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2017 Draft Preview: Wide Receivers


Mike Mayock's Top Five

Corey Davis
6-3, 209, Western Michigan

Davis capped his incredibly productive four-year career at Western Michigan with a monster senior season: 97 catches for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns. He consistently came down with receptions deep down the field and created big plays with his speed and run-after-catch ability. Scouts and evaluators love his crisp route running. Davis has what teams are looking for in a No. 1 receiver.

Mike Williams
6-4, 218, Clemson

In the eyes of most analysts, Williams is battling Davis to be the first wideout selected. A scary neck injury in 2015 nearly ended his promising career, but Williams got right back on his path to the NFL in 2016. He was one of the main reasons Clemson won the national championship, finishing the year with 84 catches for 1,171 yards and 10 touchdowns. His ability to secure contested catches and physically overpower defensive backs makes him a surefire first-rounder.

John Ross
5-11, 188, Washington

After running a record-setting 4.22 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine, Ross' stock has been soaring. Some believe he may have worked himself into the top 10. The speedster from Washington was a nightmare for defenses in 2016, finishing with 81 receptions for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns. In addition to routinely taking the top off the defense, Ross has impressed with his ability to create separation on short patterns.

Cooper Kupp
6-2, 204, Eastern Washington

The Eastern Washington product owns Football Championship Subdivison records for career receptions (428), receiving yards (6,464) and receiving touchdowns (73). Simply put, the production is off the charts. Kupp displays tremendous hands and a knack for getting open. Most analysts believe he'll be most productive as a slot receiver in the NFL.

Zay Jones
6-2, 201, East Carolina

Another sure-handed target, Jones owns Football Bowl Subdivison records for career receptions with 399 and single-season receptions with 158, which he posted as a senior in 2016. Jones quieted concerns about his speed and athleticism with standout performances at the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine, making a strong case for Round One consideration.

Look back: Wide receivers taken around No. 8

2014: Mike Evans, 7th overall to Buccaneers

2013: Tavon Austin, 8th overall to Rams

2007: Ted Ginn, 9th overall to Dolphins

2001: David Terrell, 8th overall to Bears

2000: Plaxico Burress, 8th overall to Steelers

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