Category: Wide Receiver

WR Tyre Brady, Marshall

6’3” – 211 lbs. – N/A
Originally attended Miami, where he spent two years; did not record any statistics as a freshman, but started three of eight games the following year (9-112-1). Sat out the 2016 season while transferring to Marshall, then immediately became a major contributor, posting 62-942-8 in his first season with the Herd, then 71-1,002-9 the following year. Big receiver who has good musculature but whose frame is a little bit thin. Takes snaps on both sides of the formation and from the slot. Not the fastest or most explosive athlete; typically gets very tight coverage on go routes. Runs a lot of simpler patterns at the shorter levels of the field (ins, outs, slants, curls, screens), to go along with a pretty big dose of sideline routes further down the field. Against off-coverage, flashes the ability to run flat, stay inside the defender, and pick up yardage after contact; has a pretty physical running style with the ball in his hands and is able to bounce off of some would-be tacklers. Tends to round off his routes instead of snapping, and doesn’t explode out of his breaks to create separation. A receiver who will drop some of the easy ones and catch some of the more difficult throws. A lot of his production came on routes in which he was working under the defense, but is also capable of using his flexibility to work the sideline and come down with some impressive grabs. Struggles to consistently come down with contested catches, or passes in which he needs to absorb contact; that may be an issue given his lack of high-end athleticism or route-running skills. Would like to see a greater sense of urgency when stalk blocking. Has some snaps in which he shows tenacity/aggression, but others in which he doesn’t successfully engage or looks more concerned with watching the action. Not the type of talent that’s going to be able to coast on raw athleticism at the next level, so attention to detail will be important. Comes with two years of solid production and offers an intriguing combination of length, body control, and ball skills, but unless he improves his route-running, focus, and blocking, he’s going to struggle to succeed at the pro level. The raw tools are there, but in a fairly deep draft class, looks more like a third-day selection.

WR Terry McLaurin, Ohio St.

6’0” – 208 lbs. – 4.35
Four-star recruit who didn’t record any statistics as a freshman, but caught 11-114-2 the following year before becoming a more regular contributor as a junior (29-436-6). Enjoyed his most productive year in 2018 to conclude his collegiate career (35-701-11). Has a strong build with adequate size and solid bulk for a pro receiver. Lined up on the outside, serving as one of his team’s primary deep threats, but also running some patterns underneath to set up those shots. Able to eat up cushions quickly against off-coverage, with the straight-line speed to challenge defenses downfield; averaged over twenty yards per catch this past season and has the type of speed to win over the top at the pro level. Frequently runs double-moves (sluggo post, inside release and go into a corner route) and works some head-fakes into his game. When targeted, does a good job of adjusting to passes, demonstrating the ability to track the ball over his shoulder and the body control to put himself in position to make catches, but doesn’t have the softest/most reliable hands; sometimes looks like an athlete playing receiver more than someone who’s a natural fit in the position. Is a little bit of a one-trick pony at the moment, as he doesn’t have a lot of snap to his underneath routes, tending to round things off without sinking his hips. Some of his production came by being schemed open into soft spots in zone coverage, rather than beating man; still doesn’t have a great feel for soft spots in zone, running himself into coverage underneath. Can struggle to release against press coverage at the line of scrimmage, barreling into opposing defensive backs instead of using suddenness to create room to work with. Would like to see more aggression as a blocker; doesn’t always engage opponents and often looks like he’s just going through the motions. Has potential in the area because of his strong build and his quickness. Was asked to cover punts at college and has the athletic traits to be a special-teams contributor at the pro level as well. Not one of the most polished or well-rounded prospects; teams are essentially drafting a size/speed prospect who showed the ability to win downfield at the college level and hoping he can improve his releases and blocking and develop his route tree in order to become a more complete receiver.

WR Stanley Morgan Jr., Nebraska

6’0” – 202 lbs. – 4.53
Not related to former pro receiver Stanley Morgan. Has been contributing since his first season, in which he started three games and returned kicks. Posted 25-304-3 and 33-453-2 in his first two seasons with the Cornhuskers, then broke out the following season en route to 61-986-10. Finished his career with a 70-1,004-7 campaign. Has an adequate combination of height and bulk for a pro receiver. Takes snaps both inside and outside, predominantly the latter. Most of what he ran in college were seam routes, deep posts and ins, and some shorter out routes and others of that nature. Route-running doesn’t show a lot of attention to detail at this point. Tends to round off his patterns instead of sinking his hips, planting, and using explosiveness at the route stem to create separation. Needs to improve feel for zone coverage; will run himself into coverage instead of settling down into gaps. However, does show the ability to use footwork in order to release at the line of scrimmage against press coverage. Caught a lot of volume in college as the team tried to get the ball into his hands and let him try to create with a few yards of space, and looks like a tough runner with a little bit of elusiveness after the catch. Offers a pretty wide catch radius and the ability to adjust to poorly-thrown balls behind his frame. However, doesn’t appear to have the most reliable hands, having been guilty of a couple of focus drops during the games received. Had some struggles coming down with contested catches during the games reviewed and much of his production came on throws where he had plenty of separation or was working underneath the coverage. Doesn’t always go full speed when the play is going the other way; flashes the ability to get physical with opposing defensive backs as a blocker but will occasionally be more of a spectator. Has the strength to develop into a good blocker with more consistent effort. Really boosted his stock with an excellent Combine workout including a 6.78 cone time and a 38.5” vertical leap. However, measurables aside, what he put on tape during the games reviewed may not have been enough to solidify himself as a second-day candidate. Might end up as more of a mid-to-late-round developmental receiver with tools to work with.

WR Riley Ridley, Georgia*

6’1” – 199 lbs. – 4.58
Brother is Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley. Played sparingly over his first two seasons with the Bulldogs, going 12-238-2 and 14-218-2 before stepping into the starting lineup and posting 43-559-9 this past season, whereupon he decided to forego his senior season and declare for the draft. Has solid height for a pro receiver, with a slightly top-heavy build. Tended to line up as a flanker to the right side of Georgia’s formations, but would also slide into the slot at times too. Wasn’t really used as a volume receiver at Georgia, doing a lot of work to clear out underneath routes for teammates. Sudden at the line of scrimmage, doing a good job of releasing at the line against press-man. Long-strider who can eat cushions quickly against off-man. Runs routes to different levels of the field; looks best when he’s getting an inside release and working over the middle of the field, but runs patterns down the sidelines as well. Able to settle into soft spots over the middle in zone, running crossing routes to different depths. Sells well at the stem with head-fakes and snap at the route stem. Has solid speed but ability to uncover down the field is predicated more on route-running, using double-moves to freeze defenders and create opportunities; not quite fast enough to blow by opponents down the sidelines on go routes. Able to track the ball, with a solid catch radius and soft hands. Impressive overall flexibility. A strong runner after the catch, with good agility to make defenders miss and enough leg drive to fight for additional yardage after contact. Blocking is a work in progress; will sometimes be pulled in tight to the formation to wall off defenders on the backside, but at this point struggles with positioning and lets too many defenders get past without successfully engaging them. When he does line up opponents, doesn’t always sustain through the whistle. Overall level of effort in the run game is a little lacking, ending too many snaps as a spectator and pulling up before contact. Already a pretty skillful route runner with the type of catch radius and flexibility to potentially develop into a starter, but would like to see him block with the same competitiveness and physicality he shows when releasing at the line or running after the catch. Doesn’t come out of college with the same sort of production his brother had at Alabama but is a similar talent and looks like he’s going to be a second-day pick.

WR Preston Williams, Colorado St.*

6’4” – 211 lbs. – 4.55
Originally attended Tennessee, where he played sparingly for two seasons before transferring to Colorado St., which required him to sit out the 2017 season. Transfer was reportedly due to being arrested for assaulting his girlfriend. This past year, had an incredibly productive campaign of 96-1,345-14 and subsequently decided to declare for the draft. Tall, long-limbed cornerback with ideal size for the pro level. Lined up on both sides of the field as well as in the slot. Demonstrates pretty good footwork to release at the line of scrimmage against press coverage. Ran routes to different levels of the field; not a true burner by any means, but was able to create some opportunities for downfield throws, getting opposing cornerbacks in his hip pocket during the games reviewed. Does a nice job of tracking and adjusting to deeper throws down the sidelines. Is a pretty good route-runner overall, with the ability to create opportunities for himself on curls, comebacks, back-shoulder throws, and deep crossing patterns, the last of those being where he did a lot of his damage at the college level. Offers impressive ball skills; in addition to his size and length, traits which already give him a wide catch radius, also demonstrates impressive flexibility and body control to adjust to throws, with the aggressiveness to climb the ladder and come down with jump-balls over the top of defenders. That said, didn’t impress with his vertical leap at the Colorado St. pro day. Could be more consistent about working back to the ball and shielding defenders with his frame. Has pretty reliable hands and looks comfortable snatching the ball away from his body. After the catch, demonstrates competitiveness, fighting to gain extra yardage and finish his runs; has some elusiveness in space; the team also tried to get him some opportunities to create on tunnel screens, reverses, and shallow crossing routes. Would like to see him stalk block with more aggression; has the physical tools to dominate cornerbacks but doesn’t always appear to be giving maximal effort in the run game, often throwing just one arm at his opponent. Draft status is pretty hard to get a feel for given his character concerns; has a combination of size, length, flexibility, body control, and route-running skill which would otherwise warrant a second-day selection, but the aforementioned arrest will probably cause him to be taken off of the boards of several teams.

WR Penny Hart, Georgia St.*

5’8” – 180 lbs. – N/A
Burst onto the scene in his first season at Georgia St., catching 71-1,099-8, then missed nearly all of the 2016 season after sustaining a broken foot. Came back to go 74-1,121-8 the following year, then managed just 49-669-2 in 2018. Did not receive a Combine invite but impressed at the Senior Bowl. An undersized receiver, but who lined up both inside and outside at the college level; pro future will come on the inside. Often came in motion pre-snap for rushing attempts or as window-dressing. At his best when he’s able to work against off-coverage, showing his impressive acceleration. High-energy route-runner who sinks his hips, retains his speed into and out of breaks, and snaps off his patterns at the stem. Good competitiveness and footwork to release at the line against press-man. Ran patterns to all three levels of the field; looks best when he’s able to take advantage of off-coverage and do some work underneath the defense. Has good but not elite top-end speed; ran a lot of downfield patterns, but they were often on double-moves and he struggled to get separation down the field against faster corners during the games reviewed. Hands look solid for a smaller receiver, flashing the ability to pluck the ball away from his frame. Adjusts very well to bad throws and exhibits excellent body control. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder and demonstrates good concentration at the catch point in coverage, but dropped some of the easy ones. However, doesn’t have the size, length, or strength to represent an ideal option for contested throws, so his ability to create windows with route-running will be important. Capable of creating after the catch, with impressive back-jukes and change-of-direction skills to make the first man miss and pick up additional yardage. Also fed the ball in the screen game to try and give him an opportunity to make something happen, and functioned as the team’s punt returner. Obviously undersized but gives good effort as a blocker and isn’t afraid to mix it up with opposing defensive backs; the team often ran outside runs toward his side of the field. Actually able to generate some impressive pop on contact. One of the more likable receiver prospects in this year’s class, he has a small frame but plays with a lot of competitiveness and physicality which helps offset his size limitations; furthermore, he is an explosive mover and solid route-runner, traits which should allow him to come off the board by the mid-rounds despite his small-school pedigree.

WR Parris Campbell Jr., Ohio St.

6’0” – 205 lbs. – 4.31
Redshirted his first season with the Buckeyes, then was a marginal contributor over the next two seasons, catching 13-121-0 as a sophomore before being more integrated into the offense in 2017, catching 40-584-3 and adding another 10-132-1 on the ground. Broke out as a senior, ending up with an impressive 90-1,063-12 line, all of which led the team. Lines up in the slot and runs a combination of underneath routes and deeper patterns, primarily screens, drags, whips, and in routes near the line of scrimmage. Navigates well through congested spaces and gets a step ahead of cornerbacks on shallow crosses. Releases well at the line and has some nuance to his routes, selling double-moves with head-fakes and stutter-steps to create opportunities down the field. Has the speed to separate against man coverage and was asked to run some flag or reverse-wheel routes from the slot. Does a good job of settling into soft spots in zone to create windows. Reliable receiver who has a solid catch radius, being bigger than many slots receivers; able to bring in passes away from his frame and is also a solid leaper. Very good runner with the ball in his hands, with the strength to run through arm tackles and the vision to find opportunities to cut back and outrace defenders for big gains; one of the best creators of yards after the catch in this year’s class, and was also someone that the Buckeyes tried to get the ball to as a runner on occasion as well. Effort level looks inconsistent; runs hard when the ball might be coming his way, but too often looks like a spectator when he’s supposed to be blocking or drawing coverage away to clear room for a teammate. It’s a little bit difficult to make an apples-to-apples comparison with some of the other top receivers in the class, as he wasn’t really asked to line up on the outside, win at the line against press coverage, or navigate the sideline like most receivers with his size. However, proved that he could serve as a reliable safety valve underneath while also offering the possibility of turning short throws into big gains with his ability to run after the catch. Those traits, combined with his impressive senior-season production, could earn him a spot on the draft’s second day. Getting a lot of hype after blazing a 4.31 in Indianapolis.

WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona St.*

6’2” – 228 lbs. – 4.53
Was born in the Caribbean and moved to the United States as a child. Has been a major contributor since his freshman season, one in which he posted 58-659-5. Followed that up with seasons of 82-1,142-8 and 73-1,088-9 before deciding to declare for the draft. Tall, long-limbed, and well-built receiver with a somewhat unorthodox stance. Lines up both inside and outside, typically to the left side of the formation. Runs a lot of shorter patterns such as hitches, screens, and slants that he curls off once he gets to the middle of the field, with a generous amount of sideline throws sprinkled in. Able to handle physicality at the line of scrimmage. Doesn’t have a lot of snap to his routes but mitigates it by coming down with more than his share of 50-50 balls. Offers a wide radius because of his length and leaping ability, but catch technique looks a little bit awkward at times. Good focus when working in traffic; able to bring in throws in tight coverage down the sidelines. Wasn’t asked to run too many sideline routes but flashes good awareness and body control near the boundary. Good runner after the catch, with the strength to run through arm tackles and the speed to break big runs once he gets into space. Works in the stiff-arm and was often fed the ball on screens and other short patterns designed to give him opportunities to create. Very good vision to recognize cutback lanes. Also took a handful of reverses each season. Not much of a threat to separate downfield; defenders are able to sit on his double-moves and recover to provide tight coverage down the sidelines. Rewards trust-based throws more often than average but quarterbacks may not be able to see him get open before throwing the ball. Effort as a stalk blocker looks inconsistent. Doesn’t tend to engage and sustain as often as he should; clearly has the frame to develop into a quality blocker and flashes the ability to drive his legs and create movement, but finishes too many snaps looking on as runners are tackled by the defenders he was responsible for blocking. A jump-ball weapon with impressive size, body control, and flexibility, and who is also one of the best creators after the catch in this year’s receiver class. However, requires a little bit more imagination than most top receiver prospects because of a somewhat simplistic route tree and overall offensive role.

WR Miles Boykin, Notre Dame

6’4” – 220 lbs. – 4.42
Was a little-used receiver for the first three seasons of his collegiate career, with his biggest season being 12-253-1 as a junior, then stepped into a starting role and put together 54-803-8 in his final year at Notre Dame. Big split end with excellent size for the boundary at the pro level; typically on the left, but runs routes from both sides of the field and will also come in tight to the formation at times. Long-strider who eats up cushions quickly against off-coverage and proved in Indianapolis that he has the speed to threaten downfield at the next level; however, wasn’t able to create separation with his outside releases and was often blanketed by opposing defensive backs as he made his way down the sidelines. Although he ran patters at different levels and some over the middle of the field, overall route-running leaves a lot to be desired; doesn’t pay a lot of attention to detail. Tends to round off routes casually without sinking his hips and exploding at the stem. Does use some swim moves to get inside position but can have trouble keeping defenders in his hip pocket and using his frame to shield them from the ball. Would like to see him work his way back to the ball and be more aggressive at the catch point. Good physicality through press coverage. Actual fundamentals as a pass-catcher look solid. Uses appropriate form and looks the ball into his hands. Obviously presents a huge radius for quarterbacks with his size, length, and leaping ability. Flashes good body control and awareness near the sidelines; was frequently targeted on go routes and back-shoulder throws near the boundaries. Didn’t appear to have great chemistry with his quarterback but presented some good opportunities for throws which would have improved his production. Should be able to develop into a solid blocker; has the size and length to overpower defensive backs and gives good effort in that area of the game. Was considered a mid-to-late-round pick before blowing up the Combine with a blazing 4.42 forty, a 6.77 cone, and unbelievable leaps (43.5” vertical, 11’8” broad); now it’s anyone’s guess how high he will be selected, but it seems clear that at the latest he’ll probably be an early third-day pick. Boom-or-bust prospect who has the physical and athletic tools and ball skills, but needs to improve his releases and routes to create separation.

WR Mecole Hardman, Georgia*

5’10” – 187 lbs. – 4.33

Played quarterback and on defense in high school, then appeared in a special-teams role with the Bulldogs in 2016. Started one of fifteen games played at receiver the following year, going 25-418-4 and adding two rushing touchdowns. Went 34-532-7 as a receiver his past year before declaring for the draft; however, is most highly-regarded for his ability as a punt- and kick-returner, rather than as a receiver. Has just adequate size for a slot receiver and is probably too small to play on the outside; however, that’s not really what his game is built around. This is a player whose timed speed is indicative of how explosive he looks on the field; has the ability to take the top off of a defense and beat cornerbacks down the field in man coverage. Gets up to speed in a hurry and has excellent speed through his route, barely shifting gears as he goes through his breaks. Threat of going downfield caused teams to play off of him and also ran some routes to take advantage of that on underneath patterns such as short hitches, etc. Not afraid to work the middle of the field and demonstrates good snap to create windows in that capacity. Appears to have solid fundamentals as a receiver, looking the ball into his hands and bringing it in with his hands away from his frame. Does a good job of adjusting to poorly-thrown balls. However, doesn’t present the biggest target and can struggle to come down with contested catches in tight coverage despite impressive leaping ability. Runs hard after the catch and can rack up yards after the catch when working the middle of the field underneath zone defenses, or when carrying the ball on tunnel screens. Also flashes the ability to spin off of contact. The type of player the team liked to feed the ball, including on the occasional jet sweep out of motion. Can be chippy as a blocker but lack of size and length put a ceiling on how effective he’ll be in that role at the next level. Isn’t one of the biggest or most productive receivers, but is one of the fastest and most explosive players in this year’s class and complements that with value as a return specialist, good toughness, and sharp route-running, traits which could potentially allow him to work his way into the second day.