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2021 NFL Prospect Rankings: Wide Receivers

LSU

Projected Round: 1

Ourlads' Snippet - He projects as a year one starter from both inside and outside receiver positions. Physical, aggressive, powerful player who maintains running back-caliber presence and balance throughout contact with defenders. Plays tough and nasty. A true competitor who attacks the ball with his hands and plays through contact. Excellent ball skills that will play bigger than his listed size. Will go up and get to the ball first. High success rate in traffic. Will create on his own after the catch via elite contact balance and top end short area burst. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Alabama

Projected Round: 1

Ourlads' Snippet - Has shown enough over his career to be considered one of the top explosive playmakers in the class. Has such an explosive burst and also has the speed to run away from anybody. He lacks ideal size to complement that speed, however he overrides it with a competitive streak that very few possess. He can change the outlook of an offense by simply being on the field whether he is in the slot, on the outside, or returning punts and kicks. He is going to score a lot points and create space for others. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Alabama

Projected Round: 1

Ourlads' Snippet - He is all business, all about winning. That combined with his elite burst in and out of breaks, sticky hands, and ability to create after the catch can make him an elite feature receiver at the next level. Moves as if he is on roller blades. Accelerates to his top speed in a hurry and will force the defender to play catch up. Can cut and turn while moving at his full speed. Seamless transitions will create separation as both a route runner and ball carrier. Big and strong hands. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Minnesota

Projected Round: 1/2

Ourlads' Snippet - He is a guy who doesn’t need to be found in wide open space in order to make things happen, as he can create on his own. Hands-catcher that snares the ball out of the air and will make the difficult play look routine. Has a wide catch radius with excellent coordination. Soft, but powerful hands that will rise to another level in traffic. Can be depended upon in 50/50 situations. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Projected Round: 1/2

Ourlads' Snippet - Checks all the boxes when it comes to size, strength and speed. Easy and fluid mover down the field that has the deep gear to get over the top. Tracks the vertical pass well. Can get up and over a leaping group of defenders and come down with the tough catch. A favorable matchup in the red zone. Can get open in a small window but also excels in traffic. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Purdue

Projected Round: 2/3

Ourlads' Snippet - Has the blazing long speed to run away from defenders in space. Has elite quickness and agility to make defenders miss in a phone booth. Possesses top shelf explosion and burst to create separation. Smart player who loves the game. Shows a deep understanding of opposing defenses and angles. Can anticipate space and create with just a small amount of it. A true threat to score every time he touches the ball. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Mississippi

Projected Round: 2/3

Ourlads' Snippet - The kind of playmaker who uses his lack of ideal size to his advantage in multiple ways. His stutter step quickness and burst are elite both as a ball carrier and route runner. He is a hard guy to touch, let alone wrap arms around and get to the ground. Has elite balance and vision which makes his ability to play with different gears downright dangerous. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Florida

Projected Round: 2/3

Ourlads' Snippet - Has joystick quickness and change of direction whether he is running routes or carrying the ball. He is the kind of guy that can miss contact in the phone booth and will always fight for more yards. Plays bigger and tougher than his frame suggests. It will be hard to find a more competitive spark plug than him. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Michigan

Projected Round: 2/3

Ourlads' Snippet - He is one of the bigger and more physical receivers in this class. His height, wingspan, and strength presence make him a very difficult one on one matchup. This is the kind of receiver who can be open no matter where the cornerback is. He understands body positioning like a basketball player. Credible and real size, power, and strength. Size is an advantage but even more so is the ability to position himself and box out others. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

North Carolina

Projected Round: 2/3

Ourlads' Snippet - Has just about as much upside as any receiver in the draft if he can get stronger and bring the ball in more consistently on all levels. Easy and borderline effortless release off the line. Glides off the line and into his routes with the natural flow into his route. Moves at a high rate of speed but makes it look smooth. Sharp cuts with precise and timely lower body swivel as a route runner. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Western Michigan

Projected Round: 2/3

Ourlads' Snippet - There is so much Eskridge can do on the field and his elite speed will make him sought after. Explosive straight line burst and water-bug quickness. Can alter his weight and direction sharply while moving at his top rate. Separation with and without the ball comes easy and often. Will get open on all levels of the route tree. Has a dangerous stutter step off the line and will force a cover man to give up his intentions. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Stanford

Projected Round: 3/4

Ourlads' Snippet - Adds value with versatility to play condensed splits, slot and out receiver alignments. Matchup nightmare when lined up in tight splits and at slot receiver – too fast and athletic for backers and too big and strong for defensive backs. Impressive use of body to protect throws from defenders. Has a huge catch radius. Smooth, intelligent, disciplined route runner. Deceptively athletic, long strider who eats cushion in a hurry. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Florida

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Smooth operator that can make twitchy movement look easy and natural. Excellent leaping ability that can spontaneously react and alter his weight in the air. Has the tools to be a big time red zone threat. Has some power and ability to break tackles after the catch. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

14. Shi Smith
South Carolina

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Lacks standout physical traits when it comes to size and long speed, but he is a competitive and quick slot prospect who rarely drops the ball. Has big, strong hands and his coordination and ability to see it in has been on display over and over since he stepped on the field in 2017. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Tennessee

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Thick like a running back that will play taller and longer than his listed size. Has a wide radius matched with an ultra- competitive spirit. Attacks the ball with his hands. Comes back to the ball hard and will immediately look for green once he has it. Can break tackles in a variety of ways. Stiff arm replicates a big time running back. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Louisville

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Has the kind of speed that can change the game for the offense. He is in a rare tier of explosive playmakers that brings that superior burst and acceleration to the field as a route runner and playmaker post-catch. A weapon that can knife through the top of a secondary, stretch the defense, and open things up for players around him. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Auburn

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Wide catch radius and plays with an aggressive, physical mindset. Inviting target in the red zone and doesn’t need to be open in order for a quarterback to throw him the ball. Will compete before and after the catch. A bully with the ball in his hands. Has long-stride speed once he gets going. Maintains good composure and balance as he goes deep with the ball coming his way. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Clemson

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - He is unique in that he plays much stronger than a typical receiver. Has a running back’s body and it helps him deal with contact from defenders, break tackles, and create on his own. He will be able to get open from the slot and he knows how to finish. Stocky, powerfully built for the position. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Clemson

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Chiseled frame with a lot of muscle mass and functional twitch. Strong presence as a route runner and ball carrier. Can make an impact after the catch. Has the mentality of a running back. Breaks tackles with good forward lean, strong stiff arm, and a never-die mentality. A lot of grit and hustle. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Arizona State

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - He is a hard worker who has flashed deep threat, playmaking potential over his career. More than a simple straight-line athlete. He can explode out of his breaks when his mechanics are right, and he is a solid hands-catcher. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Oklahoma State

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Competitive, fiery player who gets the most out of himself. Feisty against physical players that have more size and speed. Will out-tough a lot of defenders. Excellent ball skills on all fronts. Can twist and turn late when the ball is approaching. Will make a lot of off-schedule catches on poorly thrown balls. Get it near him and he will compete for it, fight for it, and come away with it more often than not. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

North Texas

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - An electric playmaker who shows elite quickness, agility, and anticipation with the ball in his hands. He can create something out of nothing, fits into creases that others cannot even find, and plays with a big-time competitive streak. His size will limit him to specific roles at the next level, but there is no denying how dangerous he can be. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - He is the kind of receiver who doesn’t let the ball hit the turf if it comes in contact with his hands. His consistency with his ball skills and attention to detail are pro caliber. Competitive gamer that brings energy and full effort every snap of every game. Detail-heavy route runner that hits all of his footwork points accurately and well timed. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Checks a lot of boxes when it comes to size and speed. Easy vertical burst with a next-level gear once he gets going. Will knife through the top of a secondary and continue to gain more and more separation the further downfield he gets. Will flash with multiple high-difficulty plays looking easy and natural. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Iowa

Projected Round: 5/6

Ourlads' Snippet - A high-upside receiver who shows natural ball skill traits. At his size and ability to go up and get it, he can be a big-time factor in the red zone. Wins a lot of 50/ 50 balls because of his late hands, outstanding coordination, and aggressive mentality. His deep speed and route running skill set are ascending. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Projected Round: 5/6

Ourlads' Snippet - Electric with the ball in his hands. Makes an impact after the catch and on special teams as a returner. A light and easy mover with oily hips and tap-dancing footwork. Easy agility that can make tight turns while moving at a high rate of speed. Has an extra gear when evading tacklers. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Florida State

Projected Round: 5/6

Ourlads' Snippet - His size, speed, and ability to make the spectacular catch in traffic is going to make him an attractive and desired weapon for a downfield passing attack. He plays tough and physical whether he is involved in the play or not. Plus-height and length, creating a wide catch radius. Excels at extending himself for the ball. Will get to a lot of balls that others cannot. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Arkansas State

Projected Round: 5/6

Ourlads' Snippet - A bully that plays the receiver position. Has a running back’s frame with huge hands and elite contact balance. Snags the ball with his hands. Has a natural catching motion that looks repeatable and easy. Shows no hesitation on extending himself over the middle. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Notre Dame

Projected Round: 5/6

Ourlads' Snippet - May move inside to become an oversized slot that will help move the chains between the hash mark catches. Can make the athletic splash play adjusting down the field. Generally catches the ball away from his body in his strong hands. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

South Dakota State

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Slot type receiver, who is limited in technique but has ability. Tends to lean on his speed release. Quick but smooth, and quicker than fast. Detaches well downfield by using his hands and body positioning. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Wake Forest

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Plays big and strong when going after the ball, often has the significant advantage in 50/50 situations. Superior body control and balance. Hands are strong and soft. Skillfully gets off the line and understands angles and creases against press coverage. Subtly quick and balanced in small windows enable him to get initial positional advantages. Productive and machine-like in the red zone. Ball skills are at or very close to the elite level. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Louisville

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - A slot receiver who runs vertical routes well. Showed ability to win at the line of scrimmage from time to time. Quick in tight spaces, especially if given ability to square up his feet. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Auburn

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - There is no defense for this kind of speed. He has a decent frame that should be able to add some bulk and the right coach should get this tough competitor to make plays. Brings twitch and slight change of direction ability to change his trajectory degree in an instant. Will miss contact by defenders with the ball in his hands. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Houston

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - When it comes to pure speed and big play potential he is on a short list of blazers in this class. Blazing speed that has the juice to get over the top. Flips the switch and hits that top gear in a hurry. Will put a defender on his heels off the line. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

LSU

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - Was a big time contributor on special teams during his career which could make him a solid late round pick as he can contribute immediately on special teams and as a depth wide receiver. Good size with length and bulk on his frame, has speed and quickness. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

36. Dax Milne
BYU

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - A possession receiver who works the pattern close to the sideline with good footwork and body balance. Runs crisp patterns. Good functional awareness and short area quickness. Finds the open area. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

North Carolina

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - Projects as a number five receiver who will make a 53-man roster as a rookie. Good athletic ability and change of direction. Can make defenders miss. Has some quickness getting in and out of breaks. Has return experience. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Indiana

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - A shifty slot receiver who runs quality short routes. Great eye discipline at the catch point. Gets in and out of transitions smoothly. Has an instinctive feel for attacking zone coverages. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Texas A&M

Projected Round: PFA


South Alabama

Projected Round: PFA


Texas

Projected Round: PFA


Hawaii

Projected Round: PFA


Memphis

Projected Round: PFA


Ball State

Projected Round: PFA


Illinois

Projected Round: PFA


Colorado State

Projected Round: PFA


Old Dominion

Projected Round: PFA


Northwestern

Projected Round: PFA


Troy

Projected Round: PFA


Kent State

Projected Round: PFA


Mississippi State

Projected Round: PFA


52. Tre Nixon
Central Florida

Projected Round: PFA


Buffalo

Projected Round: PFA


Oklahoma State

Projected Round: PFA


Notre Dame

Projected Round: PFA


56. Eli Stove
Auburn

Projected Round: PFA


Charleston

Projected Round: PFA


Texas Tech

Projected Round: PFA


USC

Projected Round: PFA


Stanford

Projected Round: PFA


Central Florida

Projected Round: PFA


Georgia Tech

Projected Round: PFA


San Jose State

Projected Round: PFA


Texas

Projected Round: PFA


Virginia

Projected Round: PFA


66. Tim Jones
Southern Miss

Projected Round: PFA


Temple

Projected Round: PFA


68. DJ Turner
Pittsburgh

Projected Round: PFA


Northwestern

Projected Round: PFA


South Florida

Projected Round: PFA


UAB

Projected Round: PFA


East Carolina

Projected Round: PFA


West Virginia

Projected Round: PFA


San Jose State

Projected Round: PFA


UTEP

Projected Round: PFA


Louisiana Tech

Projected Round: PFA


Central Florida

Projected Round: PFA


Texas State

Projected Round: PFA


Eastern Kentucky

Projected Round: PFA


Wisconsin

Projected Round: PFA


Missouri

Projected Round: Camp