Unlike last week, when I was able to talk about how unbelievable well the rookie running back class was doing, things don’t look nearly as rosy when looking at the rookie wide receiver class. Things have changed quickly.
Jump back to April and the 2017 group of players had all the promise in the world. Fast forward to December and a lot of hope has turned to frustration. Three receivers were taken within the first ten picks of the draft and 11 more were taken before the end of day two. But what do we have to show for it? Not much.
Both Corey Davis and Mike Williams have dealt with injuries and John Ross simply can’t make his way onto the field. Zay Jones and Curtis Samuel among others haven’t been lighting it up by any stretch of the imagination and overall, we have been left with two players who have made definitive impacts: Cooper Kupp and Juju Smith-Schuster.
It’s not at all time to give up on any of these young pass catchers, and I still have mountains of confidence in Williams and Davis, but let’s hope we get much more of an immediate impact from the 2018 group of receivers. While I certainly have my doubts that this class will produce a top ten pick, the depth of talent that should be produced in rounds two and three have me really excited about its future. It was incredibly difficult to split hairs from WR4 through WR10, but without further ado, let’s begin.
Updated WR Rankings
1) Calvin Ridley, Alabama
Ridley almost blends into the high-powered Crimson Tide attack, but for NFL draft standards he does anything but blend in. Both his speed and quickness are impossible to ignore and his route running is just about as good as you’ll find in this class. Add in a great vertical ability and how dangerous he is after the catch, and it’s easy to see why Ridley is a first-round talent.