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Hidden Gems in the Draft: Wide Receivers

Javon Baker | UCF | 6’1 202

Best Fit: Broncos

After trading Jeudy, there is a hole at receiver, and Baker is a versatile player who can make explosive plays as a rookie while learning from veteran Courtland Sutton. The Broncos will be looking to add a quarterback and will want to ease their transition as much as possible with reliable receiving. 

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Jermaine Burton | Alabama | 6’ 196

Best Fit: Panthers

The Panthers need wide receiver improvements to help Bryce Young, and coming out of Alabama, there is a connection between the two players. Burton did not benefit from the play style last season, however, he is a talented player who has improved every season in college. 

Joshua Cephus | UTSA | 6’3” 185

Best Fit: Ravens

Cephus is a tall receiver with good hands and surprising RAC ability given his size. While he still has some things to learn about NFL route trees and where to settle against zone coverages, the Ravens provide a good blend of experience and opportunity in their receiver room. 

Malachi Corley | Western Kentucky | 5’11

Best Fit: Steelers

Corley has the ability to be great in the NFL, but he needs a good opportunity with a patient coach. The Steelers will be looking to replace Diontae Johnson, and whether it’s Wilson or Fields starting, there will be plenty of short throws with RAC opportunity, an area where Corley thrives.

 

Hayden Hatten | Idaho | 6’2 205

Best Fit: Jaguars

Hatten is a good possession receiver who could learn under Christian Kirk and Gabe Davis while providing another big target on the outside for Trevor Lawrence. While it may take some time, Hatten has the ability to be effective at the NFL level. 

Xavier Legette | South Carolina | 6’1 221

Best Fit: Patriots

The Patriots lack a true WR1, and while Legette has some things to learn to be successful, his unique blend of size and speed should put him in contention to be just that. As the Patriots add a new quarterback, they may look to pair him with a versatile threat like Legette.

 

Luke McCaffrey | Rice | 6’2 198

Best Fit: Rams

The Rams have shown they like strong receivers with reliable hands and the ability to adjust to throws. The Rams do not necessarily have a need at receiver, however, the Rams run plenty of three receiver sets, and McCaffrey has all the traits the Rams look for in their receivers. 

Ricky Pearsall | Florida | 6’1 189

Best Fit: Giants

Ricky Pearsall is a versatile receiver who can line up almost anywhere and consistently make plays. The Giants, who have been unlucky with injuries to their wide receivers, would greatly benefit from a reliable receiver like Pearsall. 

Ainias Smith | Texas A&M | 5’9 190

Best Fit: Vikings

An impressive athlete out of the slot and a great return man, Smith could be a great addition alongside Justin Jefferson. As the Vikings look to add a new quarterback, a player who can make plays on screens and designed short throws would be a valuable addition. 

Jamari Thrash | Louisville | 6’ 188

Best Fit: Bills

After losing Gabe Davis, the Bills are left with a hole on the outside. They have shown they can play well using two tight end sets, but the opportunity to have a young receiver with a similar play style learn under Stefon Diggs may tempt the Bills. 

Malik Washington | Virginia | 5’8 191

Best Fit: Chargers

A great compliment to Quentin Johnston out of the slot, Malik Washington gives the Chargers offense a new way to attack. While the Chargers will probably run more two tight end sets under Harbaugh, Washington is a talented addition who can attack multiple levels of the field. 

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