NFL Draft: Top 5 WR prospects – By Shaun Bo

With the NFL draft just over a week away, let’s take a look at the wide receiver talent that will be finding themselves in the NFL next season.

Courtland Sutton – SMU

  • 6’4” 218lbs
  • Hand size: 9.75
  • 40 time: 4.54
CSutton
Photo Credit: George Walker/ Icon Sportswire

Sutton is a player who can quietly put up numbers on you if you’re not careful as a defense – he possesses similar traits to Alshon Jeffery. A guy who’s not the flashy diva type receiver, but a player that consistently produces. A couple of times last year I watched him live and didn’t even really notice him at first. It wasn’t until the network flashed his game stats on the screen and I remember being like; “What the hell? When did that happen?” His stats showed around eight catches for 80 to 100 yards and a touchdown. Really looking forward to seeing what team he goes to as I think he could have a high upside as a WR1.

D.J. Moore – Maryland

  • 6’00” 210lbs
  • Hand size: 9
  • 40 time: 4.42

Say hello to our first Steve Smith clone! This guy is explosive off the line like Odell Beckham, Jr. and sheds would be tacklers like David Johnson. Okay maybe I’m a little too excited here, but one thing is for sure, Moore is an NFL talent. My only concern is his hand size and how it translates to the NFL, where defenders are the best of the best and strong hands are required to be successful, but there is no denying this kid is talented!

Christian Kirk – Texas A&M

  •  5’10” 201 lbs
  • Hand size: 9.88
  • 40 time: 4.46
CKirk
Photo Credit: David J. Phillip/AP Photo

 

I think that Kirk, rather than Calvin Ridley, will be the better NFL player long term. Kirk reminds me a lot of Green Bay Packers slot man, Randall Cobb. A player who is explosive with the ball in his hands and runs a great route tree. If he goes to the right team, we should see an immediate impact from him in the NFL in 2018.

Anthony Miller – Memphis

  • 5’11” 201lbs
  • Hand size: 10
  • 40 time: 4.52

Miller had an explosive season for Memphis in 2017 where he led the Tigers in receiving with 92 rec for 1,462 yards and 18 TD. One thing that really catches my eye with Miller is the fact that he has 10-inch hands! Living in Houston, I got the luxury to shake the hand of a player that is of similar size to Miller and while I made him look small from an overall size stand point, I was shocked when his hand completely wrapped around mine during the hand shake. That players name was DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans. Since that moment and witnessing what he does on the field with those huge hands and athletic ability, it’s been a priority of mine to never overlook a player like him again. Not saying Miller is the next Hopkins, but I do believe the odds are in Miller’s favor at succeeding in the NFL, at least as a slot receiver.

Justin Watson – Pennsylvania

  • 6’2” 210lbs
  • Hand size: N/A
  • 40 time: 4.49
JWatson
Photo Credit: Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP Photo

Watson is a guy whose college dominator stats jump off the page to me ranking in the top 98th percentile at 60.3%. In comparison, Cooper Kupp (another small school recruit) had a 40.4% dominator rating. In four years at Penn, while only playing 10 games per season, Watson averaged 94.4 REC yds/game and a whopping 3.3 TD. Considering the NFL draft is a busted system that doesn’t always see the best talent taken in the early rounds, Watson is a guy who could carry tremendous value. If he lands in the right spot, then we could be looking at this year’s Juju Smith-Schuster.

I hope you enjoyed this article, make sure you check back to see the top 5 RB’s and TE’s coming soon to acrossthefantasypond.com

By Shaun Bo – @FFJuggernauts

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