2017 NFL draft rankings: Wide receivers
The 10 receiver prospects in our initial 2017 rankings have combined for 9,809 yards through the air this season. Easy math: That’s about 1,000 per man. College offensive stats are as inflated as ever, but we’re still talking about some serious talent atop this position.
|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||JuJu Smith-Schuster||USC||6' 2", 220 lbs.|
|5||Dede Westbrook||Oklahoma||6' 0", 176 lbs.|
|6||Cooper Kupp||Eastern Washington||6' 2", 205 lbs.|
|7||Isaiah Ford||Virginia Tech||6' 2", 195 lbs.|
|8||Courtland Sutton||SMU||6' 4", 215 lbs.|
|9||KD Cannon||Baylor||6' 0", 180 lbs.|
|10||Zay Jones||East Carolina||6' 1", 197 lbs.|
The top three—maybe even the top four—have a legitimate argument for being the No. 1 receiver right now. Williams is a downfield weapon with the strength and size to dominate defensive backs when he wants to. 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. Smith-Schuster is a bit of a sleeper contender, but he plays a strong, natural receiver. And then there’s Davis. The Western Michigan product sits atop our board for the moment because he is so polished and well-rounded. Kupp is a similar player, albeit one starting from a lower floor/ceiling setup, from the FCS ranks. Considering how much teams emphasize speed and creating mismatches, Westbrook has top-20 potential.