2021 NFL Draft Preliminary Wide Receiver List

After putting a bow on the 2020 NFL Draft with team-by-team recaps it is now time to look to the future. The 2020 college football season “should be” getting underway in a little over two months. When (if?) the season starts, Deep Fried Draft will be right there bringing you all of the things you are accustomed to seeing from me.

Like last year, I am entering the 2021 NFL Draft season with 300 names on my watch list.

Today, we are going to look at the WRs. These players will be listed only by class and not in any sort of official ranking.

2021 Preliminary Wide Receiver List

SENIORS

DeVonta Smith Alabama Sr 6’1 178
Corey Sutton Appalachian State Sr 6’2 200
Amari Rodgers Clemson Sr 5’10 210
K.D. Dixon Colorado Sr 5’8 185
Warren Jackson Colorado State Sr 6’5 219
Kadarius Toney Florida Sr 5’11 194
Demetris Robertson Georgia Sr 6’0 190
Rico Bussey Hawaii Sr 6’1 190
Marquez Stevenson Houston Sr 6’0 190
Whop Philyor Indiana Sr 5’10 178
Thomas Smith-Marsette Iowa Sr 6’0 183
Dez Fitzpatrick Louisville Sr 6’2 210
Damonte Coxie Memphis Sr 6’3 200
Nico Collins Michigan Sr 6’3 215
Damon Hazelton Missouri Sr 6’1 222
Dazz Newsome North Carolina Sr 5’11 190
Theo Howard Oklahoma Sr 6’0 182
Tylan Wallace Oklahoma State Sr 6’0 185
Reggie Roberson SMU Sr 6’0 200
Shi Smith South Carolina Sr 5’10 190
Tyler Vaughns Southern Cal Sr 6’1 185
Tarik Black Texas Sr 6’3 216
Tay Martin Washington State Sr 6’3 185
Danny Davis, III Wisconsin Sr 6’0 194
JD Spielman Sr 5’9 181

 

There are several intriguing names amongst the seniors. Two that stand out for me are DeVonta Smith (Alabama) and Tylan Wallace (Oklahoma State). Smith has been making plays for the Crimson Tide since his freshman season. Wallace has been one of the best in the country until an ACL injury took away his 2019 season. I think two AAC receivers can make huge leaps up the draft board during the 2020 season, Memphis’ Damonte Coxie and SMU’s Reggie Roberson.

UNDERCLASSMEN

Jaylen Waddle Alabama Jr 5’10 182
Seth Williams Auburn Jr 6’3 212
Anthony Schwartz Auburn Jr 6’0 179
Tamorrion Terry Florida State Jr 6’4 203
Tutu Atwell Louisville Jr 5’9 156
Ja’Marr Chase LSU Jr 6’1 200
Rashod Bateman Minnesota Jr 6’2 209
Chris Olave Ohio State Jr 6’1 185
Charleston Rambo Oklahoma Jr 6’0 180
Rondale Moore Purdue Jr 5’9 181
Randall St. Felix South Florida Jr 6’1 205
Amon-Ra St. Brown Southern Cal Jr 6’1 195
Jaylond Adams Southern Miss Jr 5’10 180
Sage Surratt Wake Forest Jr 6’3 224

 

The junior class is led by dynamic playmakers Jaylen Waddle (Alabama) and Rondale Moore (Purdue). Both can turn any catch into six points. However, the best of the bunch may end up being Ja’Marr Chase of LSU.

Next up, we look ahead to the 2021 TE class.

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