To no one’s surprise, this year’s wide receiver draft class is by far the cream of the crop. A deep position class that is filled with first-round talent, the question remains how many will go in round one? NFL Network provided their insight on Path to the Draft while ranking the wide receivers in tiers.
A schematic system used much like in fantasy football, the tier system clusters those players that are projected to produce similar production. A panel that included NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis, they also included former Pro Bowl WR Curtis Conway as they each created their respective rankings based on the wide receiver draft class. So without further ado, here are the rankings:
|Sammy Watkins||No. 1||No. 1||No. 1|
|Mike Evans||No. 2||No. 2||No. 2|
|Marqise Lee||No. 3|
|Odell Beckham||No. 1||No. 1||No. 1|
|Brandin Cooks||No. 2||No. 2||No. 2|
|Marqise Lee||No. 3||–||No. 3|
|Kelvin Benjamin||No. 4||No. 3||No. 4|
|Paul Richardson||No. 3||No. 2||No. 1|
|Jarvis Landry||No. 1||No. 3||No. 2|
|Davante Adams||No. 2||No. 1||No. 3|
|Martavis Bryant||No. 4||No. 4||No. 4|
|Jordan Matthews||No. 1||No. 1||No. 2|
|Allen Robinson||No. 2||No. 2||No. 1|
|Cody Latimer||No. 3||No. 3||No. 3|
Conway on LSU product WR Odell Beckham:
I’m going to first start with Odell Beckham. I think he’s probably the most pro-ready guy out of that group (excluding Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans). He can run every route, he’s fast, he’s quick, excellent hands and he plays physical.
With Pro Days, private workouts, and pre-draft visits well underway it will be interesting to see which players the 49ers target as the draft is just five weeks away.