1. Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss): He was the best receiver in the country last season. He was that one guy that always came up in discussions when preparing to play Ole Miss. He led the SEC in receiving and he bounced back after a very gruesome leg injury. Treadwell is a 6’2 wide receiver that can line up outside like your normal receiver and inside in the slot. He has exceptional ball skills, a wide catch radius and strong hands to take the football away from the defender. He plays with great athletic power and makes the most damage after he catches the football. I see so much of Dez Bryant in this kid. He is outstanding on 50/50 balls and he goes up to get the football and he doesn’t let it come to him. He’s a big time competitor and always shines when the lights are the brightest.
2. Corey Coleman (Baylor): He’s a very exciting playmaker to watch as he was one of big threats down the field for Art Briles and the Baylor Bears. Corey Coleman is a vertical threat and a catch and go receiver. He displays very quick hands and has the leaping ability to play “above the rim” meaning he will go up to get the football in the air rather than it coming to him. He shows a true love for the game and competition. He shows great footwork and needs only one step to accelerate to top speed. If I had to compare him to anyone in the NFL, it’d be Emmanuel Sanders. They play very similar to one another.
3. Josh Doctson (TCU): He was Trevone Boykin’s top target at TCU. I was impressed after watching him play. He’s a bigger Odell Beckham to me. At 6’2, he has long arms, shows outstanding leaping ability, body control and terrific ballskills. He’s a true vertical threat with the speed to get past defenders then break away after the football is in his hands. He creates a lot of spacing in his routes and he’s also able to find zones and holes in the defense to give his quarterback a target down the field. Doctson uses his body well to box out and shield defenders. He’s a tough runner for a receiver as he looks to turn all catches upfield for a big gain.
4. Will Fuller (Notre Dame): He became the number one receiving target for the Irish eclipsing over 1,000 yards in two seasons as a starter and 30 career touchdowns. He always wants the football and he excels when it comes to taking the top off the zone of a defense. He averaged 20 yards per catch in 2015. He works hard for body positioning to get open and does well with his start/stop ability. Fuller can line up outside as a receiver would and also has the experience lining up in the slot. He isn’t the type of receiver to break tackles, but he always keeps his legs moving to get those extra yards.
5. Michael Thomas (Ohio State): He’s well-built for the position and has natural hands to attack the football away from his body and shows terrific hand-eye coordination. He’s a reliable guy when it comes to 50/50 situations and he boxes the defensive back out to position himself to get the ball. He’s a strategic route runner and runs his routes very consistently. He had a great year with Ohio State in 2014 during their title run with 54 catches, 799 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. He caught a team-best 56 passes in 2015 for the Buckeyes.
Teams In Need Of Receivers: San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks.