2020 NFL Draft: Pre-Combine WR Rankings

The 2020 NFL Draft season is in full peak. We have made it through the Senior Bowl and we are now fast approaching the Scouting Combine.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be releasing my Pre-Combine position rankings. No score is final because of the lack of athletic testing data. This data will come after combine and pro days are completed.

Today, we will look at the wide receiver position. I have watched tape on 44 WR prospects to this point. This WR class is special. Based on the abundance of talented prospects you can expect some to drop into the middle rounds that in a normal year would not.

OR PR NAME SCHOOL CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT TAPE PROD. TOTAL
8 1 CeeDee Lamb Oklahoma Jr 6’1 189 8.87 10 6.822
9 2 Jerry Jeudy Alabama Jr 6’0 192 9.07 9 6.792
25 3 Tee Higgins Clemson Jr 6’3 210 8.53 9 6.468
34 4 Denzel Mims Baylor Sr 6’2 206 8.43 9 6.408
42 5 Bryan Edwards South Carolina Sr 6’2 205 8.13 10 6.378
54 6 Tyler Johnson Minnesota Sr 6’1 200 8 10 6.3
55 7 Gabriel Davis UCF Jr 6’2 212 8 10 6.3
56 8 Michael Pittman Southern Cal Sr 6’4 219 8.2 9 6.27
61 9 Brandon Aiyuk Arizona State Sr 5’11 201 7.93 10 6.258
62 10 Chase Claypool Notre Dame Sr 6’4 229 7.93 10 6.258
65 11 Jalen Reagor TCU Jr 5’11 195 8.13 9 6.228
66 12 Justin Jefferson LSU Jr 6’1 185 8.13 9 6.228
69 13 Henry Ruggs, III Alabama Jr 6’0 193 8.6 7 6.21
79 14 Antonio Gandy-Golden Liberty Sr 6’3 222 7.8 10 6.18
80 15 K.J. Hamler Penn State Jr 5’9 174 7.8 10 6.18
97 16 Laviska Shenault Colorado Jr 6’2 220 8 9 6.15
98 17 Devin Duvernay Texas Sr 5’10 202 7.7 10 6.12
111 18 James Proche SMU Sr 5’10 196 7.6 10 6.06
139 19 Jauan Jennings Tennessee Sr 6’3 206 7.4 10 5.94
150 20 Isaiah Hodgins Oregon State Jr 6’4 209 7.3 10 5.88
172 21 K.J. Hill Ohio State Sr 6’0 192 7.9 7 5.79
179 22 Quintez Cephus Wisconsin Jr 6’1 207 7.1 10 5.76
206 23 Collin Johnson Texas Sr 6’5 221 7.7 7 5.67
207 24 Kalija Lipscomb Vanderbilt Sr 6’0 202 7.2 9 5.67
209 25 Lynn Bowden Kentucky Jr 6’1 199 7.4 8 5.64
218 26 John Hightower Boise State Sr 6’1 185 7.07 9 5.592
221 27 Darrell Stewart Michigan State Sr 6’0 215 7.3 8 5.58
233 28 Quartney Davis Texas A&M Jr 6’1 199 7.2 8 5.52
243 29 Donovan Peoples-Jones Michigan Jr 6’1 208 7.6 6 5.46
249 30 Van Jefferson Florida Sr 6’1 197 7.3 7 5.43
250 31 Dezmon Patmon Washington State Sr 6’4 219 7.53 6 5.418
251 32 K.J. Osborn Miami (FL) Sr 5’11 205 7.27 7 5.412
279 33 Malcolm Perry Navy Sr 5’9 182 7.4 5 5.19
283 34 Juwan Johnson Oregon Sr 6’4 222 7.1 6 5.16
285 35 Marquez Callaway Tennessee Sr 6’1 199 6.6 8 5.16
287 36 Lawrence Cager Georgia Sr 6’4 220 6.8 7 5.13
303 37 Stephen Guidry Mississippi State Sr 6’3 191 6.67 7 5.052
313 38 Austin Mack Ohio State Sr 6’1 212 7 5 4.95
314 39 Josh Hammond Florida Sr 6’0 192 6.93 5 4.908
318 40 Isaiah Wright Temple Sr 6’2 220 6.6 6 4.86
319 41 Johnathan Johnson Missouri Sr 5’7 170 6.6 6 4.86
325 42 Kendrick Rogers Texas A&M Jr 6’4 204 6.5 6 4.8
327 43 A.J. Taylor Wisconsin Sr 5’11 201 6.7 5 4.77
329 44 Tyrie Cleveland Florida Sr 6’2 205 6.43 5 4.608

TOP GUYS

CeeDee Lamb currently resides in my top spot. He is electric in the open field. Lamb is super quick and is a beast after the catch. Jerry Jeudy was one of four ultra-talented Alabama wideouts. Jeudy and Devonta Smith (2021 WR) took the bulk of the production. His feet are ridiculously good allowing him to almost never be covered. Jeudy can cut on a dime in the open field. Tee Higgins has a huge frame and can high point with the best of them.

WRs I LIKE MORE THAN MOST

Denzel Mims shot up rankings after he dominated Senior Bowl practices. Mims’ route running was flawless. He was able to separate from nearly every corner there. Bryan Edwards set nearly every South Carolina receiving record. His size and route running are excellent. Edwards is faster than he is given credit for.

WRs I LIKE LESS THAN MOST

Henry Ruggs is going to run sub 4.3 at the Combine and will likely go in the top 20. What I see from Ruggs is a so-so route runner with average production. Donovan Peoples-Jones is another I just don’t get it with. In the games I saw him play this season he ran lazy routes and put forth little effort. DPJ production was also below average.

LATE ROUND PROSPECTS TO TAKE A FLIER ON

Lynn Bowden was a terrific HS QB that moved to WR at Kentucky. Kentucky moved him back to QB this season after injuries wrecked their depth chart. Bowden is a first-class athlete with the ball in his hands. Malcolm Perry is similar to Bowden in many ways except he has never really played WR. Perry is great in the open field but is all projection. Can he catch? The combine will go a long way in his evaluation when he gets to run drills there.

Next time out, we will look at the TE class.

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