1. Amari Cooper (Alabama)- He was one of the best players in the country last season and the sky is the limit for him. He was the most complete wide receiver I saw at the college level. Lane Kiffin used him in a variety of ways last season and no matter where he was, he was effective and made plays. He has quickness and balance to get a clean release off the line of scrimmage against press coverage and in the open field. His acceleration is what set him apart from other receivers in the country last year. Can burst away from the best cornerbacks. Displays great hands and runs every route on the wheel. A threat anywhere on the field and can turn a small gain into six points.
2. Kevin White (West Virginia)- At 6’3, Kevin White displays a very tall and slender frame for the position. Great in jump ball situations. Boxes defenders out as if he were a power forward attempting to rebound the basketball. Excellent reflexes to secure the football away from his body. Very good quickness to release off the line of scrimmage. Stretches the field vertically and does well to create separation at the top of his routes to catch the football. Displays great feet and good vision. Uses his size to overpower defenders and gain yards after contact.
3. DeVante Parker (Louisville)- Has long striding speed with a natural lower body explosion to get vertical. Great first step at the line of scrimmage to beat any defender in any coverage. Shows shake once in the open field and uses many quick cuts to gain yardage after the catch. Very crisp footwork has the ability to leap up and get the football. He tracks the football down and extends well with a long wingspan and natural body control. A threat to make a play anytime on the field and is very efficient in the red zone.
4. Dorial Green-Beckham (Oklahoma)– I loved his game when he played at Missouri and he put together a great year for Bob Stoops in Norman. He’s the definition of a possession receiver. At 6’5, he’s a very physical specimen and possesses the three S’s: (size, speed and strength). He plays with balance and power to keep his center of gravity. Uses his strides to get vertical and stretch the field on the outside. Can plant and go burst in his breaks. Great use of his hands to release of the line and move a defender around. Excellent in jump ball situations. Aggressive when in the area of the football, loose body control and a physical leaper.
5. Jaelen Strong (Arizona State)- Has above average height, length and frame to play the position. He’s a physical receiver. Posts up similarly to a basketball player in one on one situations. Does a great job in traffic. Balanced athlete with good feet and body control to make adjustments on the football. Succeeds on back shoulder throws. Attacks the ball well in jump ball situations. Can run over the middle and run his routes consistently. Good vision, can see the entire field and has the speed to break away from a defender.