2017 NFL draft rankings: Wide receivers

Michael Conroy

The 10 receiver prospects in our initial 2017 rankings have combined for 9,809 yards through the air this season. Easy math: That’s about 1,000 per man. College offensive stats are as inflated as ever, but we’re still talking about some serious talent atop this position. 

 
Rank Player School The Skinny
1 Corey Davis Western Michigan 6' 2″, 205 lbs.
2 Mike Williams Clemson 6' 3″, 225 lbs.
3 John Ross Washington 5' 11″, 173 lbs.
4 JuJu Smith-Schuster USC 6' 2″, 220 lbs.
5 KD Cannon Baylor 6' 0″, 180 lbs.
6 Cooper Kupp Eastern Washington 6' 2″, 205 lbs.
7 Isaiah Ford Virginia Tech 6' 2″, 195 lbs.
8 Courtland Sutton SMU 6' 4″, 215 lbs.
9 Zay Jones East Carolina 6' 1″, 197 lbs.
10 James Washington Oklahoma State 6' 0″, 205 lbs.

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The top three—maybe even the top four—have a legitimate argument for being the No. 1 receiver right now. Williams is a downfield weapon with the strength and size to dominate defensive backs when he wants to. The explosive Ross has had a brilliant comeback season after knee injuries sidelined him in 2015—he will be one of the fastest prospects in the draft, period. Smith-Schuster is a bit of a sleeper contender, but he plays a strong, natural receiver. And then there’s Davis. The Western Michigan product sits atop our board for the moment because he is so polished and well-rounded. Kupp is a similar player, albeit one starting from a lower floor/ceiling setup, from the FCS ranks.

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