2019 NFL DRAFT WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS

  1. DK Metcalf 6’4 225 Ole Miss Rebels (SO)

STRENGTHS: D.K. Metcalf is the most physically gifted WR in the 2019 NFL Draft class…you don’t find many human beings that can move the way that Metcalf can, at his size…legit #1 WR type of potential and upside…runs good routes—explosive in and out of his breaks…can elevate like few others can—and catches the ball at the highest point…has rare after the catch ability—is a nightmare for defenses to tackle…a legit deep ball threat who can take the top off of a defense…

WEAKNESSES: The injury to his neck, and how he checks out in the medicals will be paramount to the draft stock of D.K. Metcalf…he has a startling lack of production for a player held in such high regard…his value is almost all projection…was not asked to run a diverse passing tree during his time at Ole Miss—will need development and nuance to his game…not the most natural catcher of the football—will need work there as well…

COMP: Mike Evans

OVERALL: D.K. Metcalf is set to be one of the more polarizing and fascinating prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft. He has all of the physical tools you could ask for in a NFL Draft prospect, but he comes with very little on his resume. Is he more Andre Johnson/Mike Evans or is he more Equanimeous St. Brown? That’s something that scouts and GMs will have to decipher. I like him a great deal, and think he is the top WR prospect in this class. I would expect to hear his name called in the mid-late 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

2) Kelvin Harmon 6’2 220 NC State Wolfpack (JR)

STRENGTHS: Kelvin Harmon has the potential to develop into a #1 WR in the NFL…he has excellent ball skills and thrives in contested catches…great body control…a good route runner who takes pride in his craft…plays well against man and zone defenses…

WEAKNESSES: Kelvin Harmon lacks the explosiveness and separation skills to hurt you vertically…an inconsistent prospect with inconsistent hands…he allows the ball to get in on his body far too often and needs to adjust to become a better pure receiver…Harmon isn’t going to hurt you after the catch either, he’ll get you what the play is designed for, and that’s it…

COMP: Courtland Sutton

OVERALL: Kelvin Harmon will be one of the prospects to watch at the Scouting Combine as his workouts will be of large importance. His 40 speed will determine a lot about his overall value. It doesn’t appear to me, that Kelvin Harmon causes the necessary separation to truly be considered a legit WR1 in the NFL. He has the size and talent to succeed, but as a secondary option.  I like him to a mid-late 1st rounder in the 2019 NFL Draft.

3) Marquise Brown 5’11 165 Oklahoma Sooners (JR)

STRENGTHS: Marquise “Hollywood” Brown has unique, difference making type of speed…Brown has shown the ability to stretch a defense vertically as well as horizontally on crossing routes…he is a huge problem for opposing defenses—one in which they have to game plan for weekly…plays the game with a ‘chip on his shoulder’ mentality…a gamer…he sees the open field very well and does a good job of avoiding the big hit…great body control…an explosive, dynamic weapon in the downfield passing game—gamebreaking ability is second to none…

WEAKNESSES: Marquise Brown has wildly inconsistent hands—something that he will need to work on a great deal at the next level…his lack of size and stature is a HUGE concern…at just 165 lbs. you have to wonder if he can hold up to the physical nature of the NFL…is tackles very easily…he’s never going to help you as a blocker downfield…he is not going to develop into a red zone option—his size simply won’t allow for it…

COMP: DeSean Jackson/Brandin Cooks combo

OVERALL: Another one of the more fascinating prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft, Marquise “Hollywood Brown” has some tantalizing skills, but also some glaring weaknesses. Some will point to him as a “One Trick Pony” giving his speed element, but if he is indeed a “One Trick Pony”—it’s one heck of a trick. I think he is more than that, hence why I add in the Brandin Cooks comparison. Great after the catch, can work well on bubble screens, can cause real match-up problems. I like him more than most, so I would draft him mid-end of Round 1.

4) N’Keal Harry 6’3 215 Arizona State Sun Devils (JR)

STRENGTHS: N’Keal Harry has been on the scouting radar for quite some time, for good reason…Harry has some talents that the NFL highly desires…he high points the football and uses his 215 lb. frame to box off defenders…goes up and gets the ball above the frame…plays exceedingly well through contact—a very physical prospect…great body control…breaks tackles with great strength at the WR position…a plus player when it comes to YAC…

WEAKNESSES: N’Keal Harry becomes a body-catcher far too often…needs better technique with his hands to avoid this being something that cripples his upside…sloppy technique coming off of the line of scrimmage causes a lack of separation…does not play the game full throttle all of the time, so questionable work ethic rumors persist…

COMP: Mike Williams

OVERALL: N’Keal Harry is one of our fascinating prospects heading towards the 2019 NFL Draft. Harry was once viewed as the top WR in this class, and a potential Top 10 back, and now, he has seen his draft stock slide to the point where he may not be a 1st rounder at all. There is still a lot to like about his game. N’Keal Harry looks like he was developed in a lab somewhere—he looks the part of a NFL WR. The Scouting Combine and individual workouts will be huge for him, as we need to how he runs, and if he can separate at the NFL level. For the time being, I have him in the 2nd round mix in the 2019 NFL Draft.

5) Riley Ridley 6’2 200 Georgia Bulldogs (JR)

STRENGTHS: Riley Ridley is a smooth route runner who plays the game with excellent technique…Riley Ridley can win against man to man defense, as well as against a zone…has shown some of the better body control abilities in this entire draft class…an above average blocker in the run game…a complete player who seems to do everything well…can switch gears and change direction as well as any WR over 200 lbs…an above average catcher of the football…

WEAKNESSES: Riley Ridley is not as physically gifted as some of his contemporaries at the WR position…has yet to have shown the ability to succeed with YAC…got busted for marijuana two years ago—so that may raise a red flag with personnel people in the NFL…needs overall refinement coming off the line of scrimmage as well as in and out of his breaks…his production a the collegiate level leaves much to be desired…

COMP: Calvin Ridley (brother)

OVERALL: Riley Ridley could be one of the more underrated WR prospects in the 2019 Draft…while at Georgia, Riley Ridley was not utilized to maximize his potential…Ridley has a way of showing up large in the biggest games…just a very well balanced WR who is scratching the surface of his potential…his brother Calvin was a 1st rounder a season ago, but Riley Ridley seems perfectly fit for a solid 2nd round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

6) AJ Brown 6’1 225 Ole Miss Rebels (JR)

STRENGTHS: A.J. Brown is a very good route runner…a student of the game…explodes in and out of his breaks…strong hands…plays well through contact…sturdily built—should have no problem dealing with the physical nature of the NFL…strong after the catch…has a great feel for the game…

WEAKNESSES: A.J. Brown does not possess the high-end speed that raises the eyebrows of the NFL Scouting Community…not a dynamic playmaker…was not asked to make the big play with other, more explosive WR teammates around him…played the bigger, slot role—perhaps due to concern of a lack of speed…don’t see the consistent separation…has not consistently shown the efforts to be a willing blocker in the run game…

COMP: Chris Godwin

OVERALL: A.J. Brown was originally hyped as the head of the class for the WR position in 2018-’19, and while there remains a lot to like here, most in the draft community have soured on his potential somewhat. The concern is that he does possess the dominant physical profile, nor does he have high-end speed. As a standout recruit, Nick Saban compared him to Julio Jones—a comparison that was unfair at the time, and now looks totally off the mark. He is a bit of a tweener. Given the fact that some of his contemporaries are gaining some positive momentum, that could cause A.J. Brown to slide further than originally anticipated. I have him marked as a 2nd round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

7) Deebo Samuel 5’11 215 South Carolina Gamecocks (SR)

STRENGTHS: Deebo Samuel is one of the better technicians at the WR position in the 2019 NFL Draft…a smooth route runner who is crisp in and out of his breaks…good hands…catches the ball away from his body…savvy after the catch…a plus player in  YAC…plays with outstanding body control…can adjust on the fly…a versatile receiver who can win on the inside and on the outside…profiles to be an outstanding slot option at the next level…plays with a ‘chip on his shoulder’…gets after it…

WEAKNESSES: Deebo Samuel does not compare to many of his contemporaries when it comes to his physical stature…at just 5’11 he will not be able to develop into the red zone option that many teams covet…he admits that he has never been a big fan of developing his pass blocking—this is something he will have to do if he wants a full-time role in the NFL…various leg injuries throughout his time in college has to be a cause for concern for GMs and scouts…

COMP: Golden Tate

OVERALL: No player helped his stock following the Senior Bowl than did Deebo Samuel. Deebo does have some limitations, I can’t project him as a potential #1 WR, but he’s firmly in the #2 mix. I believe that Samuel can thrive as a chain-mover, specializing in underneath routes, focusing on his route running and quickness. I don’t see Deebo Samuel as a 1st rounder, but a 2nd round selection could very well be in the offering.

8) J.J. Arcega-Whiteside 6’3 225 Stanford Cardinal (JR)

STRENGTHS: The first thing that stood out to me about J.J. Arcega-Whiteside was his hands…the tape shows that he extends his arms and is a pure catcher—more so than anyone in the 2019 NFL Draft class…he gains ground on defensive backs quicker than you would anticipate…great size and frame…boxes out would be defenders with ease…physical and punishing at the line of scrimmage…very tough to bring down in the open field due to his massive frame and stiff arm…a good blocker down the field, can contribute in the running game…

WEAKNESSES: JJ. Arcega-Whiteside struggles with short area quickness…needs to be quicker in and out of his breaks…he gives defensive backs an opportunity to react to his routes and jump them…he can be a bit ‘too handsy’ with defenders—which leads to our concerns about his ability to separate…top end speed may be lacking…

COMP: Devante Parker

OVERALL: I am very intrigued to see how J.J. Arcega-Whiteside performs at the Scouting Combine and how he runs the 40, etc. The biggest question is whether or not he can separate from the defensive backs at the NFL level. If his workout indicates that he may struggle in that regard, he will be ‘tweener’ heading into the draft. For the time being, we are giving him the benefit of the doubt, and love his production and hands, enough so, to consider J.J. Arcega-Whiteside a 2nd round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

9) Hakeem Butler 6’5 225 Iowa State Cyclones (JR)

STRENGTHS: It’s impossible not to notice the towering length and frame that comes with a prospect the likes of Hakeem Butler…a downfield dynamo…Hakeem Butler is a nightmare to sop in the deep passing game…plays stronger than his lean frame would suggest…stronger YAC than you would anticipate…Butler does a great job of high-pointing the football…an above average blocker in the run game…

WEAKNESSES: Hakeem Butler needs to work on the finer things as it relates to his development…does not play the game with much nuance or vary his technique…his catching needs refinement—allows the ball to get into his body far too often…would like to see his upper body work in conjunction with lower half—plays a bit stiff at times…

COMP: Josh Gordon

OVERALL: Hakeem Butler is clearly a unique talent—one in which could potentially confound GMs and scouts. Butler is a very ‘raw’ prospect who may not be ready to hit the ground running at the NFL level…a player with his measureables and upside will continue to garner his share of attention…I am not as high on him as many in the Scouting Community are, due to his limitations currently…I believe Hakeem Butler is shaping up as a 2nd round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

10) DeMarkus Lodge 6’1 200 Ole Miss Rebels (SR)

STRENGTHS: The calling card of DeMarkus Lodge’s game is his speed and ability to separate from defenders…a long-strider who gains ground on defenders with ease…you get the sense that there is a great deal of uncapped potential here…he acc…his accelerates at a high level off of the line of scrimmage…his footwork is exceptional…his work ethic is strong…he runs every route the same way—giving maximum effort…a physical player who doesn’t mind mixing it up with defenders…a plus blocker…

WEAKNESSES: DeMarkus Lodge’s evaluation feels incomplete given the limited passing tree that he was asked to run while at Ole Miss…his hands are wildly inconsistent—has the potential to make the spectacular catch, and then can drop the routine pass…length and physicality has shown to give Lodge a great deal of difficulty…

COMP: Robert Woods

OVERALL: Demarkus Lodge is the least noteworthy of the three Ole Miss WR prospects. That’s not to say that he doesn’t have high value heading into the draft process. There is a lot of nuance and development needed here, but there is no denying that there is significant upside as well. Demarkus Lodge’s draft stock is a bit more volatile than others, and his Scouting Combine results will go a long way in solidifying his position. For the time being, I would consider him a late 2nd-3rd round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.