The top 10 wide receivers heading into 2021 NFL Draft


The Post’s Ryan Dunleavy lists his top 10 wide receivers in this year’s NFL draft, based on evaluations and conversations with people around the league:

  1. Ja’Marr Chase, LSU, 6-0, 201 pounds: Opted out of the 2020 season after he — not Vikings rookie sensation Justin Jefferson — was LSU’s No. 1 receiver during the 2019 national championship run. Gains separation in press coverage breaks tackles.
  2. DeVonta Smith, Alabama, 6-0, 170 pounds: Heisman Trophy winner is a nightmare to cover because of speed and route-running savvy. But he is paper thin — declining to weigh in at the Senior Bowl — and durability concerns are real.
  3. Jaylen Waddle, Alabama, 5-10, 182 pounds: A different kind of fast: Think Tyreek Hill-type game-breaking speed. Versatile enough to line up outside or in the slot and returns kicks and punts. Coming off ankle surgery.
  4. Rashod Bateman, Minnesota, 6-0, 190 pounds: Opted out, opted back in and opted out again after playing in five games last season. All-around receiver who doesn’t have a “wow” tool, but knows how to use size and strength to his advantage on 50/50 balls.
  5. Kadarius Toney, Florida, 6-0, 193 pounds: Next of the new-age weapons to enter NFL who will come in motion, catch pseudo-handoffs on sweeps or screens and slip through small cracks. Not an every-down receiver yet.
  6. Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU, 6-3, 205 pounds: Marshall didn’t explode as expected in his only season playing without the help of Jefferson and Chase. Uses his length and physicality well in 1-on-1 vertical routes and in the red zone.
  7. Elijah Moore, Ole Miss, 5-10, 178 pounds: Undersized playmaker who should have a big yards-per-touch average out of the slot. Fourteen of his 100 touches from scrimmage were rushes. Reliable hands in traffic.
  8. Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC, 6-0, 197 pounds: Youngest of three brothers to play receiver in major college football and second to be drafted. Instinctually knows how to find holes in zone coverage and move the chains.
  9. Rondale Moore, Purdue, 5-7, 181 pounds: First true freshman in Big Ten history to be named a consensus All-American after making 114 catches (and dominating Ohio State) in 2018. Yards after catch from running around defenders.
  10. Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State, 5-11, 194 pounds: Three straight productive seasons, including one after recovering from a torn ACL in October 2019. Plays with swagger and won’t back down from trash-talking corners.

Late Riser

Bateman: Can develop into a team’s No. 1 receiver during his rookie contract if he outgrows inexplicable drops (concentration lapses?) but keeps making highlight-reel catches.

Falling Fast

Rondale Moore: In a year when limited scouting makes teams less likely to take risks, he’s a bit of a wild card after playing only seven games the last two seasons. Height already has teams wondering if he might fit better as a running back.

Small School Wonder

D’Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan, 5-9, 190 pounds: Started two ways at wide receiver and cornerback in injury-shortened 2019 before turning his focus to offense. In and out of his routes in a flash because of quick feet.

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