2018 NFL Draft Prospects: Wide Receivers

By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2018 Wide Receiver prospects available for the 2018 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2019 prospect. ** - denotes 2020 prospect.

This page was last updated Sept. 9, 2017. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

  1. Equanimeous St. Brown*, WR, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2018): 1.

    9/9/17: Notre Dame rolled Temple 49-16 in Week 1. St. Brown contributed four receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown to the victory.

    7/17/17: Sources who have done advance work on the 2018 class are really impressed and intrigued with St. Brown. They say he is a super-polished route runner with tremendous speed, athletic ability, body control, and hands. They said they think St. Brown could be more gifted and talented than the three wideouts who went in the top 10 of the 2017 NFL Draft, but St. Brown gets fewer opportunities to show his skill. In 2016, he had 58 receptions for 961 yards with nine touchdowns.

  2. Calvin Ridley*, WR, Alabama
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 188.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2018): 1.

    9/9/17: Ridley totaled 82 yards on seven receptions with a touchdown against Florida State. In the second quarter, he made a huge play as he torched the Florida State secondary for a 53-yard touchdown. Ridley also drew a pass interference to prevent him from producing another long touchdown.

    7/17/17: In 2016, Ridley made 72 catches for 769 yards with seven touchdowns. He had a tremendous debut for Alabama and became the Crimson Tide's No. 1 receiver as a freshman. As a replacement for Amari Cooper, Ridley was very effective with 89 receptions for 1,045 yards with seven touchdowns. He finished the 2015 season with impressive performances against Florida and Michigan State to help push Alabama to the National Championship. Ridley has size, speed and a ton of upside for the NFL.

  3. Christian Kirk*, WR, Texas A&M
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.43.
    Projected Round (2018): 1.

    9/9/17: Kirk made four catches for 45 yards against UCLA. He also made a 37-yard kick return, plus had a 43-yard punt return called back by a penalty. UCLA sent steady double coverage Kirk's direction.

    7/17/17: Kirk played well in 2016 despite inconsistent quarterback play from the Aggies. He had 83 receptions for 928 yards with nine touchdowns while splitting targets with wideouts like Josh Reynolds and Ricky Seals-Jones.

    Kirk had an outstanding freshman debut for Texas A&M and earned playing time over more veteran receivers who had previous produced for the Aggies. In 2015, Kirk caught 80 passes for 1,009 yards with seven touchdowns. He averaged only 19.3 yards per kick return, but averaged 24.4 yards per punt returns with two touchdowns. Kirk is a fast, explosive play-maker. Some scouting sources have said there nickname for Kirk is "Baby Beckham" in reference to Odell Beckham Jr.

  4. Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-2.

    9/9/17: SMU blew out Stephen F. Austin 58-14 with Sutton catching two passes for 22 yards and a touchdown.

    7/17/17: In 2016, Sutton totaled 76 receptions for 1,246 yards - 16.5 yard average per catch - with 10 touchdowns. He played well for SMU, showing his size, strength and quickness. He could have been a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but the redshirt sophomore decided to return for his junior year.

    In the preseason of 2016, sources say they have been really impressed with Sutton. One scouting director told WalterFootball.com that in studying up on players before hitting the road for college training camps, Sutton's tape really stood out. As a redshirt freshman, he totaled 862 yards - 17.6 yard average per catch - and nine touchdowns on 49 receptions. In the 2015 season opener, SMU was blown out by Baylor, but Sutton had 82 yards and two touchdowns on only three receptions. Sutton has size to him and has consistently displayed big-play ability.

  5. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 208.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-2.

    9/9/17: In the 2017 season opener, Campbell caught six passes for 136 yards and a touchdown.

    7/17/17: Campbell made only 13 receptions for 121 yards in 2016, but sources from multiple teams have told me that Campbell has big-time ability and they believe he is going to break out. They also think Campbell has No. 1 receiver talent in the NFL. He probably will take on a bigger role for Ohio State in 2017.

  6. Deon Cain*, WR, Clemson
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-3.

    9/9/17: To open 2017, Cain had two receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown against Kent State.

    7/17/17: Cain (6-1, 210) didn't get as much attention among the Tigers' offensive weapons, yet he made a lot of big plays for Clemson's National Championship team. Cain caught 38 passes for 724 yards with nine touchdowns on the year. His speed and athleticism were illustrated by his average of 19 yards per reception. He averaged 17 yards per catch as a freshman (34-582-5). Even though Clemson is breaking in a new quarterback, Cain could have a big season as the Tigers' No. 1 receiver.

  7. Simmie Cobbs Jr.*, WR, Indiana
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-3.

    9/9/17: In thoroughly impressive performance, Cobbs had his way with the highly acclaimed Ohio State defense. Cobbs got the better of every corner the Buckeyes matched up against him as he totaled 149 yards and a touchdown on 11 receptions. Cobbs showed size, hands, quickness, route-running, body control, and the ability to win 50-50 passes. This was a phenomenal start to the season for Cobbs.

    7/17/17: Cobbs Jr. missed the 2016 season with an ankle injury, but he showed some big-play ability in 2015 when he caught 60 passes for 1,035 yards (17.3 average) and four touchdowns. He is a big receiver who has an intriguing skill set. Cobbs could feasibly return to Indiana if he was given a medical redshirt for the 2016 season.

  8. Deebo Samuel*, WR, South Carolina
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-3.

    9/9/17: Samuel got his season started in great fashion against N.C. State. It started right away as he took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. Samuel used his great speed to run through the Wolfpack coverage unit and run away from any would-be tacklers. In the second quarter, Samuel ran a nice route with a slant from the outside to catch a six-yard touchdown pass. Samuel continued to kill N.C. State in the third quarter, this time with a 39-yard touchdown reception. He streaked across the field on a deep post route, and in the end zone, Samuel stretched out with a beautiful leaping one-handed catch to secure the ball for the score. Against N.C. State, Samuel totaled 83 yards on five catches with two touchdowns. This tape will definitely help his draft grade. He showed play-making speed as a receiver and returner. Samuel ran some great routes with good hands. This was a great start to the season for Samuel and will help improve his draft stock.

    7/17/17: Samuel had 59 receptions for 783 yards and a touchdown last season. He has some quickness with the upside to produce a lot more as a junior.

  9. James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    9/9/17: In Week 1, Washington lit up Tulsa with touchdown receptions of 77 and 40 yards. He caught six passes for 145 yards with two touchdowns.

    7/17/17: Over the past few seasons, Washington has been a big-play threat for the Cowboys. He put 71 receptions for 1,380 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2016, including a record-setting game against Pittsburgh (9-296-2) and a domination of Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie in the bowl game (9-171-1). As a sophomore, Washington snagged 53 passes for 1,087 yards with 10 scores. Washington has decent size and can stretch teams vertically with speed.

  10. Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    9/9/17: Pettis notched three receptions for 85 yards in the season opener. He also became tied with DeSean Jackson for the Pac-12's all-time leader in punt returns for a touchdown with six. Pettis muffed the catch on that score before picking it up and darting downfield for the touchdown.

    7/17/17: Pettis was the Huskies' No. 2 receiver to John Ross in 2016 and was a solid contributor. Pettis totaled 53 receptions for 822 yards with 15 touchdowns for Washington. With Ross in the NFL, Pettis should be Jake Browning's top target as a senior. Pettis has quickness and looks like he could be a solid complementary receiver in the NFL.

  11. Deontay Burnett*, WR, USC
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 170.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    9/9/17: Burnett totaled seven receptions for 142 yards against Western Michigan.

    7/17/17: Burnett flashed as the No. 2 receiver for the Trojans in 2016, catching 56 passes for 622 yards with seven touchdowns. With JuJu Smith-Schuster in the NFL, Burnett could be the No. 1 receiver for USC in 2017. With a tremendous quarterback in Sam Darnold, Burnett could be poised for a big season.

  12. D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 187.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-4.

    9/9/17: Chark had four receptions for 77 yards in the season opener.

    7/17/17: LSU has really struggled with quarterback play over the past few seasons, and that has held back talented receivers like Chark, Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural. In 2016, Chark had just 26 receptions, but averaged almost 18 yards reception to total 466 yards with three touchdowns. Chark has good size and quickness, if he can get consistent help from his quarterback, he's capable of producing a lot more.

  13. Jauan Jennings*, WR, Tennessee
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    9/9/17: Jennings caught three passes for 17 yards against Georgia Tech before dislocating his wrist.

    7/17/17: Jennings has a lot of talent and could have produced more if Josh Dobbs had been a more consistent passer during the 2016 season. As a sophomore, Jennings totaled 580 yards on 40 receptions with seven touchdowns. He is capable of producing a lot more if he gets consistent quarterback play.

  14. Antonio Callaway*, WR, Florida
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 197.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    9/9/17: As I reported last week, NFL teams have major off-the-field concerns about Callaway. While he loves football, he has a lot of issues in terms of hanging out with bad influences, and teams are concerned about him consistently failing drug tests in the NFL. Callaway has been suspended repeatedly by Florida, and he hurt his team by earning another suspension to start the 2017 season.

    Scouts across the league say that Callaway has first-round talent. They've even compared him to Antonio Brown in terms of his skill set and what he can do as a receiver, but teams think that Callaway will fall into the mid-rounds because his off-the-field issues are too serious to draft any earlier. They don't have any confidence that he will change and avoid suspensions in the NFL.

    7/17/17: In 2016, Callaway totaled 54 receptions for 721 yards with three touchdowns. He displayed his deep speed and play-making ability during the season despite inconsistent quarterback play. Callaway was one of the most dangerous play-makers in the SEC as a freshman. Despite Florida's terrible quarterback play in the second half of the 2015 season, he totaled 678 yards on 35 receptions with four touchdowns on the year. He also returned two punts for touchdowns.

    Callaway plays bigger than his size and is a threat to rip off a long gain anytime he touches the ball. Team sources have been really impressed with him on the field, but have major off-the-field concerns. The off-the-field issues have the potential to be a huge weight on Callaway's draft stock.

  15. J'Mon Moore, WR, Missouri
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    9/9/17: Moore had a fabulous start to the 2017 season against Missouri State with four receptions for 187 yards and two touchdowns. The senior has good size to him and some quickness. As a junior, he caught 62 passes for 1,012 yards with eight touchdowns. Moore contributed (29-350-0) as a sophomore.

  16. Darren Carrington, WR, Utah
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    9/9/17: Carrington transferred from Oregon to Utah before the start of the season. In his debut for the Utes, Carrington caught 10 receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown.

    7/17/17: In 2016, Carrington totaled 43 receptions for 606 yards with five touchdowns. He was banged up, yet continued to play. Carrington wasn't very impressive though and was wise to return to Oregon.

    Carrington flashed more big-play skills for the Ducks over his first two seasons. In both of those years, he averaged 19 yards per reception. Carrington hauled in 32 passes during 2015 for 609 yards with six touchdowns. As a freshman, he had 37 receptions for 704 yards and four touchdowns.

  17. Jester Weah, WR, Pittsburgh
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2018): 4-6.

    9/9/17: Weah caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in the season opener.

    7/17/17: Weah showed some big-play ability for Pittsburgh last season as he averaged 24.2 yards per reception. On only 36 catches, Weah totaled 870 yards with 10 touchdowns. It will be interesting to see what Weah is capable of doing if he gets more opportunities to produce in 2017.

  18. Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2018): 4-6.

    9/9/17: Gallup caught 16 passes for 201 yards and zero touchdowns in the 2017 season opener.

    7/17/17: Gallup had nice production for the Rams in the 2016 season as he totaled 1,271 yards and 14 touchdowns on 76 receptions. Gallup was recruited by a number of SEC schools out of high school, but he ended up going the junior college route. After two years at Butler Community College, Gallup chose Colorado State over a number of other suitors.

  19. Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2018): 4-6.

    9/9/17: Wieneke started his senior year Al Bundy style with four touchdowns in one game. He had six receptions for 75 yards and those scores. Over the past three seasons, Wieneke has dominated his small level of competition. As a junior, he totaled 78 catches for 1,316 yards with 16 touchdowns. His sophomore (72-1,472-11) and freshman (73-1,404,16) seasons were good as well.

  20. Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 222.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2018): 4-6.

    9/9/17: Lazard got his season started well with eight receptions for 108 yards versus Northern Iowa. As a junior, he totaled 69 receptions for 1,018 yards and seven touchdowns. Lazard made solid contributions as a sophomore (56-808-6) and a freshman (45-593-3). The senior is a big receiver for the NFL who presents as a size mismatch. Having enough speed for the pro game will be the question Lazard has to answer to improve his draft stock.

  21. Brandon Powell, WR, Florida
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 184.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
    Projected Round (2018): 4-6.

    9/9/17: Powell had two receptions for eight yards against Michigan.

    7/17/17: Powell is a short receiver, but he is put together well and is a play-maker with the ball in his hands. The struggles of the Gators' quarterbacks have held Powell back, but he is a noticeable threat when watching Florida. As a junior, Powell had 45 receptions for 387 yards and two touchdowns. In 2015, he recorded 29 catches for 390 yards and three scores.

  22. Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2018): 5-7.

    9/9/17: Miller caught two passes for 23 yards in the season opener against Louisiana Monroe.

    7/17/17: Miller is smaller receiver, but he was massively productive for Memphis in 2016 as the No. 1 receiver for quarterback Riley Ferguson. Miller totaled 95 receptions for 1,434 yards with 14 touchdowns on the year. The previous season, he hauled in 47 passes for 694 yards and five touchdowns. Miller and Ferguson should be poised for another big season in 2017.

  23. Cedric Wilson, WR, Boise State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 188.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
    Projected Round (2018): 6-FA.

    9/9/17: Wilson had four receptions for 65 yards in the season opener against Troy. As a junior, he totaled 56 catches for 1,129 yards with 11 touchdowns. Wilson has height and length to him.

  24. Richie James*, WR, Middle Tennessee
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 180.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2018): 6-FA.

    9/9/17: In a loss to Vanderbilt, James notched 10 receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown.

    7/17/17: James is a small receiver, but he has been massively productive for Middle Tennessee over the past two seasons. James totaled 105 receptions for 1,625 yards with 12 touchdowns. The previous season, he had 108 catches for 1,346 yards with eight scores.

  25. Austin Proehl, WR, North Carolina
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 175.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2018): 7-FA.

    9/9/17: Proehl had four receptions for 55 yards in Week 1.

    7/17/17: Proehl was a solid No. 3 receiver for North Carolina in 2016 as he caught 43 passes for 597 yards and three touchdowns. With Ryan Switzer, Mack Hollins and Bug Howard off to the NFL, Proehl could get more opportunities; however, North Carolina will be breaking in a new quarterback replacing Mitchell Trubisky.

2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P



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