NFL Draft Scout analyst Ric Serritella has been covering the draft for nearly two decades, gaining a reputation around the league as one of the most dependable resources around the league. He provides a positional preview of his top five players at each position, along with a small school prospect worth keeping an eye on come draft weekend!
Top 5 Wide Receivers
Marquise Brown – The man they call “Hollywood” is clearly ready for the big time with elite top end speed and outstanding ball skills. Brown possesses rare speed, outstanding lateral explosion and excellent vision as a runner after the catch. He is able to stop and start from zero to 60 mph like a sports car.
D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi – An impressive size/speed specimen, Metcalf played just seven games before suffering a neck injury that required surgery. While his route running is average and he doesn’t make many defenders miss after the catch, receivers with raw talent like D.K. come around once in a blue moon.
N’Keal Harry, Arizona State – Harry profiles as an outside receiver that will develop into a starter by year two but will make an impact early thanks to his athleticism and vertical ability. He possesses ideal size and height, as well as a filled out frame, along with the ability to make highlight reel catches and jaw dropping open field moves at his size.
AJ Brown, Mississippi – A thick-built, fluid mover who changes directions easily for his size, Brown played a lot of slot during his time at Ole Miss but can line up at any receiver position at the next level and profiles as an instant starter thanks to his footwork, ball skills and spatial awareness as a player.
Hakeem Butler, Iowa – A super long receiver that poses a mismatch all over the field with his height and excellent hands, Butler is a mature team leader. He’s highly motivated and ultra competitive with a physical playing style, boxing defenders out like a natural small forward between the stripes.
Small School Sleeper
Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern State – The transfer from LSU (and Jaylon Ferguson’s brother) possesses excellent length, tremendous ball skills and prototype size to be a perimeter starter but lacks deep speed and suddenness. He’s outstanding in contested catch scenarios and does a phenomenal job of high-pointing the football. His ball skills and concentration are clearly his best traits, making him an ideal jump ball specialist at the next level.
**For expansive player rankings in even more in-depth scouting reports, be sure to download Ric Serritella’s 2019 NFL Draft Bible, available here!*