There is a heated debate as to whether wide receivers should be drafted early in the draft. At one side, you get players like Julio Jones or Odell Beckham Jr. In contrast, there are players like Breshad Perriman and Phillip Dorsett who don’t work out.
With that being said, there are some gems in the later stages of the draft. Antonio Brown was a sixth rounder. T.Y. Hilton was a third rounder. Need I say more?
In the 2o18 NFL Draft, we look at three receivers who could slip in the draft, but make a big impact in the NFL.
Cedrick Wilson, Boise State
I really like Wilson. He’s a crisp route runner with solid hands. At 6’3″, he can be a red zone threat. With a 4.55 40 yard dash, I like the potential for Wilson.
Projected Round: 4th round
Projected Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Deontay Burnett, USC
After JuJu Smith-Schuster left for Pittsburgh, Deontay Burnett became Sam Darnold’s new favourite target. He’s got speed and has great after-the-catch ability. He’s a good fit essentially anywhere.
Projected Round: 3rd round
Projected Team: Arizona Cardinals
With John Brown likely leaving and Larry Fitzgerald probably going into his last season, the Cardinals need another option at receiver. Burnett can create some chemistry with Sam Bradford or whoever ends up taking the QB reigns in Arizona.
Janarion Grant, Rutgers
This guy is the definition of a sleeper. Grant is an elite return specialist who can make plays in the receiving game. Look for this guy to slowly be integrated into an offense after being a key special teams player.
Projected Round: 6th round
Projected Team: Washington Redskins
New QB Alex Smith will want to have another speedy receiver, similar to what he had in Tyreek Hill. Both Hill and Grant have return ability and have elite speed. This could be a match made in heaven.