Projecting the NFL Scouting Combine: Wide Receivers

Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver N'Keal Harry celebrates after defeating the Arizona Wildcats during the Territorial Cup on Saturday.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ric Serritella

Welcome to's "Projecting The Combine" series, which features predictions at each position for who will be invited to Indianapolis for the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. Next up is wide receivers. Over the past five years, the Combine has averaged 47 wide receiver invites (33 drafted per year).

In 2018, the Combine featured 44 receivers invited to Indianapolis but just two players were selected in the first round, the fewest since 2010 (two). This year is sure to rebound with plenty of first-round candidates at the position.

Below is a breakdown of combine invites and the number of wide receivers drafted over the past five years. By taking the average number, we try to predict the invites for the 2019 Combine with their projected draft grade in parenthesis.

NOTE: Underclassmen have until January 15 to officially declare for the NFL Draft.

Wide Receivers invited To NFL Combine

2018: 44

2017: 58

2016: 43

2015: 44

2014: 48

Selected In NFL Draft

2018: 33

2017: 32

2016: 33

2015: 35

2014: 33

2019 NFL Scouting Combine Prediction: Wide Receivers

The Top 5

  1. N'Keal Harry, Arizona State (Day 1) -- The human highlight reel has a knack for making the big play and owns a drawer full of evasive open-field moves that he can pull out at any time.

  2. A.J. Brown, Mississippi (Day 1) -- While his speed is adequate, the Rebels playmaker is highly competitive, as he excels utilizing his frame and physicality to badger smaller cornerbacks.

  3. D.K. Metclaf, Mississippi (Day 1) -- An excellent combination of size and speed, Metcalf flashes a great get-off and can fly downfield but will need to check out medically, as he suffered a scary neck injury this season.

  4. Marquise Brown, Oklahoma (Day 1) -- A big time vertical threat who can blow the top off of any defense and flashes the agility to make defenders miss in the open field.

  5. Kelvin Harmon, North Carolina State (Day 1) -- The tall, physical wide out is near automatic on back shoulder throws and is a great leaper in jump ball situations, often winning the high point battle.

The Rest

  1. Hakeem Butler, Iowa State (Day 2)

  2. Deebo Sameul, South Carolina (Day 2)

  3. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford (Day 2)

  4. Tyler Johnson, Minnesota (Day 2)

  5. David Sills, West Virginia (Day 2)

  6. Parris Campbell, Ohio State (Day 2)

  7. Ryan Ridley, Georgia (Day 2)

  8. Miles Boykin, Notre Dame (Day 2)

  9. Damarkus Lodge, Mississippi (Day 2)

  10. Mecole Hardman, Georgia (Day 2)

  11. Darius Slayton, Auburn (Day 2)

  12. Tyre Brady, Marshall (Day 2)

  13. Gary Jennings, West Virginia (Day 3)

  14. Lil'Jordan Humphrey, Texas (Day 3)

  15. Greg Dortch, Wake Forest (Day 3)

  16. Anthony Jonson, Buffalo (Day 3)

  17. Jakobi Meyers, North Carolina State (Day 3)

  18. Emmanuel Hall, Missouri (Day 3)

  19. Andy Isabella, UMass (Day 3)

  20. Anthony Ratliff-Williams, North Carolina (Day 3)

  21. Antoine Wesley, Texas Tech (Day 3)

  22. Jalen Hurd, Baylor (Day 3)

  23. Johnnie Dixon, Ohio State (Day 3)

  24. Dillon Mitchell, Oregon (Day 3)

  25. John Ursua, Hawaii (Day 3)

  26. Hunter Renfrow, Clemson (Day 3)

  27. Preston Williams, Colorado State (Day 3)

  28. Emmanuel Butler, Northern Arizona (Day 3)

  29. Stanley Morgan, Nebraska (Day 3)

  30. Nyqwan Murray, Florida State (Day 3)

  31. Jaylen Smith, Louisville (Day 3)

  32. Cody Thompson, Toledo (Day 3)

  33. Terry McLaurin, Ohio State (Day 3)

  34. Terry Godwin, Georgia (UDFA)

  35. Ryan Davis, Auburn (UDFA)

  36. Felton Davis, Michigan State (UDFA)

  37. Travis Fulgham, Old Dominion (UDFA)

  38. KeeSean Johnson, Fresno State (UDFA)

  39. Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern (UDFA)

  40. Keelan Doss, UC Davis (UDFA)

  41. Jamal Custis, Syracuse (UDFA)

  42. Ashton Dulin, Malone (OH) (UDFA)

2019 NFL Combine Projections:

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