2016 NFL Draft Prospects: Wide Receivers

By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2016 wide receiver prospects available for the 2016 NFL Draft. * – denotes 2017 prospect. ** – denotes 2018 prospect.

This page was last updated April 26, 2016. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
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  1. Will Fuller*, WR, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 186. Arm: 30.75. Hand: 8.25.
    40 Time: 4.35.
    Projected Round (2016): Top-25 Pick.

    4/26/16: While Fuller isn’t the consensus top-rated receiver, I think he’s going to be the first one off the board. Teams are higher on Fuller than the media has reflected. Fuller was a play-maker for the Fighting Irish and is the most lethal deep-threat receiver in this draft class. He has shown the game-breaking speed to be a vertical weapon and get separation deep downfield. In the clutch, Fuller made some huge plays during the past two seasons to produce points for his teams. Some teams picking in the top-25 are giving him serious consideration.

    At the combine, Fuller was clearly the most explosive wide receiver. The biggest knock on the 6-foot, 186-pounder is dropped passes, but in the field drills, he did well at catching the ball and didn’t have a single drop.

    Fuller had 62 catches for 1,258 yards and 14 touchdowns on the year despite playing with an inexperienced quarterback. In 2014, he notched 76 receptions for 1,094 yards and 15 touchdowns.

  2. Laquon Treadwell*, WR, Ole Miss
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 221. Arm: 33.38. Hand: 9.5.
    40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2016): 1.

    4/26/16: Treadwell looks safe as a late first-round pick. He if he were faster, he could go in the top 16. At the combine, Treadwell didn’t run the 40-yard dash, and his pro-day 40 time was underwhelming as expected. He did participate in the field work at the combine and did well, but his vertical jump and broad jump weren’t impressive and illustrated a lack of explosiveness. Treadwell’s modest testing numbers illustrate why he is more of a late first-round pick.

    In 2015, Treadwell totaled 82 receptions for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. He never displayed the speed to separate from defensive backs, thus he’s not a high first-round talent. Treadwell is a possession receiver for the NFL. He is good after the catch and can win contested passes, but won’t stretch a defense with speed or separate from quality NFL cornerbacks. Treadwell is a tremendous blocker though.

    Thus, in speaking with teams, Treadwell is grading out as a late first-rounder, although the team that likes him enough to draft him could pull the trigger on him in the middle of Round 1.

    8/10/15: Treadwell had 48 receptions for 632 yards and five touchdowns in 2014 before an ugly knee injury ended his season. Treadwell is a natural receiver who causes a lot of mismatches. He was one of the top recruits in the nation, and as a freshman, he was immediately effective against SEC defensive backs. Treadwell caught 72 receptions for 608 yards with five scores in 2013.

  3. Corey Coleman*, WR, Baylor
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 194. Arm: 30.25. Hand: 9.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2016): 1-2.

    4/26/16: Coleman is a much debated prospect. Some evaluators really like him while others are just lukewarm. Some sources say that Coleman is quicker than he is fast and lacks elite explosion or suddenness. He is a vertical threat to challenge defenses downfield. Some teams don’t like Coleman as much because he drops a lot of passes and ran only four routes in college. Thus, he needs development in his route-running and hands for the NFL. Some teams graded Coleman for the late second round while others think he’ll go in the back half of the first round.

    In 2015, Coleman had 74 receptions for 1,363 yards and 20 touchdowns. He dominated some weaker competition and was a vertical play-maker with the speed to score on any reception. Coleman used his speed and route-running to consistently generate separation from defensive backs. He slowed down late in the season and Baylor had quarterback issues.

    8/10/15: Coleman had a strong 2014 season as one of the top receivers for Bryce Petty. Coleman was a vertical weapon who averaged 18 yards per reception. He totaled 1,119 yards on 64 receptions with 11 touchdowns. Coleman also ran the ball 11 times for 53 yards and a score. The junior is a smaller speed receiver who should produce another big year in the Bears’ point-machine offense.

  4. Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 202. Arm: 31.88. Hand 9.88.
    40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-2.

    4/26/16: Some teams have graded out Doctson as a mid-second-day pick. Others have him in the Round 2, and some think he could go late in the Round 1. The lack of speed to separate pushes him down the rankings, but there is a big variety in opinions on Doctson.

    In 2015, Doctson had 79 catches for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns. He didn’t impress in his matchup against Gopher corner Eric Murray, but he was superb in Big XII play. Doctson can use his size to make acrobatic catches in the end zone and along the sideline. He has good hands and tremendous leaping ability. Doctson missed the final two games of the 2015 regular season with a wrist injury.

    8/10/15: Doctson hauled in 65 passes for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. He had a huge increase in production over his sophomore (36-440-4) and freshman (35-393-5) seasons. Doctson produced almost a quarter of his yardage against Oklahoma State with seven receptions for 225 yards. He started out at Wyoming as a freshman and sat out the 2012 season after transferring.

  5. Michael Thomas*, WR, Ohio State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 212. Arm: 32.13. Hand: 10.5.
    40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    4/26/16: Thomas ran slower than expected at the combine. However on his game tape, he displayed an impressive combination of size and speed. Thomas could be the most well-rounded prospect at his position. He can make plays in all levels of the defense. His numbers were suppressed by Ohio State’s offense and quarterback situation, but he has mismatch speed and size. Thomas looks like a good fit as an X receiver to challenge defenses vertically along the sideline.

    In speaking with sources, one team said they agreed with my late first-round, early second-round pick grade for Thomas. Others said they had him in Round 2. So that appears to be his draft range.

    In 2015, Thomas had 56 receptions for 781 yards and nine touchdowns. He impressed in the season opener with his battling of Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller. After moving the chains on a third down, Thomas burned Fuller for a 26-yard touchdown on a stop-and-go that Fuller bit on.

    8/10/15: Thomas was the Buckeyes’ possession receiver in 2014 with Devin Smith serving as the deep threat. Thomas caught 54 passes for 799 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. He also dealt with a running quarterback in J.T. Barrett for much of the year. With Smith in the NFL, Thomas could have a big season if the Buckeyes go with the cannon-armed Cardale Jones as their starting quarterback.

  6. Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 204. Arm: 31.88. Hand: 9.13.
    40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    4/26/16: While Miller is raw and needs development, he put his draft stock on the map with an excellent Senior Bowl. Miller was getting the better of defensive backs with speed to get separation with the size and strength to outfight them for the ball. Sources said they were disappointed in Miller’s lack of football I.Q. considering he was a starting quarterback, but his practice performance got teams very excited for his NFL play-making potential. Miller also had a solid showing at the combine.

    Miller had 26 catches for 341 yards and three scores in 2015. As a runner, the former quarterback recorded 260 yards on 42 carries and a score. Miller displayed some natural hands with the speed, athleticism and explosion to get separation. He showed that his speed and athleticism make him a legitimate prospect as a receiver and runner.

    Miller was phenomenal against Virginia Tech with six carries for 62 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown run. As a receiver, he had two receptions for 78 yards with a 54-yard score. In speaking with sources, that tape really excited scouts about his NFL potential as a mismatch weapon.

    8/10/15: Miller is said to be moving to wide receiver as a senior, which is better for his NFL hopes as he didn’t project as a pocket passer. Miller was out for the season in 2014 with a shoulder injury to his throwing arm. Miller previously had offseason surgery to the same shoulder before the re-injury during last season’s fall practice. In 2013, Miller completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,094 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His passing skills were somewhat improved, but he still had a long ways to go for the pros, hence his move to receiver. Miller rumbled for 1,283 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground that season.

  7. Tyler Boyd*, WR, Pittsburgh
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 197. Arm: 32. Hand: 9.75.
    40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2016): 2-3.

    4/26/16: Some teams like Boyd as a second- or third-round pick who could contribute quickly. He is a quick receiver who generally has good hands and gets separation from defensive backs. Boyd isn’t overly fast, big or physical, so that makes him more of a second-day prospect.

    In 2015, Boyd totaled 91 receptions for 926 yards and six touchdowns. He had 40 carries for 349 yards, too. Boyd saw tons of extra coverage attention. He was suspended for the 2015 season opener because of a DUI arrest during the offseason.

    8/10/15: In 2014, Boyd notched 78 receptions for 1,126 yards and eight touchdowns. The junior has speed to go with his size. He was impressive against good defensive backs last year, including Virginia Tech’s tough secondary. Boyd has enough speed to get separation with a burst to rip off yards after the catch. He runs good routes, is very physical, has reliable hands, tracks the bell extremely well, makes acrobatic catches and out-fights defensive backs for 50-50 balls.

    In Boyd’s first game for the Panthers in 2013, he gave Florida State some problems. That set the tone for him to break a lot of Larry Fitzgerald’s freshman records. Boyd caught 85 passes for 1,174 yards with seven touchdowns in 2013. He also ran for a score and returned a punt for a touchdown.

  8. Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 194. Arm: 30.25. Hand: 9.13.
    40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    4/26/16: For the NFL, Shepard is a small, shifty slot receiver. He can get separation with his quickness and route-running, but looks limited to a slot role. Shepard had a strong combine performance to help his draft stock.

    In 2015, Shepard had 86 receptions for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns. He made some huge, clutch plays to lead Oklahoma’s comeback win over Tennessee, which set the tone for his senior year. He was huge for the Sooners in close wins over Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State.

    8/10/15: Shepard (5-10, 195) is undersized, but he’s been a play-maker for the Sooners. While Shepard isn’t tall, he is put together pretty well and has the quickness to burn defenses for big plays. In 2014, Shepard totaled 50 receptions for 957 yards with five touchdowns. He recorded 51 catches for 603 yards and seven scores in 2013. As a freshman, Shepard had 45 catches for 621 yards and three touchdowns.

  9. Pharoh Cooper*, WR, South Carolina
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 203. Arm: 32.25. Hand: 9.13.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    4/26/16: In 2015, Cooper recorded 66 receptions for 973 yards and eight touchdowns. He played well, and it could have been an even bigger season if quarterback play hadn’t been such a weakness for South Carolina.

    Cooper is a shifty slot receiver with quickness to challenge a defense and get separation from defensive backs. He entered the 2016 NFL Draft rather than return to South Carolina.

    8/10/15: Entering 2014, many expected Shaq Roland to be the Gamecocks’ star receiver, but Cooper broke out of obscurity to lead South Carolina. Cooper had only three catches for 54 yards as a freshman, but in his sophomore campaign, he exploded with 69 catches for 1,136 yards with nine touchdowns. Cooper also averaged 7.4 yards per carry on 27 attempts for 200 yards and two touchdowns. The junior has serious play-making ability with the quickness to rip off yards in chunks.

  10. Geronimo Allison, WR, Illinois
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 196.
    Arm: 32.88. Hand: 9.5. 40 Time: 4.67.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-4.

    4/26/16: At the East-West Shrine, Allison absolutely dominated the defensive backs. That earned him a late addition to the Senior Bowl, where he continued to be impressive. Allison used his speed to beat defensive backs vertically and get quick separation while also using his size to produce scores in the red-zone scrimmage. As a senior for the Illini, Allison totaled 65 receptions for 882 yards with three touchdowns. He had 41 catches for 598 yards and five scores as a junior.

    Sources say they really like Allison’s skill set. He has quickness for a 6-foot-3 receiver and runs good routes. Allison also has big, soft hands. He is very good at attacking the football away from his body and locking it in. The quickness and those route-running skills could be seen in his red-zone scores. Allison also has length and height. While he didn’t run fast in the 40 at the combine, Allison plays a lot quicker than his time would suggest.

    The one issue that sources say Allison needs to improve is strength. Going to a NFL strength and conditioning program should remedy that.

  11. Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 206. Arm: 31.25. Hand: 8.
    40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-4.

    4/26/16: Burbridge had meager career production before breaking out in 2015. As a senior, he established himself as the Spartans’ No. 1 receiver and was very impressive. Bubridge has quickness and reliable hands, runs quality routes, and can get some yards after the catch. On the year, he totaled 85 catches for 1,258 yards with seven touchdowns. Those are huge increases over his junior (29-358), sophomore (22-194) and freshman years (29-364). Burbridge had decent performances at the combine and Senior Bowl.

  12. Jalin Marshall**, WR, Ohio State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 205. Arm: 31.5. Hand: 9.63.
    40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-5.

    4/26/16: At the combine, Marshall really hurt his draft stock with a slow 40 time. He was supposed to be a vertical speed receiver. Teams see Marshall as a limited player. He should have returned for his junior season as he would have been the No. 1 wide receiver with Michael Thomas going to the NFL. In 2015, Marshall had 36 receptions for 477 yards and five touchdowns. He had an excellent freshman season with 38 receptions for 499 yards and six touchdowns in 2014.

    Marshall could have produced a lot more as the replacement for Devin Smith, but Ohio State’s quarterback play was a mixed bag in 2015. Marshall is a deep receiver to challenge the defense over the top with speed, but he is one-dimensional and teams are giving him mid-round grades.

  13. D.J. Foster, WR/RB, Arizona State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 193. Arm: 30.5. Hand: 9.25.
    40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2016): 3-5.

    4/26/16: The move of Foster to wide receiver from running back for 2015 backfired, and he wasn’t close to being the play-maker he was in 2014. In 2015, Foster averaged 5.1 yards per carry for 280 yards. Through the air, he had 59 receptions for 584 yards and three scores.

    Foster saw a dramatic reduction in touches during 2015. For the NFL, he looks more special as a running back who can be a weapon in a passing offense rather than lining up as a wide receiver. Foster’s body type is more suited for the backfield as well.

    8/8/15: Arizona State is reportedly moving Foster to wide receiver, but for the NFL, his body type and speed make him a better fit at running back. Foster is an elusive, shifty runner who runs with good pad level and has a burst to him. While he has been a quality runner for Arizona State, his receiving skills will get NFL teams really excited. Foster had 62 receptions for 688 yards and three touchdowns in 2014 with an average of 5.6 yards per carry for 1,081 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.

    As a sophomore (93-501-6) and freshman (102-493-2), Foster had modest numbers on the ground. However, he was consistent as a receiver with 63 catches for 653 yards and four scores as a sophomore with nice numbers as a freshman (38-533-4). At the very least, Foster could have a role as a third-down back.

  14. Tajaé Sharpe, WR, Massachusetts
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 194. Arm: 31.13. Hand: 8.
    40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-5.

    4/26/16: At the combine, Sharpe was excellent in the field work with good route-running and hands. The 6-foot-3, 188-pounder has quickness to go with good size and length.

    Sources from multiple teams were raving about Sharpe at the East-West Shrine, where he had a superb week and caught the heck out of ball. As one scout said, “He’s been dominating these DBs all week.” Sharpe gets separation and is a smooth receiver. He really helped his draft stock at the East-West Shrine.

    As a senior, Sharpe had 111 receptions for 1,319 yards with five touchdowns, so he has good production as well. One team said Sharpe’s in the mid-round range and shouldn’t go any lower than the fifth round.

  15. Charone Peake, WR, Clemson
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 209. Arm: 34. Hand: 9.25.
    40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-5.

    4/26/16: Peake had 44 catches for 617 yards and five touchdowns in 2015. His play was somewhat underwhelming throughout the year and at the Senior Bowl. Peake had a solid performance at the combine to help himself though.

    8/10/15: Peake notched 10 receptions for 80 yards with two touchdowns in 2014, but missed a lot of time with a knee injury that was a carry-over from a torn ACL the year before. Peake recorded five receptions for 58 yards against Georgia in the 2013 season opener before a torn ACL ended his year. He caught 25 receptions for 172 yards with two touchdowns as a sophomore in 2012.

  16. Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 183. Arm: 31.38. Hand: 8.25
    40 Time: 4.35.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-5.

    4/26/16: Sources say that Listenbee is a one-trick pony as a vertical speed receiver, but he isn’t a developed wideout for the NFL. At the combine, Listenbee put his speed on display with his fast 40.

    In 2015, Listenbee caught 30 passes for 597 yards (20.6 average) with five touchdowns as the No. 2 receiver to Josh Doctson. One team told WalterFootball.com that they have a fifth-round grade on Listenbee, but in speaking to other teams, some like him more and think he should go a round or two higher. In 2014, Listenbee made 41 catches for 753 yards with four touchdowns.

  17. Rashard Higgins*, WR, Colorado State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 196. Arm: 32.25. Hand: 9.75.
    40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-5.

    4/26/16: Higgins totaled 75 catches 1,062 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015. He missed one game because of injuries, but his production was down a lot because of coach Jim McElwain’s departure to Florida and quarterback Garrett Grayson’s to the NFL.

    Higgins has good quickness, route-running and hands. He’s a polished receiver, but was extremely thin, and that had teams grading him as an early rounder for Day 3. Higgins gained a lot of weight for the combine, so maybe that was why he ran much slower than expected.

    8/10/15: Higgins was one of the most productive wide receivers in the nation in 2014 as he caught 96 passes for 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns. The sophomore showed excellent hands and route-running. With head coach Jim McElwain in Florida and quarterback Garrett Grayson playing for the New Orleans Saints, Higgins’ production is likely to decline as a junior. He had 68 receptions for 837 yards and six scores as a freshman.

  18. Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 217. Arm: 30.38. Hand: 9.38.
    40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-5.

    4/26/16: In 2015, Carroo made 39 receptions for 809 yards with 10 touchdowns. He missed 2.5 games during the year on different suspensions, but finished the season with the team. Carroo also missed games against Wisconsin and Michigan with an injured ankle. At the Senior Bowl, Carroo showed a lack of speed and inability to get separation. He is stiff and tight.

    Carroo also had a domestic assault arrest in 2015. After a loss, he reportedly picked up his girlfriend and slammed her on a concrete surface. That is going to harm his draft grade significantly, and a number of teams won’t give any consideration to drafting Carroo based on their internal policies regarding domestic abusers.

    8/10/15: Rutgers has always featured a ground-based offense, but Carroo reeled in 55 passes for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014. He produced against some good teams like Ohio State (5-100) and Nebraska (5-127), but was held in check by Michigan State (1-6) and its NFL-caliber defensive backs.

  19. Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 198. Arm: 32.88. Hand: 10.38.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2016): 4-5.

    4/26/16: Mitchell had an electric 40 time at the combine and also worked out as a defensive back. The senior totaled 58 catches for 865 yards and five touchdowns in 2015. Mitchell flashed for Georgia, including a good performance against Alabama. Sources are lukewarm on Mitchell’s pro potential and are grading him on the third day of the 2016 NFL Draft. He didn’t help himself at the Senior Bowl.

    8/10/15: Mitchell missed the first four games of 2014, but returned to the field for Georgia in limited duty. He made 28 catches for 229 yards and three scores across eight games. Mitchell’s 2013 season ended almost before it began as he tore an ACL in that season’s opener against Clemson. In 2012, Mitchell totaled 40 receptions for 572 yards and four touchdowns. The sophomore also averaged 23 yards per kick return. He has mix of size and speed, but he needs to stay healthy and produce in 2015.

  20. Chris Brown, WR, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 194.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    4/26/16: Brown has a nice skill set and is a sleeper receiver who was caught up in the Fighting Irish’s crowded depth chart. He impressed in the one-on-ones at the East-West Shrine with separation from corners. Brown had some touch catches and showed soft hands over the week. An injury kept him from working out at the combine.

    As a senior, Brown had 48 receptions for 597 yards with four touchdowns. He contributed as a junior (39-548-1), but between the crowded depth chart and quarterback changes, Brown really didn’t get a chance to break out. He came through at the East-West Shrine though. Sources say that Brown helped himself there.

  21. Chris Moore, WR, Cincinnati
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 206. Arm: 32.25. Hand: 9.25.
    40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2016): 4-6.

    4/26/16: Moore was a solid contributor for the Bearcats over the past three seasons. His senior year was hurt by quarterbacks going in and out of the lineup, but he still produced 870 yards on 40 receptions (22-yard average) with seven touchdowns. As a junior, Moore had 30 catches for 673 yards with eight touchdowns. His sophomore year (45-645-9) was a quality year as well. The Tampa, Florida product played at the Senior Bowl but didn’t impress.

  22. Kenny Lawler*, WR, California
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 203. Arm: 33.38. Hand: 10.5
    40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round (2016): 4-6.

    4/26/16: Lawler had a strong junior season as the No. 1 receiver for Jared Goff. The Bear Raid offense inflated the passing numbers of Goff and Lawler, but each one has NFL talent.

    Lawler has solid hands with size. He totaled 52 receptions for 658 yards with 13 touchdowns in 2015. Lawler contributed as a sophomore (54-701-9) and freshman (37-347-5). He caught the ball well at the combine, but ran slow in the 40-yard dash.

  23. Marquez North*, WR, Tennessee
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 223. Arm: 33.38. Hand: 10.25.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2016): 4-6.

    4/26/16: North was dealing with a knee issue in 2015 and had only five receptions for 46 yards. He missed games against Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky, along with the second half against Florida, because of injuries. North should have returned for his senior year, but he entered the 2016 NFL Draft.

    North has physical talent, so he could be nice reward in the late rounds or as an undrafted free agent. His combine medical check will be very important to his draft stock, but he impressed in the workout as he ran well for being a big receiver.

    8/10/15: North recorded 30 receptions for 320 yards and four touchdowns in 2014 before a torn labrum in late October cost him the final five games. He totaled 38 receptions for 496 yards and a touchdown as a freshman. North was a bigger weapon than the totals indicate.

  24. Mike Thomas, WR, Southern Miss
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    4/26/16: Sources have said their teams like Thomas and are targeting him on Day 3 of the 2016 NFL Draft. He only played two seasons at Southern Miss. After decent production as a junior (41-592-5), Thomas exploded as a senior with 71 receptions for 1,391 yards with 14 touchdowns. Teams feel that Thomas has a nice mix of size and speed.

  25. Daniel Braverman*, WR, Western Michigan
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 177.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    4/26/16: Braverman benefited from teams constantly doubling Corey Davis in 2015 and produced a huge season with 108 receptions for 1,367 yards with 13 touchdowns. He also had quality production as a sophomore (86-997). Braverman probably couldn’t have done better by returning to school; however, his body isn’t NFL-ready, so staying in college would have made more sense for him. Braverman did not work out at the combine.

  26. Moritz Boehringer, WR, Germany
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 227.
    40 Time: 4.43.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    4/26/16: Boehringer set his draft stock on fire after a tremendous pro day where he ran extremely fast and had great jumps. The workout warrior also flashed in the receiving drills. After his workout scouts were all over him and he has seen a lot of interest from teams since his pro day. Boehringer’s phenomenal skill set should get him selected some time on the third day of the 2016 NFL Draft.

  27. Jaydon Mickens, WR, Washington
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 170.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
    Projected Round (2016): 5-7.

    4/26/16: Mickens is a sleeper receiver who some teams are interested in for a late-round pick. He had 58 receptions for 692 yards and two touchdowns in 2015. As a junior (60-617-4) and sophomore (65-688-5), Mickens was able to contribute for Washington.

  28. Cayleb Jones*, WR, Arizona
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 209. Arm: 32.75. Hand: 9.25.
    40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2016): 5-7.

    4/26/16: In 2015, Jones made 55 receptions for 904 yards and five touchdowns. He has good size, but speed could be an issue as a pro. Jones declared for the 2016 NFL Draft, but should have returned for his senior year. He was unimpressive at the combine.

    8/10/15: Jones broke out for Arizona in 2014 with 73 receptions for 1,019 yards with nine touchdowns. He showed a nice ability to be a possession receiver. Showing the speed to separate will be important for Jones in 2015.

  29. Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 216. Arm: 32.25. Hand: 10.13.
    40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2015): 5-7.

    4/26/16: In 2015, Payton totaled 78 catches for 1,106 yards for five touchdowns. He is a solid receiver, but lacks special traits. Payton did run faster than expected at the combine.

    8/10/15: Payton showed a lot of improvement as a junior when he caught 67 passes for 954 yards and seven touchdowns. As a sophomore (38-440-1) and freshman (28-202-1), Payton rotated onto the field as a backup.

  30. Devon Cajuste, WR, Stanford
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 234. Arm: 33. Hand: 10.75.
    40 Time: 4.62.
    Projected Round (2016): 5-7.

    4/26/16: Cajuste had 383 yards on 27 receptions and three touchdowns in 2015. He is a sleeper receiver with a combination of size and quickness. Cajuste had a solid week at the East-West Shrine. He would be better off gaining weight and playing tight end if possible. At the combine, Cajuste didn’t run all that fast, but he performed better in the field work.

    8/10/15: With Ty Montgomery in the NFL, Cajuste could be the No. 1 option for Kevin Hogan in 2015. As a junior, Cajuste hauled in 34 receptions for 557 yards and six touchdowns. He has size to him and also showed some speed as he made plays vertically downfield in 2014. In 2013, Cajuste recorded 28 catches for 642 yards and five scores.

  31. Roger Lewis*, WR, Bowling Green
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 201. Arm: 32. Hand: 9.75.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2015): 5-7.

    4/26/16: Lewis was productive in Bowling Green’s high-scoring offense. With quarterback Matt Johnson moving on, Lewis decided to enter the 2016 NFL Draft. He caught 85 passes for 1,544 yards with 16 touchdowns in 2015. The previous season, Lewis had 73 catches for 1,093 yards with seven scores.

  32. Paul McRoberts, WR, Southeast Missouri State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 202. Arm: 33.5. Hand: 9.75.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2015): 5-7.

    4/26/16: In 2015, McRoberts had 76 catches for 940 yards with nine touchdowns. He did enough to earn a Senior Bowl invitation and had a quality week in Mobile to help open up some eyes. McRoberts did not work out at the combine.

  33. Demarcus Robinson*, WR, Florida
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 203. Arm: 33. Hand: 9.5.
    40 Time: 4.59.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    4/26/16: Robinson totaled 48 catches for 522 yards with two scores in 2015. His opportunities were limited in the early going because he was supposedly in Jim McElwain’s doghouse. Robinson was suspended for the Florida State game. That marked the fourth contest that he was suspended from in the past three seasons. Sources say that Robinson had a number of failed drug tests for pot. He also didn’t interview well at the combine, and multiple teams have told me they removed Robinson from their draft boards.

    Sources say they love Robinson’s game and he’s a first-round talent, but a train wreck off the field. The off-the-field concerns will probably send Robinson into the late rounds, or even the undrafted ranks. Robinson is said to love football, but needing guidance and structure.

    Teams love his route-running despite Florida lacking a wide receiver coach in two of the last three seasons entering 2015. Sources say Robinson was given grades between the sixth round and the undrafted ranks.

    8/10/15: Robinson produced in 2014 despite weak quarterback play. He hauled in 53 passes for 810 yards and seven touchdowns. Robinson showed a combination of speed to get separation and an ability to win 50-50 passes. Double coverage and the poor quarterback play held back what could have been a massive season in 2014.

  34. D’haquille “Duke” Williams, WR, Auburn
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 216. Arm: 32.5 Hand: 9.25.
    40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    4/26/16: Prior to the season, we reported that sources had said that they had significant character and off-the-field concerns with Williams, but likened him as a player to Anquan Boldin. Those issues came to a head when Williams was kicked off Auburn’s football team after Week 5 of the season. He totaled 130 yards and one touchdown on 11 receptions in his abbreviated season.

    Williams has the talent to be a second-day draft pick, but going undrafted because of character concerns is a real possibility. He added to the undrafted possibility with a very slow 40 time at the combine.

    8/10/15: Prior to a knee injury, Williams was leading Auburn in receiving in 2014 and took advantage of teams sending extra coverage toward Sammie Coates. Williams was then suspended for Auburn’s bowl game. He totaled 45 receptions for 730 yards with five touchdowns in his abbreviated season. Williams’ 2014 average of 16 yards per catch illustrates that he has speed to go along with size.

    Williams is a raw receiver, as one could expect given his lack of experience. He needs to improve his route-running and hands. Williams dropped some passes deep downfield that could have gone for big plays. He played at Mississippi Gulf Coast community college before enrolling at Auburn in 2014.

  35. De’Runnya Wilson*, WR, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 224. Arm: 33.88. Hand: 9.25.
    40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    4/26/16: Wilson totaled 60 receptions for 918 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015. He’s a big possession receiver for the NFL who will struggle to separate from NFL cornerbacks. That was given further proof at the combine as Wilson had a horrific 40 time for a wide receiver. He could go on Day 3, but that 40 time could potential have him go undrafted.

    8/10/15: Wilson had a quality sophomore season and worked well with Dak Prescott. In 2014, Wilson caught 47 passes for 680 yards with nine touchdowns. The big question for Wilson will be if he has enough speed to separate from NFL-caliber cornerbacks.

  36. Rashawn Scott, WR, Miami
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 199. Arm: 31.38. Hand: 9.38.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    4/26/16: Scott didn’t run at the combine because of an injury, but team sources said he interviewed very well with teams. In 2015, Scott caught 52 passes for 695 yards with five touchdowns. He redshirted in 2014 and only played in a few games in 2013. As a sophomore in 2012, he had 35 receptions for 312 yards with three scores. Scott had shoulder and collarbone injuries along with suspensions, but his accountability and learning through the trials impressed teams in Indianapolis.

  37. Bralon Addison*, WR/RB, Oregon
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 190. Arm: 29.5 Hand: 9.13.
    40 Time: 4.66.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    4/26/16: Addison had 63 receptions for 804 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015. He also carried the ball 17 times for 84 yards and two scores. Addison plays with some quickness and play-making to him, but lacks size.

    8/10/15: Addison didn’t play in 2014 after tearing his ACL in spring practice. As a sophomore, he hauled in 61 receptions for 890 yards with seven scores in 2013. Addison had 22 catches for 243 yards and three scores as a freshman.

  38. Byron Marshall, WR/RB, Oregon
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 201. Arm: 30.25. Hand: 9.5.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2016): 6-FA.

    4/26/16: Marshall recorded nine receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns in 2015 before sustaining a season-ending injury that required surgery.

    8/8/15: Marshall was a running back as a sophomore and averaged 6.2 yards per carry for 1,038 yards with 14 touchdowns in 2013. He spent his junior year as a wide receiver and caught 74 passes for 1,003 yards and three scores. Marshall’s versatility could make him a third-down weapon in the NFL.

  39. Nelson Spruce, WR, Colorado
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 206. Arm: 30. Hand: 10.
    40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2016): 6-FA.

    4/26/16: In 2015, Spruce totaled 89 catches for 1,053 yards with four touchdowns. He lacks speed for the NFL, and that was given further proof with a slow 40 time at the combine.

    8/10/15: Spruce was one of the most productive wideouts in the nation early in the 2014 season. After a red-hot start to the year, double coverage and better competition slowed him down in the back half of the season. He totaled 106 catches for 1,198 yards and 12 touchdowns. In 2013, Spruce caught 55 receptions for 650 yards and four touchdowns as the No. 2 receiver with Paul Richardson.

  40. Quinshad Davis, WR, North Carolina
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.61.
    Projected Round (2016): 7-FA.

    4/26/16: In 2015, Davis had 55 receptions for 638 yards and four touchdowns. He is a big receiver, but lacks speed for the next level. Davis did not work out at the combine.

    8/10/15: Davis recorded 38 receptions for 440 yards and six touchdowns during 2014. He then broke his leg in the bowl game. Davis totaled 48 catches for 730 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013. He had an impressive 2012 season as the leading receiver for North Carolina. The freshman caught 61 passes for 776 yards and five touchdowns. The Tar Heels don’t seem to be getting the most out of Davis.

  41. Jay Lee, WR, Baylor
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 214. Arm: 32.88. Hand: 9.63.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2016): 7-FA.

    4/26/16: Lee made 38 receptions for 758 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015. In 2014, he had 41 catches for 633 yards with six touchdowns. Lee was better than expected at the Senior Bowl, but did not work out at the combine.

    The senior was a solid secondary receiver to Corey Coleman, but sources don’t feel that Lee has an NFL skill set. NFL teams feel that Baylor’s point-machine offense inflates the stats of its skill-position players.

  42. Ellis Henderson*, WR, Montana
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2015): 7-FA.

    4/2/16: Henderson produced well for Montana. In 2015, he totaled 49 catches for 817 yards with seven touchdowns. His biggest season came in 2013 with 43 receptions for 1,008 yards and 14 touchdowns. An illness caused Henderson to miss the majority of the 2014 season. He did not work out at the combine.

  43. Demarcus Ayers*, WR, Houston
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 182. Arm: 31.25. Hand: 9.25.
    40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2016): 7-FA.

    4/26/16: Ayers falls into the category of a good college player who should have returned to school. He totaled 98 catches for 1,222 yards with six touchdowns in 2015. The undersized Ayers would have been better off developing his body before going pro. He was also a 1-year wonder as he produced little as a sophomore (33-335-2) or as a freshman (11-130-1). Ayers is small and ran very slowly at the combine.

  44. K.J. Maye, WR, Minnesota
    Height: 5-8. Weight: 194. Arm: 30.25. Hand: 8.5.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2015): 7-FA.

    4/26/16: In 2015, Maye had 73 catches for 773 yards with five touchdowns. He is a smaller receiver yet received an invitation to the Senior Bowl, where he didn’t stand out. Perhaps being from Mobile, Alabama played into that. Maye did not work out at the combine.

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