11/4/17: This season, James has 31 receptions for 290 yards and three touchdowns.

    7/17/17: James is a small receiver, but he has been massively productive for Middle Tennessee over the past two seasons. James totaled 105 receptions for 1,625 yards with 12 touchdowns. The previous season, he had 108 catches for 1,346 yards with eight scores.



  28. Brandon Powell, WR, Florida
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 184.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
    Projected Round (2018): 6-FA.

    11/4/17: Powell has 17 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown in 2017.

    7/17/17: Powell is a short receiver, but he is put together well and is a play-maker with the ball in his hands. The struggles of the Gators' quarterbacks have held Powell back, but he is a noticeable threat when watching Florida. As a junior, Powell had 45 receptions for 387 yards and two touchdowns. In 2015, he recorded 29 catches for 390 yards and three scores.


  29. Austin Proehl, WR, North Carolina
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 175.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2018): 7-FA.

    11/4/17: Proehl went out for the season with a left arm injury. He had 16 receptions for 270 yards and a touchdown in his shortened year.

    7/17/17: Proehl was a solid No. 3 receiver for North Carolina in 2016 as he caught 43 passes for 597 yards and three touchdowns. With Ryan Switzer, Mack Hollins and Bug Howard off to the NFL, Proehl could get more opportunities; however, North Carolina will be breaking in a new quarterback replacing Mitchell Trubisky.


2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P




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