2017 NFL draft rankings: Wide receivers

The 10 receiver prospects in our 2017 rankings have combined for 12,192 yards through the air this season—and a few still have to play their bowl games. Easy math: That’s about 1,200 per man. College offensive stats are as inflated as ever, but we’re still talking about some serious talent atop this position. 

Rank Player School The Skinny
1 Corey Davis Western Michigan 6' 2", 205 lbs.
2 Mike Williams Clemson 6' 3", 225 lbs.
3 John Ross Washington 5' 11", 173 lbs.
4 Cooper Kupp​ Eastern Washington 6' 2", 205 lbs.
5 JuJu Smith-Schuster USC 6' 2", 220 lbs.
6 Ryan Switzer North Carolina 5' 10", 185 lbs.
7 Isaiah Ford Virginia Tech 6' 2", 195 lbs.
8 Zay Jones East Carolina 6' 1", 197 lbs.
9 Josh Reynolds Texas A&M 6' 4", 194 lbs.
10 ​Dede Westbrook Oklahoma 6' 0", 176 lbs.

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The top three have a legitimate argument for being the No. 1 receiver right now. Davis is polished and can accelerate in short spaces. Williams is a downfield weapon with the strength and size to dominate defensive backs. The explosive Ross has had a brilliant comeback season after knee injuries sidelined him in 2015—he will be one of the fastest prospects in the draft, period. Any of the first seven names here could wind up in Round 1, given how much NFL teams these days emphasizing explosiveness and speed. Westbrook was a home run waiting to happen this fall, while Ford can stretch the field vertically. Switzer won’t carry as much hype, but in the right system he could be a highly productive slot receiver.

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