2020 NFL DRAFT: WIDE RECEIVERS
RANKING TOP 35
#35: Binjimen Victor, Ohio State… 35 – 573 – 16.4 – 6 touchdowns
#34: Joe Reed, Virginia…. 77 – 679 – 8.8 – 7 touchdowns
#33: Kendrick Rogers, Texas A&M…. 30 – 351 – 11.7 – 2 touchdowns
#32: Diondre Overton, Clemson… 22 – 352 – 16.0 – 3 touchdowns
#31: Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt… 47 – 511 – 10.9 – 3 touchdowns
#30: Aaron Fuller, Washington…. 59 – 702 – 11.9 – 6 touchdowns
#29: James Proche, SMU…. 111 – 1225 – 11.0 – 15 touchdowns
#28: Gabriel Davis, Central Florida…. 72 – 1241 – 17.2 – 12 touchdowns
#27: Van Jefferson, Florida…. 49 – 657 – 13.4 – 6 touchdowns
#26: John Hightower, Boise State…. 51 – 943 – 18.5 – 8 touchdowns
#25: Juwan Johnson, Oregon…. 30 – 467 – 15.6 – 4 touchdowns
#24: Jawan Jennings, Tennessee…. 59 – 969 – 16.4 – 8 touchdowns
#23: Isaiah Hodgins, Oregon State…. 86 – 1171 – 13.6 – 13 touchdowns
#22: Chase Claypool, Notre Dame…. 66 – 1037 – 15.7 – 13 touchdowns
#21: Devin Duvernay, Texas….. 106 – 1386 – 13.1 – 9 touchdowns
#20: KJ Hill, Ohio State…. 57 – 636 – 11.2 – 10 touchdowns
#19: Quartney Davis, Texas A&M…. 54 – 616 – 11.4 – 4 touchdowns
#18: Collin Johnson, Texas…. 38 – 559 – 14.7 – 3 touchdowns
#17: Anotnio Gandy-Golden, Liberty…. 79 – 1396 – 17.7 – 10 touchdowns
#16: Lynn Bowdon Jr., Kentucky…. 30 – 348 – 11.6 – 1 touchdown
#15: Tyler Johnson, Minnesota….. 86 – 1318 – 15.3 – 13 touchdowns
#14: Bryan Edwards, South Carolina…. 71 – 816 – 11.5 – 6 touchdowns
#13: Denzel Mims, Baylor…. 66 – 1020 – 15.5 – 12 touchdowns
#12: Michael Pittman Jr., USC….. 101 – 1275 – 12.6 – 11 touchdowns
#11: Jalen Reagor, TCU….. 43 – 611 – 14.2 – 5 touchdowns
#10: Donovan Peoples-Jones….. 34 – 438 – 12.9 – 6 touchdowns
#9: Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin….. 59 – 901 – 15.3 – 7 touchdowns
#8: Justin Jefferson, LSU….. 111 – 1540 – 13.9 – 18 touchdowns
#7: Tee Huggins, Clemson….. 59 – 1167 – 19.8 – 13 touchdowns
#6: KJ Hamler, Penn State….. 56 – 904 – 16.1 – 8 touchdowns
#5: Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State….. 65 – 1192 – 18.3 – 8 touchdowns
#4: Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado….. 56 – 764 – 13.6 – 4 touchdowns
#3: Henry Ruggs III, Albama….. 40 – 746 – 18.7 – 7 touchdowns
#2: CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma….. 62 – 1327 – 21.4 – 14 touchdowns
#1: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama….. 77 – 1163 – 15.1 – 10 touchdowns
PROFILES TOP 10:
#1 Jerry Jeudy
6’1” 190 pounds
Jeudy is considered a rare athlete and is as good as there is speed. No other receiver in college football gets off the line of scrimmage better than he does. He has exceptionally quick feet and combines that with good body control that allows him to blow by defenders when running his routes. He can excel as fast as anyone and stop on a dime in a moments notice. He is a better receiver over the middle and has the balance to get out of the initial tackle and take off for huge chunks of yardage after the catch. He can track the football downfield and has excellent hands. He can work outside and in the slot in the NFL. The biggest concern is his size at only 6’1” and 190 pounds. The concern is bigger defensive backs can get into his grill early and slow him down at the line of scrimmage. He may be considered the most exciting receiver to come out of Alabama since Amari Cooper in 2015. He is a definite top 10 selection.
#2 CeeDee Lamb
6’2” 190 pounds
Lamb could be the best contested – catch receiver in college football. He has long arms very strong hands and contract the football much like Jeudy of Alabama. His lower body is very strong and that allows him to out muscle defenders. He has shown signs of explosiveness when attacking the football. He also has the ability to break tackles in the open field and is catch radius is enormous. He is one of the few receivers in college football that excels on the back – shoulder catch. One other ability Lamb has is he is an excellent blocker. The biggest concern at this point is he doesn’t create a lot of separation. At times he can get caught up at the line of scrimmage against bigger defensive backs who can press him. He has the potential to be a great one in the NFL. He could use a little more coaching to polish his route running. He is definitely a #1 receiver.
#3 Henry Ruggs III
6’0” 195 pounds
Ruggs is perhaps the fastest receiver in this draft, with pure long speed. Many are comparing him to Tyreek Hill. He has the ability to stretch the field and make big plays. He has outstanding ball – tracking skills and body control when adjusting to throws downfield. He actually plays bigger than his size at the point of reception. He is an explosive leaper and does attack the football at the point of reception. Ruggs may have the strongest hands of any receiver in this draft. One area that scouts would like to see improvement is his route running. He needs to learn the nuances of the NFL game and be more creative with the football in his hands. He is considered a first round selection and will excel once he is coached up.
#4 Laviska Shenault Jr.
6’2” 225 pounds
Shenault did everything at Colorado including lining up outside, in the slot, and was used as an H-BACK in the running game. He has excellent vision and was very creative as a running back with good balance and natural power to over – run defensive backs. He was absolutely unstoppable in the open field because of his explosiveness. He is good against press coverage and can handle physical defensive backs. In the NFL, coaches must expand his route running. His durability is also a concern at the NFL level because he missed games in each of the last two years. He has the ability to be very good in the NFL once he is coached up. Once he becomes more refined and pays attention to details, he can be a number one receiver.
#5 Brandon Aiyuk
6’0” 195 pounds
Aiyuk became a true star last season. He has excellent speed and can be physical and is very competitive. He is one of the best receivers when it comes to running after the reception. Once catching the football he had the ability to slip multiple tacklers and uses vision and creativity like a running back. He became more of a complete receiver during his senior season. Aiyuk is a downfield threat with good leaping skills and a competitive nature to win contested – catches. His understanding of route running was much better during his senior season. His athleticism allowed him to create more separation.
He is still considered relatively raw in NFL standards. He’s not a big receiver and failed a physical before the Senior Bowl. With NFL coaching he has the potential to be a big – time receiver. Until he gets up to speed he will be seen as a complementary offense of weapon.
#6 KJ Hamler
5’9” 175 pounds
Hamler is definitely undersized, but he is competitive, tough and has excellent speed. Defensive backs have had issues covering him. Along with his natural speed, he gets off the line of scrimmage extremely fast, making defenses think twice about pressing him. He has excellent body control that allows him to gear down when necessary. He is considered above average on catch – and – run situations, and shows excellent vision with the ball in his hands and has the creativity to be deadly in open space. He takes pride in going after the football downfield and has excellent leaping ability to rip the ball away from defenders. He is not considered a well – rounded receiver yet. He needs to do better at coming back to the football and attacking on stop routes. With an emphasis on big – play ability in the NFL, Hamler fits that mold. He has the potential to become a quality starter in the right situation.
#7 Tee Higgins
6’4” 215 pounds
Higgins is another big receiver who has excellent speed and ball – tracking ability as a deep threat. He has good body control and strong hands and is very competitive attacking the football. He is catch radius is enormous both downfield and in shorter situations. He is a physical wide receiver and is a premier blocker, which is a plus in the run game. Scouts believe he looks average when working against very physical corners who look to press him. He wasn’t exposed to many routes at Clemson and so there is some concern that he can separate on the intermediate routes. His big play ability will earn him a significant role in the NFL if he can become more than a one – dimensional deep threat.
#8 Justin Jefferson
Jefferson is one of the better route runners in this NFL draft thanks in part to Joe Burrows breakout season at LSU. He has an excellent feel for the game and is a tough receiver at the point of attack. His size and speed allows him to have better leverage against defenders and he can create separation. Jefferson works well against zone coverage and his ball skills are excellent. He makes the adjustments necessary to make the catch. He does lack the top – and speed. He does work a lot in the slot and hasn’t seen much coverage against the press. At this point, he is not a major run – after – catch threat in the NFL. Jefferson is probably considered a second round selection, but he has a great feel for the game and will be a consistent receiver at the next level.
#9 Quintez Cephus
6’1” 200 pounds
He is one of the most athletic receivers in the draft and plays bigger than his size. He is a polished route runner in the short, medium and long game. He has strong hands and good leaping ability that allows him to dominate in many job – ball situations. His speed off the line of scrimmage and the ability to escape defensive backs made him a threat at Wisconsin. He also has a natural feel against defensive backs who want to jam him early. Scouts are curious whether he could have the same kind of big – play threat in the NFL. A questionable background off the field has made some NFL teams think twice about drafting him. He was tried on two counts of sexual assault last summer and was found not guilty on both counts. He has shown the ability to win on a variety of routes and if a team is comfortable with his background, he could be a future starter, but not a number one selection.
#10 Donovan Peoples – Jones
6’1” 210 pounds
He is another receiver with potential to be better at the next level. He was very good with his underneath routes and has dynamic ability when he gets the football. He has the strength to bust tackles and turn short gains into long runs. He adjusted the football downfield very well and can make the difficult catch. He handles press coverage very well and is one of the premier blockers in this class. He also has the ability to be a very good punt returner. Scouts believe his biggest concern is his inconsistency and he left several big plays on the field at Michigan. He must become a better route runner and not rely so much on his athleticism. He should get the opportunity to make more plays in the NFL than he did at Michigan since the Wolverines were a heavy run offense. In the right system, he could be a good #2 on the outside or as a big slot receiver.