NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein ranked wide receiver as the best position group in this year’s NFL Draft, writing:
“For the second year in a row, the receiver position appears to be the deepest in the draft. For what it’s worth, I actually have the top three receivers in 2021 ranked above the top three receivers from last year, both as a group and individually. Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle all have game-breaking elements to their play, while targets like Elijah Moore and Kadarius Toney are going to be nightmares to cover from the slot. It’s also worth noting the amount of size/speed prospects with good upside that will be available on Day 3 of the draft.”
Seven of Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 players are wide receivers: Chase (No. 3), Waddle (No. 5), Smith (No. 6), Toney. (No. 23), Terrence Marshall Jr. (No. 37), Moore (No. 38) and Rashod Bateman (No. 48). Wideouts are similarly stacked in Dane Brugler’s top 100: Chase (No. 4), Waddle (No. 6), Smith (No. 9), Toney (No. 28), Bateman (No. 31), Moore (No. 35), Marshall Jr. (No. 48), Rondale Moore (No. 50), Dynami Brown (No. 58), Amari Rodgers (No. 64), Amon-Ra St. Brown (No. 67), Tylan Wallace (No. 79), Nico Collins (No. 82), Dwayne Eskridge (No. 88) and Tutu Atwell (No. 95).
In Sam Monson’s latest mock draft for Pro Football Focus, he has seven receivers being taken in the first round: Chase (No. 5, Bengals), Smith (No. 9, Broncos), Waddle (No. 16, Cardinals), Bateman (No. 19, Washington), Rondale Moore (No. 25, Jaguars), Marshall (No. 28, Saints) and Elijah Moore (No. 32, Buccaneers).