My 2018 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings

I always have to mention this, these are not projections of where these players will go, rather where I personally think they should go. Unlike my prospect breakdowns, these round grades DO take into account positional importance, so you may notice Josh Allen is graded as 1st to 2nd round prospect rather than a 2nd to 3rd round grade.

#1 – Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Ridley is a great route runner, he catches the ball well and has great speed, but his size will hold him down at the next level. If Ridley were a few inches taller he would be a surefire top 15 pick, but instead, he’ll have to settle for a mid-late 1st round selection.

Grade: Round 1

#2 – DJ Moore, Maryland

DJ Moore is incredible to watch, and unlike Ridley, he has some weight on him. Moore carried Maryland’s offense in 2018 with his incredible ability after the catch. Becuase of his athleticism, he can sometimes slack off when it comes to having crisp routes.

Grade: Round 1-2

#3 – Anthony Miller, Memphis

I love Anthony Miller a lot. Miller is a great route-runner, he is elusive enough to get past defenders at the line, and he is a great pass catcher as a vertical threat. A foot injury could be a problem.

Grade: Round 2

#4 – Courtland Sutton, SMU

Sutton’s speed is a little worrisome, and his after the catch ability is lacking, but he is fantastic at highpointing the ball, and is the best in this class at boxing out defenders to go up and make a play.

Grade: Round 2

#5 – Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

Kirk is a reliable pass catcher who rarely drops the ball, and his great burst allows him to separate from defenders. He will need to improve as a route runner, and because of his height could be constrained to the slot.

Grade: Round 2

#6 – DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State

I am higher on Hamilton than most. He is a great route runner who shined at the Senior Bowl, and will be able to make an immediate impact in the special teams game. He rarely drops balls and could start in the slot day one.

Grade: Round 2

#7 – Donte Pettis, Washington

Pettis can step into a role as a punt returner his first day on the job, and his dangerous speed will make him fun to watch as a vertical threat. His biggest knock will be his size (186 lbs).

Grade: Round 2

#8 – DJ Chark, LSU

Chark’s height makes him very dangerous in the vertical passing game, but he isn’t a great route runner outside of being a vertical threat, although that can be improved with coaching.

Grade: Round 2-3

#9 – Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame

St. Brown is one of the most polarizing figures in this draft class. He has great height and speed, but can sometimes drop balls. I am very interested to see where he goes.

Grade: Round 3

#10 – Michael Gallup, Colorado State

Gallup is already great, and will only improve with NFL coaching. His 4.45 speed makes him very dangerous after the catch, but he was shut down when facing tough defenses like Alabama.

Grade: Round 3

#11 – James Washington, Oklahoma State

Washington was very productive at Oklahoma State, but he played in a scheme that was practically built for him, and he did not have a lot of diversity in his route tree.

Grade: Round 3

#12 – Deon Cain, Clemson

Cain is a speed demon that has excellent vision to get yards after the catch. My biggest concern is that he did have a consistency to drop balls and commit penalties.

Grade: Round 3-4

#13 – Antonio Callaway, Florida

Cited for marijuana possession in May 2017, was accused of sexual assault in 2016 (found not responsible), and was suspended following a credit card scandal for the entire 2017 season, but on the field he was one of the best in the class, running a 4.41 40-yard dash. Tough to not see him tumble way past where his skill level would lead you to think he would normally be, as he could be a round two guy without the off the field issues.

Grade: Round 3-4

#14 – Auden Tate, Florida State

Tate is a physical reciever who put up great numbers at Florida State, his speed is a major concern, but I think his size at 6’5″, 228 lbs should help counterbalance that.

Grade: Round 3-4

#15 – Tre’Quan Smith, UCF

Grade: Round 4

#16 – Keke Coutee, Texas Tech

Grade: Round 4

#17 – J’Mon Moore, Missouri

Grade: Round 4

#18 – Simmie Cobbs, Indiana

Grade: Round 4

#19 – Allen Lazard, Iowa State

Grade: Round 4

#20 – Cam Phillips, Virginia Tech

Grade: Round 4

#21 – Marcel Ateman, Oklahoma State

Grade: Round 5

#22 – Deontay Burnett, USC

Grade: Round 5-6

#23 – Cedrick Wilson, Boise State

Grade: Round 5-6

#24 – Jordan Lasley, UCLA

Grade: Round 5-6

#25 – Korey Robertson, Southern Mississippi

Grade: Round 6

#26 – Byron Pringle, Kansas State

Grade: Round 6

#27 – Ka’Raun White, West Virginia

Grade: Round 6-7

#28 – Darren Carrington, Utah

Grade: Round 6-7

#29 – Braxton Berrios, Miami

Grade: Round 7

#30 – Justin Watson, Pennsylvania

Grade: Round 7

#31 – Quadree Henderson, Pittsburgh

Grade: Round 7

#32 – Javon Wims, Georgia

Grade: Round 7

#33 – Jester Weah, Pittsburgh

Grade: Round 7-UDFA

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