Here's why draft stock of Texas Tech junior WR Antoine Wesley is rising

Texas Tech WR Antoine Wesley made many big catches this season.Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech junior wide receiver Antoine Wesley, who announced his decision this week to enter the NFL Draft, projects to be an early-to-mid round selection.

The playmaker burst onto the scene in 2018, finishing the regular season with the second-most receiving yards in the nation (1,410), while averaging 16 yards on 88 catches, nine of which went for touchdowns.

It was a highlight reel type of year for Wesley, who made a handful of acrobatic catches, one-handed grabs and jump-ball snags. He possesses great body control, to go along with tremendous length. Wesley also flashes great acceleration and is dangerous after the catch, with the ability to make defenders miss in the open field.

He had just 10 catches for 137 yards as a sophomore due to injuries.

A native of Las Vegas, Wesley is similar to Plaxico Burress in many ways, such as size and ability to separate. Although some NFL teams are sure to be leery of the one-year wonder, his versatility to play inside, outside and near the line of scrimmage bodes well for his draft stock.

Wesley (6-4, 200, 4.52) announced his decision Monday on Twitter:

"... I will always cherish my time at Tech. I learned how to work and how to take responsibility for the man next to me. After much thought and prayer, and after receiving positive feedback from the NFL, I have decided to enter the 2019 NFL Draft. I look forward to continue working hard and making the sacrifices to achieve my lifelong dream of playing this game I love at the highest level. Guns up Forever."

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