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1. Amari Cooper, Alabama
Cooper is elusive in space; he’ll make defenders miss tackles. He’s physical after the catch, fighting for as many yards as he can get. Don’t look for him to run out of bounds to avoid contact. He welcomes contact and breaks tackles. He is one of the most polished route runners to enter the NFL from college in recent memory. He’s extremely fluid in and out of his breaks, and blocks well downfield. Defenses could not guard him with one man. Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, a name to remember in 2016, tried and Cooper torched him for 201 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
2. DeVante Parker, Louisville
Watch Parker’s performance against Florida State and you’ll come away believing you just watched one of the 10 best players of this year’s class. He lit them up for 200-plus receiving yards. He’s a great route runner, selling his routes before he makes his move. He has a huge wingspan, allowing him to go up and pluck the ball out of nowhere. He has a good size and speed combo, and is also a terrific deep threat.
3. Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
Strong possesses a good size, speed combo. He’s a physical receiver, using his strong hands to go up and snatch the ball out of thin air. Using his size, he does a nice job of releasing off the line of scrimmage. He displays terrific hands, and routinely makes acrobatic catches. He’s also very good at catching back shoulder throws. Overall, Strong is a big-bodied possession receiver with traits that compare to former NFL star Terrell Owens.
4. Kevin White, West Virginia
White has amazing measurables. His combination of size and speed makes him a rare commodity regardless of the era. His production was good, as he was among the Big 12’s top receivers. He’s physical; he gets off press coverage and goes up and takes the ball away from defenders. He also catches the ball real well. In conclusion, he’s a smooth player, who will go in the top 10 due to his measurables.
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5. Jamison Crowder, Duke
Crowder is a dominate slot talent. He’s terrific in space, often times making would-be tacklers look silly. He has amazing acceleration, and is a legit deep threat. Despite his size (5-foot-9, 188), he demonstrates the toughness to work the middle of the field. He runs excellent routes, and will make corners pay if they don’t challenge him at the line of scrimmage. In addition, he makes the effort to block downfield. His small stature is a concern, but the game has become more open, which suits his skill set. His times at the NFL Scouting combine weren’t great, but his tape suggests that he plays faster than his workouts indicate.
6. Ty Montgomery, Stanford
A versatile receiver with a terrific burst and acceleration, Montgomery’s tape tells two different stories. His 2013 season was outstanding, where he emerged as one of the Pac-12’s biggest playmakers, while his 2014 tape disappointed likely due to an injured hamstring. His hands are inconsistent; he’s not going to catch everything thrown his way. He shows a lack of concentration in catching the ball in traffic. However, his burst is terrific. When you think he’s covered, he turns on his jets to separate himself from defenders. He’ll likely play the slot, where teams can use his elusiveness to create mismatches. He has terrific run after catch ability. In many ways, he moves more like a running back than receiver. Like a running back, he shows terrific patience in waiting for his blockers to get out in front. His struggles against press coverage could hurt him in the NFL. When he played Michigan State’s vaunted secondary in the 2014 Rose Bowl, he struggled mightily with their physicality.
7. Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma
Green-Beckham never played a down for Oklahoma, as the NCAA suspended him for the entirety of the 2014 season following a domestic abuse charge in the spring of that year. He played 2013 for Missouri, where he emerged as one of the best receivers in the country. He’s tall, lanky, and possesses amazing straight-line speed. He fights for the ball during jump ball situations, and usually wins those battles. He catches the ball with his hands, and has the explosivenesses to beat defenders deep.
8. Nelson Agholor, USC
A natural pass catcher, Agholor snatches the ball out of the air with his hands rather than making body catches. He is good after the catch, making defenders miss in the open field. Additionally, he demonstrates the strength to shake off tacklers in the open field. He recognizes coverage, finding the soft spot and exploiting it. He’s a great route runner, resembling former teammate Marqise Lee. Like his former teammate, he should hear his name called in the second round.
9. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
Lockett shows terrific concentration in making tough catches. He’s dangerous in the open field, which he proved both as a receiver and in the return game. He can play the slot while operating in the middle of the field. He ran a solid forty (4.4s). While he does make tough catches, he isn’t completely sure-handed. He will drop a few.
10. Stefon Diggs, Maryland
Durability could be an issue for Diggs, who has first-round talent. He missed nine games in two years. He’s a playmaker with the ball in his hands, making defenders miss in the open field. Former Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner shut him down in a 2013 game. The highlight of Diggs' college career was his freshman season, where he posted 848 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He was one of the top recruits in the country coming out of high school. He never achieved his potential in college, but it’s clear his athleticism and size translate well to the NFL. His best football is probably ahead of him.
Sammie Coates, Auburn
Phillip Dorsett, Miami (FL)
Rashad Greene, Florida State
Breshad Perriman, Central Florida
Devin Smith, Ohio State